How to Create the Perfect Glam Ponytail - Sam Villa

How to Create the Perfect Glam Ponytail

(New York, NY) – Jada Jenkins, Sam Villa Ambassador, Mizani Artist and L'amour de Rose Salon Owner @jadajenkinsco, is all about the perfect glam ponytail right now. Whether creating a red-carpet look, designing for runway or teaching a guest how to DIY it at home, understanding these concepts will help create the perfect glam look for any occasion. See Jenkins in action:

  1. Face Shape: Understanding face shape is crucial. Sleek looks can slim a round face, a side swoop or fringe can help draw attention away from a larger forehead. And avoiding weight on an oblong face shape will help to balance features.

  2. Products: Advise against using softening products like leave-in conditioners and masks, they create too much slip. The goal is to get the most grip out of hair so the style will last all day/night. So, applying a blowout cream on ends, volumizing mousse at roots and then blow drying hair upside down would be the best styling option to create tons of volume and a nice foundation for an updo.

  3. Define the Design: Always apply Mizani Heat Screen Hair Protectant Spray to prep and protect hair from heat. For a sleek surface, use a Sam Villa Signature Series Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron to smooth hair; when added texture and mass is needed, use a Sam Villa Signature Series Textur Professional Texturizing Iron to build volume.

  4. Position: Break down ponytail into sections (2-3). If the person has a part (middle or side) divide hair into 3 sections. Establish the position of the ponytail, gather hair and use a bungee cord to secure.

  5. Length: Extensions are always an option for longer styles, choose those that match original hair texture and desired length and attach with the following steps:

    • Weft extension around elastic bands.
    • Use hairpins to secure extensions at the top and bottom of the ponytail.
  6. Secure: Crafting the tail properly will ensure it stays in place. Start by applying Mizani Lived-In Sculpting Paste and HRM Humidity Resistance Mist to hold hair in place. Use a Sam Villa Signature Series Tail Comb to form neat clean sections. When using hairpins, attach a braid to the scalp to provide an anchor for pins to limit scalp irritation. Connect each section with elastic bands and then wrap a small piece of hair around the elastic to cover it.

  7. Enhancements: Once the ponytail is in place, take creative liberty to embellish with accessories, braids, curls, waves or super sleek smoothness.

“When fashioning ponytails, always be mindful of tension… gather hair just tight enough to secure, too much unnecessary pulling can damage hair follicles,”

explains Jenkins.


Image 1 (above): Hair/Jada Jenkins; Photographer/Thomas Kirk; Makeup/Makki

Images 2, 3 and 5: Hair/Jada Jenkins; Photography/Roy Cox; Makeup/Lola Oklawon

Image 4: Hair/Jada Jenkins; Photography/Thomas Kirk; Makeup/Akura Robinson

Sam Villa is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Sam Villa Company (Allvus, LLC), a leading education and styling tool company for the professional hair industry. He is also Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, a L’Oreal brand. Villa is the 2020 International Hairdressing Awards ‘International Hair Influencer of the Year,’ the 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Intercoiffure America/Canada Member, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007) and Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015). His inspiring education and innovative ergonomic styling tools can be experienced on The Sam Villa brand brings free digital education to everyone including hot tips and techniques, as well as access to livestreamed educational events. The company also offers professional tools for consumers so they can achieve salon-quality results at home with minimum effort.