InStyle | December 2021 Press Hit
10 Expert-Approved Tips to Make Your Ponytail Look Fuller and More Voluminous
In a world where updos like Ariana Grande's signature pony and Lizzo's nine-foot-long ponytail exist, it's no wonder that ponytail envy is a thing. And sure, celebrities often have access to expensive wigs and extensions (loads and loads of extensions in Lizzo's case) but, it isn't a crime to daydream about equally full and voluminous ponytails. However, trying to get your ponytail to achieve those same results can feel tricky, especially if you have thin hair.
Rest assured, though, that limp and lifeless ponytails aren't the end all be all. You see, we're all about faking it 'till you make it, and after consulting with professional hairstylists, we learned that no matter what your hair type and texture, it's possible to create the illusion of fuller and thicker hair.
Ahead, keep reading to learn these professionals' best tricks and tips to creating a fuller-looking ponytail from all angles, starting from the base and working down the tail. From texturizing products to clip-in ponytail extensions, check out ten tips to make your ponytail fuller, perkier, and more voluminous.
If you have short hair, he says a 1.25-inch barrel, like the T3 Curl ID ($250, sephora.com) or even a flat iron (if you've mastered flat iron curls) works well. For longer hair, try a tool with a 1.5-inch barrel like Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron ($100, amazon.com). "You can also back brush the body of the ponytail after curling the ends to keep it nice and fluffy, which help make it look thicker," says Liu.