Love wearing your hair back but find that it looks flat?
Then you need to revamp your pony with the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler!
Day to day, I love having my hair pulled back off my face, especially when I’ve got a lot of rushing around to do. Trouble is, my hair is so fine that if I just scrap it back and tie it into a ponytail, it looks as flat as a pancake and I look a bit bald. My hair needs life, volume and a bit of bounce or texture.
Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tricks to make my hair look full of life when I’m tying it back and I’ll show you one way today using the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler to create a tousled, textured ponytail.
I first bought this hair wand early last year when I used it to style my hair in this River Island Plus fashion post. The barrel of the curler is ceramic coated which promotes healthy, smooth and silky hair and it heats up to 200c. I love it because it heats up really quickly and it can curl my hair in seconds which means that I’m not having to wait around with my hair held onto the wand for too long, saving me time and lowering the risk of me burning myself!
The Chopstick Styler creates the most amazing corkscrew curls which were bang on trend last year and are only getting bigger this year, so it really is the top tool to buy right now. Its really easy to use, simply straighten over the hair, section off and take small sections of hair, wrap them around the wand, hold for 8-10 seconds and then unwind the hair. It couldn’t be more straight forward and I love that you can easily vary the look that you achieve with it by taking wider or thicker sections of hair. The smaller the piece of hair, the tighter the curl will be.
I can remember when heated hair tools like straighteners first became popular and widely used when I was around 14/15. Back then you’d have to spend a good £100 on a curling tong or straightening iron to get anything half decent, i.e. hot and actually doing the job. Whereas now the tools that are available on the high street are equally as good as their high end counterparts and you really don’t have to fork out the big bucks to get your hair looking catwalk ready.
You’ll not believe the price of the high performing Chopstick Styler; £19.99! I know, I couldn’t believe it was so affordable either!
The Chopstick Styler is great for creating hair thats big, tightly curled and the right balanced between wild and tamed but its also fabulous for creating messy curls texture in the hair. This makes also makes it the perfect tool for transforming a classic ponytail into a stand out look that you could easily wear during the day or on a night out.
The best thing about it? Creating this look takes only a few minutes!
All you’ll need to revamp your ponytail is:
- Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler
- Lee Stafford Messed up Spray Wax
- 1 hair bobble
- 2 hair grips
- Hair brush (preferably a type that you’re able to smooth the hair with and backcomb the hair tightly. I’m using this paddle brush and this brush for back combing).
Start by brushing your hair through and sectioning off the top part from either side of the top of the forehead back to the crown. Take that part of hair, section by section and gently back comb the hair. Back combing should be tight, at the root of the hair, not throughout the length of it as this creates the most height.
Work forwards, towards the face and stop about two inches from your hair line. then brush the hair back over to smooth it and conceal the back combing.
Next, use your hands (rather than a brush which will smooth the hair further) to gather the hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair bobble. This shouldn’t look too neat and perfected as the idea is that the look is a little bit undone.
If you want to create added height in the top section of hair, slide the tail of your backcombing brush into the hair at the crown and gently pull the hair upwards until the desired lift is achieved.
This can also be done all over the hair if you want it to look messier, either by using the brush or taking your hands into a slight claw shape with open fingers, placing them either side of the head, towards the hair bobble and pulling the hair forwards, in the direction of the face. This will pull more of the hair from the ponytail and create more of a messy, undone look.
Depending on how you like your hair to look, you can pull pieces out of the front sections of hair to frame the face.
To conceal the hair tie, take a section of hair from the underside of the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail so that you can no longer see the hair bobble. Secure this piece of hair with a couple of hair grips so that it wont unravel.
The amount of hair that you need will depend on how thick the bobble is that you’ve used and how much hair you have left to play with within the ponytail. You need just enough to cover the bobble without leaving you with too thin a piece of hair to curl within the pony.
Again, you can make the hair wrapped around the pony a little more textured and volumised by teasing it slightly to spread out the hair.
Moving onto the pony, take rough sections of the ponytail and wrap them around the chopstick styler one by one. This doesn’t need to be neat, the whole idea is that the ponytail is tousled, volumised and textured. The smaller the section and the more times you wind it around the wand will create a tighter curl. Take a bigger section and the curl will be wider and more loose.
I personally like to take a mixture of small sections and wind them tightly around the Chopstick styler and then I like to take some larger 2 inch sections and wind them around the wand loosely, so that the the turns of the hair around the wand are wider and more spaced out.
For a less uniform look, make sure you’re tonging the sections of hair in different directions.
Next, use your fingers to brush out the curls. You can even pick up some sections of the ponytail and make the curls a little more volumised by holding each section of curled hair at the end with one hand and then sliding the hair upwards between your thumb and index finger of the other hand. This gives the ponytail a more poofy, volumised and textured look.
To complete this hairstyle, spritz some of the Lee Stafford Messed Up Spray Wax through the ponytail and ruffle or scrunch the hair a little. This product is absolutely genius and I can’t believe I’ve only discovered it in the last few months! It gives the hair a matte texture, plenty of definition and some hold too without weighing the hair down or making it stick which is ideal regardless of whether you’re adding it to hair when its down or pinned up like I have here.
The Lee Stafford Messed Up Spray Wax is ideal for using on freshly washed hair as it will give it some grit and texture but it works equally as well on 2 day old hair to perk it up and define the messy look that you’re wanting to create.
I find that it actually helps to hold a curl and overall style very well too and the hair can be scrunched again later in the day for even more volume! Plus it has that signature Lee Stafford fragrance that I absolutely ADORE!
Voila! Super simple, quick and easy whether you’re putting your hair up for the day or an evening out.
This look can be achieved easily in this way or it can be created by creating the tousled curls all over the hair first, before tying it into the ponytail.
I sometimes wear it a day or two after I’ve already curled my hair using the Chopstick Styler when they’re starting to drop a little bit. Either way, it always looks cool and effortless!
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How do you like to style your hair when you wear it back? What Lee Stafford hair products do you love?