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These Simple Tweaks Can Make Your Ponytails Look More Flattering

The small details matter.
These Simple Tweaks Can Make Your Ponytails Look More Flattering
IMAGE Youtube/체스 Ches
The small details matter.

For such a simple hairstyle, a lot can go wrong with a ponytail. Many people even actively avoid it, with some deeming it either unsuitable for their face or simply too dull to wear. Thing is, though, we wouldn't exactly recommend eliminating this fuss-free 'do from your arsenal forever. Your issue with it likely has a solution, you just haven't found it yet.

Enter, Korean beauty YouTuber Ches, who just spilled some life-changing ponytail styling tips on her channel. She addressed everything from giving the style more volume to an easy hack for a face-framing effect. Really, if she can't convince you to give ponytails a chance, we don't know who will!

How to Style Your Ponytail to Look More Flattering

1. For a low ponytail, position the elastic as close to your nape as possible.

The small details matter with ponytails, and that includes the position of your hair tie. Having the elastic closer to your nape, for example, will help "lift" the ponytail and have the overall style appear neater. You can do this by holding a small section of hair from underneath the hair tie and gently pulling downwards!

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PHOTO BY Youtube/체스 Ches

2. Add more volume and texture to the front and back.

According to Ches, the issue with low ponytails is that they tend to show the silhouette of our head too clearly, making it look too plain. Luckily, this is something you can easily address this by subtly changing the shape of the ponytail itself and creating more volume.

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To add more lift at the back of your head, pinch a small section of hair right above the hair tie and gently pull it upwards to create a rounder shape. Do the same for other parts of your head that need extra help, but make sure not to pull too hard to avoid having gaps! If you need more texture around your face, pulling some baby hairs out from above your ears should do the trick!

PHOTO BY Youtube/체스 Ches
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3. Hide the elastic for a more polished look.

Hiding your hair tie from view is one of the easiest ways to achieve a more elegant ponytail. It's how celebrities manage to pull off the typically casual style on the red carpet, because it simply takes the look to the next level. You don't need to be a pro to do it either!

In the video, Ches instructs to grab a slim section from the underside of your ponytail, wrap it around the elastic, and then insert it back into the hair tie to secure it. The loose section might stick out after this, so don't forget to pull it towards the bottom of your hair right after.

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Here's how your low pony should look before and after all those tweaks!

PHOTO BY Youtube/체스 Ches

4. When doing a high ponytail, split your hair into two sections.

Transforming a high ponytail lies in the power of sectioning. "First tie the back of your hair to where you want the ponytail to be, and take the front hair and shape it the way you want it to and tie it separately," Ches explains. "Find the spot 3 cm from the start of your parting and section your hair down to your ear." After doing this, your sections should look like this:

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PHOTO BY Youtube/체스 Ches

With your front section separated, you can freely position it to achieve your desired face-framing effect. Ches suggests creating a "draft" by pinning the section back with a bobby pin or clip first, and once you're happy with the position, you can just remove the pin and seal the style with another hair tie. Polish the updo by hiding the elastic band and you're done!

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PHOTO BY Youtube/체스 Ches

Curious how much of a difference these tips make? Check out the before-and-after below!

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Watch the full tutorial on Ches' YouTube channel below:

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