As far as updos go, and hairstyles in general, you'll be hard pushed to find something less complicated than a ponytail. Basic yet beautiful, it's the go-to 'do for a workout, a bad hair day or any situation where you need to keep your locks up and under control. The thing is, it's all too easy to tie your mane up with little more than a hair elastic and a quick backward glance in the bathroom mirror... unless you have a few alternative styling methods up your sleeve.
One of the easiest ways to update your pony is with a mercifully messy bed head texture. A lazy girl's dream, mussed hair is one of this year's biggest beauty trends and boy have we been thanking our lucky stars (and runway stylists) for that. Well, if the fashion world says you don't need to brush your hair, it would be rude to try...
Below are five different ways to rock a messy pony, each with an accompanying tutorial to help you recreate the look. All you have to do is scroll through and decide which one you'll try first!
Low and wavy
A low, wavy pony is the kind of tousled hairstyle you can where anywhere, anyhow. Dress it up with a bright lipstick or dress it down with jeans and a t shirt, it's all up to you! This style is perfect for anyone who has naturally wavy or curly hair as it really makes the most of all that beautiful texture.
Get the look: Apply L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp hair and blow-dry with a diffuser for defined, bouncy curls. If your hair doesn't have a lot of natural movement, use a curling iron to make some extra waves once it's all dry. Next, spray the roots on top with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray and tease to build volume, as if you were going to create a beehive. Loosely gather everything into a low pony then camouflage the elastic with a piece of hair from the 'tail. Pin it underneath to secure then mist with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to finish.
A real class act, the French twist pony is perfect for a formal occasion or for any time you want to inject a little extra "va va voom" into your styling routine.
Get the look: Spray your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray then tease with a fine-tooth comb to ramp up the volume. Leaving some hair loose at the bottom, sweep the top two thirds to one side and pin down the back to hold it all in place. Tie the loose hair into a low pony then roll the side-swept hair back on itself to create the 'twist.' Secure with more pins. Mist with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and you're all set!
To quickly tame unruly locks while simultaneously showcasing your 'best side' is easier than it sounds thanks to a side-swept low pony. Perfect for an off-duty weekend look or a dressed down ensemble at the office, this style as pretty as it is easy to style!
Get the look: If you need to, spray your hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and blow-dry in large twisted pieces to add movement before you start. Then, part your hair on one side with a wide-tooth comb and gather it all over the opposite shoulder. Tie into a loose side pony and use a small piece of hair to cover the elastic. Warm a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum in your hands then scrunch it through the ends of your hair to give your waves a piecey look. As with the styles above, complete your new 'do with lashings of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.
Much as a ponytail is the best failsafe hairstyle of all time, braids come a pretty close second. Combine the two and you have a real winner on your hands (or head...)
Get the look: Scrunch a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through your hair to get a piecey, tousled texture then tie it all into a pony. Be careful not to pull the hair too tight as this will only flatten the top completely and make the style look severe. Loosely braid the pony and secure at the ends with a second elastic. Muss as desired with your fingertips then finish with a mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.
If in doubt, you should always keep things as simple as possible and the same is true of a messy pony.
Get the look: Spray your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray throughout and muss with your hands. Then, sweep it all up and tie. Pin down any major flyaways and finish with a veil of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.
Which messy pony are you most inspired by?