How to Do Flirty Ponytails

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Wearing your hair up in a ponytail can be downright sexy. Plan for a seductive pony when the party is all about horsing around and save the slicked-back variety for a sophisticated soiree. Your flirty ponytail will be unkempt in the coolest way, leaving your hair looking elegantly casual. The trick to creating flirty ponytails the right way is utilizing the proper styling tools without ever brushing or combing your hair -- when it comes to a sultry ponytail, a little bit of messiness can be mesmerizing.

  • Styling spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Hairpins
  • Comb
  • Hair spray
  • 3/4-inch curling iron

1 One-Hit Wonder

2 Flip your head

Flip your head over and tousle your hair with your fingers.

3 Spray a texturizing hair product

Spray a texturizing hair product onto the roots and throughout the hair while upside down.

4 Gather your hair into a mid-level ponytail

Gather your hair into a mid-level ponytail. Secure with a hair elastic.

5 Take a strand

Take a strand from either side of the ponytail that measures about half the width of your pinky finger. Wrap the strand around the hair elastic that's holding the ponytail.

Pin the end of the strand with a hairpin to the hair on the scalp. The hair elastic should be completely covered.

Lift a 2-inch section of hair straight up from the top of the ponytail and place the comb behind it around mid-shaft.

Run the comb gently down the hair toward the scalp. Pull the comb out and put it back into the hair at mid-shaft and quickly make short strokes downward, teasing until a nest-like hairball forms.

Continue picking up sections around the ponytail and teasing the hair until you achieve the desired texture and height.

Arrange the teased pieces of hair into your desired style using your fingers.

Spray a generous amount of hairspray on the head and ponytail.

6 Double Duty

Flip your head over and spray a texturizing spray onto your roots and all over your hair.

Lift your head upright. Part your hair down the back center using only your finger tips. Refrain from using a comb. You don't want an exact part.

Grab one side of your hair, place it in front of your shoulder and secure a hair tie 2 to 3 inches below your ear. The ponytail should be loose, not taut. Repeat on the other side.

Lift a 1-inch-wide or smaller section of one ponytail straight up.

Place your comb mid-shaft on the backside of the hair and run the comb up toward the hair elastic.

Take another piece of hair and continue this back-combing motion a few more times around the ponytail. Use shorter strokes for more volume and longer strokes for less.

Repeat the back-combing motion on the other ponytail and use your fingers to create your desired style.

Spray your head and the ponytails with a firm-hold hairspray.

7 Sexy Side Pony

Turn your head over and tousle your hair with your fingers.

Add a texturizing spray all around your head while your head is still flipped over.

Flip your head back over. Grab your hair and bring it to either side of your shoulders.

Wrap a hair elastic around the hair just below your ear. The lower the better when creating a side ponytail.

Take a little section of the hair of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair elastic. Secure with a hair pin so that the hair elastic is completely covered.

Plug in your curling iron and wait until it is hot. Hold the hot curling iron perpendicular to the ground and loosely wrap a 1-inch section of your ponytail around the barrel. Repeat until all the hair in the ponytail is curled.

Pick up a curl and place your comb behind the hair at mid-shaft.

Run the comb down the hair to loosen the curls. Thicker hair will likely only need one long stroke, while thinner hair might need a few shorter strokes to create more volume. Continue this motion on each of the curls you have formed.

Spray the head and ponytail with a firm-hold hairspray to help the curls stay put.

  • Clean hair can be difficult to tease and style. Dirty or gritty hair is easier to tease.
  • Be sure to turn the curling iron off when you have finished using it.
  • Use a ponytail extension if your hair is short.
  • For the ultimate casual look, add a textured headband or a knitted cap to your head.

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.