I'm Khloe Kardashian and Maya Jama's hairstylist – here's my method to get the ultimate slick back pony | The Sun

A HAIRSTYLIST who has worked with Khloe Kardashian and Maya Jama has shared his top tips for getting a perfect slicked-back pony. 

Jay Birmingham has an impressive roster of celebrity clients and is an expert in all things hair and haircare. 

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Jay laid out his ultimate routine for getting a perfect slicked-back bun or ponytail. 

But it’s no simple feat if you want to achieve A-lister hair – you’ll need a large paddle brush, a small barrel brush, a light tail comb and potentially a Tangle Teezer if you have curly hair. 

To secure the look in place, you’ll need hairbands, hair oil and strong hold hairspray.

Firstly, Jay stressed the importance of always detangling your hair thoroughly before trying to slick it back. 

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"Every layer and lock of hair matters for sleekness,” he said. 

“Setting the foundation and lower sections of the hair accordingly is vital to ensure the top layers of the hair carry this through, allowing the hair to be styled perfectly.”

This can be done with the same paddle brush you’ll use for slicking your locks down or a Tangle Teezer if you have curly hair or your knots are particularly stubborn. 

Once this is done, you should choose where you want to position your bun or ponytail and begin gathering your hair in your hands.

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"Start off with a large paddle brush, bringing all the hair on to the crown [or other chosen placement],” Jay saud. 

“Then as you get closer to a sleek look, use a smaller barrel brush, working with the hair to ensure there are no bumps or loose areas. 

“Depending on the thickness of the hair, I tend to gather the back first and then work anticlockwise. 

“Take your time and gather the hair in small sections as you go; this is the easiest way to handle and get it right with no bumps.

"Remember practice makes perfect and don’t be disappointed if this takes time."

Once you're happy with how smooth your ‘do looks, fasten it into a ponytail with a hair tie. 

You may be able to smoothen out any looseness or bumps with your small barrel brush. But if not, you may have to re-tie the hair a couple of times to get the perfect level of slick. 

You can keep your hair in a ponytail, or use it as the base for a bun, plait, updo and even a hairpiece. 

Jay believes that “less is more” with using products like hair spray to secure your ‘do.

He advised lightly spraying the hair with a strong hold hair spray and finishing with a shine spray “to add a beautiful touch of luxury”.

A pea sized amount of hair oil can be used to slick back any fly aways – but don’t go overboard as this could make your hair look greasy rather than shiny.

Jay stressed that hair health is important to making sure a slick ‘do goes well, meaning the way you look after your locks on a day-to-day basis is just as important as your skills with the paddle brush.


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"Treating hair to hydration and plenty of nutrients will always add to any style,” he said.

“The key to a look like this is high shine – you want to ensure you have that real luxurious feel, that is long-lasting and simply stunning at all times."

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