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Punk Ponytail Tutorial

Jessica Palmer

Hair is so much fun and I love doing my hair in new ways...the same down with curls look gets old! And honestly I only wash my hair once or twice a week (that's better for your hair!) so learning new ways to wear my hair up is necessary!

When I saw Nicole Richie on the red carpet at the Golden Globes with this amazing hairdo I felt super inspired!

Then, when I saw the character Rebekah on Vampire Diaries with a very similar do I knew I just had to create my own version of this look! Is it a ponytail? Is its faux-hawk? Who knows! I guess I'll call it a punk ponytail...

So here's what you'll need:
A hair-tie, a comb or brush, a few bobby pins, and some hair spray

Comb out your hair and either straighten or curl it. Mine is left over wave and texture from the previous day. Create a deep, defined part on one side. Section the top portion of your hair to create your faux-hawk.

Tease the top portion of the hair that you sectioned off and smooth over the front of the hair. Take your comb and slick back both sides of your hair. Secure with bobby pins (like your doing some up/some down) and spray.

Your hair will now look something like the left picture below. The top teased hair is left out on top separate from the slicked back sides that you've secured. Gather all of the hair, except for the top section, into a ponytail and secure with a hair-tie.

Arrange the top section of hair so that it lays over the back ponytail and slightly swooped toward the side opposite of the deep part. Tease more if necessary. Spray the heck out of it!

And there you have it!

Side note: If your hair is all one length, then the top portion of hair that you teased will lay over your ponytail with that "cascade" effect that Nicole Richie's hair had. In that case, be sure to hairspray the underside of the teased hair generously. My hair is layered and the top layer quite short, so it barely grazed the top of my ponytail.

So Cheers to Hairstyles that looks good on the Red Carpet, on Vampires, and on Regular People too!