For a sleek look use a flat iron to smooth the ends of your hair. Take your time to gather your hair upward using a boar bristle brush. A boar bristle brush will give you a smoother finish then a brush with nylon or plastic bristles. Once the hair is gathered and smooth secure with an elastic.
If you prefer waves use a large barrel curling iron from the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair. Be careful not to brush through the curls when smoothing and gathering the hair up!
For a more polished look pull a thin strand of hair from the base of the ponytail. Wrap the hair around the elastic and carefully tuck the last two inches into the elastic. If your hair is thick you can take a wider section from the base of the pony, braid the hair, then tuck into the elastic. This is a simple yet beautiful look for any occasion!