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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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20 thoughts on “How To | Create a Smooth Ponytail When Deep Into A Stretch

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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