How to Do a Sleek Ponytail the Right Way

Need to get your hair ready quickly? Sleek ponytails are easy, go-to hairstyles that you can wear high or low for any occasion. Whether you’re aiming to look elegant or trendy for a night out, this style suits it all if you perfect its sleekness. Best of all, you don’t have to go to a salon or stylist to make one.


How to Create Sleek Ponytails


While some people prefer styling their ponytails by making side braids, molding them into elaborate shapes, or giving them wavy layers, a sleek ponytail is ideal for people looking to wear a smooth, minimalist look. Here are a few pointers for you if you want to know how to do a sleek ponytail the right way.

Step 1: Start with Clean Hair

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Ideally, you’ll want to wash your hair before you start to make a sleek ponytail. To make this process quicker, lightly dampen your hair. For the best results, use shampoo and conditioner that leaves your hair smooth and tangle-free. Doing this should make it easier to reduce hair bumps.

Afterward, be sure to blowdry your hair to ensure that your hair will be smooth enough to make it into a sleek ponytail.


Step 2: Brush Your Hair Into Place

How to Do a Sleek Ponytail

After washing your hair and blowing it dry, you can now brush it into position. Depending on how high you want to make your sleek ponytail, take your hair and brush it from the bottom up. If you want a more stylized look, try brushing your bangs back where you’re positioning your hair. Most people prefer wearing it high and keeping it centered.


Which Brushes You Should Use

If you want to keep your hair strands smooth and prevent matting, you should use a nylon bristle brush, wooden paddle brush, or a boar bristle brush.


Step 3: Smooth Out Your Hair

Next, you’ll need to smooth out the side of your hair with a small amount of hair gel to hold your hair in place and give it a sleek appearance. For additional hold, you can use some hairspray around it.


Step 4: Tying Up Your Sleek Ponytail

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Once your section of hair is smooth and held into place, you can begin tying your sleek ponytail. If you think your hair has a smooth texture and no bumps, take an elastic hair tie or hair bungee and secure it around. We recommend using a hair tie that blends in with your hair color.

Once your hair is securely tied, you can still add a few more touches to keep it tight and sleek. For example, you can tie a strand of your hair around the elastic tie to hold your sleek ponytail in place and add a bobby pin for additional holding strength.


Watch the following video tutorial to learn how to do a sleek ponytail.


How Do I Make a Sleek Ponytail with Curly Hair

How to Do Sleek Ponytail with Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, you can still pull off a sleek ponytail. If you want to create a slick ponytail with curly hair, here are a few steps for you to follow.

  1. After washing your hair, leave it damp and add conditioner to treat your kinks.
  2. Comb out your hair to flatten your hair. You can also choose where to part your hair.
  3. Add hair gel to smooth out and hold your hair.
  4. Slick your hair down with your hairbrush.
  5. After pulling it into the desired position on your head, tie your sleek ponytail with an elastic hair tie.



Creating a sleek ponytail takes patience and dexterity. If you’re in the mood for feeling fresh, this is the ideal hairstyle to do at home or on the go. If you have free time on your hands, why not dedicate it to embodying your inner fashion icon?

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