In the Rodarte post, I was asked to do a tutorial on the simple, yet voluminous, ponytail I had. This is super simple and is my go-to hair style when 1. I have dirty hair 2. The neckline of my outfit is high or 3. My hair is being stupid.
What you'll need:
+ 1 - 2 ponytail holders (I like Goody hair ties with no metal)
+ small plastic claw clip
+ bobby pins
+ day-old hair (aka: dirty hair)
+ i curled my hair with hot rollers to add texture and grip to my hair (otherwise my hair will fall out of the rubberband) though this is optional. if i don't have time, i use my straight hair and it works just fine too.
+ take a section of hair by the crown of your head
+ make sure to grab the lower layers (and not just the top or else the volume will look flat)
+ don't grab your bangs - leave them down as is
+ secure with the small claw clip
+ grab the rest of your hair & secure with a rubberband
+ wrap the rubberband behind the claw clip (and try to avoid tangling the claw clip within the hair tie)
+ i use 2 rubberbands to ensure my hair will stay put!
+ unclip the claw clip (don't leave it in or else people might think you're wearing those weird fake hair pieces!)
+ gently pull out hairs around the crown to add volume - don't take it out all the way though!
+ don't worry about it being perfect, pulling out the hair will add shape & volume
+ make sure to pull from the roots (and lower layers), or else your "bump" can look flimsy
+ hairspray any fly aways
+ you can pull out any additional layers to frame your face or spray back the sides for a more "severe" look
+ i bobby pin the small baby hairs on the nape of my neck & hair spray them - that's optional, it can look a lot more natural letting those be
Don't worry about it being "perfect" - it's not a bouffant, it's a simple & easy way to get your hair up & out. Actually the messier it is, the more rock-and-roll it looks.
questions? ask here!