I recently had a client who works as a high-level business consultant who wanted to learn how to put up her very long hair. It was important that the look was clean and professional, but still reflected the “fresh thinking” that her clients expected from her.One style I taught her was a high ponytail style that looks very grown up, created with a barrette instead of a hair elastic.
This versatile style can be dressed up or down simply by changing the hair clip you decide to use. Once you get the hang of the method, it is also very quick to do. I was able to put my hair up in just over ten seconds, including the time it took to check my hair in the mirror.All you need is long hair, at least past shoulder length with not too many layers and a single barrette or, if you have thick hair, a small Ficcare Maximas hair clip.
Step 1: Make a high French pleat or French twist.
You want to have very long ends coming from the top of your French twist to form the final ponytail, so unless your hair falls to the middle of your back or longer, start by gathering your hair in your initial ponytail at the center of your head.Twist the ponytail once or twice tightly and fold upwards. This makes the basic French twist shape.
For very long hair, start your first ponytail at your hair line on your neck, twisting two times and then folding your hair tightly upwards. Continue twisting until the crease of the French twist reaches your crown.
Step 2: Secure your pleat with your barrette or Ficcare clip near your crown.
Hold your French twist tightly with one hand. With your free hand, clip a barrette with a long or high-arched clasp at the top.Choose a hair clip that is really strong, particularly if you have long or heavy ends.
The longer your ends, the heavier your ponytail will be, so you need a properly designed barrette. I recommend any hair clip that we call a “large” barrette. These have a strongly arched clasp which contains sufficient space to tightly hold a good volume of hair.
If you have very long or heavy hair, I recommend you use a small Ficcare Maximas hair clip. These metal hair clips give a strong and reliable hold, while also looking classic and clean, perfect if you work in a conservative or professional environment.
Step 3: Arrange your ends for a cascading ponytail.
Fan out your hair across the hair clip or barrette so that it is evenly spread out the top of your French twist.This gives your hair better movement and gives you an attractive profile
For a dressier version of this style, use a large crystal barrette, ideally made with a steel French clip. This will give a glamourous glimpse of sparkle flashing under your ponytail as you move, which is subtle and seductive.