handbag.com resident hair expert Leo Bancroft shows
you how to make a pony tail using just a hair brush,
a single clip and a bungee band.
Start by deciding where you want your parting to be?
A side parting is more flattering for most face shapes,
as a centre parting can look a little severe, especially
if you don't have a fringe. Alternatively, you can smooth
all the hair straight back without any parting.
Use the brush to sweep all the hair to the point where
you want your ponytail to start.
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The look can be adapted to offer a variety of
other styles, use a curling wand or tongs to curl the
loose hair or try wrapping a narrow plait or ribbon
around the base of the pony tail.
The look can be softened by leaving a few loose
tendrils of hair around the face.
If you prefer more of a 'swishing' pony tail,
draw the hair back to the crown area and use a brush
to smooth hair up from the neck and back from the forehead.
Then secure at the crown with a bungee band and wrap
a strand of hair around to finish.
Use one hand to hold hair firmly at base of the
pony tail when brushing it. This stops you disturbing
the style and also reduces strain on hair roots.
hook in one end of a bungee band and wrap it two or three
times around the base of your pony tail, depending on
your own hair thickness. Secure the other end of the band
firmly into the base of the pony tail.
Next, ease out a strand of hair (about 1cm wide) from
the pony tail and wrap it around the bungee band to hide
it. Your pony tail will then look as though it is held
in place by a twist of hair.
To complete the look, spray the style with a medium to
strong hold hair spray and finish with a gloss or shining
The style works best on shoulder length or longer hair.
Even if your hair is layered, with the right moulding/
fixing product, it can be kept smoothly in place and give
the illusion of a longer length.