Camille Styles

Pretty Simple :: Classic Side Ponytail

May 23rd, 2012


In case you’re just now joining us, welcome to the second installment of Pretty Simple. Since Martha Lynn kicked off the column last week, we’ve been thrilled to see that so many of you are just as excited as we are to be getting insider access to the latest on-trend beauty techniques. Now that we’ve got teasing covered (have you all been practicing?), we thought a classic side ponytail would be the perfect lesson to follow with… it’s super simple, and perfect for day or night. Follow the jump for photos by Cory Ryan that demonstrate exactly how to put the look together yourself, and be sure to let us know in the comments what hair or makeup tricks you’d love to see taught in the future!



  1. Tease around the crown (according to these instructions) to create volume. Then separate one back section and two front sections by parting at the ear, as pictured.
  2. Pull back section into a low side ponytail, keeping it below the ear to avoid an 80’s do. tip: always pull your ponytail to the side of your part that has more hair – that way you’re not fighting against the natural direction of your hair.
  3. Fasten ponytail with an elastic.
  4. Pull back larger front section.
  5. Wrap around elastic and secure with bobby pins. Repeat with smaller front section and spray all over.
  6. For an alternate look, fold ponytail underneath to create a low bun, and secure with large bobby pins.

*layouts by Jennifer Rose Smith

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  1. dustjacket says:

    Loving both looks!

  2. Clara says:

    Gorgeous, Camille!! I love this new series.

  3. This is beautiful! And it looks fairly easy and not extremely time consuming – two major pluses for me 🙂

  4. It’s SUPER easy! Give it a try and let us know how how it turns out 😉

  5. Jane says:

    this is a very pretty look, I also really like your shirt and wondering if it is maternity or just a regular shirt?

  6. Looks beautiful, girls!


  7. Alyssa says:

    This looks so great! I love the special little finishing touch of wrapping hair around the elastic.

  8. Amy says:

    I love this look! Very sweet to wrap the pony too.

  9. Dawn says:

    Both looks are great! I agree with the other comments. The bit about wrapping the ponytail is really helpful. My vote for a future style is the top knot. It’s perfect for humid days because it gets your hair off of your face and neck and you still look pulled together!

  10. delia says:

    Ooohh I love them both.


  11. This is so ridiculously easy – and gives a much softer look than just a simple side ponytail with all the hair pulled in one direction.

    • Camille Styles says:

      Agreed – that final step of pulling the piece from the opposite side is something I NEVER would have thought of doing…and makes all the difference!

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  13. Great photos and super cute hairstyle! I need to get more creative with my hair and give this a try.

  14. Kelly says:

    Love this hair tutorial installment! MUST try this soon!!

  15. garance says:

    Pretty look, I also really like your watch, is a tank ?

  16. Debra Kapellakis says:

    That is a pretty hair do and so are you.

  17. liz says:

    love this, thanks for all the great tips on how we can do this style ourselves at home!

  18. Carol says:

    Very nice, thank you for sharing:)

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  20. aditi singh says:

    looking great………………….thankew for sharing.

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