The Fancy Ponytail

I stumbled across this photo of the beautiful Julianne Hough on Pinterest. 

She’s got great hair. I have serious hair envy.

I wanted to show you all how to achieve a dressed up ponytail. It’s a sleek and polished look, without being too fussy or complicated.

The products mentioned in this video are:
Goody brand elastics
Diane brand bobby pins (professional) 

* I get a little bit chatty throughout this video. I also just assume you’ll laugh at my jokes. It’s hard to joke with a tripod.

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Comments (74)

  1. Deb says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Love this ponytail on you!

  2. Deb says
    Posted July 2, 2012

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  3. Posted July 2, 2012

    Love it! Thanks for sharing and for the jokes, I laughed šŸ˜‰

  4. Anonymous says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Love this look!

  5. Becky says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Love it! Thanks!!

  6. Posted July 2, 2012

    I LOVE A PONY TAIL! I can’t wait till mine is long enough to do this!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Gonna do this tommorow. Love your blog

  8. Jill says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    LOVE this, and thank you! I’ve had this exact picture of Julianne saved on Pinterest for quite awhile but I always have problems. I think maybe I just don’t tease and lift enough but I’ll try your way using some dry shampoo or texturizer.

  9. Posted July 2, 2012

    I love a good ponytail! I might have to try this for my next date night with the husband. šŸ™‚

  10. Posted July 2, 2012

    was just trying this over this weekend and couldn’t get the back to stand up as much as I wanted. This definitely helps! Thanks!

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 2, 2012

      I always have that problem too! I get the teased part all perfect and then when I put the ponytail in, it pulls the teased part down and becomes just a regular ponytail. Still haven’t figured out how to make it stay…perky, for lack of a better word!

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 13, 2012

      I get mine to stay perked up by pinning the sections of hair hidden direcly below the ponytail holder TIGHTLY with bobby pins. The pins keep the pony from sliding down during the day ~ like a charm! šŸ™‚

  11. Posted July 2, 2012

    Ok, got everything but the KMS spray…gonna try it soon! Might be a perky 4th of July do.

  12. Molly says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Kate, you are awesome! I tried this with my hair last week off of a pic I have on Pinterest of Emily Stone…did not turn out as well as I had hoped. Your tutorial will definitely help. I need to tease more! Thanks!

  13. Posted July 2, 2012

    Loved this tutorial. I just started wearing ponytails for work/date night etc. thank you!

  14. Kari says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Thanks to your blog and video tutorials I have been able to move away from always having my hair in the same three very basic styles, down, up or half up. Thank you!! šŸ™‚

  15. Jenna G says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Hi friend! What earrings are you wearing in this tutorial? They are super CUTE!

  16. Posted July 2, 2012

    You are too adorable…and this is pretty much the most perfect pony ever. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  17. Lizzy says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Great pony tail! Especially for this heat in the south.I also love your blouse where did you get it??

  18. Rebecca says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Thank you for giving me permission to tease!!!!!! šŸ™‚

  19. Posted July 2, 2012

    omg can’t wait to try this. it’ll be my fourth tutorial to put to use within a week. thanks for all the tips. you’ve helped me break my slump of straight boring hair and its amazing how beautiful i’ve felt each day but just doing a little something different. thanks again šŸ™‚

  20. Anonymous says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Pony tail is very pretty!!!…could we see your hair straight at this new length??(please!!!) We havent seen it real.straight since the grown out bob and you have come along way frm that

  21. Sondra says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    love this! also, just watched the emily maynard tutorial and am SO glad you posted that, as well! Thank you!

  22. Posted July 2, 2012

    Could you post like an updated My Hair Cut? Like with your longer bangs?

  23. Posted July 2, 2012

    Yay! I’ve always wanted to know how to do this style. Thank you! “Glistening (read: sweating like some sort of farm animal)” is a problem where I live, so I’ll be sure to give this a shot. Love the blog, keep up the good work!

  24. Posted July 2, 2012

    LOVE this! i have always wanted to know how to do a ponytail like this. thank you for this tutorial!!

    still being [molly]

  25. Posted July 2, 2012

    Gonna give this one a shot today! Fingers crossed!

  26. Beth says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Really love your tutorials. You give me hope I can do something nice with my hair! (it’s the same texture as yours, I just don’t know what to do with it!). Do you do videos on how you do your makeup?? I have the same skin tone/eye color as you as well and would really love to see how to get your look.

  27. Anonymous says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Love this, and that blue shirt looks beautiful on you – great complimentary color!

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 4, 2012

      KAte, where is this shirt from?

  28. Tiffany says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    No kidding about the date night and 100 degrees thing! Thanks for the tips, Kate

  29. Posted July 2, 2012

    I have been trying this ponytail forever! I’m going to keep trying! I really wish I could get my hair to tease that big!

  30. Posted July 2, 2012

    You are the last person who should have hair envy! I love your hair and appreciate all of the tutorials on your blog. I just wish I could pull them off better. That never stops me from trying, though! šŸ™‚

  31. Posted July 2, 2012

    How do you pull your bangs up and back with 2 bobby pins without having your part show on each?

  32. Posted July 2, 2012

    LOVE this look!! šŸ™‚

  33. Patty says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    Random question, but were you by any chance at Premium Outlets in Aurora, IL today? Thought I saw you at the J. Crew outlet…but wasn’t sure so I didn’t say anything! LOL

    • Kate says
      Posted July 2, 2012

      I totally was! You should have said hi! šŸ™‚

  34. Kacie says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    I’ve seen this picture too and loved it! Thanks for the hair tutorial!

  35. Anonymous says
    Posted July 2, 2012

    You have GREAT hair. I envy your hair!

  36. Posted July 3, 2012

    I LOVE that picture behind you over the bed in the photos. You make great hair tutorials Kate, and I thank you for making me look a little more polished these days.

    E x

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 3, 2012

      I love that picture, too! Kate, can you tell us where you got it? I have the perfect place in my house for it. šŸ™‚ Love this tutorial! My ponytails always end up more drab than fab. I’ll give this a try. Looks so cute on you! šŸ˜‰

  37. Anonymous says
    Posted July 3, 2012

    Where is your top from? It is so cute!

  38. Anonymous says
    Posted July 3, 2012

    I love this look. Where did you get your earrings and top?

  39. Posted July 3, 2012

    LOVE this!!! I tried it today and got a TON of compliments!! Thanks for hair saving tips!

  40. Posted July 3, 2012

    Where did you get your top? I love the flowy blouses this summer

  41. Kristin says
    Posted July 3, 2012

    Adore! Can you please show us how to open a bobby pin with one hand? I look like a crazy person trying to bite mine open and then it springs close as soon as I have it to my head. I hope I’m not the only one who hasn’t figured this out. LOL

  42. Posted July 3, 2012

    What a great style! I love it! And a middle-ish part looks great on you, by the way! šŸ™‚

  43. JiLL says
    Posted July 3, 2012

    Totally cute look, I have a major case of hair envy for your hair! Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials!

  44. Anonymous says
    Posted July 3, 2012

    Julianne has a piece of hair wrapped around her ponytail holder. How do you do that?

    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 6, 2012

      She mentioned that in the video – you take a strand of hair from the bottom portion of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic, then secure it with a bobby pin.

  45. Posted July 3, 2012

    I love the painting on the wall behind you with white blossoms! Where did you get it?

  46. Posted July 3, 2012

    I cannot tease my hair! My hair is very thin, fine and soft. I have tried putting all kinds of product in it and it just seems to fall right out. Any tips?

    • JC says
      Posted July 3, 2012

      Ulta sells a little teasing brush (and a comb)–it works really well. Also like she recommends, smooth with hands and don’t brush it out. The Kenra Volume 25 hairspray is great too.

  47. JC says
    Posted July 3, 2012

    I was hesitant to try the Kenra Volume 25 hairspray. I liked my hairspray and I had tried Kenra gloss and didn’t care for it. I had my Ulta 20% coupon last week so I broke down and tried it. IT IS AMAZING!! I have very fine hair and it made it look so much fuller without making my hair stiff or anything. Thanks so much!

  48. Kate says
    Posted July 4, 2012

    ok so I tried this today!!! It was amazing! I was in the HOT HOT Chicago weather all day doing wedding errands with my bestie and My hair looked amazing ALL DAY. Loved it =) Thanks for the tutorial!

  49. Anonymous says
    Posted July 4, 2012

    Where is the gorgeous blue top from?

  50. Kate says
    Posted July 5, 2012

    Do you use a special teasing comb?

  51. LB says
    Posted July 7, 2012

    I just want to say how much I love your Southern girl charm! You have adapted to NC life very well if you know that Southern women do not sweat – we glisten:-) Your tutorials are informative and easy to follow. I’m a teacher with a 9 month old, so time comes at a premium in the mornings around here. I love that I can rely on you to show me something quick, easy, and pretty even in our extreme humidity. Thank you so much for all you do!

  52. Posted July 8, 2012

    This style looks tough to do at first but with your tutorial it is so easy now, thanks for sharing such great tutorial.

  53. Anonymous says
    Posted July 14, 2012

    Great hair tutorial!! Love your earrings! Where are they from? I can only wear studs and would love a pair like yours!!

  54. becky says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    wow! I can’t believe how cooperative your hair is!! Maybe I need to start coloring mine because it just laughs at me when I try teasing it…I have TONS of medium texture hair. I just laughed out loud when I saw in your Emily curls tutorial how much hair fit in your iron. It takes me 4 big sections to do the parted (less hair) side of my head. I wonder why I even bother because if I don’t pin the curls, they just fall right out, even with mousse.

    Your hair is so cute though. I wish I could make mine cute like that…there’s just too much.

  55. Anonymous says
    Posted July 27, 2012

    Does anyone know where to buy the uplifting foam online from uk?

  56. Posted August 1, 2012

    Hi Kate!

    Julianne has nothing on you… your hair is beautiful and you are just adorable! Thanks for this great tutorial.

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

  57. Jennifer Smith says
    Posted August 1, 2012

    Loved the tutorial. My hair is just like yours so I really enjoy your blog. I would like to know how you do the fancy ponytail with extensions. Do a tutorial on that…..Thanks

  58. Shelly says
    Posted August 16, 2012

    I love this style!! I have tried this several times and my teasing goes flat and my ponytail ALWAYS slides down.. do you have any advice to get it to stay put? I live in Texas with 100 degree summers and I have a lot of fine hair :/

  59. Meredith says
    Posted September 10, 2012

    Love your earrings! Where did you get them?

  60. Anonymous says
    Posted September 11, 2012

    Thanks for a great tutorial :). You are so pretty!!

  61. Anonymous says
    Posted September 11, 2012

    I’ve been trying to do a teased pony tail for ages, this video explains how i can achieve it better than ANYTHING ive seen? THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  62. Posted April 9, 2013

    Just came across your video on Fun tutorial šŸ™‚ Feel free to share more of your looks with us.

  63. Marie says
    Posted June 5, 2013

    I love your shirt! Where did you get it at?

  64. Marsha says
    Posted August 29, 2014

    I wear a casual, plain, ponytail most days. Partially because I work in daycare and have babies pulling on my hair all the time when it’s down, and partially, because it is quick and easy to do in the early morning and I’m not one to spend much time doing my hair. Anyways, I have a terribly low (and wide) neck line, so no matter what, there is always that ugly hair that hangs down under the pony. I’ve tried barrettes and bobby pins to hold it up, but after awhile, the hair falls down. When I asked about shaving along the neck, the stylist told me it would be better to let it grow out and just pin it up… well, I already told you what happens when I try that. Do you have any suggestions to help make it look less scary when I wear ponytails?
    P.S. I’ve watched several of your hair tutorials and hope to make use of your many tips! šŸ™‚

  65. Erin says
    Posted December 13, 2014

    I love this! I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on a Christmas hair? Maybe a pony tail with something elegent on the side and a red bow instead of a pony tail?:)