I usually whip my hair up into a pony tail when I’m working or having a bad hair – every girl out there knows that its the perfect way to get an extra day out of your shampoo when you just can’t be bothered. Convenient? Yes. Boring? Just a little. So we have put together a few different ways to breathe a fresh air of life into the trusty pony tail.

The Midi Pony – Let’s Add Some Volume

This take on the pony tail actually works really well with hair that’s due for a wash – your ‘three day grit’ will help form and hold the volume at the roots. It’s super easy to pull off and provides the perfect excuse to hold out on washing your hair for one more day.

How To:
Grab your trusty teasing comb and back comb around the roots of your hair to add a bit of volume. Pull your hair back into a pony tail, using a tail comb to lift and shape your ‘bump’. A quick sneaky tip for you: to hide your elastic band you can grab a small piece of hair from your pony tail and wrap it around the elastic. Pin the end of the strand in place with a bobby pin.

The Parted Pony
parted pony

The Parted Pony is really versatile and can be adapted to any pony height for any occasion. You can wear it sleek or rough it up a bit to add a bit of grunge.

How To:
For a tidy pony tail, start by separating your fringe from the rest of your hair. Use a tail comb to make sure that your part is nice and straight. Slightly tease the roots of your fringe and pull all of your hair back into a high pony using the comb to make sure that there are no flyaways! Take a piece of your hair and wrap it around the base of your pony to hide the elastic.  Finish with a spritz of hair spray to keep everything in check throughout the day.

The easiest way to achieve a messy version of the parted pony is to follow the exact same process as the tidy pony, but don’t use a comb – use your fingers instead (apart from the teasing, you should probably use a comb for that).

The Beehive Pony

How To:
Back comb around the crown of your head to add volume and body. Gather your hair into a low pony tail with your hand and then use a comb to shape the bee hive into your desired height and size. Secure the pony tail with an elastic and use a tail comb to smooth down any rogue hairs. Finish with a generous application of hairspray. This is the perfect pony tail to play around with different accessories – bows, headbands and bandanas all work really well with this style, otherwise you can finish off the look with the tried and true wrap-a-strand-of-your-hair-around-the-hair-elastic tip that we love.

The Retro Pony

This style looks like it’s stepped right out of the movie Grease. What’s not to love?

How To:
Start by separating your fringe from the rest of your hair.  Pull your mane up into a really high pony – get it up there! Make sure that it’s super tight and super smooth and then secure it with a hair elastic.  Now for the fringe: Back comb the roots a little bit to give it some lift and pull it back to your desired height.  Secure it with a couple of bobby pins and if it’s long enough you can wrap the ends around the base of the pony tail to hide the elastic.

The Long Long Hair Extension Pony

Don’t. Please? For me? Unless you are going to a 90’s/Spice Girls themed party then this is not okay. Ever.

Why not pop into Esstudio for a style and Aleks can give you a few tips and tricks to take home!

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