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Simple Side Pony Bun


This updo which has been popular for many years, is decorated with gold plated HairLoops. The gorgeous gold hair accessory is tied around the base of the ponytail and supports this unique style. From some views this style hints at Oriental elegance.

Combining a half French Twist in the back with a soft rolled ponytail bun, this gorgeous do was created on beautiful Model Stacy Jamaitus by Barbara Lhotan for and our media partner - Multi Media International.

This style generally works best on hair that is shoulder length or longer with medium thickness.

Straight hair or any type of hair that has been pre-straightened is ideal since the look is about smoothness. If you wish to try this look on fine hair, be prepared for hair slippage with gel, strong holding spray and extra bobby pins.

Hair that is very long can adopt to the style by adjusting the size of the half French Twist and allow more hair be tucked into the top ponytail bun.

With practice this style might be easy to do on your own hair. However, it is recommended that you consult your friendly hairstylist the first time you have the style created on your own hair.

Let your hairdresser guide you about the appropriateness of the style for your hair type and texture.

Step By Step Instructions

This style works best on hair that is not freshly washed. When possible allow your hair to "age" at least 24 hours from your last shampoo. The natural hair oils will help the knots and parts hold tighter and last longer.

1. Start by using a soft boar's head brush or similar natural bristle brush on your hair. Make sure that all knots and tangles are completely removed.

(All photos are the express copyright of & Multi Media International).

2. Working with individual sections that are about 1-2" in thickness, smooth all of the hair with a hot flat iron. Allow hair to cool completely before proceeding.

3. Using a paddle or similar brush carefully separate hair into three separate sections. Form a "V: shaped parted section that runs from right above each ear to the very nape of the neck. Take the hair from the section and create a very high ponytail.

4. Carefully pull the ponytail through the band to create a big top loop. The original ponytail should have a small tail underneath the loop. Attach the HairLoop at this point before making the larger bun loop.

Note: Apply a light gel or setting lotion to hair that is fine, slippery or does not hold styles well. This will help to anchor the hair better into the top looped bun.

5. With thumbs inside the new pony loop, gently pull the hair to either side, spreading the loop and fanning it completely out to form a soft poufy bun.

6. Gently position the bun up and to the side of the crown. Pin softly into place..

7. Gather the remaining bottom hair into a pony and brush until all hair is smooth. Do not tie off an actual ponytail. Instead. Twist the hair clockwise and then pull it up and under to form a French Twist section. Pin the hair into the Twist using hairpins the same color as your hair. The top bun should lay right overlapping the top of the French Twist.

8. With a tail comb, carefully remove one strand of hair from the top of the bun and carefully pull it completely out. Smooth the section so that is lays against the side of the head as an accent piece. This is optional. If you prefer, you can finish the do without the extra accent strand.

9. Make sure both the bottom French Twist and the top bun are securely pinned into place. Spray will with strong hold hairspray being careful to avoid spraying near the HairLoops.

10. Arrange the HairLoops to lay against the side of the updo near the top of one ear.

If you prefer, add other hair jewelry or multiple HairLoops. Or you can attach a flower, large decorated clip or other hair accessory to decorate and also disguise the overlapping hair rolls. Add a light sprinkling of glitter gel for added dazzle or jazz up the sides or back with hair jewels.

Experiment with adding more or less sections of hair for different looks. For a different look try braiding the tails of each knotted section.

The possibilities are endless if you take the time to play with different variations of this classic style. This finished style if perfect for any special party, Prom, Wedding or other dressy hair event. Enjoy!


Hairstyles by Barbara Lhotan Make-up by Catherine Raffaele Hair jewelry provided by Jewelry provided by

Photography by Eric von Lockhart Copyright 2002-2003 All rights reserved & MultiMedia International.

Barbara Lhotan is known as the "Personal Trainer" for stylists wishing to be experts with long hair. She is the Director of Education for Renaissance Salon in Smithtown, New York and a Senior National Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems.

Barbara works on all types of hair from short to long and creates spectacular updos and styles for any event. She is also talented with hair extensions and color. Contact Barbara for a consultation at: (631-724-2386)

Eric von Lockhart was born in New York City but spent his early years traveling to exotic locales as a military brat. Sensing from an early age that “some form of art was his destiny”, Eric embraced his early gypsy life. He viewed his constant travels as priceless opportunities to observe life through many angles, ultimately training him to do the same with his beloved cameras. Eric has been perfecting his craft “all his life” which explains why he is one of the most sought after fashion photographers in America.

Over the years Eric’s unique eye, lightening wizardy and brilliant photographic images have been in hot demand appearing in an extensive list of fashion and beauty magazines including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, Elle, Essence, Salon News, Modern Salon, Hype Hair, Inspire, Passion, Blacktress, Hair World, 101 Celebrity Hairstyles, Short Cuts and

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Original Publication Date: 03/2/2003 - Revised Date: 07/18/10

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