This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she left

Since my first few children were boys, I had a lot of time to look at little girls and think and dream of what I’d eventually want my first princess to look like.

I knew my eventual girl would never wear any jean-style pants, even as a baby or toddler. Everything would be girly or frilly. And we’ve followed through…even the babies wear skirts and stockings instead of leggings and pants.

But the thing I knew I most wanted to avoid, when I eventually did get that princess…was messy hair. I hated those frizzies and flyaways that made little girls look like they had a lion’s mane. It didn’t help, though, that when my first daughter did finally get some hair that could be styled (it took a couple years), it wasn’t the straight hair of my dreams.

That’s ok. We’d make it work. We’d make that perfect stay-all-day ponytail or other hair-dos work too.

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she left

What you’ll need: Two rubberbands, spray product, a brush and bows! (I use Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel),  I like the Garnier Fructis product, bookglobal.net/health/ even if I don’t use it for its original purpose, because it keeps hair in place without it feeling hard or stiff. I also find that it’s easily accessible (even in kosher supermarkets!) as it’s also used on boys’ and mens’ peyos. I usually find it at around $3.00 a bottle or less.

Step 1: Don’t put all the hair into one rubber band!

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she leftStart by putting the hair into a half up style.

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she leftSpray the crown of the head and brush it backwards (again and again until it’s perfectly straight).

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she left

Secure in rubber band.

 

Step 2:

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she left Brush up the bottom part of the hair and let it join the rest of the ponytail.

Hold it there while you spray, spray, spray the bottom and brush it straight up.

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she leftThen wrap the second rubber band around the entire ponytail, joining the new hair to the top part.

 

Step 3:

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she left

How to Make a Ponytail That Stays Perfect All Day. This trick will ensure your daughter returns home looking as fresh as when she left

Add the bows or headband (optional). No, not optional!

What if your daughter has straight, silky hair? You likely don’t need to spray, or probably only very lightly. But the two-rubberband trick will still keep the ponytail tighter.

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Victoria Dwek
Victoria holds a B.A. in English Literature from New York University and a M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She’s the editor emeritus of Ami Magazine’s Whisk and is an obsessive cookbook writer (with seven to date). When she’s not writing, she’s busy entertaining her cuties, all aged 11 and under.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Great tip Victoria! I will try this on my girl’s hair! I would love to see the front photo – because my daughter gets the fly aways and baby hair sticking out, but I suppose that is unavoidable? 🙂

    • I don’t have experience with curly hair, but that’s a good idea for another post if anyone does have curly hair tips!

  2. Does the spray leave the hair sticky or stiff, so that if she skips a shower one night it will be impossible to brush through the next day?

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