Thursday, October 28, 2010

High-Tailing It: Everything You Need To Know About The Phony Pony

Wearing a phony pony is a great way to give yourself a break from the hassles of styling, while still maintaining a nice, sleek look! They are economical [Human hair ranges from $15-$25, Synthetic pieces run from $10-$15], easy to install, and comes in a variety of colors, textures, and styles. 

Benefits of wearing a phony pony:

Protects the ends of your hair: Phony ponies can protect the most delicate portion of your hair; the ends. By covering the ends, you run less of a risk of splits, breakage, as well as exposure to harsh weather and/or UV rays.

Helps cut down on excess manipulation and mechanical damage:
Wearing a phony pony means that you don't have to worry about excessive styling, combing, detangling, which equals more length retention for you [provided other aspects of your regimen are healthy].


Makes a sleek go-to style for nights on the town: Instead of fussing over your hair for your next outing, sweep it back into a chic ponytail, and slap on a phony pony! This is perfect for those that have yet to perfect other natural styles, but still want to avoid using heat and even those that are in a time crunch!

Don't like the variety of phony ponies in your local Beauty Supply?
Check out your local wig shop or an online source like Hair Sister's , Especially Yours and Claire Hair.

Tips:  
  • Do not wear your phony pony in the same spot for longer than one week, as it can cause thinning in that area. 
  • Think the phony ponies have too much hair? Try a children's phony pony instead. 
  • To lessen the amount of tension placed on your follicles, take down the ponytail at night. 
  • At night, gather the hair into a loose ponytail and tie down with a satin scarf to keep your hair laying smooth.This should prevent you from having to brush your hair everyday. 
  • Freshen up the style in the morning by tightening up the ponytail, spritzing your hair with water [this will reactivate any gel you may have added from the day prior], and adding a little pomade to tame flyaway's. Make sure to tie your hair with a satin scarf for at least 20-30 minutes to lay your hair down nice and smooth until the top portion dries.
  • Ease styling worries by choosing ponytails that are highly textured, in doing so, it will be less pressure to get your real hair super straight. 
  • For more of a natural looking pony, try to find hair pieces that are layered 
  • To detangle synthetic & human hair pieces, lightly spritz them with a homemade Apple Cider Vinegar + water mixture [1 cup of water + 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar].
  • Make sure to practice these healthy bunning & ponytail guidelines, as they will help keep your hair healthy, thick and free of breakage. 
Check out some of these products to help you nail this style!

Ouchless Rubber-bands: These rubber-bands are free metal, thick, and offers a firm hold

Eco Styler Gel: One of my favorite alcohol-free gels. Alcohol-free means you won't experience the harsh drying effects like you would with gels formulated with alcohol.

Fantasia IC Hair Polisher: Another stellar alcohol-free gel! This gel is formulated with Olive Oil for additional moisture and delivers long-lasting hold!

Bobby Pins: To hide shorter pieces, reach for good quality bobby pins with thick rubber tips. Goody & Vidal Sassoon are my favorites.

Garnier Wax: If you're wearing your hair pressed or straightened, try this wax by Garnier! It imparts mega-shine, tames flyaways, and offers all-day hold! 
Tip: I especially like using this product around my hairline and nape area, it keeps the hair uber shiny, smooth, and tamed.


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