How to do a low ponytail with a bump updo

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How to do a low ponytail with a bump updo
For a sleek style, wrap hair strands around the hair elastic. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A ponytail is a simple way to keep your hair tidy and in place without too much effort and preparation. A low, sleek ponytail that is secured at the nape of the neck can look elegant and sophisticated. Adding a bump updo or quiff adds height to a flat hairdo and lends an on trend, "rockabilly" edge to your ponytail style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paddle brush
  • Tail comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hair elastics
  • Hair grips
  • Hairspray
  • Hair serum

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  1. 1

    Brush your hair using a paddle brush to remove tangles. Brush the crown section of your hair in a backwards direction over the top of your head to dismantle any partings.

  2. 2

    Run a tail comb over the crown of your head and from ear to ear to section off the part of your hair that you will use to form the 'bump' or quiff. Secure the quiff section with a hair clip. Brush the rest of your hair into a ponytail to keep it out of the way, and secure the ponytail with a hair elastic.

  3. 3

    Remove the hair clip from the quiff section and then remove a 3-cm (1-inch) strand of hair from the quiff. Backcomb the hair strand on its underside by combing against the direction of hair growth and from the ends of the hair towards the roots. Remove the remaining hair strands section by section from the quiff and backcomb them to add height to your quiff.

  4. 4

    Gently smooth the backcombed hair strands together using a comb or your fingers to create a roll of hair at the top of your head. Place the ends of the hair roll onto the top of your head, gently push the roll to maintain its height and then secure the ends of the roll onto your head with hair grips. Lightly spray the quiff with hairspray.

  5. 5

    Remove the hair band from the back section of your hair. Tilt your head back and brush your hair into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a hair elastic at the nape of your neck. For a sleeker ponytail, run hair straighteners over length of the ponytail to remove any kinks. Smooth a pea-sized blob of hair serum over the ponytail to keep it smooth.

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