It may seem pointless to write a whole post on how-to perfect a messy ponytail when you can just do it from the couch in your trackies. But there’s a new breed of the Year 7 staple that is less I’m-too-hungover-to-be-bothered and more worthy of a red carpet appearance.
Since I conceived of this post long before I impulsively cut all my hair off – and I’m yet to convince the editorial team to be my hair guinea pigs – I’ve scoured the web for the best messy hair ponytail tutorials to banish the back-of-the-neck-hair-sweats this summer.
1. The Messy Side Ponytail.Cup of Jo, and full tutorial here.
Step one: apply a voluminising hair product to dry hair, and if you hair is oily use a dry shampoo first.
Step two: backcomb (if you don’t know how to backcomb check the video below) the top quarter of your hair. Pin the back-combed section with bobby pins in an X.
Step three: gather hair and tie into a pony. Wrap a piece of hair around the band to cover the elastic.
Step four: Rough up the ponytail with your fingers to match the texture at the top of your hair.
2. Low Slung Wrapped Ponytail.
1. Backcomb the top quarter of your hair and then gather at the nape of the neck. Tie into a ponytail and wrap the hair to cover the elastic band. Apply a voluminising spray.