Today we’re doing a messy, voluminous low ponytail; this is so cute and simple and only takes about five minutes. This tutorial is ideal for hair of any texture, shoulder-length or longer.

What you need is a comb or brush, a hair tie, three bobby pins, hairspray or dry shampoo, and wine [optional].

Before we get started, let’s prep the hair. I like to use a dry shampoo powder because it leaves your hair with a dry, matte look with a textured grip as opposed to the shiny, sticky feel of a hairspray. I am just going to sprinkle the powder on my roots and rub it in.

I’m going to leave my bangs and a little bit of the hair around my face out. Take your first section; about an inch wide behind your bangs, or wherever you want the volume to start. To tease, just move your hand in a circle and push your hair down very lightly, you don’t want to cause damage to your hair.

Take another section just behind the first one and tease. Take both sections and and backcomb them both together.

For even more volume, take a third section and repeat the process. Take as many sections as you want until you’ve achieved as much volume as you desire.

Now take some hair from the sides, leaving a little around the face. This will be your smooth hair that will cover up the teased hair. Take this dropped out section at the front and do a little bit more teasing. Don’t worry about teasing it too much, you can always smooth it out; you are the master of your hair. Just tease in the areas that need more volume.

I’m keeping my part taking a section right above my ear, pulling it back and leaving the pieces around the face out.

Take the hair from the right side and pull it over to the left, wrapping my hair together to make a tight hold. Now bobby pin the left side first going at a diagonal. Try to hide the pin under the hair. Use another bobby pin coming from the other side, creating an X to lock the hair in place.

Tug on the top of your hair for a looser, messier look.

Now pull up the rest of your hair to where the bobby pins are and tie with a hair tie. Don’t make it too tight.

At this point you can pull some pieces out or use a comb to give yourself some more volume.

Finish it off by taking a strand of hair and wrap it around the hair tie and secure with a bobby pin. It’s a small touch with a big impact.

Lightly mist with hairspray. I prefer medium hold.

And there you have it! A cute, easy way to spruce up your boring ponytail!

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