Drawstring ponytails are currently one of the biggest trends in the natural hair world. It's one of the easiest ways to add length and volume to short to medium length curls, kinks, and coils. For the woman who’s on the go and needs to change her look for the mood or occasion, a drawstring ponytail makes sense for her lifestyle. So if it means getting ready for the next wedding or workout one priority is the same: to make the ponytail look as natural as possible. Here are 3 key tips on how to do just that.
1. Use Your True Texture.
Finding your true texture match is the first (and probably most important ) tip in making your drawstring ponytail look natural. Using a ponytail that matches your natural curl pattern saves you the trouble of manipulating your own hair to blend with your extensions. A true texture match will also eliminate lines of demarcation so no one will be able to tell where your natural hair ends and your extensions begin. Take our True You Quiz to find your unique texture match!
Moisturizing and detangling both your hair and your extensions can position you for better blending. When both are properly hydrated (washed, deep conditioned, etc.), you establish cohesion between how they look and feel. Moisturizing your hair can also help with molding and nailing that “sleek pony” down.
3. Secure Your Bun.
Before attaching your drawstring ponytail, it’s important that your natural hair is in a small and secure bun. This matters when styling a drawstring ponytail because if your natural hair is in a full bun, it can emphasize the line of demarcation between your hair and your faux ponytail. The goal is to create a seamless silhouette and a tiny bun can do that. For those with longer or fuller hair, a great trick to try is separating your natural ponytail into two braids or twists. Then wrap them around each other to create a small tight bun. See how @jori.chioma styles hers here.
4. It’s A Wrap!
Last but not least, wrapping a section of your extensions around your drawstring ponytail is the final step in making it look natural. When doing so, take a section of hair closest to your nape ( just enough to cover your drawstring) and wrap it around to get full coverage over where the drawstring appears. Once this is done properly, secure the hair with a bobby pin and you’re all done!