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Easy Hair Trick: Super Long Ponytail

We are huge fans of the ponytail here at Free People. It’s a hairstyle that looks effortless and playful, but chic at the same time. Today I want to share with you a little secret to make your ponytail look longer and fuller. I’ve been doing this trick for years and am always looking for people to share it with.

Step 1: Start with your hair down. This works  best on medium to long, wavy hair. If you don’t have naturally wavy hair, curl it first with a large iron. Grab 2 ponytail holders – one standard hair rubber band, and one tiny one.

Long red hair

Hair rubber bands

Step 2: Gather the hair on top of your head, as if you were going to wear your hair half-up — like you may have done back in elementary school (I actually still wear my hair like this, by the way). Add some hair on either side from the hair next to your ears, as pictured. This helps to conceal the second ponytail that you’ll create later. Secure the hair on top of your head (wherever you want your ponytail to start) using the standard hair rubber band.

Red hair ponytail

Red hair, half up

Red hair long ponytail

Step 3: Take the rest of your hair and form a second ponytail closer to the bottom of your head. Secure this with the tiny rubberband, as you want this ponytail to lie as flat against your head as possible.

Red hair, two ponytails

Step 4: Fluff the hair of your top ponytail around so that it covers your bottom ponytail, and you’re all set!

Red hair, nails

Here are my before and after shots — it’s like my ponytail doubled in size!

Ponytail trick

Long ponytail, red hair

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Eva -April 23, 2013, 8:33AM

Great idea!!! Bridgette has the most amazing beautiful thick hair!

Alex Salvesen -April 23, 2013, 9:02AM

this is so cute! I do this too!

Brianne -April 23, 2013, 9:06AM

You guys just saved my hair today! Thank you! Really cute simple ponytail idea!

jackie -April 23, 2013, 10:06AM

what color is brigettes nail polish? i love her style so much! i wish we were friends and could share clothes and nail polish and frolic from thrift store to thrift store

Taylor -April 23, 2013, 10:27AM

I just used this style and it’s perfect! Thank you so much!!!

Meg -April 23, 2013, 10:28AM

Wish I had long hair to try this!
Any fun tricks for short hair???

Leisa -April 23, 2013, 10:46AM

Great idea!

Megan -April 23, 2013, 11:46AM

I love this! I actually have long thick red hair similar to brigettes, so I know this will work extremely well.

Byer -April 23, 2013, 12:33PM

Interesting idea. Her hair is absolutely gorgeous.

Alexis -April 23, 2013, 1:57PM

Love this! I love all of Brigette’s hair tutorials! I have really long, thick wavy hair just like hers and I spend all day running around after my toddler so I always have to wear it up or do something to keep it out of my way, and these styles always save me from just twisting it around a rubber band the same way day after day.

Emily Goswick -April 23, 2013, 2:12PM

This is such a great tip! I love this! xo

the beautyholic bella -April 23, 2013, 2:42PM

need to try this one! thanks for the awesome tip!

Freyja -April 23, 2013, 2:43PM

What top/dress is this! i love it!

and im trying the out right now!!!!


Freyja -April 23, 2013, 2:45PM

What top/dress is this! i love it!

and im trying this out right now!!!!


Kia -April 23, 2013, 2:52PM

YES! I am SO trying this!!!

Claudia -April 23, 2013, 3:16PM

This<3 I LOVE this!!! Thank you for posting in the midst of Festival season! Festival Internationale, here I come!

Liz -April 23, 2013, 3:29PM

This is genius.

Liz -April 23, 2013, 3:30PM

This is genius. Can’t wait to try!

Deana -April 23, 2013, 4:07PM

What a fun idea. She has beautiful hair.

b -April 23, 2013, 4:37PM

ahhhh thank you so much for this! and such a beautiful hair on your FP girl :) awesome post! cheers!

Andrea -April 23, 2013, 10:41PM

I have medium length, wavy fine hair. This is great if you’re just trying to fool people via pictures (like the ones above) however just fluffing the top pony over the bottom one lasts .2 seconds, and it becomes extremely obvious that there are 2 ponytails. Disappointed.

sanae -April 23, 2013, 10:58PM

Cute hair style~~
what a cute top. Is this item avail??

Gretchen -April 23, 2013, 11:04PM

This is amazing. I was trying to think the other day how you did it! The before and after pic is on pt.

Kathie -April 23, 2013, 11:45PM

I love this idea and actually tried it, and it looks super cute from the front but from the side you can see the gap between the top and bottom pony tails. I thought it would work because my hair is thick but perhaps it’s not wavy enough? Any ideas on modifications because it looks adorable! Thanks FP :)

Vivi -April 24, 2013, 12:14PM

Ha! What a neat trick. As far as creating a gap you could always cover it up with some pretty hair accessories such as some flower barrettes or a silk scarf.

Kim -April 26, 2013, 2:17PM

I used to do this, I always called it the samurai though. It looks really nice here!

anonymous -April 27, 2013, 12:20PM

I’ve found that if I put the two ponytails closer to each other, and overlap some hair from the 1st to the second, they look more like 1 ponytail.
My hair is thick, but curly, so I think it would still work for thinner/straighter hair.

Keri -April 28, 2013, 5:29PM

What a great idea! Def gonna try this!

Andrea -May 1, 2013, 11:59PM

Wow! I couldn’t believe it wasn’t extensions at first!

scarlett -May 5, 2013, 6:38PM

we have the same necklace!!!!

Irene -May 16, 2013, 6:10AM

well, I do something like that but it can fool you even from the side ;-)

I’m spanish and I don’t know if I’ll be able to explain myself well (I apologize for any mistake I make), but I’ll try my best!

okay, let’s do this! if you want that your hair looks longer…well, it’s the easiest thing to do: you just need to grab a little more than half of all your hair up (as if you were about to put them in a ponytail), but leave some down – your goal is that the hair you leave down has the “size”/measure/wide of a current ponytail . I turn it around itself once, so it leaves a thing like a bun in the middle of your head but with a “tail” of its own, and then I secure it with a hairgrip.

your hair looks longer because you are not using all your hair, just some, so the real length of your hair is the one who “rules” the do. you have to try different ways, I mean, you have to check how much hair do you need to pick up, at what “point of your head” you have to twist it… each head is unique, and each hair is unique as well! so now that you know how I do it, just try and find YOUR right way to do it :)

hope this trick helps you all! :)

narda -May 23, 2013, 8:50AM

I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this to us. I really don’t know, but your tips will give me the boost of appearance I need especially tying up my hair with style! :)

May -May 24, 2013, 6:07AM

I also have such a long hair and I am lucky to see this. I think it is suitable for our young girls. So beautiful it is!

Raquel Von Ferreira -May 30, 2013, 2:58PM

this is by far one of the best tricks I’ve read and tried! I love it and I do this all the time

helaina -June 3, 2013, 3:41PM

wow thanks so much for sharing this! Probably the best hair trick I’ve seen :)

Charlotte -June 9, 2013, 1:39PM

I love everyone’s comments I AM SO PROUD TO BE YOUR LITTLE SISTER<333333333
I remember when you taught me this trick probably two years ago, love you so much

Charlotte -June 9, 2013, 1:39PM

oops lol

Elise -June 22, 2013, 8:54AM

Really great tip! Bridgette has just the most beautiful red hair. I’m waiting until my hair is a bit longer to try this!

saphira -June 22, 2013, 3:36PM

Where did you get the shirt?

Mary -June 23, 2013, 1:21PM

I have med long curly hair so this is going to be perfect! Going to a friends birthday party in a little while and living in hot Florida this is going to be GREAT! Thanks so much! Please check out my new store of all natural hemp bracelets
Mary’s Hemp Store

Monae Everett -June 23, 2013, 9:39PM

I love this style tip! It looks amazing, I’m definitely going to have to try this look out next time I head out!

Andrea -June 26, 2013, 4:49PM

I’m wondering if this looks weird from the side. Good idea though!

yiuhjbmn -July 9, 2013, 3:06AM

i think it will be noticible in some way. Sorry but i dont think i will do this one.

Kel -July 9, 2013, 9:19PM

I really like this, my hair is quite fine so I think i will have to use some volumizer on it beforehand but I love the look

Leticia -August 15, 2013, 4:07PM

Oh Lord, I want this hair!

Brittany -November 14, 2013, 4:45PM

Oh my gosh! I am totally trying this tomorrow. Also, I want to know where Bridgette got her adorable shirt.

fp brigette -November 15, 2013, 9:10AM

Brittany – it’s the FP ONE Golden Age Top :)

Riri -November 26, 2013, 4:22PM

I do this but in three sections. It is so cute!

a4 バッグ -December 1, 2013, 11:35AM

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Ashley -December 5, 2013, 10:37AM

This is so great!!! I’m going to try it right now!

Annette -December 6, 2013, 4:22PM

Im really gonna try this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………… her hair color btw

Anna -February 11, 2014, 10:40AM

Wow, thanks! Tried it this morning, and i worked…. for once i had longer and “thicker” hair ^^

Anna -February 11, 2014, 10:40AM

Wow, thanks! Tried it this morning, and i worked…. for once i had longer and “thicker” hair ^^

keerthi -February 23, 2014, 5:06AM

Its really great idea. Its looks like step cuttir

brittany -March 3, 2014, 2:55PM

wow really amazing trick, it works. but is there any way you can run without showing you’ve got two pony tails?

nicole -March 22, 2014, 5:44PM

wow this looks amazing!!!!! One problem I tried it and you could tell there were two pony tails. I clipped the top one down with bobby pins and tried lots of hair spray but I can never get it to work…

Anonymous -April 15, 2014, 1:34AM


Anonymous -April 15, 2014, 1:35AM

I love it

madz -June 30, 2014, 8:04AM

thankyou so much for this tip, it works so well and gives me the dream of long hair without having to wait for it to grow! best tip xx

feline -July 5, 2014, 3:38PM

This works only for me if i put the first ponytail not as high as the girl in the picture does. Because when I do, the length is too short, and not voluminous enough and also it shows off my dry ends way too much. Besides that I have freaking weird hair anyways – they are super thin but there are lots of them – not very handy and hard to style :(

Son -August 4, 2014, 1:47AM

aah..thats interesting..hope you dont mind me sharing this handy tip. thanks…

Megan -August 26, 2014, 12:58PM

I cannot imagine that it looks very good from the side! If you move you’d be able to see there are two ponytails and thats not cute hahahaha, but from the back sure, good illusion.

Anonymous -August 30, 2014, 12:15PM

Too bad that looks retarded

Gurjit -October 20, 2014, 1:29AM

Absolutely love it…use to have hair like this but due to too much stress lost a lot

Gurjit -October 20, 2014, 1:29AM

Absolutely love it…use to have hair like this but due to too much stress lost a lot

diana -October 27, 2014, 4:26PM

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ameilia -November 13, 2014, 1:21PM

that is a great method

Ella -December 6, 2014, 6:33PM

Love this hairstyle!! It looks beautiful, I will definitely be using it from now on but how do you hide the fact that it is two?

Calypso -April 21, 2015, 10:29PM

awweeesommmeee!!! deffinetly will be using when i go to universal!

Macy -June 29, 2015, 6:01PM

This works great. My new fave ponytail look

Macy -June 29, 2015, 6:05PM

Works great (for me)

Fiona -August 16, 2015, 9:12AM

I think it would work on long hair I did not manège to get the effect butt my sister loves it!

Miranda -October 6, 2015, 11:21PM

I was wondering how it would look if you put the pony tail to the side, over the shoulder, will the elastic be visible?

Jasmine -November 24, 2015, 1:49AM

This doesn’t work for me, I’ve tried and tried but it won’t work

El-Jayy -January 14, 2016, 3:32PM

Been doing this for near on 15 years, got thick, long curls. So simple, a beautiful illusion

Lulu -March 20, 2016, 11:44PM

Great idea but dont do with fine or thin hair.

Sophie -March 27, 2016, 4:27PM

Doesn’t work

Emily -April 7, 2016, 5:34AM

That’s brilliant

Carol -April 27, 2016, 11:08AM

Great trick!!! It makes your hair look so much longer when it is in a ponytail.

myxckee -May 4, 2016, 5:00AM

so cute

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