With the temperatures heating up, it’s time to start thinking about the ponytail, an easy breezy go-to look for summer. Martha Lynn here, and I have all the details for taking your pony to the next level. I think the trick is to make it look a little special while keeping it effortless, so you don’t look like you just left the gym. A high ponytail that’s bouncy, secure and polished is a tall order, but it can be easily achieved if you break it down into a couple of sections:

  1. To create texture and bounce for the ponytail, you will want to curl it before you put it up, so it has as much volume as possible. We used a 1-inch curling iron and Living Proof Flex to set the curls, but it won’t get stiff, so you can still manipulate it into a ponytail.
  2. Pull out a small section in the front of the hairline and clip out of your way (you will come back to this last).
  3. Gather the remainder of the hair at the top of the crown and smooth into a ponytail. It can be helpful to flip your head over to do this, so that gravity is working in your favor!
  4. Gently tighten ponytail, so it’s secure and so the “tail” has a little bump to it.
  5. Lightly tease the front section.
  6. Smooth back the front section lightly, laying it back over the top of the head (this creates the volume for the ponytail).
  7. Wrap the remaining “tail” of that section around the ponytail to cover the rubber band and secure with a bobby pin.
  8. Tease the ponytail to give it volume and finish with Living Proof Flex.

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Comments (22)
  1. 1
    Stephanie April 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Cute top, would love to know where it’s from!

    • Camille Styles April 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thank you! It’s from Madewell… a couple seasons ago.

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    Sidni April 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Love love love! Specially since I’m about to be a first time Mom, I can’t think of a better or easier way to feel AND look put together this summer! Thanks Martha Lynn!

  3. 3
    Molly Kendrick April 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

    This is so gorg!

  4. 4
    Melissa April 16, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I have been looking for a white mirror like the one above! Would love to know where it’s from!

    • Martha Lynn Kale June 1, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I think if you google “ornate mirror” it comes up from several sources! Good Luck 🙂

  5. 5
    Angelica Golden | The Savvy Girl's Guide April 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    So cute and playful! Perfect look for spring and summer.

  6. 6
    Hillary April 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This is a beautiful up do – perfect for all occasions!

  7. 7
    Lily April 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    This looks so good!!

    x Lily

  8. 8
    Lovely Letters April 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Too cute!

  9. 9
    Julie Blanner July 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    What a great and easy style. Fashionable and casual at the same time!


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    Annielewis July 17, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Great article,thank you for the sharing 🙂




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