Tutorial: How to Do a Faux–French Twist Ponytail

Updated 09/24/16

I can’t braid. I can’t curl my hair. I can barely brush it properly. Simply put: I’m not a hair person. I sport a lot of buns and ponytails. A full, fluffy fishtail braid is nice, but who’s to say a textured ponytail isn’t just as compliment-worthy? In my efforts to up my ponytail game I enlisted the help of Anh Co Tran, Hollywood’s top hair guru, and asked him to teach me a new variation on the classic style—something simple yet striking and doesn’t require hair pro-level skills. He turned out the twisted, textured pony.

It mimics the look of a French twist (a style I couldn’t dream of executing) but takes only seconds to create.

Scroll through to see how it’s done, step-by-step!

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Split and Twist

Split your hair into two sections, one slightly bigger than the other (messy is good here). Start wrapping the smaller piece around the bigger section.

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Wrap and Pin

Keep wrapping the hair down the length of your ponytail (not in the same spot like you would if you were concealing a hair tie). Once you reach the ends, pin them into the ponytail with a bobby pin.

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Curl and Texturize

If your hair already has a natural wave, just muss it a bit and you’re good to go. If you need a little more texture, grab a large barrel curling iron (we’re using Hot Tools 1 1/4 Inch Gold Curling Iron, $40) and add curl your ponytail. Break it up with your fingers, add a spritz of your favorite finishing spray, and you’re done. 

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Want to try a different ponytail tutorial? Check out our knotted ponytail how-to!

Credits: Hair by Anh Co Tran, Makeup by Stacey Tan, Photography by Paley Fairman, Modeled by Jessica Sikosek, Produced by Clique Studio.

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