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It’s safe to say most of us have been sporting ponytails since we had enough hair on our heads to do so. Of course, instead of the adorable, fountain-like version of your youth, nowadays, you probably opt for a chic, upgraded ponytail hairstyle. One option that’s perfect for this is the all too popular side ponytail. Whether you’re headed to the gym or have a special occasion to attend, the side ponytail can be dressed up or down accordingly. Seriously, the side pony is a lot more than a throwback ‘80s hairstyle! Don’t believe us? Below, we’re sharing eight ways to wear a side ponytail in 2020.
You don’t have to spend hours on your strands for them to look expertly styled. This twisted side ponytail can be recreated in just a few minutes while looking totally sleek and put-together.
What you’ll need:
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L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Get the look:
Part your hair toward whichever side you want your ponytail to be on. Then take a small amount of pomade and smooth it onto the top layer of your mane to tame flyaways and frizz.
Gather a one-inch section at the front of your mane from the side with more hair, starting at your part. Begin to twist the section downward toward your ear, adding a small amount of hair as you continue to twist. Continue to twist until you reach behind your ear, then secure the twist with a few bobby pins.
Gather the length of your mane below your ear, then secure with a clear elastic. Finish with a few spritzes of hairspray.
Prefer a style that’s a bit more fashion-forward? If you want to make a statement with your side ponytail, a sleek side pony that sits high on your head is the perfect way to do so.
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Get the look:
Part your hair to one side, spray on a heat protectant, and use a flat iron to straighten your mane to perfection.
Smooth your strands with a bit of hair gel for a sleek finish, focusing on your roots to tame frizz.
Gather your length into a high ponytail on one side of your head, making sure there are no bumps or knots in sight. Take a small section from underneath your ponytail and wrap it around the base, concealing your hair elastic. Secure with bobby pins. The result? A totally edgy, on-trend ‘do.
Who’s to say your side ponytail has to be perfect? In actuality, a perfectly imperfect hairstyle happens to be just as chic. To get the look, spritz your strands with a texture spray. Then gather your length into a side ponytail. To make things even more messy, pull a few face-framing strands loose as a finishing touch.
Calling all hopeless romantics, this side ponytail hairstyle is for you! There’s just something about a side-swept ‘do paired with curls that suggests love is in the air.
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Part your hair to one side and spritz on a heat protectant, then curl your mane with a wide barrel curling iron for full, loose curls. To make the look even more voluminous, gently comb through your curls with a wide-tooth comb.
Gather your curls in a low side ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. To amp up the romance, pull a few face-framing strands loose. Seal in your style with a few spritzes of hairspray.
Braided ponytails are trending at the moment, which is why it should come as no surprise that a braided side ponytail has made it onto our list. This side-swept style has plenty of variations, from French to Dutch to fishtail.
If you want a side ponytail look that speaks volumes (get it?), follow the steps below.
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Part your hair to one side, then spritz your roots with a volume spray. For an extra dose of volume, gently backcomb and tease your roots with a rattail comb.
Spray the remainder of your mane with a volume spray for added body. Bring your length into a side ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Seal in your style with a volumizing hairspray for one final boost.
Want to embrace your natural hair? We happen to think a side ponytail paired with natural texture is undeniably stunning. Simply tame your curls with a hair mousse, then gather all of your hair to one side and secure in a ponytail. Yup—that easy!
For some serious princess vibes, look no further than this side-swept bubble ponytail. This totally whimsical hairstyle seems as though it’s straight out of a fairytale.
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Part your hair to one side, then mist a volume spray throughout your mane.
Gather your hair into a ponytail as you normally would, securing with a clear elastic. Then twist on another hair elastic two inches down the length of your pony. Gently tug at the section you’ve just created to get a bubble effect. Repeat going down your ponytail, and when all of your bubbles are in place, spritz with hairspray to extend your style.
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