How to Create a Half Up Half Down Ponytail with Hand-Tied Hair Extensions


In this step-by-step guide, Covet & Mane Educator Danita Hampton will show you how to achieve a trendy half up half down ponytail using hand-tied hair extensions. Whether you’re looking to add volume, length, or simply enhance your style, this versatile look is perfect for various occasions. Follow these instructions to master the art of creating a chic and effortless half up half down ponytail.


Step 1: Sectioning

Begin by creating a small triangle-shaped section of hair at the front of your head, near your forehead. To ensure a fluffy and natural look, it’s best not to detangle the hair before starting.


Step 2: Clipping

Gently lift the triangular section and clip it away. You can use your fingers to part the hair or a comb, making sure not to tug on the wefts of the extensions.


Step 3: Repeat on the Other Side

Repeat the same process on the other side of your head. Part the hair with your fingers or a comb, lifting the section away from the rest of the hair and clipping it.


Step 4: Creating the Ponytail

Brush the remaining hair to the back to form the half up half down ponytail. Remember to keep the wefts of the extensions pulled straight up at a 90-degree angle, ensuring they blend seamlessly with your natural hair.


Step 5: Brushing the Wefts

Using a brush, gently smooth the wefts that are pulled straight up. Make sure to brush over them without pulling on your natural hair. This step ensures a cohesive and polished appearance.

Step 6: Securing the Ponytail

Take a non-metal elastic hair tie and wrap it around the ponytail. You can choose a color that matches your hair or the extensions. Wrap the hair tie around three times, making sure not to pull too tightly. If you feel any tension on your natural hair, release it slightly with your finger.


Step 7: Creating Texture

Hold the ponytail firmly and use your finger to release some tension and create texture. This adds an extra layer of dimension to the look, enhancing its visual appeal.


Step 8: Optional: Wrap and Secure

For an elevated look, take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie. Secure it in place with a bobby pin. Since this area doesn’t have wefts, you won’t need to worry about snagging.


Step 9: Covering the Wefts

Take the remaining hair from the ponytail and use it to cover the sides of the wefts. This step helps conceal the extensions, giving your ponytail a seamless and natural appearance.



Creating a half up half down ponytail with hand-tied hair extensions is a simple yet elegant way to enhance your hairstyle.


Remember to embrace the texture and dimension created by the extensions, and feel free to customize the style to suit your preferences.


With these techniques, you’ll be able to effortlessly create a stunning half up half down ponytail that turns heads and boosts your confidence.

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