Half ponytail: Get this effortless A-list look with our step-by-step tutorial

Is your hair in need of a little celeb-worthy styling? Then come try this hot half ponytail on for size!  

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half ponytail: shot of model with half up ponytail hairstyle



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Move over, hun! No, not you, we mean the half-up bun, because there’s an effortless new hairstyle taking over the red carpet and we’re living for it. It’s called the half ponytail. Wondering what it is? It’s basically the cool, laid-back version of the bun — just minus the topknot.

And with stars like Chrissy Teigen, Khloe Kardashian and Ariana Grande all coveting this gorgeous style, now’s the perfect time to give the look a go. But don’t worry about this celeb-approved ‘do being complicated to get, because we’ve created an easy step-by-step tutorial just for you!

How to create a half ponytail, the It-girl way


Prep your hair.

Start by prepping freshly washed and towel-dried hair with the TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling SprayThis nifty product will help protect your locks from heat damage and make them easier to style.

Editor’s tip: Limp locks? To get star-worthy volume, try washing your hair with the TIGI S Factor Stunning Volume Shampoo  and Conditioner. This will give your hair the fabulous bounce and body it needs for this style.

a woman spraying her long brunette hair

Blowdry your hair.

Once you’ve finished applying heat defence spray, blowdry your hair until it is completely dry. Not sure how to? You’ll be a pro in no time with this tutorial!

Editor’s tip: Since your doubling up on the use of heat, you can opt to apply some more heat protectant spray, if you feel like your hair needs it.

model blow drying her hair in studio smiling

Create your curls.

Now, to give your look a cool-girl, effortless feel, you’ll need to curl your hair (from about ear height down). So, take your curling wand and a 2-inch wide section of your hair, and curl it in alternating directions. Doing so will give you a more tousled, beachy look.

Continue to curl your strands in 2-inch sections, until you have a head full of loose curls. Then gently finger comb through your strands to make them look extra laid-back.

model curling her hair in the studio, smiling

Create your half ponytail and secure.

Once you’ve curled all of your strands, section the top of your hair (from temple height on either side of your head) in a horseshoe shape.

Now fashion this upper section into a high ponytail and secure it with a hairband.

Editor’s tip:  If you want to disguise your hairband, take a small piece of hair from underneath the pony and wrap it around. Pin it in place with a bobby pin.

model creating a half ponytail hairstyle

Finishing touches.

Once you’ve finished creating your hot-to-trot half up ponytail, set the look with the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray.

Cherry on the cake: this wave-enhancing hairspray gives an invisible, workable hold all day long. This means you can spend more time showing it off, rather than worrying about it falling out of place (yay!).

a woman applying hairspray on her long wavy hair

Final look.

And there you have it, an effortless half ponytail hairstyle that’ll make you feel like an A-list star, wherever you go.

Psst: For added fun, don’t forget that you can also experiment with hair accessories. From ribbons to hair cuffs, this is your chance to flaunt a celeb style and #slay the mane game.

half ponytail: shot of model with half up ponytail hairstyle


Feeling inspired by this star-worthy half ponytail and now eager to look at more on-point styles? Then you’ll want to head on over to our Hair Trends page, where you can discover all the latest looks and red carpet coverage to inspire.

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