Make it preppy
For the prep school high pony, start with clean, dry hair and brush it straight back using a boar-bristle brush, which is gentle on all hair types. Next, gather the nape and sides and use buildable hair spray like Paul Mitchell Worked Up Hairspray to mist and tame flyaways. Continue to brush and mist until your base is super slick. Secure it and you’re ready to roll.
Keep it casual
For the messy, lived-in pony, you’ll want to prep your hair with root-lifting powder (we love Sexy Hair Powder Play) and backcomb your roots. Gather hair loosely at the nape and secure—go ahead and skip the brush, simply using your hands. Then, piece and twist to create intentional flyaways.
The right holder
Make sure to use the right elastic as well—try using continuous bands that are soft and super stretchy versus ones that are plastic or have metal clamps.