The curly ponytail tutorial that you’ve been looking for

Create this cute and curly ponytail with our easy tutorial.

Looking for a way to jazz up your pretty ponytail? We know that there are many ways to take your ponytail from basic to beautiful, but if you’re looking for a quick and simple way to make your style a little fancier, why not try the curly ponytail? It’s perfect for casual brunches, sophisticated dinners or date night.

And to help you nail this stylish, yet simple style, we’ve put together an easy, step-by-step below. So, get your hairspray ready, now!

How to create the perfect curly ponytail


Prep your hair.

Before curling your hair for your curly ponytail, start by prepping your hair with the VO5 Express Primer. This spray will help protect your hair from heated styling while helping to detangle your hair and reducing flyways. Now, that’s what we call a hard working product

Curly ponytail tutorial: Brunette model putting product in her hair

Curl your hair.

Once you’ve prepped and protected your hair, take a small section of hair (roughly a couple of inches) and wrap it around the barrel of your curling wand. Hold for a few seconds before releasing. Don’t have a curling wand? Don’t worry, you can still curl your hair with straighteners or rollers.

Curly ponytail tutorial: Brunette model curling her hair

Curl your hair:

Continue this process until you’ve curled all of your hair.

Curly ponytail tutorial: Brunette model with curled hair

Tease your hair.

Section 2-3 inches of hair either side of your middle parting. Then use section clips to keep them out of your way. Lift your hair at your crown at gently backcomb the hair using a comb or brush to give your hair a bit of oomph.

Curly ponytail tutorial: Brunette model teasing her hair



Create your ponytail.

Gently (and carefully) smooth your hair and gather it into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a hairband.

Curly ponytail tutorial: Back view of a brunette model creating her ponytail

Hide your hairband

Unclip the two sections of hair at the front and loosely draw one section back towards your ponytail. Place it over and across the base of the ponytail to hide your ponytail, wrap the hair around the ponytail and discreetly pin. Do the same with the other section of hair, creating a crisscross .

Curly ponytail tutorial: Back view of a brunette model pinning her ponytail

Final look.

Finish off your hairstyle with a spritz of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. Trust us, this will help keep your curly ponytail looking fab all day.

Curly ponytail tutorial: Final look of a Brunette model with a curly ponytail


Loved creating this curly ponytail? Then head over to our Updos page for more tutorials and inspiring new hair ideas.

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