Holiday Hair: How to Create a Twisted Half-Up Ponytail

Learn how to nail this jazzy style. 


A fancy updo hairstyle is a look every girl should have in her hairstyling repertoire, especially during the holiday season. We all know that an updo is the quintessential go-to hairstyle for any occasion, but when it comes to actually creating a fancy and trendy hairstyle —like this twisted half-up ponytail — that we saw worn by a celebrity or in the pages of glossy, without a tutorial, our dream hairstyle quickly turns into a hot mess.

This season, no need to try your hand at a hairstyle without any direction because we’re here to help! Read below to learn how you can create this chic, festive twisted updo hairstyle for the holidays.

How to Create a Twisted Half-up Ponytail



Prep hair with heat protectant.

The key to this look is textured hair. To begin, prep your hair with a heat protectant. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray to shield your hair before using a hair wand to add subtle waves.


Add subtle waves.

Take one-inch sections of your hair and wrap it around a hair wand. Hold your hair for a few seconds and then release.


Apply styling oil.

Use a styling oil to add shine to your hair. Apply a few drops of Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil into your hands then smooth onto your hair. Gently fingercomb your waves to separate for a fuller look.


Create first twist.

Take a small section of hair on both sides of your head and twist toward the back of your hair. Secure your twists with a hair tie. Pro tip: Use a clear elastic band, or a black to blend in with your hair color. If you’re feeling funky for the holidays, give your twisted half-up ponytail a cool twist with colorful hair elastics.



Create 2-3 more twists and secure.


Tuck your ends.

When you get to your last twist, tuck the ends into your hair to blend it into the rest of your look.


Set with hairspray.

Finish your twisted half-up ponytail with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray to set your look in place.


Final look.

Now you’re ready to hit the town with your new holiday updo!

For more holiday hair inspiration, see how you can style thick hair for Thanksgiving, and also check out how to get glossy hair for the holidays.

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