If you're anything like me, you've gotten more than a few ponies that needed some serious hair help! Whether it's a manky, frizzy pony from eBa... er, some auction site, or a brand new G3 with wild "box hair", these techniques should help you tame those tresses and have your pony ready for her photo-shoot in no time!
Help me! I have wild 'box hair'!
Step 1: Wash the ponies' hair as you would your own, with warm water and shampoo. You can also use antibacterial dish soap if you're concerned about germs and where your pony has been. Once rinsed and clean, it's time for conditioner. I like to use a thick, creamy conditioner such as Aussie or Back to Basics, just whatever I'm currently using. Slather it in and comb the conditioner through her hair. Start at the ends, gently combing out the tangles, and work your way back toward the roots until its all combed through. Let the conditioner stand for a while (like 5 minutes or so). Rinse her hair with warm water until the conditioner is *almost* completely gone. Squeeze out the excess water from her mane and tail, and comb through again. Now, if you've got a silky-haired pony, you can move on to Step 3. If she's frizzy, keep reading...
Step 2: For frizzy ponies, a gentle heating is required to straighten. I've heard some people claim that they use actual human hair straighteners on their ponies, but I cannot attest to that technique, as I haven't tried it personally. *has perpetually straight hair already* However, I've used my iron (yes, the kind to iron your clothes with) and ironing board with great success. Set your iron on the lowest heat setting possible. Make sure your pony has wet hair, and re-slather her with conditioner. Now, with the conditioner still in, comb her hair out straight on the ironing board, and press her hair. Make sure you start at the base of her mane/tail and pull the hair through under the iron, so that you don't burn any one spot. Repeat this step a few times, re-wetting, re-combing, and re-conditioning as needed in between each pass. Be careful! Giving the hair more than a few passes tends to make it a bit coarse.
Once you have achieved your maximum flattening, rinse the pony's hair thoroughly and squeeze out the excess water in a towel. Your pony should now be significantly less frizzy. If she's almost perfect, I suggest a straight do, like Bubbles has. If she's still a bit frizzy at the ends, you can hide a lot of it with curls. ;)
Step 3a (straight hair): When a pony has nice silky hair, I like to show it off with a "Bubbles" style: the classic MLP "bob". This look is easy to achieve. Simply wrap the wet hair neatly around the pony's neck, and secure it with bath tissue. I usually tear off 3 squares-length, and fold it into thirds longways. Then wrap the tissue around the neck and secure it either with a small piece of tape, or with a ponytail elastic around it (be careful to use the clear kind, so as not to stain the pony). Wrap her tail around her back leg, and secure it in the same fashion with tissue. Let her dry overnight and remove tissue. She should look gorgeous already, but you can either finger-comb her hair, shake her hair out, or comb it to make it look a little less "set".
Poor frizzy Sand Digger
Step 3b (curly hair): There are many ponies who originally came with curly hair. 25 years is a loooong time to hold curl, so perhaps you need to restore that look. Or, for a pony whose hair didn't quite de-frizz enough (or was over-ironed), curls are very forgiving. Either way, the technique once again involves toilet tissue. Tear off 6 - 8 individual squares as well as 6 - 8 pieces that are 2 squares-length long. Gather your comb, scissors, and curlers with your bath tissue and pony and find somewhere nice to sit.:P Section the mane into however many individual curls you want to use. Remember that the more curlers you use, the tighter the curls will be. Comb a section out straight, and lay it in the toilet tissue gently, longways. Fold each side over the hair and wrap it around the curlers. Before securing the curler, use a single-length tissue piece to cushion the elastic, so that it doesn't make an ímprint into the hair. I usually fold that single square in half, and then into thirds, to make it curler-length. Once you get her in rollers, let her dry overnight. When you remove the curlers in the morning, do not brush the hair. You can finger-comb it, or shake it out, but brushing it makes it poofy.
Rarity gets Stylin'
Now don't these gals look fabulous?! Be it curls or long tresses, your pony should now be ready for her photoshoot!
Remember, if you have any questions, you can PM me here at the TP, or post your question in Customs. I'm sure the friendly folks there will have plenty of helpful tips for you! Happy Styling!
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