6 Tips To Achieving A Slick and Sleek Natural Ponytail With Type 4 Hair

sleek ponytailMoisturize, then Gel Down

Hair gel can get hard and it can be a little drying which isn’t going to work for any hair texture when trying to achieve a sleek hairstyle. If you are worrying about your hair getting crunchy or hard, mix a little bit of oil (like coconut or olive oil) into your gel or simply buy a styling product that already has oil in the formula.

Moisturizing your hair before slathering it in gel will not only keep your hair properly hydrated but it will actually aid in laying your hair down flatter. For the best results, use a heavy product like a moisturizing cream or butter.

Do not worry if your hair is super white or creamy looking after you put it in the ponytail, it’ll go away after your sets and dries!

Set Hair With A Scarf

The key to having a super slick ponytail is laying it down flat! And one of the oldest tricks in the book is setting our hair with a silk scarf for as long as possible.

Take a large scarf, fold it in half, and wrap it around your head once or twice, and tie it in the front of your head. For the best results, sleep on it overnight; but if you’re pressed for time, 10-15 minutes will do the trick.


Make sure you don’t tie the scarf too tight or behind your hairline, or else it’ll leave oddly placed lines in your hair and not fully press down your edges.

Finish With A Shine Spray

Your hair may be super slicked back but it’s not sleek until it has that natural looking shine. Spraying a thin layer of non-mineral oil hair sheen or rubbing a light oil/pomade between your hands and smoothing it over your ponytail will do the trick.

Don’t add too much shine or it’ll come off way more glossy than you intended. If you’re worried about going overboard, gradually add product to your hair until you reach your desired shine.

Try Clip Ons Or Kanekalon

Now that all that slicking and laying is done, you’re left with the actual ponytail. Depending on how you detangled or if you stretched, your ponytail may be super defined or in a puff.

Personally, I prefer my ponytails to be super straight but sometimes it’s a hassle because I am strictly anti-heat. So what’s the solution? Clip ons and Kankelon braid hair!

For a more natural look, I take perm or blow out textured clip ins and clip them at the base of my ponytail–covering the clips with hair bands or scrunchies. If you’re worried about your hair showing, bobby pin it up into your scrunchie and it should be completely hidden.

If you use kanekalon or any other braid hair, put your real hair into a small bun, cuff the extensions around the bun, place a sturdy hair tie around it, and then spread it out into a ponytail so it’ll conceal the bun.

Voila! You have your sexy, slick, and sleek ponytail!

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About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

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