The origin of hair extensions dates back to the empress Cleopatra from Egypt. The first documented proof of weave and hair extensions claims to be in 3400 BC. Women wore wigs, natural hair sew-ins, and braids, all with the use of other human hair, creating enchanting and goddess-like exterior. Today these African practices have been honored, embraced, and remastered through the years. Now nationalities around the world study and use the works of ancient Egyptians.
Today we will be discussing the fashionable Drawstring Ponytail. A drawstring ponytail is a hairpiece specially designed for a fuller or longer looking ponytail. The style is straightforward and inexpensive. It will save you when in a rush but still want a sleek and gorgeous style. Let’s get started!
- 1 Moisturize In Sections
- 2 AVOID Chemical-Based Hair Care Products
- 3 Brush Hair & Create Bun
- 4 Choosing a Ponytail
- 5 Different Textures of Drawstring Ponytails
- 6 Maintenance
- 7 Alternative
Moisturize In Sections
Before adding the ponytail, it is essential to moisturize your natural hair to keep it protected under the hairstyle and keep your hair follicles healthy and robust to enrich growth.
- If it is around that time to wash your hair, this can be an excellent time to try out the drawstring. If not, that is Okay, moisturize the hair in sections with a spray bottle mixed with Water & Conditioner.
- After the hair section is wet, comb it Thoroughly to Detangle. Add Leave-In Conditioner or Cream Based Moisturizer. Proceed to apply Gel of some kind to keep your hair sleek in the bun. EcoGel is the most popular and safest for ebony hair. Always remember to check the ingredients in all products used on ebony hair. It is sensitive and can only be nourished with natural remedies.
- Add a carrier or Base Oil after applying the previous products, this will lock in the products and keep hair follicles hydrated and healthy. Any oil you prefer on your hair can be used such as; Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil or Tea Tree Oil
AVOID Chemical-Based Hair Care Products
- Coal Tar
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
Brush Hair & Create Bun
Brush all of your hair into a secure bun and ensure all hair is laying down, this will create a sleek and well maintained looking ponytail. The smaller the bun, the more translucent the ponytail will appear when attached. Lay down some baby hair with your favorite gel to enhance the look of your natural hair. The way the bun is created depends on the length of the hair. Put your hair into two braids and apply a rubber band to the end, so they do not unravel under the drawstring. Wrap the two braids around each other to resemble a bun and add a hair tie to hold.
Choosing a Ponytail
When choosing a ponytail, If you want to achieve a natural look, find one that fits the color of your hair or any color that you feel blends nicely with the color of your natural hair. (This applies to dyed hair as well ). The texture and length of the ponytail can be anything; Short, Long, Curly, Afro Puff, Straight.
If you want to create a fuller-looking bun using a drawstring ponytail, the length should be longer, and it can make the process easier. Wrap the excess hair around the base of the hair tie until it creates the look you want.
The drawstring ponytail will most likely come with two small clips or combs on each side of the piece. It will be in the middle of the hairpiece and will be placed over the natural bun. Secure the combs into each side of the bun. (Top/Bottom).
Proceed to pull the drawstring outward from your face to hold in the combs and the hairpiece. There should be a clip at the end of the string, pull to the base of the bun. Wrap the remaining strand around the bottom and add bobby pins.
Different Textures of Drawstring Ponytails
- 4B/ 4C Afro Ponytail Drawstring Extension
- Type 3 Curly Hair Drawstring Ponytails
- Perm Yaki Drawstring Ponytails
- Kinky Curly Drawstring Ponytails
This style can last a week or more if properly handled. The hairpiece can be easily removed at night to stay protected, but it can remain on your head as well. Wrap your natural hair and weave in a bonnet at night to Maintain loose hairs on the head and protect style while sleeping. Throughout the week, use gel and your selected moisturizers and oils to touch up the style to keep it looking clean and well taken care of. It will help to make the style look natural. Continuously retouch edges. Care for the hair extension by using a wide-tooth comb to detangle and add your preferred oil to keep it looking fresh and sheen.
There are also some alternatives to a drawstring ponytail if you do not have one. I have seen my family members and a few Youtube videos where they use loose hair extensions. It can not be easily removed at night, so be careful while maintaining the style at night and through the week.
- When the hair arrives in a sealed bag, it is bound with a rubber band that holds the hair. After tying the band around the base of your ponytail, wrap the hair around to form a beautiful bun.
- You can also wrap half of the hair around the bun to cover your natural ponytail and add another hair tie and bobby pins to hold. It will create a bun with excess hair cascading down. This style looks great with two “pigtails.”
Another option is to braid the pieces of extensions with your natural hair to create a fuller and longer looking braid.
Weave and Hair Extensions have been loved for thousands of years, and our culture continues to create and remaster amazing hairstyles that can bring out our inner goddess and showcase our personality. Always embrace your heritage through anything you do in life, it is our backbone. The drawstring ponytail is one of many beautiful and elegant styles that can be easily assembled and worn on any occasion. Like anything, it will take patience and practice to achieve the desired look. I hope you enjoy the look you create!