My hair is currently too short for anything but a ponynub. When it was longer I found that my density (high) always pulled my fine hair waaay down and gives me what a friend called (pardon my French) "the b*tch ponytail/bun." So I learned a trick:
I gather up the bottom 2/3 of my hair with one elastic, usually a small clear "no tug" one, and put it into a ponytail at whatever height I like. I was raised in the 80's, so higher is better. Then I take the top 1/3 of my hair, the stuff around the crown and face, and sort of fluff it up to keep the curl, maybe add extra product at the roots for height, and use a second elastic to add that *loosely* to the whole ponytail. It can take some fiddling to hide the break, but it is worth it for a ponytail that doesn't look like someone is yanking my whole scalp back. If I want a bun, I then wrap the whole thing up, messy or tight.
Looking forward to having longer hair again...
I sort of blog
I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.
Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach