Holiday Ponytail How-To

I have a little confession to make. I didn’t do anything on Saturday. Unless you count stalking Reese Witherspoon’s Instagrams and venturing from the apartment to get mozzarella sticks at 10pm, but I didn’t figure those counted. If by some slim chance these things do count as productive activities in your book, let me know so we can be best friends.

With that being said, my Sunday was very well spent. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy lunch and shopping with one of my best friends and the sweetest two and a half year old I know, but after that I got down to business. I’m hoping for that week of content everyone keeps talking about!

According to my social media accounts, holiday parties are in full-swing and I’ve got one last look that can take you from work to play! A ponytail is one of the chicest looks you can pull off with minimal talent in the hair styling department (hello, that’s me). I can’t help but imagine this updo paired with a pretty embellished dress and a gorgeous pair of gems dangling from both ears.

Follow along with Jordan’s easy steps to get the look below!

holiday hair tutorial

After blow drying, begin by curling hair in vertical sections directed away from the face and gently shake through with fingers after the hair has cooled.

Chic Holiday Ponytail

Tease at the crown and sweep hair into a low pony tail, leaving loose the sections in front of the ears.

Chic Holiday Ponytail 4

Secure with a clear hair tie and gently loosen hair at the crown for volume.
Chic Holiday Ponytail Tutorial

Cross each section of loose hair to the opposite side of the ponytail in back (leaving behind a few face framing pieces).  Pin securely, hiding the ends beneath the ponytail.
chic holiday ponytail tutorial

Tighten the ponytail from the base and spray Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray into the ends while spreading the curl for a fuller shape.
Chic Holiday Ponytail

Finish with Oribe Superfine Hair Spray. And if you’re wanting to get even more festive, this velvet bow would be the perfect addition!
curly ponytail tutorial

holiday party hair tutorial


Photos by One Sparrow Creative // Hair by Jordan of Skyline Downtown Salon // Model Shanley

Make sure to take a peek at the last two holiday hair tutorials so that you can master the braided holiday look and the velvet bow updo before your next soiree!


Join The Discussion

  1. SarahLagen

    Bahaha, I love your Saturday night!! Mine was soo similar!! 🙂 And I’m going to have to practice this ponytail, I just can’t ever get my hair to look this good!! Thanks for sharing girl!

  2. Kari Holtkamp

    Why don’t my pony tails look this chic?! I’m going to follow the directions meticulously, because this looks SO pretty! I love all your holiday up do ideas, especially the one with the velvet bow. Swoon! Your Saturday sounds like the perfect day to me! We’ve got to get the relaxing in when we can during the holiday season:) Hope you’re having a great day, friend!

  3. Nikki

    Ummm your Saturday sounds like my dream come true. I love doing nothing. I also love mozzarella sticks. Obviously we should be besties. And I love this fancy ponytail! After your holiday hair do posts, I really think someone needs to do my hair!


  4. Ashley White

    So, SO pretty and relaxed, but still super glam. Some babes y’all are! 🙂
    I had one of those super busy, productive weekends- you know the kind where you feel like you didn’t really get a break and are tempted to take Monday to nap? Yes, that. I should do nothing this weekend!


  5. Megan

    LOVE this tutorial! I’m sharing it on my holiday hair roundup tomorrow:) Also, what type of lens do you use? These photos are amazing!

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