August 10, 2012
I don’t know about the rest of you girls, but I tend to throw my hair back in a ponytail every morning for class. It’s simple, chic, and best of all, it doesn’t get in your face all day. However, it’s fun to spice up the everyday ponytail and give it a fun and feminine twist, a la a braid. It only requires an extra minute in comparison to your traditional pony and makes a noticeable difference. Here’s how to achieve the effortless, casual look.
- Start by sectioning off two sections of hair. On one side of your head, take a one inch section from your hair’s normal downward flow and pull it to the front. On the other side, use two fingers, starting at your hairline, and draw them back, almost making a box shape, until they meet. This sounds complicated, but your simply grabbing the front portion of your hair, almost as if you were achieving a half-up/half-down look. The first section should simply fall straight down, while the second section draws backward. This is where the fun of the look comes in – the braids will be structured in opposing directions.
- Take the first portion and braid it downwards as you normally do. Secure it at the end.
- Take the second section and braid it backwards towards the back of your neck. When completed, secure it.
- Now, to form the pony, work with the braids in the directions they naturally will flow in. Take the straight braid and pull it straight back in the direction of your ear. Grab the braid in the main pony.
- Take the second portion and pull it back over the top of your head, almost as if you were making a poof. Meet it with the rest of the pony and hold both braids and the pony in your hair.
- Before securing the final pony, take this opportunity to smooth out any flyaways or scattered pieces. Then, pull the entire pony together.
And you’re done! The style will look like it took much more effort and time than you actually did and you still will experience the same casual and efficient benefits of your traditional pony. Have fun!
- Dakota Doukas