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Style It On: 2 Formal hairstyles for medium hair by Zoella

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She’s back with double the hair fun!

Exciting news: our resident beauty vlogger and go-to hair styling pro Zoella is back with another Style It On tutorial, just for you! And this time around, she’s showing you how to create not one, but two stunning formal hairstyles for medium hair! Isn’t that generous?

Having accepted the challenge from Nikki Phillippi to create two formal hairstyles, Zoella has decided to whip together a charming half-up, half-down twisted hairdo, and a voluminous, party-ready ponytail! So, what are you waiting for? Watch the video above to learn how to create these gorgeous looks, and read on for a simple step-by-step tutorial.

How to get Zoella’s fave formal hairstyles for medium hair

For each hairstyle, remember to follow the prepping steps below, before moving onto the styling process!

The prepping stage


Wash your hair.

Before creating both looks, you’ll need to first prep your hair! Begin by washing your mane with the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo will help to nourish damaged hair, as well as make your strands appear softer and smoother.


Apply heat protectant.

Next, spray some TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray onto your hair while it’s still damp, to help protect your strands from any damage done by heated styling.


Apply mousse.

Both of Zoella’s formal hairstyles for medium hair require volume and body, so you’ll need to apply some mousse to your hair, too! Squirt a tennis ball-sized amount of the TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse into your palm, and then run your hands through your hair to evenly distribute the product.


Blowdry your hair.

Now all you have to do, is blowdry your hair to activate the mousse. Once dry, you can choose to leave your hair straight, or curl it to create a wavy base. We recommend following in Zoella’s footsteps and opting for soft waves!

Look 1: The romantic half-up, half-down twist


Section and twist.

To create your charming half-up, half-down hairstyle, take two 3-inch wide sections of hair from either side of your forehead, and bring them to meet at the back of your head. Then, twist the two sections of hair around each other twice, before pinning them in place with some bobby pins.


Final look: Loosen the front.

Now, to help to frame your face and add to the hairstyle’s romantic, undone vibe, simply pull a few tendrils of hair free from near the front of your ‘do! And guess what? The first formal hairstyle is done – go you!

Look 2: The voluminous, low ponytail


Create a low ponytail.

Gather your wavy hair into a neat, low ponytail – this should sit just above the nape of your neck. Once you’ve got the perfect position, secure your pony in place with a hairband.

Tip: If you have a fringe, you can leave this free from your ponytail!


Add body.

Thanks to the mousse that you applied during the prepping stage, you hair should already appear thicker and more voluminous. But if you’re after even more volume, then gently tug at your hair near the roots, to loosen the ponytail and create a more lifted top.


Conceal the hairband.

To make your pony appear more formal, you’ll want to conceal your hairband. To do this, take a 2-inch wide section of hair from underneath your ponytail, and wrap it around the base. Once you’ve wrapped the whole length of hair around your hairband, secure it in place with a bobby pin.


Set your look.

To help ensure that your party-worthy ponytail stays in place all day (and night!), give it a spritz of the TIGI Bed Head Full Of It Volume Finishing Hairspray. Zoella loves this hairspray because it provides a firm but flexible hold, as well as a shiny-looking finish!


Final look.

And just like that, your glamorous low ponytail is complete! All that’s left to do, is find a formal event to wear it at!


Now that you’ve mastered Zoella’s two formal hairstyles for medium hair, why not check out what other amazing looks have been achieved throughout our Style It On series? Trust us, these are the only ‘dos you’ll need to see you through the year in style!

01 December 2016