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Adding Volume to Your Classic Swept-Back Ponytail

With the right products, upgrading your classic ponytail is a cinch.

Everyone has their go-to swept-back ponytail they fall back on when they’re either hitting a dead end creatively or don’t have time to create a more elaborate hairstyle. Unwashed hair? Check. Hair tie? Check! That’s really all you need to create your go-to ponytail. Today, we’re leveling up to something a little more grown-up. This upgraded swept-back ponytail still takes minimal time and effort, but it gives a slightly more polished impression. If you’re ready to upgrade your ponytail game, read on:

Your Classic Swept-Back Ponytail, Reimagined


Start with a classic ponytail.

Start your style off with a classic ponytail. Comb your hair straight back and use a hair tie to secure your ponytail at the back of your head. We’ll worry about making the style smooth and sleek in the next steps, so don’t worry too much about perfecting it now.

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Add height and a sleek finish.

Use your fingers to tug some of the hair out of the ponytail at the top. Anchor one hand on the hair tie and use the other hand to tug to ensure that you don’t get carried away. After that, take a 1-inch strand of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Use a bobby pin to secure that strand of hair!

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Comb through.

Spritz Love Beauty and Planet Soft Hold & Shine Hair Spray Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Hair Spray on the top of your style and use a fine-toothed comb to smooth out the top of your ponytail.

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That's it!

Easy enough, right? Adding volume and a sleek finish to your classic swept-back ponytail is a breeze with the right products and styling techniques

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