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How To: The Perfect Low Ponytail

The classic and practical low ponytail is perfect for Summer, whether you're going for a formal or a more casual look.

Though simple, this hairstyle can be worn in several different ways. You might pull your hair straight back, comb it into a deep side part, or wear blunt-cut or side-swept bangs. If you want to get a little trendy, try accessorizing with a headband or small braids in the front.

Be sure to check out my other beauty how tos, and for step-by-step instructions on how to get this soft and neat look,


  • Step #1:Begin by brushing hair with a boar bristle brush to get it smooth and shiny. If your hair is on the dry side, add a dab of shine boosting serum. When it its nice and knot-free, grab hair at the back of the neck and secure with a smooth hair band.
  • Step #2: You can use a flat iron to make the ponytail straight or use a curling iron for soft waves at the ends.
  • Step #3: For a chic finishing touch, wrap a piece around the base of the ponytail to cover up the rubber band. If you have thick hair, take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail, wrap it once, and secure the hair with one or two bobby pins inserted underneath the ponytail toward your head. If you have thin hair, a one-inch-thick hair extension the same color as your hair will do the trick.
  • Step #4: When you're done, mist your entire head with a medium hold hairspray. Let it dry for 30 before touching your perfect pony!

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melda melda 10 years
yes it doesnt look good on me but i like it on other girls!
nikkih nikkih 10 years
I agree...it looks good on other people, but it feels really weird to wear it myself
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
leigha926 - I feel the exact same way. Sorta random...
leigha926 leigha926 10 years
i can't do the low pony for some reason...just doesn't look or feel right.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I like to have pony tail just above my neck. It keeps it from sticking when I sweat and gives a 'swingy' look.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Just a thought, if you flat iron your hair and have curly/frizzy hair like i do, having the ponytail close to the nape of your neck might cause some frizz action from the heat and any body sweat (not that us girls ever sweat, right? LOL). Use a good anti-humectant like Aveda's and pull the ponytail away from your neck just slightly before setting it so it doesn't entirely rest on your neck. Otherwise, I'm a HUGE fan of this look--sleek and sexy! :D
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