Hairstyle Video: Twistbacks into Side Ponytail

I thought I had posted a picture of this cute hairstyle tutorial on the blog, but apparently I have notso this is new to you!!! I really love hairstyles like this because they are simply beautiful, take very little time in the mornings to complete, yet look like you spent 30 minutes doing it!

Back view of the Twistbacks into Side Ponytail

Ride side view of the Twistbacks into Side Ponytail

Portrait view of young girl modeling Twistbacks into Side Ponytail

You can accessorize the do if you want, but I think this one looks even better without a flower or bow!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHTwistbackSidePonytail

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, one hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Funny thing, I went to Costco with my twins yesterday and a lady who saw me in the store came running out as I was loading my groceries into the car and asked me, “I do not want to sound like a stalker, but… how did you do your daughter’s hair like that?“, commenting on how beautiful this hairstyle was.

Unfortunately I had not yet printed off my new blog cards, so I explained to her that I was one of those crazy “hairbloggers” out there and that I had just filmed a tutorial for this hairstyle that morning. She couldn’t wait to see it and asked me to write down the blog address, so I did.

Here’s to ladies like her who are not afraid to compliment!!! I hope you will get many too!

Twist-Backs into Side Ponytail

Back view of the Twistbacks into Side Ponytail

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1.  Working on wet hair, comb the hair until smooth.
  2. Part the hair on the side you prefer.
  3. Starting on the same side as the part, pick up a small section.
  4. Divide the hair into two sections and begin to twist.  Add hair along the bottom as you twist.  (see technique in video.)
  5. Make sure to smooth pieces as you go.
  6. Keep twisting and picking up hair as you go around the head.
  7. When you reach the other side of the head (just past the center back) stop adding hair and twist your pieces of hair and have your DD hold.
  8. Pick a small piece of hair on the other front side of the head and begin the same process on that side.
  9. Twist until you have picked up all of the hair and both twists are finished.
  10. Holding the two twists together, secure with an elastic.
  11. You can either leave this as a side ponytail or finish with a messy bun.  (see technique in video)
  12. Spritz with hairspray if desired!

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. i want to know if the hair you do on your girl’s they can do no there self how do you do them on your self ok i do love the the hair . thank you

  2. I love your videos!!!!
    With the hairstyle twist backs into a side ponytail can you just leave the hair down In a ponytail?
    I’m 10 and I have another question
    Do you have videos are easy to do in the morning before school and that have something to do with braids or twists for shoulder length hair?
    THANK YOU FOR MAKING VIDEOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi, I just found your blog while looking for hairstyles for little girls so a) thanks for such a fabulous website! but mostly b) in less than 5 minutes of finding your site I found myself reading, not hair tutorials, but your adoption story. Thank you so much for sharing that. While our family is not at that point, it’s always been in the backs of our minds. Not to mention that we have friends who have thus far been unable to conceive. Thank you for being so open and willing to put yourself out there. The whole story/situation is amazing and beautiful. Thank you so much.

  4. I found your website while looking up hairstyles for First Communion veils. I love your tutorials, creative and fun styles (for moms and kids!), and your ramblings. You have a beautiful family.

    I’m thinking this might be a style to try with my daughter’s long, straight hair. I am going to try this as a some-up/some-down style, and *try* to add some curl. I think it will work well with the comb veil we have for her hair.

    🙂 L

  5. Hi Mindy,
    I found your website and I can’t stop looking at your tutorials. I wish I could do all kinds of braids on my own hair but it’s too thick and layered. However, this twist is one that works. Now, I have this picture on my tumblr ( ) and I was wondering if you know how to get that tucked in look instead of just ending up in a ponytail.
    Love, Nicole from Amsterdam

  6. I live in Ireland and I love this hairstyle
    I went to Dublin (The capital of Ireland) last Saturday and I seen loads of little girls pointing at it,I am aged 10 so my mum does it on my hair.

  7. i love this but i cant do it! i cant french braid 🙁 i have watched your vid on how to french braid along with many other french braiding tutorials but i cant do it:(

  8. this is my daughters absolute favorite hairstyle. She makes my sons cakk her miss. katie! Thank you for these fun easy tutorials!

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