How to Do a High Ponytail Without the Bumps or Falling

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With! No! Bumps!

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You take your time to pull your hair up in a high ponytail, but somehow the base is off-center, the hair underneath is saggy, and your “slicked” roots are riddled with lumps and bumps. And even when you take the time to use a brush, your hair is like a Whac-A-Mole…jumping from smooth but too low…high but too bumpy…and that’s not even considering all the flyaways! And the stray hairs! And the drooping! IS ANYONE ELSE FRUSTRATED?!

*Breathes.* Basically, anyone who says ponytails are simple have clearly not attempted the ultra-high, super-sleek, no-bumps-whatsoever ponytail that only celebs with professional hairstylists can pull off. And if you’re like me, you hate when people say, “I dunno, just practice, and you’ll get better!” So instead, I rounded up all the best tips and tricks from the pros to find out the secret (yup, there’s actually more than one) to getting the perfect high ponytail and consolidated them into five easy steps. Keep reading to finally achieve your hair dreams.

Step 1: Blow-dry your roots straight up.

Chris Appleton, one of Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande’s go-to stylists who’s known for his high ponies, says the key to getting your hair to cooperate is to flip your head over and use a bit of heat and a boar brush to dry your hair in the same direction at the root. If your hair is already dry, dampen it with water, then coat it with a heat protectant spray to protect your hair while you reshape it.

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