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How To Do A Low Ponytail (Without Looking Like A Founding Father)

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Styling a low ponytail feels a lot like playing the lottery. When done right, it feels like we hit the jackpot with a look that’s perfect at just about any event. There are times, however, when it feels like our low ponytail takes us back to the 1700s.

Stumped about how to create a stylish low ponytail the right way? Don’t worry, we’ve been there. We tapped Cassi Pinder, L'Oréal Professionnel artist and brand ambassador, to show us how to get the low ponytail look right every time. If your dark brown hair is in serious need of a styling boost before the holidays, you don’t want to miss out on this step by step guide.

how to style a low ponytail

Gather your low ponytail supplies.

Before getting started, you’ll need to gather a few simple tools and products. Have a boar bristle brush, a hair elastic, bobby pins, a rattail comb, and your favorite hairspray on deck before you begin styling.

how to style a low ponytail

Prep your hair.

Since freshly washed hair tends to slip and slide during styling, we recommend starting with second-day hair. If you’ve just recently shampooed your strands, don’t worry. A dry texturizing spray like the L'Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair can help. The micro-propelled dry finishing spray transforms hair into next day, disheveled looks with a discrete and natural touch.

how to style a low ponytail

Form your low ponytail.

Grab your boar bristle brush and remove any knots or tangles from your hair. Once your strands are snarl-free, it’s time to create your low ponytail. Pull all of your hair towards the back of your head. Use a comb or your fingertips to smooth the hair at your crown gently and secure the ponytail with a hair elastic at the nape of your neck.

how to style a low ponytail

Wrap your low ponytail.

Ready to take your low ponytail to the next level? Conceal your hair elastic by wrapping a small section of hair around the base. To do this, separate the loose half-inch section of hair from your ponytail and grab a bobby pin. Open the bobby pin and wrap the end of the separated section around it. Then, wrap the section of hair around the ponytail and use the bobby pin to hold it in place.

Gently loosen a few strands at the top of your head with the tail end of your comb for a more voluminous look.


Don’t skip out on hairspray.

Once your low ponytail is completely secure, the look is nearly complete! Give your ponytail a few spritzes of high-hold hairspray to ensure your low pony lasts all night long. We recommend the Kérastase Laque Extreme Hair Spray. The hairspray provides unstoppable hold to finish any style and lock volume firmly into place. It also adds shine and creates lasting touchable results.

With Pinder’s expert tips and tricks, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect low ponytail every time!

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