This Half-Up Ponytail Hack Makes Volume Easy

When you're in a beauty rut, it's a little like looking in your closet and seeing absolutely nothing to wear. Sure, you have the bones to create a killer look — a bold liner here, a bottle of texture spray there — but sometimes you just need a boost of inspiration. That's why we created Short Cuts, a series of quick, easy-to-follow videos meant to educate, refresh, and excite the beauty nerds in all of us. Whether you're looking to learn something new or to refresh your current routine, there's a Short Cut for you.
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On Jersey Shore (don't pretend like you didn't watch), the only thing bigger than Snooki's personality was her pouf. You have to hand it to her, the girl was smart: one of the best ways to command attention is a big, signature 'do, especially when you're 4'8". But if Seaside Heights style isn't necessarily your aesthetic, this half-back ponytail contains a lot of the same elements.
Watch the video above for the skinny, then scroll down for the step-by-step breakdown.
Step 1: Starting with a center part, section off your bangs or the front section of your hair, depending on your cut and length.
Step 2: Tease the hair on the crown — not the bangs — and then smooth into a half-up pony.
Step 3: Release the front and tease for more volume, then smooth back and over the crown.
Step 4: Wrap your excess hair front the front section around the base of the pony.
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