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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  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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! :)

  11. 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! :)

  12. 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!

  13. 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

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

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

  16. 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

  17. 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…

  18. 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

  19. 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 :(

  20. 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.

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  22. 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?

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

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