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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Messy side ponytail

My lovelies, you know the messy side ponytail from J. Crew's spring lookbook? Well, I really wanted to learn how to do it myself, so I invited over my friend Caroline (who is a hair genius) to explain how to get the look, and the fabulous Jamie Beck took a few photographs. (What I love love love about this style is how the top looks like a beehive!)

Here are Caroline's steps, if you'd like to try it out....
1. Start with day-old hair...meaning it's been a day since you've washed it. (If you must wash your hair, then use a volumizing spray to add oomf; and if your hair is oily, use a French dry shampoo to build body and texture.) Now make a deep side part on one side of your hair. You can use a rat-tail comb to get an extra straight part.

2. Backcomb the top quarter of your hair. Basically, brush the hair downwards toward your scalp so it's sort of frizzy and can stand on its own.

3. Gently brush the very top layer of your hair to make it smooth on the top. That way, all the backcombing will be hidden under the layer that you brushed. Still, don't brush too much, you want it a little messy.

4. Take the entire backcombed section and pin it behind your head. To make it secure, place the bobby pins in an "X."

5. Now take all your hair and put it in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Tighten the rubber band as tight as you can. This will help "push" your hair up, creating more volume at the top.

5. You can either leave the rubber band exposed, or hide it by taking a small half-inch section of hair from the ponytail and wrapping it around the rubber band. Take a small bobby pin and pin the hair to the rubber band.

6. Rough up the ponytail with your fingers to match the texture at the top of your hair. Use the same motion as you did to back comb, but use your fingers instead, since this will create a messy texture but will be softer and gentler than using a comb. Remember, this look isn't about perfection; it looks best slightly messy.

Let's do it! Thank you so much, Jamie and Caroline! xoxo

(Photos by the wonderful Jamie Beck.)


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Kara @ Cheeky Chic said...

I love this messy, yet chic look! As well as the ombre style hair... very cute!

ladydazy said...

I luv this look so I'm going to give it a try!

olga said...

i just have to say, i have been doing this look like every other day. i am obsessed. beautiful model! great tutorial!

ashley said...

LOVE this! Thank you :)

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Earths Elegance Design said...

I'm going to Maui in a couple of weeks. This is the perfect effortless chic hairstyle with your maxi dress thrown over a swimsuit. Thanks for the inspiration!

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alltheprettylittlethings said...

Love this style! I really like the look of messy hair (meaning supposed-to-be- messy not lazy-gross-messy) but I am sometimes too insecure to pull it off afraid that people might think I just rolled out of bed....

Anyways, great post!

Tissi said...

Hi Jo, thank you so much for sharing all the steps!
I would try ;)
Your blog is great,
kisses from Italy,
It would be lovely to have you on my blog, I've already added you!

Cara Jess Mason said...

I featured this on my blog!

xoxo Cara Mason

lucky bamboo said...

It's rattling nice article. Thanks for conversation about it as I am curious in this subject.r

renee kristine said...

Since i liked this post so much, i have featured it here...

i hope you are flattered, rather than annoyed. but if there are issues for whatever reason, please please let me know so that i can take it down :)

thank you and happy weekend


Bekah said...

Oh so beautiful!Im going to attempt to do this today!

Manuela said...

I noticed you said: the lipstick is a combo of surprisingly cheap drugstore brands. cover girl lipstain in plum with revlon super lustrous in kiss me coral, but there's two cover girl plums, could you please tell me which one?
Thank you
Beautiful girl, beautiful style, I'll have to see if I can do it on my hair though :/

RNL said...

Love this, it's so fabulous. Can't wait to share, thanks! {}

estefany said...

oh my gosh! This is soooo cute specially for the summer.

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Annie said...

You mean you don't just put your hair in a ponytail with a rubberband on the side? Who knew? LOL I am so naive!

karina niinepuu said...

This is my favorite look! Will try to make it tomorrow.

Shoppe Girls said...

Love this hairstyle. I would love to share on my blog.

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Pounou said...

Love this hairdo! Thank you for sharing!! (I found this from pinterest!)

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Anonymous said...

i love the style. but did you photoshop her arms in that last one? ewwie.

Azelex Azelaic Acid said...

This is a good post. This post gives truly quality information. Really very useful tips are provided here. Keep up the good works!

Isha.with.Azure said...

love this look !!

Anonymous said...

i love this! my hair is so slippery and thin i thought this wouldn't work, but it does! and beautifully too i might add.. gotta try out the other ones too! :- )

Jonna, Finland

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

What a fun, casual do. Love it!

Julev said...

love this !!!i like your blog

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kate said...

Love your ombre color - it's perfect!! said...

Love it! So simple yet it looks like it took forever! You should totally enter this hair style into Craftbaby's DIY a Hairstyle Challenge! xo

Tricia said...

Any suggestions for girls with thicker hair? Bobby pins are basically useless in my hair...

Abi K. said...

Thank you for the tip, I will have to try it!

Abi K

Rudelle Jade said...

oooh I'll try this one!

Vanessa Takeushi said...

Hiiii... i love it!
Congratulations os Brazil!
Have a nice day!!!

pratima patil said...

ponytail tricks. I will try this. Thanks for sharing. keep posting.

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Rachelle said...

This is absolutely STUNNING♡♡♡

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