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How To Make A Perfect Low Ponytail The Expert-Approved Way

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When it comes to ponytails, the styling possibilities are endless. From high, party ponytails to messy, undone looks, there are plenty of styles that can easily take us from the boardroom to the bars. However, there is one variation we can’t seem to get enough of this year —the low ponytail.

Whether sleek and straight or full volume, a low ponytail works for just about any occasion. The best part? A low ponytail can be yours in just a few simple steps (and with the help of a few trusty hair care products).

Interested in mastering the low ponytail look for yourself? We’re breaking down a few expert-approved tips to make achieving the perfect low pony easier than ever.

Start with second-day hair.

It's no secret that it can be a bit of a struggle to style freshly washed hair. Since super clean strands can easily slip out of ponytails, start with second-day hair.

If your roots need a bit of a refresh before your next wash, opt for a dry shampoo like the Matrix Biolage Waterless Dry Shampoo. The formula cleanses and helps retain body.

Add texture.

When it comes to low ponytails, we’re firm believers that textured styles work (and look) the best.

To create texture, work with 2-inch sections of hair at a time and wrap them around a curling iron. Once you’re done curling your mane, gently tousle your strands for added body and fullness.

Looking to amp up your texture without heat? We recommend using a dry texturizing spray such as the L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Styers Next Day Hair Texturizing Spray. This finishing spray transforms hair into next day styles with a discrete and natural touch.

Secure your low pony.

Once you’ve perfected your texture, it’s time to create your low ponytail. Gather your strands at the nape of your neck and hold it in place with a clear hair elastic.

Pro tip: If you’re hoping to avoid those pesky band marks from regular hair elastics, skip out on the elastic completely and go for a hair bungee instead. The hair bungee is a piece of elastic with hooks on both ends that holds your hair in place—without the tugging and pulling of a regular hair tie.


Hair accessories are a quick and easy way to amp up any hairstyle. We love fun,’90s-inspired scrunchies or a cuff for a more sophisticated look. No matter which you choose, no low ponytail is complete without a killer accessory.

Set the look with hairspray.

Now that you have the low ponytail styling down pat, you’re finally ready to finish off your look with a few spritzes of hairspray. For messy, undone looks, we love the Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray. This professional product is the key to a smoothing, anti-frizz finish and a windswept, airy texture.

Now that you’re equipped with all there is to know about low ponytail styling, it’s time to try the look for yourself!

Looking for more expert styling tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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