Begin by shampooing and conditioning your hair – since the aim is to achieve a smooth, sleek look, it is best to use products that have moisturizing properties.
Towel dry your hair, apply a small amount of heat protection serum, and proceed to blow-dry your hair straight until there are no tangles or damp spots left. Apply smoothing crème/mousse/gel to your hair when finished.
Brush through your hair to get rid of any remaining tangles, and use a hair straightener to ensure your locks are silky smooth and dead straight. Then, apply some pomade to your hair; squeeze some on to your fingers and run them through your hair – this will help you structure your hairstyle.
Decide what you want to do with the hair at the front. Since you are going for a sophisticated look, it is best to keep it polished and avoid messy tangles or fly-aways. Take a small bristle brush (a toothbrush can also work in this case) sprayed with hairspray, and use it to comb down any frizz or fly-aways.
Then, in order to attain a sleek look, you can either sweep all your hair back and tie it up with the ponytail, or opt for silky side bangs, a straight cut fringe, a deep side-part, or a carefully structured hair quiff – this depends on your preference.
Once you have decided what to do with the front of your hair, it is time to begin constructing the ponytail. The ponytail can either be tied up at the back of your head, or more towards the side for a chic side ponytail (again, this depends on your preference). If you decide to tie it up at the back, you have two options – you can either go for a high ponytail, or tie it lower, towards your nape.
Gather all your hair together, and use the elastic band to tie it up at the desired height and spot. Then, proceed to separate a small amount of hair from the rest of the ponytail. Loop this section around the elastic band (so the band is hidden) – wrap it all around and secure it underneath with mini bobby pins.
Use the hair straightener once again, just on the ponytail, to make sure it hangs smooth and straight. Finish it off with a generous spritz of extra strong hold hairspray all over, to ensure your ponytail stays sleek and glamorous.
-A ponytail can also be elevated in terms of style by using jeweled or studded hair clips.
-Avoid tying up ponytails that are too tight for comfort – the strain can weaken your hair over time.
-The sleek and straight look is best if you are looking for a glamorous ponytail; however if you want to add a different, more unique touch to it, use a curling iron to create a light twist at the ends. This will add a bit of bounce and wave.