How to Create a Trendy Half Up Ponytail

Can't decide between a chic ponytail or beautiful loose waves? Why choose? Get the best of both with a trendy half-up ponytail!

01 February 2019


There are very few hairstyles that stay trending. Styles come and go, but the half up ponytail is a look that’s here to stay in 2019.

Dramatize this look by adding your Tim Carli hair extensions for a more voluminous finish. Watch the video.

Why We Love It

We love this look simply for its versatility, as it’s fit for both a day out with the girls or a night out on the town.

Create The Look

We’re going to spill the tea on easy, yet practical ways to recreate the look brought back by Khloe Kardashian, JLo, Ariana Grande, and many other celebs.

Carli’s Tip

This look works best if your hair is a few days old as the extensions will grip easier, however, if you have fresh hair, or hair that’s slightly finer, you can easily tease your roots and apply a little hairspray for a better grip.

What you’ll need

  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins
  • Toothbrush
  • Hairbrush
  • Curling tongs (optional)
  • Hair Tie
  • Tim Carli hair extensions

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is section off the bottom part of your hair and clip in your first weft.

Carli’s Tip

If your hair is quite a bit shorter than your hair extensions, an easy way to blend the bottom hairs better is to clip in your 3 clip weft upside down, at the nape of your neck. This will ensure that your bottom hairs don’t stand out as they will now lay on top of your weft, as opposed to sticking out underneath and will give your hair a more natural finish.
If your head is slightly narrower, you can use your 2 clip weft for a better fit.

Step 2

Continue to section off small sections of your hair and clip in your extensions until you’ve clipped in your thickest weft, which is your 4 clip weft, right above your ears.

Once you reach the top part of your head, Start gathering the hair that you’ll need for your ponytail and clip that away.

Make sure that when you gather the hair for your ponytail, you leave enough hair on your head to cover your wefts. There’s nothing worse than a bad cover up!

Step 3

Next, you’ll need to loosen the hair that you clipped away and create a small section at the front of your head. Once you’ve done this, clip in your 2 clip weft in the same direction that you’ll be pulling your hair to create the ponytail.

Section off another piece a little further back and clip in your second 2 clip weft the same way you applied the first 2 clip weft.

Step 4

You can now start pulling your hair back to create your ponytail.

Make sure that your ponytail is nice and tight and remember that if it doesn't feel like you’ve had botox done by the time your ponytail is finished, then you’ve done it wrong. A tight ponytail is key to creating a snatched, chic look.

Step 5

You should now have a really tight half ponytail.

To get your ponytail looking super smooth, grab an old toothbrush and apply a little hairspray to the front of your head and brush those flyaways back. Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy with the hairspray for a firm hold.

Bonus Step

To create a nicer finish to your half updo, grab a small piece of hair from underneath your ponytail and wrap it around your hair tie a few times. Once you’ve done this you can pin it down with a bobby pin or two. This just adds a touch of chic to the already flamboyant look.

Step 6

To elevate this look even further, you can curl your hair.  This will add a little more oomph and create a more voluminous look.

Curling your hair isn't necessary, as this style looks just as good with straight hair, but who doesn't wanna look a little extra, you know? Start off with the bottom parts of your hair. Take your curling tongs or wand, wrap each piece of hair around your tool and curl your hair away from your face. This style works with both tight curls and loose waves.

Step 7

Once you’ve done curling your hair. Take your brush and tease certain areas of your hair to really make this look pop. Then top it all off with a little more hairspray.

And that’s all there is to it! You should now have a voluminous half-up ponytail with so much dimension and depth!

If you’re still feeling a little confused as to how to get the perfect half up ponytail, check out our Tim Carli YouTube channel for a total step by step tutorial on how to achieve this look!

Written By Andrea V.

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