Last Minute Hairstyles: 5-Minute Messy Low Ponytail

5-minute messy low ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziaka from Diary of a Debutante
5-minute messy low ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziaka from Diary of a Debutante

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Since I’m practically always running late, I’ve become a huge fan of 5-minute hairstyles. These looks take just a few minutes yet still give the appearance of effort and good grooming skills. Pretty much all last year, my go-to was the sleek high sock bun. This year the low messy ponytail has taken the reigns. It works well with both clean or dirty, straight or curly hair, but I personally love when I create my messy low ponytail with 2nd or 3rd day curls. I have a lot of hair, so it takes a significant amount of effort to curl my entire head. Hence, I want to show them off for as long as possible. Plus, now that it’s fall and you’ll likely be wearing blanket scarves and lots of layers, this low messy ponytail is ideal for avoiding static, keeping hair off your neck, and showcasing your ensemble. 

All you need to achieve this low messy ponytail is a fine tooth comb, your favorite dry shampoo or root lifting spray, a ponytail holder, some bobbi pins, a small hair clip, and EVERPRObeauty’s Gray Away Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder for your roots. Let’s get started!

5-Minute Low Messy Ponytail Hair Tutorial

First things first, I love creating this look around a center part. It gives the low messy ponytail a sleeker look with more volume. Using a fine tooth comb, try to make the part as precise as you can. It may take you a few tries to get it right!

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante 5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante 5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Next, spray your roots with either a dry shampoo or a root lifting spray to give hair extra texture. If you’re going on day 3 or 4 of unwashed hair, I’d definitely recommend a dry shampoo. It’ll avoid the formation of an undesirable paste of product, excess oil, and powder on top of your head.

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Taking a hair tie, gently pull your hair into a loose low messy ponytail. To make sure it meets the “low hairstyle” criteria, be sure to keep at least a portion of your ears covered. Before securing with a hair tie, lift your ponytail ever so slightly to give added volume. Tie tightly. 

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Depending on how messy you’d like your low messy ponytail to be, pull select pieces of hair forward. To give the look some added dressiness for formal occasions, pull larger pieces forward and curl with a curling iron. Repeat as many times as necessary (restyling your ponytail if necessary) until your hair looks how you want it to look from both the front and back. 

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Now for my favorite ponytail hack! I saw a vlogger do this on YouTube and have used her trick ever since. Split your ponytail into a top and bottom section with your fingers. To give added volume, place a small hair clip at the very base of the ponytail, sandwiching it in between the two sections. It’ll give the illusion of a fuller, more voluminous low messy ponytail. 

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Here’s a before and after picture. Such an easy trick!

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

And you’re almost done, except for some necessary (albeit optional) finishing touches!

5-Minute Low Messy Ponytail Hair Tutorial: Finishing Touches

To hide the ponytail holder, take a section of hair from the very bottom of your low messy ponytail. Tightly wrap it around your ponytail.

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Carefully secure the wrapped hair in place with a bobbi pin. As embarrassing as it is to admit, this part was the trickiest for me to master. I would always stick the pin somewhere visible– and it looked like a chopstick sticking out of my head or something. To avoid the chopstick faux pas, I’ve started sticking the bobbi pin in at the very base of the low messy ponytail and pushing it upwards into my hair. 

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante 5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Again, this 10-second step gives your low messy ponytail the illusion of extra effort– when, in fact, it’ll take you 10 seconds or less.

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

As much effort as you pour into your hair, it’ll never look well maintained if your roots are two inches long. The final step in this whole process is to cover up any grays (yes, I swear I’ve seen a few) or roots developed in between salon visits. For up-do hairstyles, I always use EVERPRObeauty’s Gray Away Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder in Black/Dark Brown. Gray Away instantly conceals roots and gray hair, leaving a healthy looking shine that feels natural and doesn’t leave any sticky or visible residue on your hair.

Using the sponge applicator, sweep a small amount of Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder over roots, starting from the scalp and working outward. Re-apply as necessary until your roots, flyaway grays, and everything in between are covered. It washes out when you shower, so you don’t have to worry about dyes, permanent stains, or anything like that. 

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante 5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante

Annnd you’re done! Simple as that. For more ideas on how to cover roots and gray hairs in a pinch, check out these two quick and easy ways to cover your roots at home

5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante 5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante 5-minute low messy ponytail hair tutorial by southern blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante


What did y’all think of this low messy ponytail hair tutorial? Please feel free to comment with any questions, and please please please share if you found it helpful! 

This is a sponsored post with EVERPRObeauty. Thank you so much for supporting the brands who make Diary of a Debutante possible! As always, the opinions in this post are mine alone. 

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