It gets its name from its resemblance to the undocked tail of a horse or pony. In the past, this was considered informal for ladies,but it has become a more common way to wear the hair in formal settings as well. Mostly because it keeps hair away from the face and signifies usefulness.
Just on the side, there is actually a ‘ponytail equation’ The Ponytail Shape Equation provides an understanding of how a ponytail is swelled by the outward pressure which arises from interactions between the component hairs.
The first equation of state for hair, developed by C F van Wyk in 1946.
History of the Ponytail
The interesting thing is men are not left out in the ponytail trend, whether it is simply the statement ponytail or the samurai man bun.
Lets go back in history, this might actually look familiar…
There is a possibility that men packing their hair upward started from some Asian tribes.
Frescoes from 1600 B.C. illustrate Greek women wearing ponytails. Ancient artwork also proves the style was embraced by Egyptian dancers and Roman girls.
In the 6th century, it was the Mayan men who wore ponytails while women wore braids
18th Century British military members wore wigs with queues; one style was meant to ward off the cut of a saber. For women, the ponytail was a hairstyle reserved for only little girls. No respectable woman would be seen outside of her boudoir with her hair in a ponytail!
For much of the 20th century, ponytails were widely accepted as a style for young girls. The first incarnations of Barbie had ponytails and short curled-under bangs. This remains an iconic look in the doll’s history.
Now for the ladies, remember to take precautions when wearing ponytails, so you don’t end up with receding hairline
- Avoid wearing ponytails too tight. Apart from it creating tension around your hairline, it could also cause headaches.
- Avoid wearing ponytails very often. Just like buns, there is always the temptation for the working class lady to keep your hair in that one position every time because it is easy to maintain and it is out of your face. You can basically do everything without getting worried about the status of your hair. (A healthier alternative is to wear wigs)
Of Course, there are exciting ways to wear ponytails. Your hair may not be long enough but you can wear weaves or extensions that blend with the color of your hair. Till we see again next week….