A sleek ponytail is a classic hairdo that works for every occasion and achieving this style with Afro hair is no exception, but it could be a little tricky. With the right tips and techniques, you can create a sleek ponytail that looks great, luxurious and is easy to maintain! This blog will cover tips for creating a sleek afro textured ponytail as well as some bonus product recommendations.
Here are our 7 top tips for creating a sleek afro textured ponytail:
1. Begin with washed and detangled hair
Before creating your sleek ponytail, it's important to start by washing and detangling your hair. This will ensure that your ponytail is smooth and frizz-free. To achieve this, you should wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and use a conditioner that is formulated for your hair type. When washing your hair, use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush to detangle your hair.
2. Add hair oil or serum for moisture
Use hair oil or serum to tame flyaways, to add shine and moisture to your hair. It is important to only apply a small amount of oil to your hair focusing on the roots through to the ends.
3. Apply a strong hold hair gel
The most important step is to use a strong hold hair gel. Judging by the texture of your hair we recommend using a generous amount of gel to achieve a sleek ponytail look. Some people prefer to do a middle parting or a side swoop and a generous amount of gel is just the thing you need to keep your hair in place. We recommend using EcoStyle Olive Oil Styling Gel, max hold 10 for the best result. Bonus tip: using minimal amounts of oil based hair moisturizers will help to reduce gel flakes and residue once the gel has dried.
4. Use A Comb or Brush to smooth hair
Next, use a wide-tooth comb or a paddle brush to smooth and work all hair into one direction pulling the hair into a sleek ponytail (including the sides and the hair at the back of your head). Apply gel, during and after this process and make sure to remove any tangles or knots as you go. Use an elastic hair band to secure the hair in place. This entire process will ensure that your ponytail is smooth and frizz-free.
5. Style your edges
Use an edge brush or a comb to style your edges and baby hair. Apply a small amount of edge control to make sure your hair stays in place for longer. We recommend the Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel.
6. Use a satin hair scarf to keep hair in place
Use a satin hair scarf to keep your hair in place and to lay your edges. Wrapping your hair in a satin scarf while the hair is still damn from the gel is perfect as it will help to keep your hair in place, lock in moisture and prevent frizz. This step is key to achieving a sleek ponytail.
7. Use a wrapped ponytail hair extension for protective hair styling (optional)
After you’ve created your ponytail, you can then decide to use your own hair in the back of the ponytail as a puff, straightened or in a style of your preference. You could also use hair extensions as a protective method for the ends of your hair or to add length and volume. We recommend that you try the wrapped ponytail extensions that are designed specifically for Afro hair textures here.
Here are some of our Afro Textured Ponytail Top picks
1. Corkscrew Curly Wrap Pony
This Corkscrew curly wrap ponytail mimics the curls created from the corkscrew hairstyle and can be worn with many other hair textures as well! The wrapped style creates a sleek trendy ponytail look with absolutely no compromise to your own hair texture.
2. Kinky Curly Wrap PonyTail
This luxurious Kinky Curly Wrap Ponytail mimics the hair texture of our 3b-3c hair Goddesses and can be worn with many other hair textures as well!
3. AFRO KINKY COILY WRAP PONYTAIL
Transform your look with this Afro Kinky Coily Wrap Ponytail! This ponytail is designed to blend seamlessly with 3c-4a hair textures and is perfect for creating a sleek and on-trend style, it can also be worn with other afro hair textures.
4. Kinky Straight Wrap Ponytail
This Kinky Straight Ponytail comes with all the kinks and looks amazing with many natural hair textures! The wrapped style creates a sleek on trend ponytail look.
Overall, ponytails are a great way to transform your looks and made even easier as you could find the perfect texture to match your natural hair texture. Try more natural hair products here.