Chic and easy ponys you simply have to try.
Everybody loves to wear ponytails, unless you’re a short haired diva of course. If you’re the traditional ‘bunch-it-up-in-a-scrunchie’ type, think again. There are so many different versions of this classic style that are not just quick fixes to combat bad hair days but styles you’ll actually want to try on a good hair day too. In fact, a ponytail is preferred by many celebrities all around the world because it’s a no-fuss, uncomplicated way to wear your tresses. Ponytail devotees prefer the chic and elegance of it all; it looks equally great with formal or casual attires; wear one at the beach, to the gym or for an important business meeting.
However, a plain ponytail can look pretty boring. This tutorial is all about teaching you five fun ways of jazzing up your simple ponytail into something fun and beautiful. You might have seen the famous side-swept ponytail on the red carpet or the front pouf, sleek ponytail made famous by Kim Kardashian. There are number of styles you can add to a simple ponytail to jazz it up. Read on for the step by step tutorial that will take you through five different styles you can sport whenever you’re short on time but want to look your best. The best part; you don’t need any complicated tools and all these styles take less than ten minutes to accomplish. We promise!
#1 Wrap-up Sleek Ponytail
This style is the simplest one to achieve yet the most elegant of all. The time taken is minimal and the results are beautiful. Wear this to office, a party or even at the beach.
Requirements: An elastic band, A U-pin or Bobby pin. Prep time: About 5 minutes or less. Hair length: Minimum shoulder length up to any hair length.
Step 1: Gather all your hair and secure it with an elastic band into a ponytail. You may use a hairspray or hair mousse to set strays. Step 2: Grab a small portion of hair from the ponytail. Remember to grab it from the back of the ponytail to get a better finish. Step 3: Braid the separated section of hair right to the end. Step 4: Wrap the braided portion over the elastic band so that it hides it. Step 5: Secure the braided wrap in place with a bobby pin or U-pin.
#2 Bubble Style Ponytail
If you are the fun and frolic kind, then this is for you. A boon for fine haired gals, it gives you a voluminous finish. Again this style is good for casual dates, school, college or outings. I will not recommend it as a formal look though. Funk it up with colorful flower clips for a beach wedding.
Requirements: Elastic bands depending on the length of your hair. Prep time: Less than 5 minutes. Hair length: Below shoulder length.
Step 1: Section the hair from the crown area to make a half ponytail. Secure it with an elastic band. Step 2: Now grab the half ponytail section and add two sections from the sides to it. Secure this again with an elastic band. You'll see a pouf forming between the two bands. Tug the hair lightly to pouf it up more. This will add volume to your ponytail. Step 3: Lastly gather all the remaining hair and tie it up with an elastic band. Repeat step 2 to pouf out the hair between the elastic bands. Step 4: You may stop at step 3 or if you have longer hair you may continue this till the bottom of your ponytail.
#3 Side Braid Wrapped Ponytail
The style is a bit different from the first one. I would recommend this especially if you have short or frizzy hair. This will take care of stray hairs and secure them in place.
Requirements: Elastic band and U-pin. Prep time: 5 minutes or less. Hair length: Shoulder length or more.
Step 1: Part your hair from the middle of the crown. Separate portions from both sides of the crown and tie up the remaining hair into a ponytail. Step 2: You will now have a ponytail with loose hair portions on the front side of the crown area on both sides. Step 3: Braid the left portion of hair tightly, securing all the stray hair nicely into it. Now wrap the braid over the elastic band of the ponytail and secure it with the U-pin. Step 4: Follow the same step with the right portion. Braid and wrap over the earlier braid and secure with U- pin.
#4 Twisted Side Ponytail
Give in to your fun and creative side by making a side ponytail with some added twists. The rope or twisted braid wrapped over the ponytail will funk up a simple side ponytail. Sport this look for a dinner date or at a beach party and I am sure you'll steal all the attention.
Requirements: An elastic band. Prep time: 2 minutes. Hair length: Medium to long; will not work for shoulder length hair.
Step 1: Separate a small portion of hair from one side of the crown area; this is the section you will be braiding. Step 2: Grab the remaining hair and gather it up into a side ponytail. Step 3: Divide the small portion of hair into two equal parts. Step 4: Twist each individual part both in anti-clockwise direction tightly till the end. Step 5: Now twist both the strands in clockwise directions to form a twisted braid. Wrap this over the elastic band and secure with a bobby-pin.
#5 Double Braid Crisscross Ponytail
This simplest ponytail to recreate yet one of most distinctive and unique styles of them all! A versatile hairstyle that you can wear almost anywhere you wish to.
Requirements: Elastic bands, a bobby pin. Prep time: 5 minutes. Hair length: Medium to long; will not work for shoulder length hair.
Step 1: Gather all your hair and secure it with an elastic band. Step 2: Grab two small portions of hair from underneath the ponytail and braid them. Step 3: Leave a small portion of hair and wrap both the braids on the remaining ponytail to give you a crisscross wrapping. Step 4: Secure the braid with the hair at the bottom using an elastic band. Step 5: Grab the small portion which you had left out in step 3 and wrap it over the elastic band above to conceal it. Secure it with a bobby pin.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the chic, creative ways to pretty up your pony. Who said ponytails were boring?
Jinal Patel owner of the blog http://dazzlingbelle.com/ is a Delhi-based beauty blogger, adviser and makeup junkie with a serious passion for writing