Updo Hairstyle: A Ponytail Of Twists

This hairstyle looks way more difficult than it is.   It’s easy enough to wear every day and fancy enough to wear for a special occasion.  Your daughter will get lots of compliments with this cute hairstyle.

Items Needed: Comb, brush, spray bottle, 2 rubber bands, hairspray or spray gel.

Time Required: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy


Step-By-Step Instructions:

1.  Start by doing a small zig zag part on either side. Pull remaining hair into a tight ponytail.

2.  Separate off a small section of hair (about the roundness of a pencil). I think I did about 10 twists total on this bun. You can spray section with hairspray or gel at this point to help hair stay twisted and not poke out. Begin twisting. Twist all sections one direction.

3.  Continue to twist until hair is so tight it naturally wants to curl in on itself.

4.  Allow hair to curl in on itself until it is short. Hand that section to daughter to hold. Leave about 2 inches of hair at end of each twist.

5.  Separate off another small section and begin twisting.

6.  Continue to separate off sections and twist until you get about halfway through the hair. I switch over at this point and begin from the opposite side. Usually my daughters fingers are full on one hand by this point so I have her switch hands too.

7.  Once all hair is twisted, gather all sections from daughter’s fingers and pull them into one spot just above ponytail holder.

8.  Using a stretchy rubber band go over the entire twisty bun.

9.  Using a stretchy rubber band go over the entire twisty bun.

10.  Wrap the elastic and go over whole bun again to secure all hairs into place. You need to make sure the elastic is TIGHT or the hair will slip out of place. If the elastic is a little loose…rather than trying to take it off and start again, I just add a second rubber band to help secure hair.

11.  Add a bow or flower. Rat the ends and hairspray to add volume and fluff.

To see your own photo recreations of this hairstyle featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHponytailoftwists

Happy Hairdoing!

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  1. I have made a commitment to my daughter to do her hair differently every day (she just turned 13 on sunday and is “the queen of middle school”-8th grade) instead of the same pancake braid, french braid or pony tails, I want to thank you because I have used your tutorials, I done the hair bow bow, bow braid- both double french and the side, cage braid, the dutch flower and today, i did this one, I changed the “endsies” hers are more wild to fit with her style and personality… she loves it so do i. thank you for posting, I will check your site before i do any hairstyle..

  2. oh my gosh! u HAVE to make a video of this so i can wear it for my upcommin Christmas party!!! i can imagine adding a redand gold ribbon, jingle bells, and some holly and maybe even my little white rose accessory i made with the jingle bells on it! SO CUTE! its adorable yet age appropriate and not too over-the-top!!! my friends and their parents and my parents and their friends are gonna LOVE this! eeeee!!! although…. u anything else??? maybe a bump-it style updo without a bump-it??? one where i cant see the tips of my hair. please! <3<3<3 then i can just put my little diamond hair clip and some holly on it! oo i like that! make it!

  3. I love this my mom use to do this for me
    It was always my favorite, she would add
    ribbon to each little twist, colors depending
    on the occasion. Now I do it for my daughter.

  4. I have been in girl hair heaven for a week now after a friend sent me your link. I have 4 girls ages 6,7,14 and 15. It’s been sooooo much fun having them each choose a new hairsyle to try out each day. I’ve been so thrilled at the selections that satisfy my elementary aged children, and my teens. I don’t by any means consider myself a connoisseur hair Mom, as I am sufficent in ponies, braids ( Still can’t french braid, sigh.)bows and buns. My limitations and lack of ideas made for stagment hair mornings of the old same thing.

    So, THANK you sweet girl who shares her talents with the world. You are an inspiration. You ROCK!

    P.S. I did this hair do on my 6 year old today and she was in HEAVEN and couldn’t wait to show it off today at school!
    Christi G.
    Cedar Hills UT

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