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How to do a unicorn braid ponytail: A step-by-step tutorial

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Arianna

Add a fairytale flair to your hair!

Has it long been your dream to rock a mane as dazzling as a mythical unicorn? Well, now’s your chance. It just so happens that we’ve whipped up a quick and easy step-by-step tutorial for a unicorn braid ponytail, which is just as magical as it sounds!

Unicorn braids have become a seriously hot-to-trot look this season, featuring a trendy plait seamlessly worked into a sleek, wavy pony. So essentially, everything that you could possibly want from a glamorous updo! Now, there’s not a second to waste: scroll down and learn how to do a unicorn braid in 7 simple steps.

A step-by-step unicorn braid tutorial

1

Prep your hair.

As with any braided hairstyle, you want to out start with fresh, clean hair – so wash your tresses with the TRESemmé Silky Smooth Salon Silk Shampoo and Conditioner.

When you’ve done this, blowdry your mane straight. And to help give your hair texture and grip, spritz it with the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray. This will make creating unicorn braids a total breeze!

2

Part your hair.

Next, using a comb, part your hair down the centre. Once you reach the back of your crown, section a 2-inch wide portion of hair down to the nape of your neck – this will become your unicorn braid later on!

3

Create your unicorn braid.

Now split the section of hair that you created in the second step into 3 equal sections and weave it into a tight Dutch braid. To do this, cross the left section of hair under the middle section, and then cross the right section under the new middle section.

Continue this braiding process, remembering to pick up additional hair as you weave, incorporating it to your left and right sections. Once you reach your crown, use a clear hair tie to secure your plait in place.

Tip: If your braid is looking a little flat, try pancaking it to make it appear fuller and thicker!

4

Create a ponytail.

You’ve now learnt how to do a unicorn braid – but the look isn’t complete just yet! Gather all of your hair (including the end of your unicorn braid!) into a neat, loose ponytail.

After securing your pony with a hairband, take an inch wide section of hair and wrap it around your hairband to conceal it. This will help make your pony look more sleek and refined!

5

Apply leave-in cream.

For the next part of this unicorn braid tutorial, you’ll be needing the help of some heated styling tools, so apply a small amount of the Nexxus Emergencée Refortifying Leave In Crème to your ponytail.

This will help to create a protective barrier against any heat damage that may occur.

6

Curl your ponytail.

To really bring out the glamour of your ponytail hairstyle, take a 2-3 inch section of hair and use a curling wand to curl your locks. Repeat this process until you’ve curled your entire head of hair, leaving you with a set of soft waves.

7

Final look.

To finish, set your style in place using a light, flexible hairspray. We love the Toni&Guy Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray, as it will help ensure that your curls stay bouncy and full of body.

And just like that, you’re ready to start spreading the unicorn joy!

If you loved this unicorn braid tutorial just as much as we did, then we bet that you’ll fall head over heels for our pull-through braid tutorial. It’s just 10 steps to a voluminous, party-worthy ‘do!

Arianna
Arianna
21 December 2016

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