Over the last many months I’ve been looking for better ways to secure a ponytail on Goose & Bee — especially Goose because her hair is rather thick. I’d started using a regular ponytail holder, along with one of the Goody clear (and very strong!) rubber bands to keep her ponytails from sagging or coming out. So months back I saw some Ponytail Hooks at Sally Beauty Supply and thought I’d try them, but then put them away & forgot about them. Then one day Goose wanted Curlformers in, but wanted them in a ponytail for a change. She wanted them only in her ponytail, which we’d never done before. I was torn with how I was going to secure her ponytail, put in the Curlformers, and then the next day be able to “tidy” up all the hair in front (since she sleeps in the Curlformers) without coming through all the great curls in the ponytail itself. Then I remembered we had ponytail hooks and figured we’d give them a try. Using these I wouldn’t have to pull and pull all her curls in and out of a regular ponytail holder/ rubber band.
I prepped her hair for a ponytail and wrapped the hair with the ponytail hooks instead of a regular rubber band. They were a bit tricky to use at first but they reminded me a lot of those “bobbles” that I know my mom used on me when I was a kid – you know the ones … they are like an open rubber band with a little colored ball on each end that you wrapped around a ponytail?!
The trick with these, however, was just to keep the hooks from hooking her hair when I was still wrapping them around her ponytail. Since her hair was so heavy with the Curlformers in, I opted to put 2 of them in this time.
Since her ponytail is so long, we doubled up on the Curlformers end to end, like we showed recently in our Curlformers Experiment.
The next morning, her ponytail had stayed in nicely, as had the Curlformers. I gently unwrapped the ponytail hooks and smoothed her hair out up front. Then I wrapped the ponytail hooks back around the ponytail and secured them both. (I never let the hair down – I held it in my hand keeping the hair in loose ponytail with my hand.) Then I removed the Curlformers. I opted to hide the hooks by wrapping her ponytail like I recently showed in THIS video. I realize, using our ponytail wrapping technique requires pulling the ponytail through a rubber band which defeats what I was trying to avoid by using the hooks, but I used a very small one that didn’t disturb the curls and I didn’t have to wrap it a ton like I would if I were trying to make an actual ponytail!
In the end, I was happy with the way these hooks secured her ponytail. I don’t know if I were to have to use them on myself how easy they would be, but putting them in Goose’s hair and getting them to lay the way I wanted – it only took me a few tries & then it was no big deal.
Here’s a closer look at the ponytail hooks. They stretch nicely and once you get the ends hooked they hold really well. Depending on what style you are doing, these necessarily wouldn’t work well but they are a great go to if you don’t want a sagging ponytail. We still use our same old “double” rubber band method too, but these are a great alternative to have.
Goose was happy with her curly bouncy “cheerleader ponytail” (as she called it) and I was happy because the ponytail didn’t sag!
Has anyone ever used ponytail hooks, and what has been your experience with them? I’d love to hear!