31 July 2008

How To Turn A Ponytail Into A Swept-Up Up-Do Hairstyle

Skill Level : If I can do it, so can you!
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I sometimes like to wear my hair up off my face and neck, but I don't always want to have a plain, boring ponytail.
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This tutorial shows you a really quick and easy way to turn a ponytail into a swept-up "up-do" hairstyle in seconds.
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You will need :
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Hair long enough to put up into a ponytail
A hair elastic - preferably the same colour as your hair
It also helps if your hair isn't squeaky clean, so here's your excuse to not wash your hair today!
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Step 1.
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Brush your hair into an ordinary ponytail. Make sure to have the hair elastic on quite tight round the ponytail ... wrap it round once more than feels comfortable because you will be loosening it in the next step.
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Step 2.
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Pull the hair elastic down the ponytail (away from your scalp) a fraction ... not too much.
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Step 3.
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Work your fingers into the space you've created (next to your scalp) and create a little 'pocket'
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Step 4.
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Fold the swinging end of your ponytail up into the pocket, tucking in all the ends as you go.
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Step 5.
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That's it! If you have extra-thick hair (lucky you!) you may want to poke a few hair-grips into the sides for extra hold.
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I often wear my hair like this and it will last in this style all day.
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For variation, you can poke your fingers all the way through the pocket and push the ponytail all the way through and back out the bottom.
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I have no idea if there is a real name for this hair-style, I discovered it myself by playing with my hair during too many boring meetings at work many, many years ago!
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6 comments:

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Oooh more hair-craft please. Kiddie has long, thick hair and it's a nightmare. She wants French plaits but I haven't got a clue how to do them. Any help on the hair putting-up front would be welcome (or some clippers heehee)

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

e&e - I do know somebody who can do French plaits on her own hair, and she's got beautiful, thick curly hair.
I shall have to ask if she'd be willing to be photographed.
Watch this space!

Alison Boon said...

My teen daughter loved this and has been pratising ever since.

Mearaid said...

There is actually a tool you can buy to do this to your hair. I think its called a Topsy tail but I'm not sure.

katie said...

aha! something to keep my hair in check - loving this blog!

Tine said...

ooooh! this is great! how did i miss it? this will be my new "do" ;)