Recreate the look: Ariana Grande’s classic high ponytail

  • 07 Nov - 13 Nov, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

If Ariana Grande is known for one thing – besides her luscious lashes and bad-ass attitude – it’s her classic high ponytail.

Rarely seen without it, this perfectly sleek, sassy and sexy hairstyle works for Ari day, night, on-stage and at the weekend.

Ariana’s star has been on the rise for some time now; but aside from becoming the most followed female celebrity on Instagram, there’s no denying her hairdo is gaining some serious ‘hair-envy’ and attention, too.

And we are one of the many to love Ari's ponytail. So, we just had to try to recreate a similar hairstyle, inspired by the Dangerous Woman herself. Here, we bring you a step-by-step guide to recreating Ari’s look at home.

What you’ll need

· Hair extensions

· Heat protectant spray

· Hair elastics

· Hair straightener

· Hairspray

· Hair oil (optional)

Step 1

Begin by applying a heat protectant spray to your hair and brushing through thoroughly to evenly distribute the product throughout your hair.

Step 2

Section and straighten your hair to achieve a super sleek look. Divide the hair into horizontal layers and once smooth, bring the next section down. You’ll be sure to get every strand with this method. Brush once more before moving onto the next step.

Step 3

Grab the front section of your hair and brush forward. This should be about a two to three inch part at the front of your head. Tie it loosely to keep separate from the rest of your hair. This will help with inserting the extensions later.

Step 4

Gather a section of hair at the crown of your head and create a small ponytail. This should be about a centimeter thick and will be referred to as the “base ponytail” that the rest of the hairstyle will revolve around. We recommended to use a thin elastic band to keep the tie easily hidden.

Step 5

Pre-straighten your hair extensions, and then insert a four-clip weft directly under the base ponytail. Ensure that you insert it upside down, to prevent lumps and bumps when you eventually tie all your hair up. Section a layer underneath the weft and insert another four-clip weft, once again upside down. This will add that mega volume and length to your ponytail, Ariana Grande style.

Step 6

On top of the base ponytail, insert a three-clip weft, this time clipped in facing downward. To even out the look, add two two-clip wefts on each side of your head also facing downward.

Step 7

Once the extensions have been secured, gather all of your hair into a high ponytail, covering all the wefts. Lightly brush your hair to smooth out any bumps and to ensure the extensions are hidden. Tie the ponytail into place.

Step 8

The final touches are the most important part of this look. Begin teasing the ponytail in layers for added volume and hairspray any flyaways back for a sleek finish. As mentioned before, you can also add a tiny bit of coconut oil for an even sleeker look. In order to hide the hair elastic, grab a piece of your hair and wrap it around the elastic, then the piece in underneath the elastic.