Half-Up Ponytail: How To Video plus 5 Unique Looks

This is about to become your go-to style.
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The half-up ponytail is the hairstyle anthem of this generation. If you’re feeling doubtful, hear me out: Which other hairstyle is pop star-approved while simultaneously being work-appropriate for your average Jane? The half-up ponytail takes less than five minutes to create once you get the hang of it and it’s as versatile as it gets in terms of wearability. Wear it to work, out for drinks with friends, on a first date, or to an office event!

Are you still not convinced? Keep reading to see just how easy it is to create this IG-ready half-up ponytail:

1. Detangle.

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Detangle and smooth your hair to prep for your style.

Start by detangling your hair by gently combing through your strands with a hairbrush. Start at the bottom and slowly work your way up to your roots. This will give you the freedom to work quickly and style your strands in no time.

Once you’ve detangled, smooth your strands and tame frizz with some Bed Head by TIGI After Party Smoothing Cream.

2. Section your hair.

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Section your hair to make curling easier.

Once your hair is detangled and ready to style, use clips to section off the top portion of your hair. This will make it easier to work section by section

3. Curl your hair.

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Give your hair that extra oomph by curling it.

Grab a curling iron and start curling sections of your hair. Wrap each 1-inch strand around the barrel and hold for 20-30 seconds. Let the curl fall and keep working your way around your head. Once you finish the bottom section, let the top down and curl those sections, too

4. Set your curls.

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Don’t forget to set your style!

Once all your hair has been curled, mist your hair with Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray. This will make sure your curls hold up for the rest of the styling process and beyond!

5. Gather your hair.

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Time to bring the style together!

Gather your hair up into a half-up ponytail. You can do this by sectioning off the top of your hair and using your fingers to comb through your hair until you have a smooth finish. Use a hair tie to secure the half ponytail.

6. Wrap your hair.

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Hide your elastic by wrapping hair around it.

Take a 1-inch section of hair from the base of the half ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie. Use a bobby pin to secure the piece into the base of the ponytail.

7. Finish off!

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Your half-ponytail style is complete!

Finish off the look with another mist of hairspray!

That’s all there is to create a half ponytail style! It’s so easy to do but it looks like it took major skills and time–what could be better? Happy styling!

Looking for more ways to sport the half-updo? Check out these half-up styles–perfect for any occasion.

1. The 80s Inspired

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Add a scrunchie to your style for an 80s inspired look.

Add a subtle twist to your half-up ponytail by wearing a scrunchie at the base of your style. This 80s inspired look is a slightly different take on the classic style but gives a completely different impression!

2. Parted Half-Up Ponytail

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Maintain your part!

Maintain your part and pull your hair back into a low half-up style. Ideal for women who prefer to keep their hair parted, this half-up style is just as chic and inspired as the rest.

3. Beach Waves

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Create these beach waves before you create your half-up style.

Pair your half-up style with beach waves for an easy and laidback effect. This creates a finished look that’s understated, chic, and totally wearable. Add some easy texture by spraying your hair with Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

4. Knotted Half-Up Ponytail

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Try this chic knotted style.

Secure your half-up ponytail with a chic knotted finish. Use a handful of bobby pins to secure the style and pin the knot into place.

5. Crimped Style

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Try a trendy crimped texture.

Get in on the crimped hair trend and pair this texture with your half-up ponytail. By embracing this bold texture you can nail two trends at the same time!

Are you thinking about trying one of these styles? Be sure to take a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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