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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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

1

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.

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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.

3

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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

 

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.