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How To: High Side Ponytail

What's old is becoming new again, and this hairstyle is no exception. We share a step-by-step guide to nailing an '80s-inspired high side ponytail.

Nothing exemplifies the saying, "What's old is new again," quite as much as hairstyle trends. Whether it's the timeless classic that is the 1920s bob or the wild and carefree feel of a 70s shag cut, style trends are often resurfacing giving us a modern twist on the past. One of our favorite looks to make a comeback is the high side ponytail. A staple look in the 1980s, side ponytails are making their way on the scene again! Thankfully, the new twist on this very retro look is modern, sleek, and sophisticated. Interested in learning how to get a high side ponytail? We're sharing the tips you'll need below.

Get the Look

Short hair may be popular now, but to wear your locks in a high side ponytail you're going to need some length. Whether you have naturally long hair or you need to use extensions or weaves to achieve the look, a high side ponytail looks best when it's worn tight at the scalp but flows loosely over one of your shoulders.

In addition to length-and volume-you'll need a hair brush, a strong elastic to hold your hair tightly in place, a few bobby pins to hide the elastic, and some hairspray or styling gel depending on your desired final result.

Ways to Wear a High Side Ponytail

A high side ponytail is a look that may seem best-suited for the gym but with the right styling techniques you can actually sport the look anywhere! Try the look with a celeb-inspired deep side part, give the basic ponytail some added flair with side bangs, or try adding some gorgeous waves in your hair to give your high side ponytail lots of texture that's perfect for girls' night out.

How to Style a High Side Ponytail With Waves

Step 1: After washing your hair in the evening, apply L'Oréal Professionnel Volume Envy Extra mousse to your damp strands. Next, tie your hair into a braid starting at the nape of your neck. Allow your hair to dry overnight. If you are using hair extensions to get your high side ponytail look, you can skip to step 3.

 

Step 2: In the morning, untie the braid and gently run your fingers through your curls to break them up a bit.

 

Step 3: For matte, lived-in texture, spritz L'Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair to the lengths and ends.

 

Step 4: Separate one small section of hair from the top of your head. This section of hair will be used to camouflage the elastic used to secure your high side ponytail.

 

Step 5: Flip your head upside down and begin to gather your strands into a high ponytail, but instead of gathering your hair at the center of the crown, move it ever so off center. Return to standing position and brush out any bumps at the crown and the nape of your neck before you tie your hair up into a very high ponytail with an elastic or hair tie.

Step 6: To give the waves more definition, reach for a 1-inch barrel curling wand and wrap sections of your hair around the barrel, alternating directions as you curl. Once cooled, brush them out gently with your finger tips.

Step 7: Retrieve the piece of hair you separated in step four. Wrap it around and over the base of the ponytail, discreetly tucking in the ends.

Step 8: Brush away any flyaways and use a styling gel or hairspray to lock them in place, flat to the scalp.

And there you have it! A modern take on a classic '80s style.

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