Raven Reyes – The 100 Inspiration

First on my list is a hairstyle that stole my heart through its texture and general badassery. That ponytail has all the practical advantages of a usual ponytail with an extra element of fun created by the eye-catching twirls.

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The difficult part of this hairstyle is keeping everything in place before you tie everything together at the end. Arm yourself with patience and either hairclips or bobby pins, depending on what you have available. Take it slow the first time you try this style out. If you usually have a preferred parting use that and a few centimetres away create a second parting parallel with your initial one. Clip out of the away the rest and focus on the hair in between the two partings. Begin with a strand at near your forehead and start twirling and adding hair a you go towards the future base of your ponytail in the same way you would while French braiding. Twirl a bit beyond where you plan to secure the tail, securing it with small hair elastics and pin the twirl down as it will tend to unroll otherwise.  Repeat this on as many parting as you wish, you can have many around your head or only a few on the top where they are most visible. When they are all done, unpin them with one hand and one by one add them to your other hand to put them together in a tight ponytail. Secure it with an elastic and remove the individual hair ties. Now in order to take full advantage of the texture the twirls provide, fluff them up to cover up to a degree the partings.

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Enjoy looking like a badass!

Ways to Oomph your Ponytail

As practical as ponytails are in everyday life, you can end up bored with them at some point. Here are 3 ideas of how you can spice up your go-to hairstyle.

 

  1. Add a Dutch braid or more!

Here you have a lot of options depending on your time and personal preference. Adela, my delightful model for this look, wanted a fiercer look and she went for two tight Dutch braids on the top of her head. You can position them all over your head and if you feel particularly braid-y that day, you can have all your hair into braids which end all in a ponytail.

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Tips:

  • For maximum detail, tug the strands as you braid them towards the beginning of your braid and in this way you will be able to see each stand’s parting. Braiding loosely will cover these.

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  1. Braid an accent strand

A wilder possibility is to add braids after your ponytail is already up. Depending on the number you add and the thickness of your hair it can either be just an accent or an interesting detailing. Personally, I went for a subtle accent braid.

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Tips:

  • Add different types of braids and with different textures and you have a party without your hair getting in the way.
  • To better integrate the braids into your own hair movement twirl them around your finger after you tie them. This way they will be less stiff.

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  1. Wrap a braid around the base of your ponytail

The classic version of this look is very sleek looking but you can add some spice by braiding the strand before wrapping it around the base of your ponytail.

Tips:

  • Don’t overlap the braid around the base to avoid it being bulkier than the actual ponytail. Not overlapping additionally makes for a more interesting base.

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