If your hair is dry and you have not conditioned it then you are running the risk for splitting the ends. So to begin with, make sure that you shampoo well and use a conditioner unless of course your hair is oily. Towel dry it as there is no need to blow_dry your hair for the ponytail look. You might want to add a little bit of gel to give it a nice shiny look and to help keep those flyaway hairs under control.
When an individual that has medium length or long hair and is just is out of ideas for how to style it then the perfect solution is the ponytail. It has many advantages such as keeping the hair off the face and looking neat and tidy without a lot of work.