This Ponytail Style Is the Next Big Thing in Braids

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Last year we couldn't stop talking about the braided faux undercut hairstyle, and now it's getting a Summer-friendly makeover. This part ponytail, part pompadour, part undercut look is perfect for second-day hair. Plus, all your strands are up off the neck, making it ideal for humid days. We've spotted a similar look on celebrities like Iggy Azalea and Selena Gomez, but Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo broke down the look step by step. Re-create it at home with his tips below. Source: Getty / Johnny Nunez

Step 1

Step 1

Curl the full head of hair with a large-barrel iron. If you want your ponytail to have loose waves, you can also blow-dry hair using an extralarge round brush. Source: Salon Mario Russo

Step 2

Step 2

Tease hair at the crown, making sure to only push hair down once or twice. This step creates a subtle pompadour, but you can also add a stuffing piece to get Iggy's height. Source: Salon Mario Russo

Step 3

Step 3

Create one to three cornrows on the side of the head, and secure with clear elastic bands at the ends. Source: Salon Mario Russo

Step 4

Step 4

Using a hair tie, gather hair and braids into a ponytail at the crown. Source: Salon Mario Russo

Step 5

Step 5

Using a one-inch section of hair from the bottom of the pony, hide the elastic. Source: Salon Mario Russo

Step 6

Step 6

Bobby pins can help the hair stay put; just make sure to find bobbies in your hair color. Source: Salon Mario Russo

The Final Look

The Final Look

The Final Look

The Final Look