Don’t get us wrong—watching the pros work their magic is mesmerizing and inspiring. The issue is that inspiration doesn’t always translate into a real-life look. Let’s face it: Hair can be challenging. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a life filled with uninspired buns and ponytails. Which is why we invited dancer and content creator Megan Batoon to take our 10-minute hairstyle challenge.
Batoon chose a hairstyle at random and was given 10 minutes to shop the products she needed and create the look. We had professional hairstylist Aki Hill from Ulta Beauty’s Design Team on hand just in case things went astray, but he was only able to offer verbal tips—no stepping in. It all went down live yesterday at Ulta Beauty in Santa Monica. Did you miss it? Watch the video below to see Batoon successfully create a textured, knotted ponytail in under 10 minutes (under seven, actually)!
Shop the products used to create the knotted ponytail, and pin the final look below.
If you’ve never used a volumizing and texturizing powder, you should. It’ll change the way you do basically any textured hairstyle. For buns, braids, and ponytails like this one, it not only adds body throughout and texture to the ends, but it also gives your hair some grip. The small nozzle pumps out an even mist, making it easier to control where you want the product to go. Plus, it’s talc-free, so dark-haired women can use without fear of a white residue being left behind.
Redken Wax Blast 10 ($19)
Texture spray is the finishing touch for 99% of the looks in our repertoire. It delivers medium control and soft hold (without the hair spray feel), adds body and dimension, and turns getting that tousled, piece-y feel into a spray-and-go situation. Don’t let the thought of wax intimidate you. It comes out in a fine mist and gives you that little extra oomph.