I’m always searching for easy ways to update my hair. Most days I’ll wear it down or in a ponytail…in other words, I’m in dire need of a hair switch-up. Fashion Week is nearly halfover, providing us with plenty of inspiration for warm weather hairstyles or simply, plenty of new braids and ponytail ideas. I’ve tested out two styles (left, from The Beauty Department and right, with my take on their style) that may look tricky, but, seeing that I’m no hairstylist, they all met my prerequisite in that they are simple to execute. Most importantly, they don’t require you to move your alarm back! Read on for instructions!
Directions for “Girl on the Go” (at left, steps courtesy of The Beauty Department)
1. Any texture is great for this pony. If you have straight hair or slight wave, brush it out. If you have curly hair or want to maintain your natural wave for this ponytail, then skip the brushing.
2. Put the hair behind your ears in a low ponytail and secure using a clear elastic. You’ll leave both sections from the front/sides out. If you have really thick hair and you want to do this, you might consider taking more hair into the ponytail and leaving less out front. If your sections in front are too thick, it could be hard to conceal them later.
3. Take both side sections, give them a light mist of strong hold hairspray, then pull them back over the top of the ponytail. Twist them into a half knot.
4. Now take those two pieces and wrap them around the ponytail and under.
5. Use small/strong bobby pins to secure the remaining pieces under the ponytail. We kind of “stuffed” the longer bits up underneath the base of the ponytail before bobby pinning.
6. Finish off by smoothing out any flyaway hairs with a light veil of hairspray!
My variation (at right)
Follow the steps for “Girl on the Go” with alterations to the following steps.
2. Leave out small section of hair from the front (smaller than that of the other tutorial).
3. After misting with hairspray, alternate strands once, then pull them back over the top of the ponytail.
4. Wrap remaining hair around the base of the ponytail and secure with bobby pins.