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How to Do a Ponytail into a Messy Updo

Learn how to do a ponytail into a messy updo from John Barrett Salon hair artist Dhiran Mistry in this Howcast video.


Hi everybody. My name is Dhiran Mistry and I work at the John Barrett Salon. And today I’m here with Andrea. We’re going to show you how to turn a ponytail into a messy updo.
So as you can see, we’ve already done the ponytail, just a simple pony. And we just wrapped the hair around, just to cover up the elastic. So what I’m actually going to do is take some really small sections of the ponytail, and then just tease them. And you can go kind of crazy on this. It doesn’t need to be perfect. The messier this becomes, the easier it is to pin the hair up afterwards. So if you just tease the hair all the way down to the ends and we’re going to keep doing this until we’ve done the entire ponytail.
So just hold the hair by the ends and just push gently down on the hair until you’ve gone all the way to the end of it. As you can see, depending on how much hair you have on your head, you can really get some good volume of this. So just keep teasing all the way to the end.
If you don’t have as much hair in the ponytail, don’t worry about it. Just tease what you can and add some hairspray. Today, with Andrea’s hair, I’m not going to put in hairspray, because she obviously has a lot of hair to play with, so that would create a much bigger mess on the hair, which is kind of cool. This is a really easy way of doing your own hair.
Once you’ve created your volume and your mess, you want it to look like a bird’s nest, because what you’re then going to do is grab some small pins like this, and then taking pieces of hair, just tuck them in and pop them into the hair like that. The hair that’s pulled back already will act as the base. And what you want to do is just tuck these pins into the scalp, just holding the hair in place, and then just work around the hair, picking up pieces of hair and just popping them in to the base of that ponytail.
So what you’re going to do is just keep picking up small sections and just pinning them wherever you feel that you feel necessary just to create the right shape. And don’t worry if there’s pieces hanging out, because this is a messy updo. So you don’t want it to be perfect. The messier it is, the better it looks.
Okay, there you have it. You have a really messy updo.

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