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10 steps to the power pony: a style that always delivers


The classic ponytail is a motif that we nail in childhood, but it’s versatile enough to be surprisingly sophisticated.

Head high with a subtle 60s lift framed by gently-teased strands, and you have a look that is full of verve and drama. Layers of texture lend a contemporary, un-done edge to a show-stopping and timeless style.

The best part? It’s not ridiculously complicated to engineer. You just need a touch of heat, some curling capability and a hand-full of hairgrips.

Here, one of Britain’s hottest hairdressing talents, Amy Sultan, shares her nine-step guide to a striking pony. Amy is lead stylist for the award-winning Francesco Group salons based across the UK. 

Having just been crowned Salon Stylist of the Year at the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards, she knows her stuff when it comes to creating an up ‘do that wows.

Come follow Amy’s step-by-step tutorial for a dynamic look that delivers oodles of high-octane impact:

The power pony: a step-by-step guide


Step 1: Add waves into the hair to create movement

Step 2: Use a texurising spray throughout the hair, for added texture and a more workable feel

Step 3: Remove and section areas of the hair you would like to leave out from the pony


Step 4: Neatly secure ponytail using a hair tie

Step 5: Take a section of hair from the ponytail and create a fishtail braid

Step 6: Wrap the braid around the hair tie and secure with a hairgrip


Step 7: Tease out the braid to create soft texture

Step 8: Gently tease out the hair above the pony to create height and texture. Then, tease areas in the ponytail for body and movement. Lightly spray with hairspray where needed, to hold the style

Step 9: Position the hair you have left around the face for a soft finish

The finished look

And here you have it – a power pony that’s modern, chic and full of oomph. The perfect formula for your next cocktail date in town.


Photos: iStock and Amy Sultan/Francesco Group

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