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How To: Side Ponytail


With warm weather right around the corner, tis the season for a ponytail! A side pony is a cute and casual alternative to the traditional style. Best of all, this style is super easy to do. Find out how to:

Step One: Prep It can be helpful to start with second day hair, because it will help the look hold longer. Or you can create texture and volume by applying a little styling product on dry hair. Apply a dime size amount from the roots to the ends, running through with your fingers instead of a comb. If you want your side ponytail to be wavy or curly, add movement with a curling iron.

Step Two: Pony Up Choose what side you want your part to fall on or follow your natural part. The ponytail will fall on the opposite shoulder as your part. Lightly spray some quick drying hair spray at the roots of your hair and backcomb lightly at the crown to give the hair more volume. Use a snag-free hair elastic to create a pony tail at the chosen side. Keep your ponytail on the nape of the neck or as low as possible.

Step Three: Face Forward Don’t slick back all of your hair in front or the style will look too matronly. Let the front of your hair fall around your face naturally or swoop down lower on your forehead, like Lauren Conrad above. If you have blunt or side-swept bangs, style as normal.

Step Four: Wrap It Up Take a small amount of hair from the underside of the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to cover the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin.

Step Five: Finish Apply a small amount of shine serum to smooth the end of the ponytail. Finish with hair spray to hold the style. I like L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray.