How to create a tousled ponytail

There are several reasons why we revisit the tousled ponytail time and again. It looks quite sexy, but in an easy-going way, has plenty of texture and movement and can be dressed up for a formal occasion or tweaked down for a more casual look.

Tousled ponytails work best with medium-length to long, wavy hair. So if you have straight tresses, wrap them around a medium-barreled curling iron to create loose waves before pulling them back into a pony.

Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to create a tousled pony in ten minutes:

– Heat Protectant Spray

– Tousle Waves Spray

Get the Look:

Spritz your damp hair with heat protectant spray and blow-dry it roughly.

Trace out a soft side part of your choice. Divide your hair into medium-sized sections.

Take one section and twist it, holding the end with your fingers. Spritz it with tousle waves hairspray for added texture and blow-dry completely. Repeat the step with all the hair sections.

Once you’ve texturized your hair, finger-comb it gently to break it up and create a more natural, tousled finish.

Spritz your hair generously with hairspray to seal the texture for longer wear.

Pull all your hair back into a loose ponytail and secure it with hair tie. Pull out small wisps for a more laid-back look.

Sometimes, your alarm doesn’t go off in time – or at all – and you have no choice but to face the day with the hairstyle you really did wake up with. Fear not, however, because there is one gorgeous look that will seem totally deliberate, and on point, with a few subtle styling tweaks. Cue the messy ponytail.

All things tousled are A-ok on the trend scale right now, so embrace the muss without the fuss!

How to style it

Step 1
Run a wide-tooth comb through your hair to restore just a modicum of order before you begin styling.

Step 2
Spray L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray evenly throughout then blow-dry your hair in large twisted chunks. This will create beachy waves that look like you created them on purpose, unlike the weird bed head kinks.

Step 3
Once you’ve twisted and dried all of your hair, flip your head forwards, then back again quickly, then gather it all into a low pony.

Step 4
Tease a couple of pieces loose at the front to frame your face, then scrunch some Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the pony to add more texture. You can also use a small dab on your fingertip to tack down any unwanted flyaways.

Step 5
Mist your magically mussed pony generously with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and you’re all set!

Et voilà, your bed head hair is totally under control, and totally gorgeous. You’re welcome!

Chrissy Teigen stole the Red Carpet spotlight with her blush pink sheath gown and super chic, tousled pony.

Celebrity Hairstylist and International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional, Giannandrea was inspired to create an effortless style that pulled her hair up and away from the face and neck, allowing the detailed dress to really shine. It was a modern, elegant take on the playful pony, which perfectly accented the rest of her look.


STEP 1: Apply Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer on wet hair before blow drying the whole head with a large round brush, to create ample volume at the roots and length.

STEP 2: Use a 1-inch curling iron and curl the whole head in waves.

STEP 3: Once the hair is set in waves, apply a generous dollop of Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream and run hands throughout the hair, using fingers to create supple separation and texture all the way through the ends.

STEP 4: Gather hair into a high pony tail, slightly below the crown. Tie the pony into an elastic band and take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band covering it. Keep the pony playful by using your fingers to open it up and make it wide, textured and volumized.

STEP 5: Make sure it’s not too tight around the face by creating volume at the front with separation. Leave some fly aways and small pieces on the sides for an effortless look.

STEP 6: Spray in place with Macadamia Control Working Spray to protect against humidity and set for a night out.

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How to create a tousled ponytail

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How to create a tousled ponytail

One of my unofficial goals this year was to try and get better at doing my hair. I can put together braids (French, Dutch, milkmaid, fishtail, updos, you name it, I’ll braid it) in about ten seconds flat. Ballet buns? Even quicker. Scruffy top knots? Bam. Already done. But anything that requires a little patience? Like curling, or even proper blow drying? Nope. Never. My hair is naturally coarse in texture and is insanely thick, with a section at the back of my head that is in a constant state of party and is about 100 times wavier than the rest of it. Styling it properly (blow drying even!) takes Even my hairdresser has commented on how long it takes for my hair to dry and smooth out. I’ve spoken before about having a halo of frizz surrounding my head most of the time, and it’s true. It really does exist!

*fanfare* Enter ghd!

I was offered a pair of ghd stylers to have a play around with a couple of weeks back, and figured it was a perfect time to start learning how to get to grips with some slightly more ‘done’ hairstyles, and maybe possibly stop pretending that the ‘hobo-chic’ vibe I usually rock from the forehead-up is deliberate when it most definitely is not. It took me a little bit of time to get to grips with using the ghd stylers to curl my hair. But after accidentally creating a few gawky, lame half-ringlets (and swiftly learning my lesson), it became a breeze! I’ve been majorly impressed by how smoothly they glide through your hair. They don’t snag at all, even when pulling them down through a looped strand to create a curl.

This tutorial demonstrates beautifully the exact technique I used to create the curls. The trick (I’ve found) is to keep rotating the stylers as you pull them down the length of the hair, to help the curl to form. And that’s it! Scroll scroll scroll to see how I like to style these long, natural curls…

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– I find these hairstyles work better with second-day hair, when it has a little more grip and body to it. To get started, spritz a little heat protectant through your hair, followed by some sea salt spray. The heat protectant I use is by ghd (which was sent to me along with the stylers) and the sea salt spray is by Charles Worthington.

– Take one inch sections of hair, and run the straighteners down the length of the strand, twisting the stylers as you go. I find the hair needs to be wrapped once entirely round the stylers to create a good curl. The tutorial I linked to earlier in the post is the best I’ve ever found for learning the technique. Since my hair is naturally wavy I find that I don’t need to ensure that every single section of hair is curled to create this look, but if your hair is exceptionally straight I’d recommend sectioning it off, and working methodically through each section curling one strand at a time.

– Keep working through your hair with the stylers, until it’s curly and bouncy and lovely. Mist all over with hairspray, and run your fingers through the curls to break them up a little.

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A B O V E :: For the daytime, I like to wear these curls styled into a ginormous, messy ponytail. Simply rake all your hair up (don’t smooth it down over your head, or else everything’ll look too neat) and secure with a band. Then take a small strand of hair from underneath your ponytail, wrap around the hairband to conceal it, and pin in place with a kirby grip. The curls make this casual hairstyle look much more put together, much more *deliberate* than a ponytail normally does. It’s also totally practical (basically my no.1 requirement of a hairstyle!), and quick enough to put together on a rushed weekday morning.

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A B O V E :: For a more dressy, elegant style, begin with the curls loose, then gather the hair from the around your face, and bring to the back of your head. Don’t pull too tight here! It’s nice to keep things soft and relaxed. Extra pins can always be added for security. Twist each side section of hair a little, then pin in place at the back of your head with kirby grips. Finish with a bow or decorative hair grip, or alternatively just leave plain! I think it looks so lovely either way! You can find more beautiful hairstyles on ghd’s ‘Festival Hairstyles’ page- I especially love those messy curls and braided fringe!

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* ghd sent me through the ghd IV periwinkle stylers and heat protectant free of charge via a PR company, and asked that I share my favourite looks here on Cider with Rosie. I did not receive financial compensation for writing this article, and all views are my own (of course!).

How to create a tousled ponytail

You will need

How to create a tousled ponytail

TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist

How to create a tousled ponytail

TONI&GUY Daily Conditioning Dryer

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: nothing says summertime cool quite like effortlessly tousled hair. The casually undone waves immediately evoke images of holiday locations, sandy beaches and laid-back surfer girls – all of which have us yearning for a fresh, sun-soaked style!

However, just because we don’t have the beach close at hand or any days off work on the horizon, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still nail the style! To look like you’ve spent all day by the sea (even if you’re a city girl), just read our terrific tips for rocking perfectly-tousled hair this summer, below.

How to get tousled hair using a curling wand

Wash your hair.

Tousled hair calls for volume, so begin this look by washing your hair with your favourite shampoo and conditioner.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Apply heat protection spray.

Once you’re out of the shower, towel dry your hair so that it’s no longer dripping wet.

Then, apply the Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist to help to defend your locks against heat damage.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Dry your hair.

Now blast your strands with your hairdryer, using your fingers to lift your hair from the roots to create added volume.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Apply a sea salt spray.

Once your hair is totally dry, spritz the VO5 Sea Salt Spray through your hair. This will add grit and texture to your locks, giving your look a more beachy texture.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Curl your hair.

Then it’s time to curl your mane! Taking sections of hair around 1-2 inches thick at a time, wrap your strands around your curling wand and hold for a few seconds.

Editor’s tip: Remember, we’re trying to create a wavy effect rather than perfectly-defined curls, so you don’t need to hold the hair on the curling wand for very long.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Brush through your curls.

Once you’ve curled your whole head, gently brush through your hair. This will transform your curls from defined ringlets into softer, loose waves.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Apply an oil.

And last but not least, take a few drops of the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil in your palms and run it through your mid-lengths and ends.

This nifty product will help to add shine and fend off frizz throughout the day.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Final look.

Congratulations, your gorgeously tousld look is complete! Now, go forth and share your mermaid hair with the world!

How to create a tousled ponytail

How to get tousled hair without heat

How to create a tousled ponytail

Trying to limit how much heat you use on your strands, but still want to know how you can achieve tousled hair? We’ve got just the thing!

Our 4-step heatless tousled hair tutorial

1. Start by scrunching a sea salt spray into damp, freshly-washed hair. This will help you to create your waves and give them more staying power.

2. Next, use a tail comb to divide your hair into sections. The number of sections you’ll need will vary depending on how defined you want your waves to be.

For loose waves, 4-6 sections will be fine and for tighter curls you may need more. Now twist each individual section into a mini bantu knot and secure in place using bobby pins.

How to create a tousled ponytail

3. Leave your hair to dry for a few hours or overnight if possible. Once dry, apply a few drops of your favourite oil or serum into your hands and then carefully remove each knot, one by one. The oil will help to prevent any frizz and add a gorgeous glossiness to your waves.

4. Give your look a quick brush through et voila! You’re ready to take on the day with your beach-inspired tousled hair.

So, now that you know how to get perfectly tousled hair, why not head over to our Wavy Hairstyles page to discover even more textured hair inspiration? Go on, you know you want to!

It’s all in step number four

By Carli Alman

Beauty Crew Editor / June 01 2016

How to create a tousled ponytail

It’s all in step number four

By Carli Alman

Beauty Crew Editor / June 01 2016


As chic and easy as a sleek low ponytail is, there’s something fun and flirty about a voluminous and texturised ponytail that sits high on your crown.

Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin has a clever little trick for your textured ponytail that can help you fake fuller-looking locks and keep the base of your pony sitting high all day.

Here are her tricks for creating the tousled ponytail perfect for long hair.

Prep your hair

Before blow-drying your hair, give you hair extra texture with a wave spray, like Redken Fashion Waves 07.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Dry thoroughly

Blow-dry your hair until completely dry. If you’d like to keep some of your natural texture, don’t use a brush while drying, however if you’d like to control any natural curls, kinks or waves, use a paddle brush to dry.

Brush and spray

Once your hair is dry, use a strong hold hairspray like label.m Hair Glue, to spray throughout your hair, and then brush it out. This will help give your hair extra grit and hold.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Create a half-ponytail

Section your hair horizontally from ear to ear and secure in a half ponytail, ensuring the base sits on the crown of your head.

Secure the rest of your hair

Collect the rest of your hair and gather it up into a ponytail that sits just under the base of your half-ponytail, and secure it with a hair tie and bobby pins. Make sure that the tail of your half pony-tail blends in with your second ponytail. This helps create the illusion of a fuller, more voluminous ponytail that won’t drop. It’s also a nifty trick to use if you want your hair to look a little longer.

Add some waves

For loose, tousled waves, used an oval-shaped curling wand, like Halo The Alexa Hair Curler and wrap sections of hair around the tool to create effortless bends

Wispy, tousled hairstyles are one of this season’s most popular trends and, thankfully, one that doesn’t require a whole lot of effort to get on board with. A great way to rock an artfully mussed look is with a low knot. It’s a simple undo that takes hardly anytime at all and can be adapted to create all kinds of different looks, from a sleek ballerina-esque ‘do to a disheveled style like the one in the photo.

To find out how to recreate it, all you have to do is follow the tutorial below.

Step one

Brush your hair through to remove any tangles, sweeping it back off your face.

Step two

Gather it all into a low pony and tie at the nape of your neck. If you have bangs, leave them loose at the front to frame your face. If not, shake a few pieces of hair out of the pony before you tie it.

Step three

Wind the pony into a bun a tease some pieces loose to get a messier finish. To make things a lot easier, use a wide-tooth comb to dishevel your style.

Step four

Loosen the hair on top by placing your fingertips underneath the hair near your scalp. Gently pull your hands upward until the hair feels a little slacker. Be careful not to pull too far as this could undo the entire hairstyle and you might have to start over.

Step five

Once you’re satisfied with how undone your knot looks, spray your hair all over with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and you’re all set!

The great thing about this style is that you can dress it up for a formal occasion or team it with low-key makeup and casual attire for a laid back, off-duty look.

With the summer months finally here, there’s one hairstyle that every girl should master in her repertoire: the high ponytail. From sleek and sexy to playful and perky, ponytails have been a style staple for women since the 50s, and don’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. Not only are ponytails a summer essential simply because they’re functional, but the perfect high ponytail can take your summer outfit from “I just threw this on” to “It’s a look.”

How to create a tousled ponytail

So, what’s the trick to creating that perfect ponytail to complement your summer looks? From Ariana Grande’s signature larger than life ponytail to Beyonce’s recent Met Gala look featuring a high ponytail, we’re sure we can all agree that the key to the perfect high pony lies in thickness, volume, and texture. If you have fine, thin hair, stay tuned. This week, we’re revealing the secret to get a celebrity-status textured high ponytail with volume, regardless of your hair type. It all starts with clip-in hair extensions, the trick to adding instant length and volume to your hair.

Watch the video tutorial below, or read on for full instructions on how to achieve the perfect tousled high ponytail with volume.

In this tutorial, Catherine uses her Seamless Blonde Balayage Luxy Hair extensions, which transition from a darker Dirty Blonde shade to a lighter Ash Blonde shade at the bottom. Seamless hair extensions are perfect for this ponytail hairstyle, as they are bound with silicone at the root of the weft, allowing them to lie completely flat against the head.

Tousled high ponytail with volume

Step 1

As any prom or bridal hairstylist will tell you, second-day hair is the best kind of hair to work with for textured and volumized hairstyles, as the hair tends to hold better with minimal hairspray or hair product required. If you can’t wait a day before wearing this hairstyle, give your hair a quick spritz of sea salt spray to add some grit and texture.

Step 2

Separate a section of 2-3 inches at the front of your face on either side. If you need, clip the rest of your hair away to hold it back. In order to create a lifted look at the back, apply some dry shampoo at the roots and backcomb your hair with a teasing brush for added volume.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Step 3

Separate a section of hair at your ears. Then, take a 4-clip weft and clip it in upside down at the roots, in the direction that the ponytail will be gathered. This will allow the wefts to lie completely flat without pulling at the roots.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Step 4

Separate another section of hair at the crown of your head and clip a 3-clip weft in upside down. If you have naturally thicker hair, you can add a few more layers of wefts, or even stack 2 wefts together to a create a thicker weft.

Step 5

Once you are satisfied with the placement of your wefts, gather your hair into a ponytail (leaving the front sections from earlier out) and secure it into a high ponytail.

Step 6

Separate layers of your ponytail and tease each layer at the roots with a teasing brush to add extra lift.

Step 7

How to create a tousled ponytail

Moving toward the front of your head, clip two 1-clip wefts in behind the separated section of hair, toward the back. Then, gather your natural hair over the wefts, and clip all the hair back for now. Repeat on the other side.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Step 8

Gather both front sections of hair, including the 1-clip wefts, brushing the hair back with a Loop Hair Extensions brush. A loop brush will ensure that the wefts do not pull at the roots, as it glides easily over clipped in wefts. Then, join all the hair into the back ponytail, securing with another elastic.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Step 9

Spray some hairspray underneath the ponytail as well as over your head to smoothen down flyaways.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Step 10

Now for the tousled look. Using a 1 inch curling wand, wrap 1 inch pieces of hair from the ponytail around the wand. For a messier look, curl each section in alternating directions.

How to create a tousled ponytail

Step 11

Once everything is curled, use a dry salt spray or texturizing mousse to mess the ponytail up and create a more beachy, tousled look. Apply the product on the ends of the ponytail, and scrunch upwards for extra volume.

Step 12

Using a teasing brush, tease the top of the ponytail again for even more volume, then add some cute hair clips to complete the look.

How to create a tousled ponytail

How to create a tousled ponytail

We’re totally crushing on this ponytail for the summertime, as it keeps frizzy hair at bay and keeps your hair off your face and neck during those hotter, humid days.

Do you have any go-to ponytail hairstyles? Will you try this high ponytail with volume? Let us know in the comments below!