5 Ways to thicken your ponytail
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5 Ways to thicken your ponytail

17 July 2017
Hairstylist spraying hair product on woman with long hair with a ponytail
Nicole Vince

Nicole Vince

Hair journalist

Nicole is a hair and beauty journalist with a particular fondness for the latest bright hair colours. There isn't a hair trend or tip unobserved by Nicole.

Back in Paris Fashion Week 2014, L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador and French hair stylist Delphine Courteille demonstrated the timeless, fashionable nature of the ponytail when she styled Rabih Kayrouz’s models with “minimalist and intellectual” low ponies to perfectly offset his designs – and has been doing so ever since. However, if you have fine or thin tresses, you may have resigned yourself to the fact that ponytails just aren't for you after the 20th time of ripping your hairband out in frustration. But don’t fret: it’s time to ditch the days of lifeless, drab updos and welcome the era of the luscious, bouncy pony, just like Delphine Courteille, simply by following our five professional – yet easy – tips.

1. Choose your styling products wisely

Investing in a thickening mousse can also help you cheat the volumising system. While your hair is still damp, scrunch a dollop the size of a golf ball into the lengths and tips of your locks and comb through.

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Full Volume Extra Hair Mousse from the Techni.Art line by L'Oréal Professionnel is a favourite of ours, as well as of stylists worldwide, thanks to its thickening but non-crunchy effect.  As well as endowing you with that freshly washed look, some dry shampoos can also plump up your locks. Delphine Courteille used Morning After Dust by Techni.Art from L'Oréal Professionnel to create texturised ponytails for Néhéra’s Autumn/Winter 16/17 collection, as the designer wanted to escape the clean and refined look. “This dry shampoo is ideal to boost shine without spoiling the colour and brings as a bonus an urban finish that I adore,” explains Delphine.

2. Ride the waves

Waves always make hair appear more voluminous than sleek locks. Keep the finish cool and natural with a beach wave effect by using Wild Stylers Beach Waves Texturizing Spray by L'Oréal Professionnel. Before tying your ponytail, spray onto the lengths and tips, and use your fingers to tousle the hair into beachy summer waves with an on-trend matte texture. 

Jonathan Soons, L'Oréal Professionnel British expert hair stylist, reveals that teasing the length of the hair with a bristle brush can also plump up your pony, which is a technique that is often used on the runway. “A high crown, strong ponytail and matte texture at the ends through teasing is the key to a volumised pony,” Jonathan uncovers.

3. Add volume while you wash

You can encourage thickness in your hair with a volumising shampoo and conditioner, such as those from the Volumifique Collection by Kérastase. Formulated especially for fine hair, they invigorate the hair’s fibres, leaving locks intensely amplified yet soft.

4. Double up

Who said that ponytails had to stand alone? Splitting your tresses horizontally and fixing two ponytails, one above the other, can instantly boost the volume of your ‘do. Tease the top pony to cover the bottom hairband so that your secret is hidden, et voila your additional pony creates the illusion of more hair. To add a runway edge to your ponytail, try using Japanese hairbands, whose untied ends will give you more control over the end style.

5. Use two hairbands

This simple hair hack is used by stylists backstage during fashion weeks around the world. Using two hairbands creates distance between the ponytail and the scalp, creating the illusion of thicker locks. Top tip: to sidestep hair damage, steer clear of tight, plastic-feeling hairbands and instead opt for loose, softer bands.

Thin hair doesn’t have to mean lifeless and drab. Put the bounce back into your pony!

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