Thursday, October 27, 2011

Can I live without a ponytail?

I wear my hair in a ponytail almost every day. It is not a cute ponytail. It is a "I pulled my hair back when the baby woke up so I could nurse her without it getting pulled and then forgot about it for the rest of the day" ponytail. It is not a cute "messy" look, but simply sloppy. And when I look in the mirror, all I see is some frizz around my ears.

This is disappointing, because I really love my hair. And it's time I do something about it. After all, this is the easiest and least expensive way for me to look pretty. My goal for improving my wardrobe is for it to be a natural evolution, as I find a piece here and there, so it could still be a while before I feel pretty in all my clothes. In the meantime, I at least want my hair to be pretty. And that means my frizzy, bumpy ponytail has got to go.

I know what I need to do - a No Plain Pony November!

Would you like to join me?

The Challenge: Don't wear my hair in a plain ponytail for the entire month of November.

I'm not giving up on wearing my hair up period, because that would just be stressful. The point is not to wear my hair down no matter what, but to try to look pretty - and I would not feel pretty if my hair is down but all stringy. That's why it's no plain ponytail - a nice up-do might make me feel just as pretty and not necessitate a shower.

Starting Tuesday, my hair is going to be down, or half back, or in a pretty headband, or in some other style that is not a plain ponytail. (Caveat: When I'm working out, it will probably be in a regular junky ponytail. But until I hit the road or get to the gym, it has to be down or done. Otherwise I'll wear it in a plain pony all day with the excuse that I'm "about to" work out.)

Below is some up-do inspiration that I found, for when the month and my enthusiasm are waning.

30 Hairstyles in 30 Days. Anyone want to buy me the ebook?

Gibson tuck tutorial, with video.

Head scarf tutorial.

Twist and Pin, with video. If you're really brave!

Three easy pretty styles.

Ten quick and easy styles for long hair.

I'm not really into braids, but I like this second style.

Twisted Sister tutorial. (Click to see original large version.)

Knot Your Average Pony. (Click to see original large version.)

Are you inspired yet? No Plain Pony November starts Tuesday!


  1. Wow, that really would be a challenge! It could be an interesting thing to try though. I'll have to think about participating. Mine it always in a ponytail, but a neat one. My hair is super straight so I don't have any friz problems. It's just SO long, more than halfway down my back so it seems to get in the way quite a bit especially bending over all day to deal with people half my height. Some of the pictures you posted seem doable though. We shall see! :)

  2. great idea! But it would require me waking up even earlier in the mornings before I'm out :)

  3. This would require that my left and right hands actually cooperate with one another during hair styling and I'm pretty sure that will never happen. (Seriously, I can't even use a brush in one hand with the dryer in the other. I know, it's sad.)

    But, I'm sorta joining you because I think I'm going to make it impossible to do a plain pony by getting my hair cut. Maybe.

  4. I'm in. The whole reason I grew my hair out is so I can do fun things with it, and yet today I have it in a plain pony just like I could have done when it was above my shoulders.
    Jeanne G.

  5. I am sitting at my desk with a plain pony and I am thinking to myself. "Self! What a rut you are in!"

    Thanks for making this suggestion. What a nice idea, schmancy hair for a whole month.
    I'm in. So excited.

  6. Oh dear, my weakness: my hair. I have never been able to do anything with my hair. I don't know if I'm ready to do something every day for a whole month, BUT: I tried that "knot your average ponytail" do just now . . . and love it! Wow! Awesome, thanks for sharing! I'll have to try some of these others, too...

  7. I love your idea. But I just don't have the time to "do" any more with my hair than I do now. But I don't wear a pony. I use my Chi straightener every day. LOL

  8. I'm in (deep breath)!
    Thanks for all the links, I think I will be referencing this post often in the next month.

  9. I chopped all my hair off, just because I don't like the yucky ponytail. I feel so much prettier with it short, and as an added bonus it doesn't hurt when my kids "style" it. Win-win for me!

  10. This is a cute idea, but my hair is only really long enough to be down or in a ponytail. Not long enough to braid. So I usually do one or the other, depending on how greasy it is! I hate my hair. I had major PP hairloss, and now I have a bunch of hair that's like an inch long growing in around my forehead and part. Gross. I can't wait for it to be better.

    This is a great idea, I hope you post pictures!

  11. I feel pretty when I part my hair on the side before pulling it back. I try to do so most days.


  12. I have taken to clipping my hair in a sturdy tortoiseshell bar-clip instead of a ponytail. To me, it acts and feels like a ponytail, but to the world, it apparently looks like a sophisticated* swirl. I find that when I get the placement of the clip just right, it makes a world of difference, but still only takes under a minute. I invested in a high quality $14 J. Crew hair clip - which makes all the difference - but what doesn't tortoiseshell go with?

    *Someone actually said this to me. Sophisticated! Guess I have them all fooled.

  13. Good luck! I will be anxious to see how it goes.

  14. What a great idea! I'm pleading mom-to-a-newborn this month, but I can't wait to hear how it goes.

    I'd definitley like to try something like this, you know, as soon as I can get the hang of showering daily...

  15. Just came across your blog - what a fun read! I would love to join you in this challenge! My hair is also one of my best features, so no reason to just pull it back in a ratty pony. Thanks for all the inspiration pictures and instructions. I'd be curious to learn about your progress through this month:)

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