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There’s something to be said about a ponytail hairstyle. Whether a classic version or something a bit more outside of the box, ponytails can be worn for just about any occasion—not to mention they’re one of the first styles most of us learn to create. While you may be a pro at smoothing your strands into a traditional pony that's perfect for hitting the gym, we’re here to talk about a ponytail that’s a bit more intricate: the bubble ponytail. This trendsetting hairstyle will have your long locks looking straight out of a fairytale. Even better, it only takes a few minutes to recreate. Seriously! Ready to put your hair up? Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the perfect bubble ponytail.
Before we get into styling, it’s important to prep your strands with the proper hair care routine. For your bubble ponytail, it’s a good idea to give your mane an extra boost with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Wash your hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner to do just that.
Next, you’ll want to follow one more preparation protocol: ridding your hair of frizz, flyaways, and baby hairs. First, apply a hair serum, like the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum, throughout your mane to tame frizz. Then spritz a bit of hairspray onto a clean toothbrush and brush any baby hairs and flyaways back for a smooth, sleek finish.
You should already be familiar with this step. Gather your strands into a mid or high ponytail. Be sure there are no bumps, knots, or tangles, then secure with an elastic.
It’s time for the moment you’ve been waiting for: your bubbles! One to two inches down the length of your ponytail, depending on how long your hair is, place another hair elastic. Gently tug at the sides of this newly created section to add volume and form a rounded, bubble-like shape. If needed, you can use the end of a rattail comb to carefully create your bubble. Repeat this process down the length of your ponytail.
After all of your bubbles are created, you’ll want to ensure your style is neat and even. Gently tug at the sides of any bubbles that need perfecting, making an effort to maintain approximately the same bubble size going down the length of your ponytail.
Editor’s tip: Accidentally pulled too much hair when volumizing your bubbles? If you don’t have time to start over, use a bobby pin or two to tuck the protruding strand back into the bubble. Nothing to see here!
Now that your bubble ponytail looks pretty sweet, we’re sure you’ll want this style to stay looking just as amazing throughout the day (or night). To keep everything in place, mist the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume over your mane. All done!
Want to add something extra to your bubble ponytail hairstyle? Here are three easy options for upgrading your pony.
Headbands are one of our favorite hair accessories at the moment, and while adding a headband to your hairstyle may take less than 30 seconds, it’s sure to make an impact on your look.
Wearing a bubble ponytail for prom or your wedding? Such special occasions call for extra glitz. Pop small, bedazzled hair pins throughout your bubble ponytail to leave a little sparkle wherever you go.
Want to add a bit of spunk to your ‘do? A temporary hair color spray (or two) will do the trick! Color each of your bubbles in a different shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray collection, or try coloring only every other bubble. Get creative with it!
Next up: For another way to upgrade your classic pony, check out How to Achieve an Effortless Messy Ponytail.
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