This Knotted Ponytail Tutorial Will Change Up Your WFH Look

September 28, 2020
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal

Raise your hand if low ponytails and messy buns have become the only two hairstyles you’ve worn since social distancing due to COVID-19 became a thing. We are totally there with you. What if we told you that there’s a fresh, slightly elevated style you can add to your effortless beauty repertoire that can be done in minutes, yet looks cool and put together? Enter the knotted low ponytail, a look that pro hairstylist Jasmine Burnside says anyone can create at home. Here, she walks us through exactly how to do it. 

  • STEP 1: Create Texture

    One of the best things about this hairstyle is that it can be created on clean or second- or even third-day hair. If it’s been a few days since your last shampoo, Burnside recommends hitting your roots with a dry shampoo to start. Next, she suggests giving the hair texture with some flat iron waves. “Section hair and start by rotating the iron downwards and then alternating your wrist upwards,” she says. “Repeat as you work down the section to create a natural S-wave.” To lock in the waves and give your hair even more texture, mist a product like the Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray throughout hair. 

  • STEP 2: Section and Knot Hair

    Split hair into two sections and tie hair into a knot (literally!) at the base of the neck.

  • STEP 3: Secure the Knot

    Secure the knot by applying a U-shaped hair pin in the center. “Follow up with another U-pin and criss cross them to lock them into place,” says Burnside. 

  • STEP 4: Soften the Look

    For a soft, romantic finish, gently pull out front pieces on either side of the head to frame the face. If you think you need more hold, Burnside recommends applying a light hairspray like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray all over to finish. 

person wearing a knotted ponytail
Photography and Hair: Jasmine Burnside; Design: Hannah Packer

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