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How Can I Create a Low Side Ponytail?

A.E. Freeman
A.E. Freeman

You need a hairbrush, comb, and a hair elastic to make a low side ponytail. Some people also use styling products, such as hair gel or hairspray, to prevent fly-aways and to keep the style looking neat and polished. Typically, the hair is parted on one side, then gathered into a ponytail near the top of your neck. To add volume to the low side ponytail, you may consider teasing or back-combing your hair before securing it in place. You can also add accessories or curl the hair to finish the style.

Ideally, your hair will have been shampooed the day before, so that it has some oil in it to add texture and weight. If you have just washed your hair, you may want to use styling mousse or other hair product to add some texture to your hair while it is still damp. Dry your hair completely after adding the product, before gathering it into a low side ponytail. Pulling your hair back while it is wet can cause it to break or be pulled out.

Use a brush or comb to part your hair deeply on one side of your head. Choose the side you usually part your hair on, or choose the opposite side if you want a different look. You may find that your hair naturally parts to one side.

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Woman holding a book

To tease your hair for added volume, select and lift a small section of hair at the top of your head. Hold it straight up in the air to keep it separate from the rest of your hair. Gently back-comb the section from the tips down to the roots at your scalp. Use care when doing this to avoid over-tangling or breaking hairs. After the section is teased, you can very gently comb it in the usual direction to smooth it a bit, you may also choose to spritz it with hairspray so that the volume remains.

Find the base of your skull with your hands. Gather your hair and pull it into a low side ponytail at the base of your head. To add interest to the look, the ponytail should be on the opposite side of the part you created. Wrap an elastic band around the low side ponytail, just above the nape of your neck, to secure it there. Don't pull the ponytail too tightly or gather it too high so that it is a true low side ponytail and isn't uncomfortable.

You can use a curling iron to curl the ponytail, to add a little added flair to your look. To help hold the curls in place, you can run a very small amount of gel through them or spray the curls with a bit more hairspray. To further dress up the hairstyle, you could wrap a ribbon around the elastic or add some barrettes to the area.

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