The insider trick to a high, voluminous ponytail

It’s all in step number four

Beauty Crew Editor / June 01 2016

As chic and easy as a sleek low ponytail is, there’s something fun and flirty about a voluminous and texturised ponytail that sits high on your crown. 

Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin has a clever little trick for your textured ponytail that can help you fake fuller-looking locks and keep the base of your pony sitting high all day. 

Here are her tricks for creating the tousled ponytail perfect for long hair.


Prep your hair

Before blow-drying your hair, give you hair extra texture with a wave spray, like Redken Fashion Waves 07.

Redken Fashion Waves 07


Dry thoroughly

Blow-dry your hair until completely dry. If you’d like to keep some of your natural texture, don’t use a brush while drying, however if you’d like to control any natural curls, kinks or waves, use a paddle brush to dry.

TOP TIP: If you want to add more volume at your roots, apply a mousse when dry, then dry off any dampness.


Brush and spray

Once your hair is dry, use a strong hold hairspray like label.m Hair Glue, to spray throughout your hair, and then brush it out. This will help give your hair extra grit and hold.

Label m Hair Glue


Create a half-ponytail

Section your hair horizontally from ear to ear and secure in a half ponytail, ensuring the base sits on the crown of your head.


Secure the rest of your hair

Collect the rest of your hair and gather it up into a ponytail that sits just under the base of your half-ponytail, and secure it with a hair tie and bobby pins. Make sure that the tail of your half pony-tail blends in with your second ponytail. This helps create the illusion of a fuller, more voluminous ponytail that won't drop. It's also a nifty trick to use if you want your hair to look a little longer.


Add some waves

For loose, tousled waves, used an oval-shaped curling wand, like Halo The Alexa Hair Curler and wrap sections of hair around the tool to create effortless bends

Halo The Alex Hair Curler
TOP TIP: For more defined waves, use smaller sections and hold against the wand for about 10 seconds.


Finish with a texturising spray

Spray the lengths of your ponytail with a texturising spray (we like Toni & Guy Casual Rough Texturiser) and scrunch your hair up for more shape.

Toni & Guy Casual Rough Texturiser
TOP TIP: If you want to create a matte finish, follow this step with a spray of dry shampoo over the crown of your head and over your ponytail.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.