How To Make A Cute Ponytail with Medium Length Hair

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This week I’m sharing a really quick video showing how to make a cute ponytail with medium length hair. A few weeks ago Diana wrote in with this comment:

You pull your hair up a lot and it looks great. What’s going on back there??? Where does it go, how do you style it to get it out of the way yet look like it isn’t a hot mess?!?! You have mastered some secret technique!

The simple answer is, it’s just a ponytail. But I realized after she pressed the issue a bit that I do actually have some technique to getting my hair into a decent looking ponytail. It’s much easier demonstrated with video so here you go.

For those too impatient to watch a video, here are my tricks. These may or may not work for you, but it’s what seems to work for me.

1. I don’t use a brush because I don’t like it when my ponytails are too smooth. That seems too harsh. So I finger-comb it into a ponytail instead.

2. I don’t pull all my hair straight back. I start by pulling the top and the back into the back of my head, but I go with the side part and pull the front pieces towards the sides and then try to blend them into the back. This way my hair still frames my face a bit.

3. I place my ponytail about in the middle of the back of my head. I used to wear a low ponytail a lot before I realized that my head is kind of flat in the back and the low ponytail seemed to emphasize that. So now I try to place it right in the middle. A high ponytail doesn’t work because my hair is too short. Experiment to see what looks best on you!

So that’s my shoulder-length ponytail tutorial!

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12 thoughts on “How To Make A Cute Ponytail with Medium Length Hair

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I have always used a comb or brush trying to get everything smooth – and then it is too smooth and doesn’t look as flattering. Will be trying out your technique!

  2. Thanks for the tips Jo-Lynne! I have short hair as well…it used to be really long and I cut it about 3 months ago and now its about the same length as yours. I find I pull it up A LOT so i loved your tips! xoxo Shannon

  3. Thanks for sharing the “secret”!!! I just knew there was something going on back there! Great tutorial. I like the loose and not so structured idea! Thanks for the insight!!!

    1. LOL!!! Glad I could help. It’s funny, I’ve done it the same way for 20 years, I never think about it. But when I started putting it up for the video, I realized I did have some strategy after all. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing! You always have a cute ponytail and since my hair is similar length I’m going to try your technique!


  5. Great video! I always have a hard time getting my ponytail to look right. This helps! ~Cynthia

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