I am often intrigued, frustrated, amused and astonished by the hair style that is known as the pony tail. There are a number of styles of pony tail- some subtle in their difference between the others on the list, some quite obviously out there! Before we have a zip through the main styles, I should give you a potted history of the p-tail, but as a prelude, my personal gripe about pony tails:
Pony tails on men! I have yet to see a descent pony tail on a man, young or old. I am afraid that it may be my age, but they should be the exclusive right of the fairer sex. I have nothing against blokes with long hair- I like heavy metal for heaven’s sake- but the sight of a sixty-something musician in a rock band, with receding grey hair and what little there is, captured into a pathetic midget pony tail is beyond the pale for me!
Women complying with European fashion of the Georgian period and right up to the 20th century were rarely were seen outside of the boudoir with their hair in such an informal and provocative style as a ponytail. It became de rigour for girls in US Colleges in the 1950s onwards and has kept going since then.
Definitions vary but it is generally agreed that ponytail is a hairstyle in which some, most, or all of the hair on the head is pulled away from the face, gathered and secured at the back of the head with a hair tie, clip, or other similar device, and allowed to hang freely from that point. It gets its name from its resemblance to the undocked tail of a horse or pony. Ponytails are usually worn at the back of the head but can be worn at the side. If the hair is divided into two ponytails then they can be referred to as bunches. If the ponytail is braided it is often then called a pigtail. Strange- never seen a pig with a braided tail…
You can have the super-long ponytail, by adding an extension (cheat!) or produce what seems to be a thicker one by mounting one ponytail atop the other. One ponytail on top of another will make your ponytail look way longer and thicker than it is. A popular technique to “grow” a p-tail or make it look more voluminous is to use a hidden butterfly clip within it to make it come out from the back of the head a little. Another favourite, especially among the Boho brigade, is to make the ponytail “messy” not all combed and lacquered into a shiny postured piece of hair, but a rather wild and frizzy statement that can actually move in the wind and when you toss your head.
Finally, use an expensive chiffon or silk scarf tied half way down the pony tail to draw attention to it. I prefer these to the hairnet type bag that some ladies use which just seems to drag the ponytail back to the late fifties!