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DIY The Olivia Palermo Pony.

If you’re anything like me then you might be a little bit of a fan of Olivia Palermo. She always looks so impeccably dressed and so put together that I think I’d be permanently green with envy if I were one of her friends.

Granted her recent wedding outfit was not to everyone’s taste but I loved the fact that she made her big day sartorial decisions based on her own style rather than conforming to conventional bridal fashions. She’s a girl after my own heart in that sense of the word and I wouldn’t ever say no to a pair of Hangisi pumps either. Are you listening Manolo??

If you caught up with our recent bold lip tutorial then you’ll already be aware that we’ll be sharing lots and lots of beauty and hair DIYs to take you through the next few months to Christmas and beyond. This week then we’ll be talking you through the necessary steps to recreate a modern day ponytail with backcombing and everything…much like Olivia sported on her big day.

Shall we get started…


1 & 2. Split the hair into 3 sections: The first section should be split from ear to ear across the back of your head at the nape of your neck. The second section is formed above this from ear to ear across the crown of your head leaving the final and third section at the front.
3. Secure each respective section with a hairband to keep them separate from one another.
4. Taking the middle section, backcomb the hair in this section working from the bottom to top in small sections.
5. Smooth over the top of the backcombed section for a neat finish taking care not to brush out the volume you’ve just put in.
6. Gather this backcombed section over the smaller bottom section of hair at the nape of your neck. Using a hair band, secure it over the top of the bottom pony tail making it as smooth as possible to form one pony tail.
7 & 8. Taking the front section of hair, part it down the centre and then take each side and wrap it over the top of the pony tail to hide the hair band. Secure with kirby grips before smoothing over and spraying with hairspray.


Photography by Rebekah Murray
Hair by Makeup By Jodie

So there you have it, an easy peasy step by step to create the perfect modern day pony for your bonce.

In actual fact it makes for a very handy day to night hair transition from the office to the bar on a Thursday evening. Equally it’s the perfect hair quick fix for when you’re feeling a bit flat and your mane is a tad dirty but you just haven’t the time to get in the shower.

Will you be trying it out this weekend perhaps?

All my love Lolly xxx

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

One thought on “DIY The Olivia Palermo Pony.

  1. my hair NEVER stays in place once wrapped around the pony tail when I attempt this ‘do’.
    No amount of hairspray helps, either 🙁

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