Not Just a Ponytail

there are so many simple changes you can do to pulling your hair back into a ponytail to completely change the look.

This tutorial is simple and very similar to the Elegant Half Up.

You can start with straight, curly, or practically any texture of hair! It does need to be long enough to pull back into a ponytail, but if you have short hair, just try the Elegant Half up!  

top: Loft
Earrings: Anthropologie (sold out) 


  1. says

    Wow! What a cute way to wear a ponytail….I will be trying this today! Question, you always use the clear elastics, where do you find them? I’ve looked at both Target and Walmart and I can only find the really small tiny ones. Thanks!

  2. says

    You are just adorable! You do know thanks to you,( and I tell everybody I know and on my blog about you!!) I am growing my hair out, after if being super short for 15 or 20 years!! Thanks so much, Kate, and keep up the great work!!

    Mrs. Crazy

  3. Paige says

    Here’s a question for your November FAQ video. I’ve had my hair teased only once in my life, and I swore I’d never do it again because it took me three times longer than normal to brush it out (after conditioning), and I tore out several strands of hair in the process. You teased you hair in this video for a simple, everyday style. So, does that mean you have any tricks for detangling?

    Thanks! :)

  4. Anonymous says

    This is so gorgeous! I really love your posts!!
    I do have two questions for you, but they don’t have anything to do with this post.
    First, I have really really super thick hair, and I’ve never been able to just use elastic to keep my hair in a pony tail. It usually hurts my fingers, snaps, or slides. Is there anything else you would recommend instead of elastic (and other than regular hair bands)
    Secondly, since I have really thick hair, I have trouble doing anything with my hair. When I blow dry it, it just becomes huge, frizzy, and a mess. The only thing is can do is straighten it or put it in a ponytail or bun. Since you haven’t felt/dealt with my hair, I know it’s hard to give me advice about this. But, I was wondering if there are any products or techniques you would recommend?
    Thanks so much!

  5. says

    I do this all the time! I get tons of compliments and tell them to check out your blog. Also just a side note I went to Target tonight! I know how much you love it and they have put out some awesome holiday clothing! AHHHH can’t wait till pay day!

  6. says

    So cute! This is giving me major haircut remorse. I cut it super short again after a 2 year grow out…this makes me wish I hadn’t. :( Oh well its only hair and it will grow back!

  7. says

    This was a great hair tutorial! :- )
    I love these kind of tutorials…easy…fast…works on any kind of hair.
    I have really thick hair so most of your tutorials do not work on my hair…but this one was great! Thanks!

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  8. Anonymous says

    Ok, so I love this style and was able to do it with ease this morning. Problem, it fell out after a few hours. I used 4 pins and plenty of hair spray. Is there a trick to putting bobby pins in so they hold?

  9. says

    kate, i came across your blog a few months ago and absolutely love it!! this post is great and i can’t wait to try it out. do you think that this technique could be done as a side ponytail? i love the look of a loose, soft side pony and it seems like this technique would lend itself to that look. any tips?

    thanks, always looking forward to the next post!


  10. Rebecca S. says

    I love this style Kate. I’m not very good with hair, but love your video tutorials. I got this one first try today and LOVE it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. Jessica says

    I love love love this, I’m rocking this style today :)I really enjoy the ponytail tutorials because some days my hair drives me nuts and I need to throw it up but hate doing boring plain ponytails! Thank you, you’re fabulous :)

  12. says

    I think this is beautiful. I am new to your blog, and it is such a treasure!

    I have tried this hairstyle several times. I am able to do it and it looks great, but after an hour or so it seems to start to fall apart and pieces of hair come loose all over. I have tried using more bobby pins and using more hairspray. Do you have any tips?

  13. says

    I really like your blog and your tips are helpful and I have been a follower for a while now but I sense some arrogance in you now as your popularity increases…what a shame.

  14. says

    Kate dont listen to the mean girls. You are gaining confidence and she has mistaken it as arrogance.
    I love this pony tail alternative. Seems you have eyes in the back of your head when you do your hair :)
    Im going to look for the “how to open the pins” ….without using my teeth.

  15. says

    love your blog! I’m completely hair illiterate and you my dear have helped me learn and gain confidence in my style and I’m no longer a plain pony girl!

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