I lean forward with my head upside down and sortof "scrub" my scalp area, like I would when washing. The root area loses some definition, but gains gorgeous lift! Who knew? Probably everyone but me. Lol. Anyway, after doing that, I threw a soft ponytail band in and only went around twice so it wasn't too tight. I used spin pins through the area between the ponytail band and my scalp to keep a little lift and to help distribute the weight of the pony. It isn't exactly a ponytail. But it's a pretty updo without a lot of fuss, and tends to look like a loose pony.