HOW-TO: 3 Ordinary to Extraordinary Ponytail Looks!

By Lauren Salapatek | 06/26/2013 12:30:00 PM


When the summer months get hot and humid your clients are probably throwing up their hair into a ponytail and calling it a day. Butterfly Studio Salon owner, Kattia Solano, offers MODERN these tips to help turn your client's ordinary ponytail into something extraordinary this summer.

Faux Ponytail

Butterfly Studio Salon offers clients the option to customize the length and texture of their ponytails with faux ponytail clip-ins. An expert stylist will customize the ponytail pieces with a cut and/or color. Enhance your client's style effortlessly with a clip in ponytail look that is perfect for hot summer days at the office.

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STEP 1: After matching your client's color, create a tight ponytail using their own hair and secure with an elastic.
STEP 2: Secure the faux ponytail on top of the base of their real ponytail.
STEP 3: Faux ponytails have a Velcro strand that should be wrapped tightly around the base of the ponytail and secure the ends with a bobby pin.


Messy Pony Braid

This is an easy style for women with longer hair who are used to a traditional ponytail. Show off this chic and causal ponytail at a weekend brunch with the girls or a day at the beach.

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STEP 1: Beginning with a smooth, shiny blow out, bring hair into a tight ponytail while smoothing out bumps with a boar bristle brush for a sleek look.
STEP 2: Divide the pony into three sections. Tease each section to create a messy texture, leaving the ends smooth and apply a medium hold hair spray like the Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer.
STEP 3: Create a loose braid from the base of the pony to about ¾ of the way to the ends and secure with a clear elastic band. Take a ½ inch section from the loose ends and create a small tight braid. Wrap the small braid around the base of the larger braid and secure the ends under the elastic band.
STEP 4: Open the braid and create that messy look by loosely pulling out strands of hair. Add a pump of Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil into your hands and apply to the front and sides of hair for perfect shine.


Textured Twist Ponytail

This look requires some time and skill but is great to rock day to night!

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STEP 1: Spray the hair from roots to ends with a dry texturizing spray to create a grip in the hair and absorb oil.
STEP 2: Divide the hair into two sections: A Mohawk section on top of the head and a tight ponytail centered at the back of the head.
STEP 3: Take the Mohawk section and set four to five loose curls with a large curling iron, spraying a heat styling spray on each curl for hold.
STEP 4: Once the set is ready, tease each section with a comb from roots to ends. Think high and wild - but don't worry, you will brush this out and it will smooth. This creates the body and structure needed to hold the look.
STEP 5: Lightly brush back the hair over to one side. Divide the hair in half vertically and pull one side over the other, spraying each section with a little hairspray.
STEP 6: Wrap each piece around the base of the ponytail and secure with a clear plastic band under their ponytail.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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