The Knotted Ponytail: Your New Favorite Not-So-Basic Updo Style

Not just a one-trick pony! Turn your updo game up a notch with this knotted look.

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What do you do with your hair when you’re simply obsessed with ponytail hairstyles? Our suggestion: Step your game up just a bit so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing the same sad ponytail every single day. Try your hand at another pony that’s a little more intricate than your last. Take this knotted ponytail hairstyle for instance: It’s stylish and has a complex appeal that adds more interest to the overall look. For this tutorial, we’re challenging you to recreate this new ponytail hairstyle on your hair.

Now we’ll be honest: This hairstyle isn’t extremely easy, but it isn’t difficult either (we promise!). With patience, we truly believe that you can master this ‘do in just fifteen minutes. Okay, we might give you at least twenty minutes for the first attempt, but after that… girl, it’s game on!

Challenge yourself today to create this knotted ponytail hairstyle. Are you up for it? Then read on to learn how you can get this look right at home.

How to Create a Knotted Ponytail Updo


Wash hair.

Before creating your knotted ponytail hairstyle, wash your hair with a shampooing and conditioning system that boosts shine, like Suave Lemongrass & Ginger Strengthening Shampoo and Suave Lemongrass & Ginger Strengthening ConditionerThe last thing you want is a dull-looking ponytail hairstyle, right? This system adds shine while strengthening hair at the same time.


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Add waves for texture.

To ensure your ponytail doesn’t look boring, add some texture. Prep hair with a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray before styling. After safeguarding your hair from the damaging effects of your styling tool, use a curling iron or wand to create a flawless set of waves. Wrap a small section of hair around the barrel, hold in place for a few seconds, then release. If you don’t have a wand or curling iron handy, you can use a flat iron to make waves too!

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Twist hair.

Take one section of hair on each side and twirl toward the back of your hair.

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Tie hair together.

Loop the ends into one (as if you were tying a shoelace) and pull gently.

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Tie second loop of hair.

Take another section of hair on both sides and repeat. After creating your second loop, take the ends from the previous loop and tuck it underneath.

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Use hair to create a hair tie.

Take the ends of your hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to create a faux hair tie. Pin in place as you go to tightly secure.

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Set with hairspray.

Once you’ve completed your style, it’s time to set your knotted ponytail masterpiece in place. Apply Dove Style and Care Strength and Shine Hairspray to finalize your style with shine and a flexible hold.

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Try your hand at even more ponytail hairstyles! And when you’re tired of them all, here are some styles to try that are anything but an updo!

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