Ponytails – The Easiest Low Manipulation Hairstyle For Length Retention

Huge curls after a roller set pulled into a pony

Huge curls after a roller set pulled into a pony

I admit freely that I don’t like protective styling. I’m not saying that I never use protective styling, I just never genuinely enjoy it.

You see, for me it’s a novelty to have my own hair the length that I’ve used weaves in the past to achieve. Call me vain but I’ve worked so hard so I think I deserve to show off my length often!

Having said that, from a length retention perspective, wearing your hair down week in week out is not the best idea.

It brings to mind something I noticed a few years ago when I had a 9-5 job. I worked with two Caucasian women with similar honey blonde hair but there the similarities ended.

The younger of the two had hair that remained at around the BSL level for the 2 years that I worked at that company.

She had the natural razor ends that develop when you don’t have your hair trimmed for a while. The older one had waist length hair that she was always having to trim back so she had blunt thick looking ends.

Being nosy enough to ask, I wasn’t surprised to learn that they both washed and blow dried their hair every morning. The younger one either straightened or curled her hair afterwards and wore her hair down every day.

The older woman tied her hair into a ponytail after her blow dry. In fact, she only wore her hair down a handful of times per month!

You may be surprised to learn that some Caucasians also having trouble retaining length and if their hair care forums are anything to go by, the problem is quite widespread mostly because many of these women turn to heated tools to style their hair every morning.

I would imagine that most of you have already given up daily blow drying/flat ironing and the take home message here is if you are wearing your hair down daily, it stands to reason that a lot of you are probably also combing/brushing your hair daily too.

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Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.


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    How long does your hair have to be to do the top braid spiral one? It looks so beautiful! 

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      Postgirl45 says:

      Great post! I pony about 3 days a week when I’m not bunning. I used to wear my hair down every day but I’ve realised that you can style up more with accessories when you do up do’s so after my rollersets, I wear my hair up. Length retention has never been better.

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      I would say BSL and longer.

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    Girlwonder614 says:

    I was wondering, if I like to wear my hair in a ponytail often, will my hair start to break where the ponytail holder is?..And if so, how can I prevent/stop this from happening? I ask because I dont protective style often, and I love a ponytail, but I’ve also recently grown out about 6 inches of healthy happy hair, so I do want to retain my length while rocking my side ponytail…

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      Absolutely not if you pony in the right way. Use an ouchless bands but never tie tight under any circumstances. The pony should naturally loosen as the day goes on. If you find that it is not loosening then it’s too tight. You know the way white people do ponytails? Like that!

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    crysanthimum says:

    hair grease makes my scalp stinky itchy and bumpy. I want my hair to grow out and not be dry what is good for my scalp

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      Personally I don’t put anything on my scalp because tit makes me itchy. If you absolutlely must put something why not try coconut oil?

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      crysanthimum says:

      the liquid or solid .I smelled one solid at a walmart and it smelled like an old greasy cupboard yuck and does it have to be pure coconut only

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        Yes pure. Extra virgin coconut oil has a light coconut fragrance. If it smells awful then you shouldn’t use it. Is there any reason why you have to put anything on your scalp when you are obviously so adverse to it? If it’s causing you to itch then maybe you should try to go a few weeks with nothing and see how you get on.

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          crysanthimum says:

          a few years ago I learned that I didnt need it but I think it helps my hair to grow is this a truth since most hair growth treat ments are applied to the scalp?

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            No, that’s just a myth. Some oils like wild growth oil are directly targeted to help hair growth but random grease on you scalp for hair growth? No, they don’t help. Your hair will grow anyway even without any oil.

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            crysanthimum says:

            i know wild growth oil have you used it and seen results for your self?
            is it popular now or just old school? like sulfer 8 phewwww!

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            Nope I don’t use any oil on my scalp. Never have never will but my hair still grew to waist length. Maybe it works for some people I don’t know but oils make me itch so I have never bothered with them.

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            crysanthimum says:

            does trimming the ends make a difference my hair is waist length in some places and my edges stay broken I’m stuck between smooth hair and fuzzy edges (I flat iron) or I plaster them down with edge control.I am not skilled at pressing my own edges any good products that hold down without bubbling my hair.

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            Trimming makes your hair look healthier because your ends look thicker as opposed to having thin ends. Also if you have many splits then trimming stops them from further damaging your hair. Don’t know much about edge creams I’m afraid. :)

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    curlyprincesses says:

    I really like this article.. the good old fashioned ponytail to retain length method is always easy. I wonder why I forget about this? Anyway accessorizing and changing it up is a great tip!

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    Don’t most natural hair websites warn about edge breakage due to wearing ponytails too much?

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    I used always pull my hair back, especially when I was first transitioning. But it was hard on my edges and hair would break off at the point where the ‘gentle’ ponytail holder toutched my hair. So now I only wear them occaisionally

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    Ponytails proved extremely damaging to my hair, to the point that the middle section broke off to next to nothing

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    Ladies, if you connect a rubber to 2 Bobbie pins, wrap them around and tuck the Bobbie pins in you
    Will suffer less with breakage;)

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    It can be damaging because the hair is pulled back so tightly it break your edges. Another thing I see a lot are women putting their hair in a ponytail while still wet. Bacteria grows in moisture areas which causes damage

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    Our hair cannot be compared to other races!!!!

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    I wear very lose ponytails and my edges are just fine. Also don’t wear it in the exact same place everyday. Move it around a little. Once you are home let it breath.

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    Won’t the constant snagging on clothes by the exposed hair lead to breakage?

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    Created a bald spot for me.

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    Pretty ponytail beautiful hair

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    I think it just depends on an individual’s hair.

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