The glam ponytail is a staple, at home everywhere from the runway to the red carpet or the salon, and Jada Jenkins, a Sam Villa Ambassador, Mizani Artist and L’amour de Rose Salon Owner, is sharing her top tips on this must-have style.

“When fashioning ponytails, always be mindful of tension… gather hair just tight enough to secure, too much unnecessary pulling can damage hair follicles,” Jada said.

Here is her six-step process.

Hair/Jada Jenkins; Photographer/Thomas Kirk; Makeup/Makki

1. Understand face shape

“Understanding face shape is crucial,” Jada said. “Sleek looks can slim a round face, a side swoop or fringe can help draw attention away from a larger forehead and avoiding weight on an oblong face shape will help to balance features.”

2. Define the Design

“Always apply heat protectant to prep and protect hair from heat.  For a sleek surface, I use a Sam Villa Signature Series Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron to smooth hair; when added texture and mass is needed, I use a Sam Villa Signature Series Textur Professional Texturizing Iron to build volume,” Jada said.

Hair/Jada Jenkins; Photography/Roy Cox; Makeup/Lola Oklawon

3. Focus on positioning

“Break down the ponytail into two to three sections. If the person has a middle or side part divide hair into three sections and then establish the position of the ponytail, gather hair and use a bungee cord to secure.”

4. Consider length:

“Extensions are always an option for longer styles, choose those that match original hair texture and desired length and attach with weft extension around elastic bands and then with hairpins to secure extensions at the top and bottom of the ponytail,” Jada said.

Hair/Jada Jenkins; Photography/Thomas Kirk; Makeup/Akura Robinson

5. Secure

Crafting the ponytail properly will ensure it stays in place,” Jada said. “I start by applying Mizani Lived-In Sculpting Paste and HRM Humidity Resistance Mist to hold hair in place and then I use a Sam Villa Signature Series Tail Comb to form neat clean sections.  When using hairpins, attach a braid to the scalp to provide an anchor for pins to limit scalp irritation.  Connect each section with elastic bands and then wrap a small piece of hair around the elastic to cover it.”

6. Enhancements

“Once the ponytail is in place, take creative liberty to embellish with accessories, braids, curls, waves or super sleek smoothness.”

Happy styling!

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