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How-To: Create a Looped Ponytail in Two Minutes

My sister has a full-time job, twin boys, and not a whole lot of time to spend on her hair. So, she asked me to help her create a look that was fun, easy, and — most importantly — fast.

Since braids and twists are trendy and flattering on just about everyone, I used that concept as my inspiration. And as she worked from home over the holidays, I got out the basics: a brush, some hairspray, and a ponytail holder. Here's what we did:

  1. Spray hair with hairspray to create a smooth surface. Next, pull hair back into a low ponytail.
  2. Using your fingers to separate hair above ponytail holder, create a hole.
  3. Lift ponytail up and over ponytail holder, right into the hole you created. Push hair all the way through.
  4. Pull ponytail outwards to tighten, and you're finished.
  5. Optional: Loosen twist by lightly separating with fingers for a softer effect. Add a barrette à la Nicole Kidman for a fancy finish.

Create a low ponytail.

Use your fingers to separate hair above ponytail holder, creating a hole.

Lift ponytail up and over ponytail holder, right into the hole you created. Push all the way through.

Pull ponytail outwards to tighten.

Optional: Loosen twist by softly separating with fingers.
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blondey blondey 8 years
I do this with my hair a lot. It is a nice change from a plain ole' ponytail....
jlynn818 jlynn818 8 years
I actually learned how to do this when I was a little girl. My grandmother gave me a tiny hair set intended for my American Girl doll (Kirsten!) and it had a book on how to do all the styles that could be done on an AG doll. It came with a Topsy Tail-like contraption and since my hair was so fine I could use it on my hair too! I've lost it since then however.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
I always liked this look and actually bought the Topsy Tail...but it's not a look for layered curly hair. I don't think I would do it now that I'm older, as I think it would be matronly, not charming.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I have always loved this look but have never been able to perfect it because of my profuse amount of hair - thanks Bella for giving me easy instuctions!
ivygreene ivygreene 8 years
for my freshman year of high school I went to a private school that boasted the topsy tail inventer as an alum. lol, apparently she made millions of the damn thing.
brandysbug brandysbug 8 years
I begged my Mom to buy a Topsy Tail for me when I was in late elementary school. When she finally caved and ordered it over the phone (pre-online shopping, woo), we were both surprised by how cheapo it was - just a thin piece of red plastic. I usually just followed the steps Bella outlined here instead of using the plastic contraption because it pulled at my hair!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
oops i meant "bought" not "but"!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
Aw man, I'm late on the Topsy Tail reminiscing. My grandma but one for me, I only used it once though. Never again!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
I love how they introduce this hair style as being so new and innovative. It makes me feel so old, to see these trends coming back into style. And I totally had the Topsy Tail doll. Her only purpose was to have hair you could style with a special colored topsy tail thing. It was kinda lame, in hindsight.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
So that's how it's done.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
HATE it.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
haha i used to wear this when i was a little kid too but its still cute
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 8 years
I wore this when I was 12...its too Little House on the Prairie for me now...I think...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I think this is cute - It is a bit matronly for a daily style, but wearing it once in a while would be great, to change-up your hair a bit.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
this style looks great HALF UP, but i'm not a fan of the whole ponytail being pulled through. you can do this style and then bobby pin the pony tail under for a cute bun too.
nancita nancita 8 years
CKeller, I think the key is to wear it a bit messy. I can't wait to try this. I really need to mix up my hairstyles.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I'm not feelin this. I wore the hairstyle way back when, and maybe it's cute on kids, but as an adult it reminds me of an Amish woman's hairstyle.
magickofreiki magickofreiki 8 years
i have to be very honest. i think it was so sweet of bella to take the time to try and help her sister, but the end result looks very outdated. and not in a trendy 'old hollywood glam' way. idk what it is...but i think her sister could use something more MODERN.
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 8 years
fleurfairy, I thought the same exact thing. It reminds me of Big Love.
kitkat87 kitkat87 8 years
i have a friend who does this, but just with the top half of her hair. it looks really cute!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I wish I could do this style, but my hair is too short. I am growing it out though, so I'll keep this one in mind! :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Have to agree with fluer here... it's a little matronly for my taste.
Samnella Samnella 8 years
I actually ordered the Topsy tail on Amazon last year and I love it!!!!
pss pss 8 years
aww this is really usefull!!and yeah starangel that is so sweet.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
I had that red topsy tail contraption! haha :D definitely the good old days...
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