I Tried The Ponytail Method for Retwisting—Here’s What Happened…


Essentially, the Ponytail Method for Retwisting means that instead of using clips to secure each loc in place after retwisting, you retwist and then secure your locs in bundles using 1-4 ponytail holders.

Sounds simple, right? Well, my first attempt it wasn’t so easy. Let me tell you what happened…


My current set of thick locs are nearly 3 years old and after retwisting consistently, every 4 weeks, I felt it was time for a change. I noticed that my locs were no longer as “spongy” as they once felt and started to look and feel more condensed. This is not necessarily a “bad thing” but not exactly what I desire.

I personally discovered the ponytail method for retwisting after following several women with thick locs on Instagram (you can follow me at @curlynugrowth) and many of them either don’t retwist at all, retwist every few months, or use the ponytail method for retwisting. I figured I should try the latter because my fine, soft hair easily will create flat locs if I don’t retwist.


It has only been a month since my last retwist, I shampooed in-between and started consistently using the Mane Abundance oil. The Mane Abundance oil is for promoting hair growth and with little to no manipulation for this past month my roots were super full.
Growing Thicker Locs with Mane Abundance Oil

And so with all of that thickness at my roots I knew the ponytail method of retwisting would be somewhat challenging for my hair. So after cleansing and moisturizing my locs I reached for 4 ponytail holders and started attempting this new retwisting method.

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I divided my locs into 4 sections on my head. I first used the clipless retwisting technique to create a bundle of locs that I could use in the Ponytail Method. It did however take me a good 15 minutes to figure out I needed a few locs retwisted at the roots for use in the ponytail holders 🤦🏾‍♀️. At first I would retwist one loc, attempt to secure with ponytail holder, and then it would immediately unravel. So once I got the hang of the steps necessary to do the ponytail method of retwist it went much easier and faster. After retwisting into 4 sections I then converted to two loose ponytails for the drying process.
Ponytail Method for Retwisting Locs

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I dried my hair for about two hours using the Bonnet Dryer which is now the new normal for my locs as they have gotten thicker and longer. The results were great (in my opinion)! The ponytail method of retwisting was secure enough to control my loose, stray hairs but still loose so my locs remained fluffy. I will definitely try this method again in about six weeks!
Ponytail Method Retwist Results

Have you ever tried the Ponytail Method for Retwisting? What was your experience like?

Let me know in the comments!

Thicker Locs Using Ponytail Method For Retwisting

Results of Ponytail Method Retwist

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Can you give me some suggestions for lighter oil for locs

Peace Sharon! Check out this article, “Top 5 Oils for Locs” for oil recommendations.

Nice attempt to do a ponytail. I would certainly try it.

Yes, this is the method I started using as soon as I could get my locs into 3 ponytails. Above all, it makes my retwists super fast and efficient.

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