Pony Up: How to Create an Effortless Ponytail (in 3 Minutes) With a Piece of Felt


How to create an effortless ponytail (in 3 minutes) with a piece of felt

Sometimes the easiest tutorials are the ones that end up being the best. And I wholeheartedly believe that, when it comes to hair tutorials especially, the easier the better.

So, today I have a simple ponytail DIY for you to try, with a twist. It will only take a few minutes to recreate, AND doesn’t require a rubber band or hair tie. All you’ll need are 2 bobby pins and a teeny tiny bit of felt. Interested?

Effortless ponytail hair tutorial  (in 3 minutes)

Here’s what you’ll need to get the look…

  • small sheet of felt (at least 1/8 inch thick, if possible)
  • scissors
  • 2 bobby pins
  • texturing spray
  • comb


1. Starting with the felt hair accessory… To make the felt pony wrap, grab a sheet of felt, and cut a long strip from the sheet that is roughly a half inch wide and 7 inches long. I just eye balled it. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Then grab two bobby pins and set them aside.

How to create an effortless ponytail (in 3 minutes) with a piece of felt

2. Now for the hair, start with naturally dried or straight hair and prep with your choice of texturizing product. We used a texturizing spray.

3. Lightly tease hair all over excluding the areas closest to your face.

4. With your narrow piece of felt, from step 1, start underneath where you want your ponytail to rest and wrap the felt around your hair twice and secure underneath with two bobby-pins (through the underside of the felt and into the ponytail).  If the felt pony wrap is higher than you would like you can pull it slowly down and it will help to give your ponytail an “undone” look.

5. Finish by lightly teasing the pony to give it a more full appearance.

Effortless ponytail hait tutorial in 3 minutes or less

I am constantly losing hair ties / rubber bands. And I mean constantly. It’s like the mystery sock that magically disappears from the dryer over and over again.

So, I’ve been using this felt wrap twist a lot lately for low ponys. It’s so, so easy and surprisingly stays pretty damn secure with just a couple of bobby pins.

How to create an effortless ponytail (in 3 minutes) with a piece of felt

Hair Tutorial // how to create an effortless ponytail (in 3 minutes) with a piece of felt

How to create an effortless ponytail (in 3 minutes) with a piece of felt

Photography and hair by Rachel Brewer
Modeling by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this felt ponytail wrap a try? Would love to hear what you think of this DIY hair idea.

6 comments | Click here to reply

I am FOR SURE trying this out! Love both the hair style but more importantly the handmade accessory! Super inspiring and pretty simple!

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Gemma | May 12th, 2016 at 10:00 am

So glad to hear that Gemma. Let me know how it turns out.

Brittni | May 12th, 2016 at 10:30 am

That looks beautiful!
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Michelle | May 12th, 2016 at 10:48 am

Thanks so much Michelle. Rachel did a great job with the hair and I really enjoyed coming up with the felt hair tie part. Been using them non-stop.

Brittni | May 12th, 2016 at 11:17 am

Cute! But why not just knot the felt? Seems easier than using the bobby pins?

Kim | May 19th, 2016 at 10:53 pm

Hi Kim. That’s an option, but the bobby pins help keep the felt in place and your ponytail secure. If you have silky hair, for example, the felt will eventually shift and loosen if your just knot a piece of felt (without bobby pins).

Brittni | May 19th, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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