How to style a long hair ponytail

I’m known for changing my hairstyle as much as I change my underwear…Ok, maybe not that much, but I do changing it up in the hair department. I’ve gone from long and blonde to long and brown to short and brown to short and blonde to ….you get the picture. I’m back in long hair mode and have been for quite a while. I can’t see myself going back to short again for one simple reason: ease of styling. Yes, I do have a lot of hair. Yes, it takes forever when I want to do it up. But with short hair, you can’t do a sock bun and or a side chignon or a long ponytail or my personal favorite, a messy bun. So long it is.

BlogHerTV has a great series on how to do different hairstyles (look over on my sidebar for the one currently running about how to style your hair with a scarf!), and I recently watched on about how to style a long hair ponytail. If you can style a high, messy ponytail, you can certainly learn how to style a long hair ponytail to make it more dressy and polished.

All you need is the following: hairspray, a curling iron, a tight elastic band and a bobbypin.


How to style a long hair ponytail for a more dressed up look

Here’s the original video (make sure you tune in to the end to learn how you can win $250 or $100 Visa Gift Cards!)

Here’s my take on it:

How to style a long ponytail

Here is the Before the how to style a long hair ponytail tutorial:

How to style a long hair ponytail for a more dressed up look

Here is my hair before. This is a second-day hair shot.

How to style a long ponytail for a more dressed up look

I started with curling big sections of hair in the back. Usually when I curl my hair, I start with the ends, but this time I just started in the middle. This will give you texture, but not full on curls when you style your long hair ponytail. The tiny bit of hairspray (recommended by the stylist in the video above) really does help it stay.

how to style a long ponytail - add big curls for texture

I lightly pulled my hair at the sides, like in the how to style long hair ponytail video, placed the elastic tightly around my ponytail right in the middle of my hair (not at the nape, about 2 inches above.)

In all my years of having long hair, I never know what an extra bit o’ hair around the ol’ elastic band would do for classin’ it up, but it’s reasons like this you watch how to style long hair ponytail video tutorials. I pulled a bit of hair at the crown of my head and then styled my bangs like normal.

Here is the After how to style a long hair ponytail shot:

How to style a long hair ponytail for a more dressed up look

I love how simple and beautiful this look is with very minimal styling. A ponytail has never looked so lovely!

What is your favorite way to style a long hair ponytail?

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