Defy damage and daily drab with a new twist on the old ponytail
Friday, 18 June 2010
With the hot and sweaty season coming up, the messy pony has been my go-to look because (1.) Due to the heat, I make it a habit to shower/wash my hair at night to avoid greasy hair galore (2.) Hitting the snooze button 2,500 times after the morning alarm goes off leaves me very, very little time to prep for well, anything, let alone shower and (3.) Washing hair the night before is my deepest, darkest secret to keeping my hair healthy, shiny, and moisturized.
Mastering the perfect messy ponytail can change any outfit from drab to fab in a possible .5 seconds. The real trick to creating a pony that screams “wash-and-wear” chic, like Cameron Diaz, rather than trailer park mess, like Britney Spears, is the proper products. No brush required. Here’s how I do this haircaring and style-friendly hairdo daily:
After I shower, and before bed, when my hair is damp dry I throw in an obsessive amount of leave-in treatment or conditioner. My hair then air-dries through the night, crimping, binding and falling wherever Mr.Sandman positions me to slumber. Choose a non-greasy treatment, free of any oils, to ensure you don’t wake up with a grease ball of a mane. My favorites? For the most bang for your buck, try John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Creme Serum Overnight Repair Formula, which is a smooth, lightweight cream that repairs and mends damage without leaving any residue in your hair or pillow. For a worthy splurge, try Redken’s Real Control Overnight Treatment, an award winning overnight recovery treatment which helps renew and repair severely damaged hair using Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and Care-Adjust Complex.
By morning my hair is dry, wavy, and a big mess. No need for a brush! Just finger comb as much as you can.
Grab an elastic and get it ready. Starting from lifting under the neck line and up, Spray your head with a light-holding, non-aerosol, flexible spray like, Brocato’s FreeFix, which is a luxurious hair spray that adds volume, texture and a light flexible hold without the crunchy unwanted feel and funky smell other hairsprays leave. (It smells oh-so divine and is also perfect for keeping bangs in place.)
When spray is dry and hair is set, gather and tie it up, pull the ends to get that desired snug fit. How high, low, or poofy is totally up to you.
Spritz more hair spray on your hands to smooth any unwanted bumps or pieces.
A messy ponytail is a fast and easy hairstyle perfect for work or summertime fun. The added technique for an overnight treatment also adds an extra hair healthy benefit to your mane without adding the extra work of having to wear a shower cap and wait minutes for a deep conditioner to absorb in the shower…Yah! I never understood that either. *shrugs*
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