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How to Do a Wraparound French Side Ponytail

Learn how to do a wraparound French side ponytail from John Barrett Salon hair artist Dhiran Mistry in this Howcast video.


Hi everybody. My name is Dhiran Mistry and I worked at the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman and today I'm here with Andrea and we're going to show you how to do a wraparound French side ponytail. So as you can see, Andrea's got great hair to work with and we have a small part. So the first thing you want to do is just to section out this side because we're actually going to use this side at the end just to wrap it around.

So I'm just going to pin this part of hair out away just for now, and then at the end, I'm going to incorporate it to wrap it around the ponytail afterwards.

So then starting on the other side, taking the hair early from the ear down a section like that and then I'm just going to twist it and grab some her hair underneath and keep twisting. And as my hand goes round, I'm just grabbing some hair from underneath and twisting it around.

If you have any loose pieces of hair that are poking out, you can grab a pin and just pop it on there just to hold those hairs in place. You twist it. So as you can see, the hand underneath is picking up those hairs and just adding them to the ponytail.

And so eventually you get all the way to the other side. So we have a nice, nice thick ponytail there and the hair is twisted all the way around the back from the left head to the right. And obviously, you can work from left to right or right to left, it doesn't matter.

So I'm actually going to use a bungee cord, these are great. You can find them anywhere and they're really good for doing ponytails. You can do a ponytail at any thickness as one of these and you can do them loose or thick. What you want to do is hook one end into the hair and just put it round like so. Again, just hook it back in. and now you have a bungee used as a hair tie.

As you go back, you can just double-check that this is all nicely smooth and tacked in. And if you have any loose hairs, you can use your bobby pin and just smooth the hair down and tack it in the bobby pin like so, again, holding the hair down into the bobby pin just to tack those hairs out the way.

Once you have your ponytail in place, obviously the back part looks nice and polished but we still have this bungee that's visible. So I'm going to take this side of the hair that we separated earlier. Brush it down to smooth it down slightly so we have a much cleaner look, and then just wrap the hair from that side around the bungee cord. That way, we cover up whatever hair tie or hair band that we've used to hold the hair in place.

Afterwards, you might want to use a little bit of hair spray just obviously slightly just to hold down those little hairs that manage to escape sometimes. The good thing about this is it doesn't need to be perfect. It just the idea is to have the hair looking clean, tidy, and so you can definitely see that it works at the back there.

Okay, so there you have it. There you have a wraparound French side ponytail.

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