• 10 Ways to Dress Up Your Ponytail

    This post is contributed by Stephanie from the fabulous beauty blog, Hair and Make-Up by Stephanie

    1. Wrap it with a strand of hair
    a. Put your hair in a ponytail like you normally would
    b. Take a small section of hair at the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic
    c. Secure with bobby pins and hairspray

    2. Wrap it with a braid
    a. Put your hair in a ponytail like you normally would
    b. Take a small section of hair at the bottom of the ponytail and make a three strand braid
    c. Wrap the braid around the elastic
    d. Secure with bobby pins and hairspray

    Keep reading to see all ten!

    3. Braid up the side
    a. Section out all of the hair from your ear forward on one side of your part, and clip everything else aside for later
    b. Proceed to braid up the side by your ear.  You can do one braid, two braids, or even three if your hair is thick enough.  You can also do any type of braid:  fishtail, regular, twist braid, whatever you want.
    c. One your braids are complete, combine them with the remaining hair and put it in a ponytail as you normally would.

    4. Add some texture on top
    a. While your hair is still down, backcomb the top section of your hair.
    b. Using a wax or hairspray, run some product through the top of your hair with your fingers to add texture.
    c. Put your hair in a ponytail as you normally would, being careful not to flatten or mess up the top section.
    d. After your hair is secure, you can also pull up slightly on the top to add more body.

    5. Make it retro
    a. Decide where you want your part.  For a retro look, the part should be deep to one side
    b. Section out the deep side of your bang area for later, and put everything else in a high ponytail
    c. Curl the ends of the ponytail slightly and backcomb a little at the base for more body
    d. Brush softly through the curls for a more retro look.
    e. Shape your bangs into a swoop bang and either tuck them behind your ear or pin the hair beneath your ponytail.

    6. Low with a side part
    a. Flat iron your hair and apply smoothing serum for a more polished look.
    b. Part your hair to one side.
    c. Backcomb slightly at the base of your bangs for more body.
    d. Loosely put your hair in a low ponytail in the back, making sure everything is soft and smooth
    e. This style also looks great with wavy hair

    7. Twist back the top
    a. Part your hair to one side
    b. On the heavy side of your part, section out a 2-3 inch section that goes back to the middle of the top of your head
    c. Clip everything else aside for later
    d. With your bang section, you can do a french braid or a twist.  It helps to backcomb it first for more body.
    e. Once your braid/twist is complete, combine it with the rest of your hair and pull it into a ponytail

    8. Braid up the back
    a. Section out a section of hair that goes from ear to ear and down to the base of your neck
    b. Clip the top and set aside for later
    c. Flip your head upside down, smooth the hair upwards and flat, and do a french braid up the back
    d. Once the braid is complete, combine it with the rest of your hair and put it in a ponytail as you normally would.

    9.  Turn it inside out
    a. Put all of your hair in a low, loose ponytail
    b. Once the elastic is secure, loosen the ponytail base even more with your fingers by pulling the elastic outwards
    c. Starting underneath, put two fingers up through the base of your ponytail, creating a small hole.
    d. Flip the ponytail upwards and pull it down through the hole with your fingers
    e. Once it’s through, pull it tight and smooth out any bumps.

    10. Add a pompadour
    a. Backcomb your bang area
    b. Use your fingers to section out an area of your bangs however big you want your pompadour to be
    c. Loosely pin it back, being careful not to flatten it.
    d. Put your hair in a ponytail as you normally would.


    1. Michele said… March 25, 2012 9:49 am

      I LOVE inside-out ponytails. My mom used to do our hair in them all the time growing up. Now, when my sisters and I do them, lots of women come up to us, all amazed by the inside-out ponytail, but it is really so simple.
      In my opinion, inside-out ponys also hold clips more easily than standard ponys.

    2. Ashley Stemmene said… March 23, 2012 9:17 am

      thank you! What great ideas, my bangs are to short to stay in a pony tail yet long enough to be in my way. I hate growing bangs out! But these are all great and i will Have to try them out.

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    4. megan said… March 22, 2012 9:46 am

      Um…can you also include a post on what you do to get your hair so healthy and shiny! It’s gorgeous!

    5. elz said… March 21, 2012 7:12 am

      What great ideas. I think I need to try one of the braid styles tomorrow. Thanks for the ideas.

    6. Jessica said… March 20, 2012 8:08 pm

      I have a feeling that I will be sporting a pony tail a ton this summer. It’s already over 80 and only March. It’s going to be a scorcher!

      • Liz Stanley said… March 20, 2012 9:50 pm

        Yikes! Stay cool 🙂

    7. Rebecca said… March 20, 2012 1:28 pm

      great ideas 🙂

    8. Natalie Fleming said… March 20, 2012 1:20 pm

      So many great ideas here, thanks!

    9. Tan said… March 20, 2012 12:31 pm

      Woah. How did I, miss wrap around ponytail and braid obsessed, never think to wrap my ponytail with a braid? Brilliant!

    10. Marloes said… March 20, 2012 11:03 am

      Ooh great ideas! I’ve tried the ‘braid up the back’ version several times but I can’t seem to braid it tight enough when I do it myself.. shame cause it looks so cool!

      • Liz Stanley said… March 20, 2012 6:05 pm

        I know! That braid up one is gorgeous! I’ll have to see if she’s like to do a video tutorial on it. I think i’d have a hard time with it too

    11. Deb said… March 20, 2012 10:57 am

      Ooh these are all great!!!

    12. Lori from a Family's Life said… March 20, 2012 10:10 am

      I can’t wait to try them all!

    13. Jeanny said… March 20, 2012 9:06 am

      Great ideas, thanks so much 🙂

    14. Wendy Ballsterw said… March 20, 2012 8:54 am

      Lovely! Excited to try some of these out

    15. Kathleen Miller said… March 20, 2012 8:39 am

      These are great! I love ponytails but always get sick of them

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