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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ponytail twist

How often do you wear ponytails? There's nothing cuter, but sometimes you want to mix it up. Our side ponytail was our most popular hair tutorial ever, so today we'd love to share another ponytail look. This twisted ponytail takes less than a minute, and is perfect for work, dates and weekend picnics. Below, my friend Caroline explains how to do it, and Jamie Beck took photos...

1-2. Split your hair into two sections, straight down the back, but off center, about 3/4. You want one large section, and then one smaller section that's about an inch or two away from your ear.

3. Take the larger section and make a ponytail, securing tightly with a rubber band.

4. Twist the smaller section AWAY from your face. Make the twist as tight as you can, so it doesn't become too loose later on.

5. Wrap the twisted section over the top of the ponytail and around to the bottom.

6. Pin the twisted wrap in place. I like to use lots of U-shaped hair pins to make it really secure. After you've secured the twist with enough pins, let it untwist and blend in with the rest of your ponytail. Done and done! SO easy!
P.S. 14 more hair tutorials, including cinnamon roll buns and a mermaid braid...

(Photos by Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo. In the step-by-step photos, Caroline is wearing an Alexander Wang Classic Tee. In the outdoor photos, Caroline is wearing this chambray shirt and black jeans. Caroline's jewelry is from her own line, Brvtvs.)

103 comments:

Jody said...

Cute!

Kate Harvey said...

Beautiful, I love her shirt too!!

Kate
Something Ivory

Elizabeth Benfield said...

just lovely!

Anonymous said...

Very nice one. But how about some hair tutorial for curly hair?

vosges paris said...

I love it It reminds me of stylish French girls ;)

Annie said...

Love these hair tutorials! Howerver, I would be interested in seeing some for non-Caroline types (e.g. people with shorter hair, wavier hair, etc.)

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, anonymous!!! we're on it for the fall, i promise! and for short hair, too. :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..it looks so beautiful and kind-of romantic. Can not wait to try it out on my hair. Btw: Caroline looks amazing in that chambray shirt. Happy Tuesday to you both. xo

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, annie! coming up! xoxo

Melissa Sue said...

Caroline is my girl crush. Love this look.

ashley faye said...

totally spotted your friend yesterday! maybe we work in the same building .... saw the star tattoo and meant to check back to your blog to see if it was the same chick. alas, it is. x great pony!

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Angry Asian said...

i just attempted this, in my office, without a comb or mirror. for the first time, ever, i think i managed the pull it off.

Alice said...

Very pretty! Although, could you do some hair tutorials on a different model with curly hair? Like actual curly hair, not just straight hair that has some wave, lol. No one ever post tutorials for curly hair besides, "add gel, air dry" and call it "natural" :(

Amy said...

I love how simple this is and yet how polished it can make a look!

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Allie Shultz said...

How pretty! I will definitely need to try this!

Anonymous said...

Understated, natural elegance. So pretty.

SUGAR LANE said...

wow! it looks very chic and smart :)
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naivecookcooks said...

Hey there Its my first ever comment on your blog but that doesn't mean that I haven't come across posts which i haven't loved. I love your posts and the way you present them..I myself just started blogging few days back but I'm new to this so i'm still refining my blog..Well to end it I would say i'm going to try this style today only n It's super cute!
P.S One of my fav hairstyle :
http://youtu.be/KYc8rJe7kTo

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

so gonna try this!

caroline said...

love that chambray shirt. would you happen to know what size she's wearing? i know it's a weird question. i want to get it but it needs to be the perfect fit!

Melissa Blake said...

So pretty!!! Now if only i could work up the courage to grow my hair out!

Kelsey De Weerd said...

Perfect timing since it was an "I don't know what to do with my lion mane" kind of day. This combined with side ponytail tutorial = perfect now style. Thanks for sharing both!

KJ said...

Caroline - I came here to ask the exact question! Anyone know how the chambray shirt fits?

NotesFromAbroad said...

I am off to the mirror where I will try this. There are days that I just get sick of the plain pony tail !
besitos.

daisy said...

Would you ever do a tutorial for short hair? xo

daisy said...

oh yay i just saw your comment below! :)

domonique @ abowl full of simple said...

perfect timing! sick of my stand by. this one is so easy. thank you.

Anonymous said...

i like these hair tutorials--they are cool! but it would also be awesome to switch it up, and see these styles executed on other folks (i.e., not the same model) / other hair types.

Fashionista622 said...

Love this ponytail, a great twist to a classic look. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Maria

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Chelsea said...

Is there ANYTHING this girls hair can't do? For real. I want a list of her favorite hair products- add on post?:)

Sarah said...

I totally have this shirt! And wore it yesterday, with black jeans...great minds think alike? For those that asked, I think the shirt is oversized, I'd usually be a large in button downs but I got a medium in this and there's still plenty of room.

Love the pony!

Lisa said...

LOVE this one, can't believe I've never thought of it before!
I'll definitely try it today, fingers crossed it'll be nice and secure.

Sista Lukito said...

This is simply GORGEOUS! I love it, gotta try <3

Sarah Tucker said...

I love wearing my hair up, but a regular ponytail can be a drag most days! Love this reinvinted style :)

sweet harvest moon said...

Love this!

Becca said...

Joanna, this is beautiful! Each new tutorial seems to be the best yet and Caroline looks lovely. I would actually really be interested to know if you've tried any of these, or maybe see others try these on their own (and do you or they have any tips). For some reason, each time I try a new style, I end up looking ridiculous, but would love to learn from others, who may lack Caroline's skill set in beautiful styling.

Just a thought!

Becca

Caitlin said...

This is a perfect style for those lazy "I don't want to do my hair" days.

Luli said...

These are lovely photos and if my hair was a bit longer I'd do this. So now I can't wait for my hair to grow. I love all of your hair tutorials. Joanna, I clicked on the link for the Alexander Wang Classic Tee. Maybe I live in a different world, but I don't understand the appeal of wearing a $78.00 tshirt.

Kristen from Try, Try Again said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for posting these tutorials, I'm a hairdresser and I refer clients to your blog on the regular for pretty, easy things to do with their hair. So many magazines get things like this wrong so it's great to have a place to point them!

Abi. said...

This is really lovely! I can't wait for my hair to be long enough to do this!

Abi x

Julia said...

For those asking about the madewell chambray, it is oversized so you should order a size down. I usually wear a small or medium and I bought a small and it's kind of too big. also, note that the hem in the back dips lower than the front and it's quite long. you can kind of see it in these pictures and probably also on the madewell site. Just something to keep in mind depending on how you like your shirts to look and fit :)

thanks for the hair tutorial Joanna!

mon said...

Love her ponytail, just got short hair so I am so sad not to be able to try the ponytail.

Aurelie said...

I love this kind of ponytail, very simple yet chic!

Andrea said...

What a cute idea!! The ponytail looks great.
xo Andrea
Wonderful and Marvelous

Allison McGregor said...

Gorgeous hairdo! I love twist ponytails!

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Pier 39 Prep said...

Ponytails are my go-to hairdo for lounging around. But I never thought to wear them in such a chic way like this.

Marie said...

Simple and cute. Love it! :)

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ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

i love this look! must try it!

simplemittens said...

LOVE IT!

Amy P said...

I love this one! I'll probably even try and do it (I'm pretty hair-challenged ;)

Anonymous said...

Caroline is so gorgeous!

Loulou said...

Love this! Your hair tutorials are excellent. I imagine myself wearing each of them, even though I always wear my hair down everyday! I have got to change things up in the hair department and this looks like a great 'do' to start with!

The Meaning of Me said...

Keeping long hair neat and professional can be a challenge - and get boring. This would be a nice change from the usual. The pictures and detailed steps are helpful - thanks. Always hate pics in magazines or on sites where you can't figure out how to duplicate.

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

I love my long hair but this is a great timesaver especially during those hot and humid days - hello frizz! :)

Rochelle said...

Cute hairstyle...You have so many posts...you must put 2 blog post a day...you go girl lol...
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marne said...

I love the hair tutorials so much! I did the perfect topknot today, and I do the three little buns every week. I think I'll be doing this pony tail tomorrow :)

Queen Bee of Beverly Hills said...

Pretty! I will have to try this!

Jessica said...

I love my hair in a taller ponytail as I get so warm with my hair all over my neck. I also love tall buns but cycling to work means I have to think about my helmet going over my hair so this twisted ponytail would be perfect for the whole day!

Marni said...

Hi Joanna!
I love these hairstyle posts! So inspiring :) I'm a naturally curly lady and would love if you could feature some styles for us gals as well
Xo
Marni

Scout and Rice said...

Love all of these tutorials, but I'm looking forward to the shorter hairstyles, as I can't wear any of these. :)

haylie said...

Joanna, I love these, but how about a hair tutorial for short and/or curly hair? Straight-haired ladies get all the love :o/

haylie said...

Ha! Just read all of the above comments talking about short/curly hair. Whoops!

Lady Grey said...

This is simply gorgeous - and it's the simplicity of it that makes it so.
xo

Anonymous said...

my hair is WAY too thin for this.

NotesFromAbroad said...

I wear a ponytail almost every day but this made me happy, it would be a bit different.
I couldn't get it .. lol ... I sprang 10 thumbs .
I have to make my husband do it for me tomorrow :)
love, C ( with 10 thumbs and long hair)

hello, Friday said...

So cute!!! I wish my hair would grow out faster to do so. xoxo
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wonderjet said...

how about tutorials for curly (natural) hair please..?!

Christina said...

What a great way to change up a regular old pony.. This could probably even work with my shorter hair!

Christina, bohemianwild.blogspot.com

Megan said...

I just love this! I wear ponytails almost daily and am always looking for easy ways to spruce them up! Great tutorial :)

-Megan
www.meganesass.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

If only I could wear my hair that long! So pretty. But, with curly hair, it just gets too big and wild. Would LOVE to see a tutorial for medium/short curly hair! pretty please! :)

Anonymous said...

I love it! I am wearing this today and it turned out really nice although I was worried at first it would not be as pretty as your original! Thank you ... Agnes

Luna said...

I love your hair tutorials!!! The pictures are so inspiring :)

Sounds weird, but I love long hair because I can make a ponytail.
Other people keep asking - why don't you cut it if it's in your way anyway??

Well, what do they know! ;)

Thank you very much.

Bambi said...

I love these hair tutorials so much Jo!! :D
For a date recently I wore the pretzel braids but instead of starting out with 2 pigtails I split my hair into 4 and then braided those sections. :) The hairstyle looked a lot more intricate while still being so easy to do! :D
Keep 'em coming! ;D xoxox

Luna said...

Will try this tonight... as in right now.

Paola Albergate said...

Love this, thanks!

Janine Duff said...

What an awesome hair tutorial! I'll be trying this today I think, haha.

Mandy said...

So easy and cute! I just moved to Austin, TX where it's wayyyyy too hot to ever wear your hair down, so I'm excited to have a new style to try that will keep my hair off my neck!

B said...

This is gorgeous! I tried to recreate the look at my desk chair yesterday when I saw your post! I love all of your beautiful hair tutorials and your blog in general! I'm 19 and have been reading for years, your blog inspires me for my future!

-B
http://onesuperbolide.blogspot.com/

dagný björg * feel inspired said...

I love this! I wear ponytails almost daily for work because I hate it when I'm with a costumer and have hair all in my face. This is fabulous and I will defiantly try this tomorrow!

Annie said...

I actually tried this today with a toddler underfoot--super quick and easy, and makes for a very special ponytail. The model's was (obviously) neater than mine, but it still turned out well:
http://scarves-chapstick.blogspot.com/2012/08/mama-hair-up.html

Thank you for this tutorial!

Elise said...

For those with shorter hair, if you just take the ponytail itself and wrap it once more around the top of the twist, it makes a gorgeous bun! Then pin it in place.

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Astrid said...

Your hair tutorials have changed my life! Easy to follow and they always come out great. The nautical side bun has been my go to style all summer, but I am trying this one today.

Natasha Banks said...

Hi Jo and Caroline,

I love your hair tutorials... but my hair is mid length (just above my shoulders) so I can't do a lot of the beautiful styles you ladies put up. Could you make the next one a style for shorter haired peeps like myself?

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

so classy! perfect for getting some flowers at the farmer's market ;)

Love it!

~Lisha

loong said...

it appears so beautiful and kind-of romantic. Are unable to wait to use it out on my hair. Btw: looks amazing for the reason that chambray shirt. Happy Tuesday to you personally both. xo


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Mike Bishop7 said...

Those are great photos! I really love the ponytail twist hairstyle, my wife does it occasionally and it looks great every time she does. I don't know a lot about hair and stuff but I know she's always mizani hair products, she said it's the only thing she'll use. I guess it works though haha, thanks for sharing this with us Joanna!

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