As the summer progresses, you know we have to hit you with one of these bomb styles that our fellow queens are rocking up and down these streets. A fan favorite: the sleek power pony. On top of being edgy, the look can also double as being professional enough for work. With the sleek power pony, not only will you have a maintenance free hairstyle, but you’ll also have something that is appropriate for virtually any situation.
Unless you’ve been living as a reclose, you probably have seen the sleek power pony before, but have you seen all the different ways that women are doing them these days? We’ve come a long way over the past few years, ladies. We really are getting more and more creative with how we decide to slay.
Now, let’s not get this confused with the traditional draw-string ponytails that were popular in the early 2000s (and maybe even sooner… I just don’t remember seeing them as much before I got to middle school). This style is not the same. That’s not to say that a drawstring ponytail hairstyle can’t look flawless. As we all know, it depends on whose styling it. However, this style is different than a typical drawstring ponytail because of the method that they use to install the hair.
And you know what the best part is? There are so many different variations to this style. You can do your sleek pony high, low, with gold thread, with curly hair, or even hair that goes past your waist. It all depends on two things: 1) What style you think looks best on you and 2) Your level of comfort when it comes to sleeping. Unlike your typical drawstring, you would not take this hair out every day. All you would need to do is cover your hair at night and try not to sweat too much in your sleep. With that being said, if you have any problems with sleeping with obtrusive hairstyles (i.e. you don’t like sleeping on your face), then you may want to do a higher ponytail.
So, how do you get this look? First, you need to shampoo and condition your hair with Shedavi Crowned Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Next, add just a hint of Shedavi Elixir for protectant and shine, then blow dry your hair straight on the coolest heat setting. Be sure to use a Denman brush to help get your hair as straight as possible. Be gentle! We don’t want any breakage.
Once the hair is dry and stretched, you’ll need to sculpt it with your favorite edge control or hair gel to get your hair looking sleek. If you have thick hair, we recommend applying your product in layers. Add a wrap to keep your edges flat, then either sit under a dryer or hit your hair with the blow dryer to expedite the drying process.
By now, your hair should be sleek, sculpted, and molded to your liking. Time to add the hair! You’ll need to get track hair in any style/length of your choosing. From here, I’ve seen two different methods-- depending on the length of your hair. For those with shorter hair, stylist tend to add a braid to your bun, then sew the tracks around the braid to get the long layer look. Those with longer hair use their own hair to be a braided tail, then the tracks get sewn to the natural ponytail.
If you’re pressed for time, you can easily just wrap the tracks around the base until you reach the desired thickness. If you do this method, you can either sew the hair around the base or add bobby pins.
The final step is to wrap a piece of the weave around your base of your ponytail to compete the look. While it takes a little bit of effort to get the hair sleek and smooth, it’s well worth it once you can start stomping the streets with your new sleek power pony.
Have you tried this style? Tell us about it in the comments!
Written by Bianca Scott