The Messy Ponytails

*Totally boring confession alert* Recently I’ve been loving wearing my hair in a ponytail. The one style I begged and begged not to have from the age of 4 to 10 (actually 4 – 7, my mum really wasn’t very good at hair) has now become part of my everyday routine. The change of heart is partially attributed to hair being left to do it’s natural thing and obviously partly to do with my everlasting obsession with the Olsen twins (an obsession that’s now been growing for nearly 15 years – FIFTEEN. I can’t even…)

For more casual days I’ve been loving a high ponytail, I leave my parting showing instead of scraping it all back and leave a few pieces flowing free at the front. I’m not overly careful when pulling it up into a high position which gives a lot of height at the crown. After securing it tightly I pull at the roots around the front of my hairline which gives a little more body to the sides, before popping hair slides all over the gaff to keep the body and height. When I want things to look slightly more pulled together (only slightly, it’s still a messy ponytail after all) then I opt for a low pony tail with loose pieces around the face a little backcombing for lift and, again, a lot of hair slides. This style in particular is one I don’t think I’ve ever been drawn to before, but with shorter hair I’ve been loving it!

With both styles I’ve been using my Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray before styling. A quick blast with the hairdryer later and (I feel like) I’ve got a lot more hair to play with. I also love using texturising sprays when I’m pulling my hair back, as they tend to give my hair a lot more grip which helps make the styling process much easier. I normally use the Bumble and Bumble DrySpun Finishing Spray*, but recently I’ve been using their City Swept Finishing Spray*(which you can get here if you’re US based) instead as it works much better with my hair type – keep your eyes peeled for this one, it’s a goodie.

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  1. Amelia
    27 Feb 2014 / 8:51 am

    This looks so gorgeous on you, I'm jealous because pony tails don't suit me at all!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  2. lashesandblushes
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:02 am

    This hairstyle is so cute. it looks really nice on you. I'm using a Texturising Spray from toni&guy but maybe I should try that BB. city swept finish. xoxo, alessia

  3. Aimee Flanigan
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:13 am

    Looks lovely. It's my go to look for lectures!

    Aimee – AroundTwenty xx

  4. Anna Victoria
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:16 am

    I love wearing pony tails with loose brits at the front. Have you thought of cutting the front bits shorter, like a long fringe? I think it would frame your face really well, and it looks great both with your hair up and down! πŸ™‚


  5. Zara
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:34 am

    You look lovely with a ponytail!
    I have to have my hair up on a daily basis so unfortunately a ponytail is my everyday style..
    Z xx

  6. Sara Chergui
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:35 am

    That's a lovely hair style !
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  7. Ellis Cochrane
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:39 am

    Whenever I put my hair up in a messy ponytail and I have nowhere to be or don't have to leave the house it looks lovely but when I know I need to go somewhere my messy ponytail always looks rubbish hehe. I think I'll need to do a couple of more practice runs! πŸ™‚ Love this post!!

    Ellis – Ellis Tuesday

  8. Anya Wandowski
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:04 am

    I love wearing my hair up but pony tails have never looked good on me, although they do look lovely on you! May try the texturising spray idea, lovely post! xx

  9. Fiona Bradley
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:05 am

    So chic! Very Sabrina Meijer of afterDRK (this is a very good thing) πŸ™‚ Tagged you in my latest blog post about Product Association. Hope you like it! πŸ™‚


  10. Zazie Bibi
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:19 am

    I love high ponytails! I wear it almost every day too (: x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  11. Ines RdP
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:58 am

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  12. becky smith
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:58 am

    This looks lovely, i love a good simple easy up do as my hair's so long and thick there isn't much i can do with mine x

  13. Rachel Claire
    27 Feb 2014 / 11:40 am

    Very adorable πŸ™‚ The lighting in your photos is always so fantastic!
    Gorgeous as always, Suzie x

    Rachel — Claireful

  14. Eleri Roberts
    27 Feb 2014 / 12:26 pm

    So effortless and chic, you look gorgeous Suzie πŸ™‚ xx


  15. Katie Z
    27 Feb 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Looks so cute on you!

    Katie Loves | UK Fashion and Beauty Blog

  16. Sophie
    27 Feb 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Also a long-term Olsen fan here.. I don't know what it is about them! Love the ponytails. My hair was too short to tie up for about a year so I really appreciate a good ponytail!

  17. Jasminecara
    27 Feb 2014 / 1:33 pm

    I really want to try the city sweep finishing spray! You look lovely with a ponytail xx

  18. Aerin Downs
    27 Feb 2014 / 1:35 pm

    I love ponytails but I have to reduce wearing them because they tug and pull out my hair πŸ™

    Berrie-Blogs |Beauty Blog

  19. India Wood
    27 Feb 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Your hair looks so pretty likes this! I find mine always looks a bit weird in a ponytail! x

    velvet ghost| fashion blogΒ β™₯

  20. Almeida
    27 Feb 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Very pretty πŸ™‚ /

  21. Pippi
    27 Feb 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I love wearing my hair in a ponytail, it's so effortless and gets annoying hair out of the way! Looks gorgeous on you! xx

  22. Natassa
    27 Feb 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Really nice !! Love the final look πŸ™‚

    Novembre Beaute

  23. Becca B
    27 Feb 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Love the high one! I'm still working on the art of the ponytail.. not quite there yet! I love how clean your pictures always look btw πŸ™‚ x

  24. Ellen UnderWater
    27 Feb 2014 / 5:00 pm

    I really love the high ponytail look. Really suits you too!

  25. Charli James
    27 Feb 2014 / 5:06 pm

    I used to wear my hair is such tight pony tails…slicked to my head πŸ™ CRINGE!!!
    Now it's all about the messy ponytail
    Charli… Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Animals

  26. Catherine McCarthy
    27 Feb 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Its also the look I tend to go for for work, although mine tend to be a little less messy, more pulled back. Unfortunately the messy look just doesn't suit me.

  27. Catherine McCarthy
    27 Feb 2014 / 5:16 pm

    Its also the look I tend to go for for work, although mine tend to be a little less messy, more pulled back. Unfortunately the messy look just doesn't suit me.

  28. Maddy
    27 Feb 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Can't wait till the City Swept comes out, it looks amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


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  29. poppylilybeauty
    27 Feb 2014 / 6:21 pm

    You are so beautiful with your hair that way! You always look so chic and parisian, I really love your effortless style!
    Love, Bana xoxo

  30. Hannah Cox
    27 Feb 2014 / 6:57 pm

    You cannot beat a messy ponytail, it looks so cute.

    Hannah x | lovelettersandsnippets

  31. sofia grigoriadou
    27 Feb 2014 / 9:01 pm


  32. Jayde Riley
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:04 pm

    you look great! i was trying to work out what the piercing in your ear was the whole time though haha xx

  33. Becca
    27 Feb 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Really suits you, I love a messy ponytail!
    Becca from Becca Said x

  34. Amber Hunter
    28 Feb 2014 / 1:49 am

    A messy pony is one of my go to hair styles along with top buns! Because I have longer hair I tend to go for a high pony and just leave it slightly loose so it's not too harshly pulling my hair back. Who could say no to such an easy hair style on busy days?
    Lovely Notions

  35. Tia
    28 Feb 2014 / 3:06 am

    Love the high pony. x

  36. Marianna
    28 Feb 2014 / 7:01 pm

    I love this look!
    Can't wait for my hair to be long enough to try this πŸ™‚


  37. The Simple Wishlist
    28 Feb 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I love that it is so simple but looks amazing at the same time!
    Great post!

  38. she.
    28 Feb 2014 / 8:55 pm

    Messy pony tails are a daily occurrence for me.

  39. Tiny Alis
    28 Feb 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I'm always rocking a ponytail at the moment, I like to have a really high one and leave my fringe out at the front to give it a 50s vibe. Really suits you πŸ™‚

    Tiny Alis

  40. Simplybeautifulelegant
    01 Mar 2014 / 1:35 am

    awesome post!

  41. Victoria
    01 Mar 2014 / 8:15 am

    I am so lazy. It's a ponytail most days for me!

  42. VioletDaffodils
    01 Mar 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Such a good look!

  43. Manouk
    05 Mar 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Messy ponytails are the best πŸ™‚ I like the look of 'I didn't make an effort' xx

  44. Biancarosa
    07 Mar 2014 / 1:38 pm

    i love ponytails honestly….although the only time I ever pull my hair up is when i'm in serious 'head down and work' mode. You look lovely.

    Biancarosa // xoxo

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    28 Oct 2014 / 4:43 pm

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    09 Jul 2016 / 1:30 pm

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