The best benefit about a bob layered haircut is how it looks beautiful both for curly and straight hair. When you have straight hair, you will get the "Egyptian" look with a round sexy hair with bangs and curved edges. With curly and wavy hair, you will get a playful fun young look like Rihanna with her famous short bob hairstyle. It gives you a more carefree and playful look that many guys admire and find attractive.
The best way to get your ponytail in instead of trying to fight with all the hair at the back is lean forward and brush all your hair down to your face. Bring all of the hair from the back forward. Once you have done this then you can gather all of your hair in one bunch and apply the holder that you are going to be using.