Tutorial: How to Create a ’50s-Inspired Pomp Ponytail

A ponytail with an old-school twist and a modern flair.

pomp ponytail

Your regular updo hairstyle could use a new and refreshing look every now and again—especially if you’re not ready to forgo your ponytail just yet! Our version of this 50s inspired pomp ponytail mixes a vintage feel and a modern touch, with the help of a few unexpected yet trendy hair accessories. Ever thought about the perfect ponytail that is simple enough for the office and classy enough for a formal event? This ‘do is totally for you!

Read on to learn how you can style your hair into this fun updo and up your pomp ponytail game in just a few minutes:

Modern Twist on the 50s Pomp Ponytail

a modern 50s-inspired pomp ponytail
Pomp ponytail hairstyle with a modern twist. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

Step 1: Start clean and add shine.

For a glossy base, wash your hair with Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo and condition with Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Conditioner. Dry hair, then apply Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to add a soft and shiny texture to your hair.

Step 2: Separate the front section for your pomp.

Pull out a section of hair in your crown area, then clip away. You’ll be using this section to create your pomp after creating your ponytail.

Step 3: Create your ponytail.

Gather your hair into a sleek ponytail at the center of your crown and secure with a hair tie.

Step 4: Tease the front section and create pomp.

Gently tease hair with a teasing comb or brush to create a touch of volume. After teasing, pull hair back and pin to keep the height of your pomp in place. Using the ends of your hair from your pomp, wrap the entire base of your ponytail and pin in place.

Be sure you pin as secure and as tight as you can, then remove the bobby pin that you used to set the height of your pomp.

secure pomp ponytail with pins
Add pins to the base. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

Step 5: Add a modern twist to your pomp ponytail.

Since this look is all about giving a modern spin to a vintage look, add some flair with a trend that’s in right now. Smooth the ends of your ponytail up and accessorize with bobby pins.

pomp ponytail back with pins
Stagger pins to create more lift. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

Step 6: Set pomp ponytail in place to complete.

To finish your pomp ponytail, set your hair with a medium-to-firm hairspray for hold like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray

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