I’ve been the queen of the side pony tail.

But then last week, I showed you the inverted pony tail which is another fun and easy look.

In my opinion, any traditional pony tail creates a hint of drama when you pull it over to the side, and considering that many movie stars wore it that way for the Grammys and Oscars, I know I am on to something. I’m sure many of you do this as well, but for those that don’t, give it a try.

Start by brushing the hair from the opposite side towards the side you want your pony to be on. Add a pretty clip, or better yet, make your own. You can buy pin curl clips at Sally’s Beauty Supply and hot glue your favorite decor onto it. Then place right above or around pony for a unique twist. Both the sleek, straight look and the curled look are options. It just depends on the look you are trying to achieve.

(The White Sweater was a unique Goodwill find for $3.75. The Purple Sweater was featured in my Frugal Fashionista Post, ” Balancing Comfy Cozy and Cute.”

The problem for me is that when the traditional side pony becomes my signature look, it’s time to mix it up a little bit.

Since I accented this $3.75 turquoise sweater with a really bold statement piece necklace, purchased for only $3, I went for a very simple side pony. As you can see, I pulled it to the side in five seconds and didn’t even touch it with a hot iron.

My niece sent me a really great idea for taking that side pony tail and glamoring it up in just a few extra minutes of time.

Pull hair into a side pony. Split hair into two sections. “Braid” these two sections by wrapping the one strand over the other. Tie off the ends. Note: if you use a mini rubber band, some come in clear it will be less bulky and invisible. The size is a little larger than a braces band.

Then, in a clockwise motion, wrap the hair in a circle or bun shape. If possible, take the end of the braid and pull it through the middle of the bun. Then secure it with a bobby pin from the inside, so that the tail does not show but is tucked away and secure. To secure it, go around the bun, and take a couple bobby pins. Drag some of the hair from both the braid and from the hair against the scalp to marry the two together and lock it onto your head.

Isn’t that such a fun and easy look?

Next time you are tempted to do the side pony, just split it into sections and give it a little wrap around look.

This will definitely be a go-to look for the summer.

Yes, I am still starting with easy looks for our Hair Challenge.  For me, this is about just trying something new, and I hope it’s helping you think outside your “hair rut” as well.

Have you tried anything new since we started our 30 Days – 30 Ways Hair Challenge?

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