Kristen Oldham Jan 22, 2013
Blogger and hairstylist Stephanie Brinkerhoff of Hair and Makeup by Steph didn't stop at creating one gorgeous ponytail to turn to when she needed to dress things up a bit. Instead she designed 10 go-to sophisticated styles. She shared those ponytails with her readers, and this twisted version quickly gained popularity on Pinterest. Here she tells us how to get the look—in a flash. Step 1: Blow-dry your hair straight and create a side part. Step 2: Separate out a two- to three-inch section of hair on the fuller side next to your part. Step 3: Clip the rest of your hair out of the way. Step 4: Use a backcombing comb to tease the backside of the section. Then smooth over the top of the section to conceal the teased area. Try: Tool Structure 3 Row Styling Comb. Tip: If you don't backcomb it, the section will lay flat to your head and the twist won't look as prominent. Step 5: Split the section into two horizontal parts and twist them together. Tip: “The front piece (closest to your hairline) should go over the back piece first,” Brinkerhoff says. Step 6: Once you reach the back of the crown of your head, secure the twist with a bobby pin. Note: The bobby pin is temporary as you’ll remove it later. Step 7: Remove the clip from the rest of your hair and secure all of it into a ponytail using a thick elastic. Try: Scünci No Damage Thick Hair Elastics. Tip: “The thick hair elastics are great for no slippage," Brinkerhoff says. "I just make sure to wrap it as many times as it will go, and sometimes I double up for extra support." Step 8: Remove the temporary bobby pin you used to keep your twist intact. Then set the look with the finest mist of hair spray for light hold. Try: Kérastase Resistance Double Force.

Photo: Courtesy of Hair and Makeup by Steph



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