Sure, Ariana Grande has evolved a lot this year. The sultry tone and intense vocals on her latest album, Dangerous Woman, are a strict departure from her demure attitude and restrained vibe on her previous album, and it solidifies Grande’s longstanding place in the pop-music world. But there’s one thing that might never change: Grande’s affinity for pulling her hair into a super-high ponytail. Yes, she got bangs recently, but she’s not giving up her high ponytail. Grande loves her ponytail so much that she cut a hole into her baseball cap recently to accommodate it:
Due to her extreme dedication to her ponytail, we don’t think there’s anyone better to take hints from when it comes to the best elastics that keep hair in place all day. On Tuesday, hairstylist Aaron Light did Grande’s hair and divulged the elastics he uses to keep her ponytail secure. He uses Smoothies Bungee Bands, which are different than regular elastics because they have two hooks on each end, allowing you to clip your hair together instead of looping an elastic around it. “I love using bungees, especially on clients with thick hair, because you have more control over the hair and can achieve a very tight and secure ponytail,” says Light. “Regular hair bands have a tendency to slip, where bungees really stay put at the base.” In fact, according to Sophia Panych, Allure‘s deputy digital beauty editor, a lot of pro stylists use bungees instead of elastics. “They create a tighter, smoother, and more secure ponytail than the traditional looped elastics,” she says.
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Finally, he sprayed Grande’s ponytail with a sea-salt spray. He likes the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray for texture.
Learn how to create a double-dutch ponytail: