4 ways to make a ponytail

4 ways to make a ponytail
4 ways to make a ponytail

The ponytail is a universal hairstyle. Elegant and practical, it can be worn at any age, by men and women, by young or old. With a little practice and patience, you can master this chameleon hairstyle perfectly!


Method 1 of 4: The chic ponytail

Step 1. Work on unwashed hair

You can of course style hair that has just been washed, but the ponytail will look best on hair that has been shampooed two to three days before, even if you want to look clean and chic. In addition, the small hairs which tend to escape when they are clean will be retained by the naturally secreted sebum while displaying a certain shine.

Don't worry: you can make a ponytail out of freshly washed hair. To achieve a perfectly smooth hairstyle, however, you will need to apply product to achieve the desired texture and volume

Step 2. Use thickening spray or dry shampoo before styling

Spray on a little thickener or dry shampoo, focusing on the roots of your hair. This will give you more volume and hold.

  • If you don't have either of these two products, grab a pinch of baby powder. Sprinkle a tiny amount of baby powder in the palm of your hand and massage your hairline. Baby powder will absorb excess sebum, loosen your roots and give them texture.
  • Make sure to remove all of the powder when brushing your hair. This will prevent you from seeing white or gray strands running down your ponytail!
  • You can also make your own shampoo. If you are dark, add a little cocoa powder for a dark product (be prepared to have a sudden craving for brownies!).

Step 3. Curl your hair

Take strands 2.5 to 5 cm thick and curl or wave them with an iron. The curls will hold much longer if you spray each strand with a little fixing product before the iron. You can also opt for styling gel or mousse, always before ironing.

  • Otherwise, you can put on heated curlers. Leave the hair in this way until the curlers have cooled.
  • If you wear long hair, you can gather it at the top of your head, tie it into a ponytail, and then put on the curlers. This ponytail is temporary, it will only help you wind the curlers faster and easier.
  • Once the curls are cool, run your fingers along your hair to loosen it slightly. Do not use a comb or brush for this, at the risk of completely undoing the curls obtained.
  • To cool your hair faster and fix the curls, use a hair dryer, at least, if the device has a "cold air" function.

Step 4. Back back the hair at the top of your head

You should achieve a volume of about ten centimeters in the front and back of your hair. To do this, take wicks and comb the back of these wicks in the opposite direction of growth using a fine-toothed comb. Once done, brush the top of your hair very lightly with a brush.

Step 5. Gather your hair into a ponytail using a brush or your hands

Be careful not to overwhelm the volume and curls obtained previously. For a classic ponytail, place it between the middle of your head and the base of the neck, symmetrical to your ears.

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Step 6. Tie the ponytail with a rubber band the same color as your hair

For a flawless cut without a hair sticking out, spray a light mist of setting product.

Method 2 of 4: Ponytail to the side

Step 1. Apply (or spray) some shine serum on your hair

For supple and shiny hair, you can apply some shine product to your hair before styling it.

Step 2. Make a big parting

Choose the side on which you will make the parting. Most people have a favorite side! For a more natural look, choose the side that seems most obvious to you. For extra bulk on your head, choose the opposite side.

For a successful parting, put your comb above the highest point of your eyebrow

Step 3. Bring your hair back to the side opposite the parting

For example, if the parting is on the left, bring your hair back to the right.

Step 4. Place the ponytail behind your ear and tie it with a rubber band

Choose an elastic the same color as your hair and don't forget to hide the elastic with a thin wick, the end of which you will hold with a clip.

Alternatively, you can hide the elastic with a pretty ribbon or with a flower

Step 5. The finishing touches

If you have straight (or roughly straight) hair, straighten it more with an iron. This will give you a shiny hairstyle. If you have curly or wavy hair, apply some cream to define your curls.

Method 3 of 4: messy ponytail

Step 1. Start with “jump out of bed” hair

For this hairstyle, your hair shouldn't be straight and just like with other types of ponytails, you shouldn't wash it right before. Otherwise, you must have wavy or tousled hair.

For simple waves, braid or curl your hair slightly damp and pull it back into a bun before you go to bed. This requires a little preparation beforehand, of course, but you will save time in the morning, when it is time to do your hair

Step 2. Gather your hair at the nape of the neck

Without overworking your hair, remove any knots using your fingers or a brush. You must end up with a hairstyle worthy of a freshly awakened person!

Step 3. Part your hair into two equal sections

Tie off both sections, as you would when you first begin to tie laces.

Step 4. Tie the two sections of hair two or three times in this way

Once you are done, tie the whole thing with a rubber band, so that you get a ponytail.

Step 5. Slide enough bobby pins under the knots to hold them together since you must now remove the elastic

You can of course leave the elastic on if you're worried about getting messed up, but you might not get that naturally messy-looking ponytail.

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Step 6. You can make a messy, sideways ponytail

Instead of gathering and tying your hair at the nape of the neck, make a parting, work it on the opposite side of that part and under the ear. Divide your hair into two equal sections and tie it back twice. Put a discreet elastic under the knots.

Step 7. Admire the result

Method 4 of 4: Variants

Step 1. The 50s style ponytail

Follow steps 1 through 3 to make a smooth ponytail. Once you have curled your hair, brush the curls very lightly, so that they are tight and shiny. Place the ponytail very high, on the top of your head. You can leave the curls as they are or brush them so that you get one big curl.

Step 2. The 60s style ponytail

Follow steps 1 through 3 to make a smooth ponytail. When you get to step 4 (backcombing), backcomb the top quarter of your hair, to get lots of volume. Fold back the backcombed part on straight hair, gather it all at the back of your head in a ponytail, not forgetting to comb very lightly the front of the backcomb hair. The lower half of your hair will hang freely down your back. Now gather all of your hair to make a ponytail, which will end up under the first ponytail, located in the middle of your head. Separate the lower ponytail in half and pull each section in opposite directions to pull up and tighten the whole. Tighten the elastic, giving it an extra turn if it is not tight enough. Hide the elastic with a section of hair and secure the whole with a clip.

Step 3. The crimped and braided ponytail

Pick up the top quarter of your hair and backcomb. When finished, fold back the crimped part and lightly smooth the top. Tie the set with an elastic at the back of the head and forming a ponytail. The rest of the operation consists of making an African braid on each side of the head and stopping at the level of the ponytail. Once you have done the African braids, tie the whole thing into a ponytail.

Step 4. The upturned ponytail

Make a low ponytail and not too tight: make it so that you can iron the ponytail above the elastic. Take the ponytail, iron it from below and above the elastic. Pull and replace the ponytail.

You can apply this hairstyle with a half ponytail. To do this, make a ponytail by tying only the upper part of your hair (the rest will hang freely behind your back). Take the ponytail and pass it through the bottom of the tied part and over the elastic

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Step 5. The quilts

Make a parting in the middle of your head and divide your hair into two equal parts. You can make fairly loose and low quilts (located below the ears) or tight and high quilts (above the ears).

  • Classic duvets are symmetrical and balanced in the amount of hair used.
  • You can style your hair this way if you have short hair, but you won't be able to place the quilts on the back of your head.
  • You can make a straight central parting, but you can also do zigzags.


  • For a more romantic or relaxed look, do not include your bangs at the ponytail or even free up a few strands.
  • If you don't have much time, style only the front part of your hair. The ponytail is ideal when you don't have a lot of time to devote to your hairstyle. However, you can add a little extra to your bangs or to the front of your hair if you don't have bangs, before pulling your hair back. Not only will you have more volume and shine, but the strands that you leave free will stay in place instead of flying here and there.
  • If you choose to make a ponytail on curly hair, iron all your hair if you have the time: the result will be much more elegant. Also, if you intend to part your hair afterwards, it will be voluminous and curly. If, however, you don't have enough time, you can curl your hair once you have tied it into a ponytail with a rubber band.
  • Lightly dampen your brush (with water or styling product) for a very smooth hairstyle. If you have bangs and want to include them in your ponytail for a smoother hairstyle, consider placing pins strategically or hold them back with a headband.
  • Spray some setting product to finish your hairstyle. You can try on several brands and different outfits to determine which one suits you best. The goal is to find a product that does not weigh down or dry out your hair. Also, by using too much fixing product, it will weigh down your hair, give it a greasy appearance and loosen your curls.
  • Tilt your head back as you gather your hair into a ponytail. Your hairstyle will have volume and you will not have unsightly bumps or streaks. You might as well tilt your head well forward (head upside down) to make a very high ponytail. However, you won't get much volume, especially since you might struggle to center the ponytail.

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