How To | Create a Smooth Ponytail When Deep Into A Stretch

I stretch my relaxers for 12 plus weeks at a time.  And while I do not know my hair type, I do know that my new growth is very tightly coiled, which makes getting an inch of new growth to look smooth a daunting task.  I could wear my hair in roller sets to camouflage it or flat iron my roots to tame it, but I prefer to wear buns (and right now I’m air drying too, which adds another layer of difficulty to my situation).  Now, with all of that I had to figure out how to get my hair to look smooth when wearing buns.  Plus looking a mess has been known to be a major reason for ending a relaxer stretch early, so I hope that some of you out there find this helpful.   Below you’ll find a picture tutorial of the steps I take to get my unruly 12 weeks post relaxer new growth to lay down smoothly for my buns/ponytails.

This is my new growth the morning after a late night work out:


I create a side part (my edges lay down better with a side part as opposed to a middle part or no part) and comb the hair around my hair line with a wide tooth comb:
I lightly spray the hair around my hair line with water:
I smooth/comb my new growth with a fine tooth comb:

I grab a styling product to create hold:


I apply it to my new growth:


I use a soft bristle brush to work the product in and continue smoothing my new growth:


Then I pull my hair into a ponytail — taut but not tight! 
(I have to be able to keep it in all day):


Tie a scarf around my hair, while I finish getting ready:
Remove the Scarf and I’m all done! 
It holds all day and as long as I’m not working out/sweating it stays for days if I just apply the scarf each night.

What’s your favorite styling aid to create hold? 
You already know mine.

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    Looking good Kim! My scarf is my saviour when it comes to keeping my edges laid x

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    Great post! I love pictorials. I use either aloe vera gel or ecostyler gel. Having a smooth ponytail (or bun) has been getting me through my stretches.

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    Great pictorial! I use my moisturizing spray and tie it down with my scarf.

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    Nice post. The pics are great & helpful. I use aloe vera gel and a scarf to get smooth edges. If I want a really strong hold, I use EcoStyler gel and sometimes ORS edge control.

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    Great pictorial especially for visual people like me. I am a lay them edges down with a scarf girl too:)

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    Thanks, Lesley! The scarf really does help to set the hair in place for the rest of the day. It doesn't look I it does much, but it really helps with the longevity of the smoothness.

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    Thanks, Jen! Yeah, if I couldn't get my edges to lay down, I know I wouldn't stretch my relaxers as long.

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    The edge control is much thicker than EcoStyler. I consider it a gel-like pomade. I have to add water to it in order for it to work. It has a really strong hold.

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    Great post! It's funny that the missing (magic) ingredient for me when trying to achieve this has been water!! I've tried loads of cream/gel combos but this has worked instantly to tame those 'pepper grains'! So thanks for sharing!

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    i love the texture of your hair, it looks so healthy, i just started my healthier hair journey.

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