How To: Katie Holmes' Curly Side Pony

This post is a Reader Request! Tina, from FL Girl With a New Life, asked for an easy hairstyle for an upcoming wedding she was going to be in. Inspired by the picture above (think Brigette Bardot and the 60s), is the curly side pony. This hair style takes 5 minutes to do once hair is curled. Let's get started:

  • heat protectant
  • curling iron/wand (bigger wand=bigger curls...use what you have/prefer)
  • hair spray
  • brush or comb
  • For volume, use a volumizing hair spray or dry shampoo or volumizing powder
  • bobby pins
  • hair elastic--preferably clear or close to hair color

  • After heat protectant has been applied, curl hair. I used a curling wand for mine.
  • Part hair on the side.

Gather hair around crown and begin taking sections from the crown--leave bangs/fringe alone. 
  • Spray 1 in section with hairspray (or volumizing product) at roots. Back comb/tease with comb or brush for volume.
  • Repeat all over crown.
  • Gather teased crown sections again, pouf and pin, like in the Katie Holmes' pic above.
  • Gently smooth hair with brush and hairspray.
  • Move remaining hair to opposite side of parted hair.
  • Secure in loose pony right under ear.
  • Slightly pouf bangs/fringe if needed.
  • Separate wisps of hair and curl, if desired.
  • Spray and you're done!
  • My interpretation is smoother and sleeker than Katie Holmes' as my look is for a wedding. However, to get her exact look, brush out and tease your curls a bit. Next, put a little mousse in your hands and scrunch your curls.
  • To hide your hair elastic, wrap a piece of hair around the elastic and pin.
  • To keep curls from falling (after completing the teasing, pinning, and pony) roll and pin each curl until ready.
  • Too many flyaways? Spray hairspray onto a toothbrush to gently brush hair back into place.
  • This hair style is very versatile--try just the pouf pinned back like this style. Or turn the pony into a fishtail braid. Or try waves instead of curls. Or slick back bangs and leave hair straight. Or braid bangs and pin Or part your hair down the middle and curling bangs on each side.
What's your favorite hairstyle?
Reader request? Let me know in the comments!
Eye makeup tutorial coming tomorrow.

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  1. Cute! Katie Holmes look really young in that picture, or different anyway; I barely recognized her. Love the hair demo though!

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  2. Definitely need to try out this hairstly. Both you and Katie Holmes looks amazing in it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. I saw this on Tina's blog earlier, loved it! I have short hair and I'm growing it out (fingers crossed I don't cut it again in frustration!)

  4. You look great and the more polished look is definitely wedding appropriate!

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  5. Wow, it turned out so well! Makes me miss my longer hair...

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  6. Nice post I am definitely going to have a go at recreating this. It would be great if you could have a look at my bigwardrobe stylist page as well if you have the time and like like it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigwardrobe-Stylist-Aimee/235868013134928


  7. Fun fun fun post! Good work! I have big hair so anything that makes it look a little sleeker is my favourite hairstyle. Or with it's natural wave on a sunny holiday...ah how I wish I was on holiday right now ...

  8. Pshhh! Katie Holmes has nothing on you girl. Your hair looks amazing.

  9. great post! You both look adorable here, but may I venture to say I like your smoother hairstyle more! Also, thanks for the tip on volumizing powder, going off to check out that now... :)

  10. i love the tease part!!!! makes it so classy and chic :) will try it as soon as my hair grow as long as yours, btw your hair is gorg!


  11. Gah! Katie's hair and makeup looks so incredible in that picture - love! :)

  12. Love this look!


  13. Totally cute! I can't wait to grow my hair out enough for such an adorable do.

  14. What a great idea!! You are the queen of wavy hair. I wish I could get my curling iron to do the things yours does!

  15. Almost makes me wish I had long hair again!

  16. that's so cute! i can't wait til my short hair grows out :P

  17. Great post! I am the worst with hair, it's taken forever to make my current do doable, lol - but maybe I'll venture this style during the holidays!

    xo Mary Jo

  18. uuu.. nice.. too bad my hair is too short for that one..

  19. Great tutorial!!! Love trying new styles out.

  20. I like girls with slightly short pigtails

  21. That's a very cute style!!! Mine is super short right now, so all i can do is stick a headband on it. LOL Love yours though! :D

  22. Awesome tutorial!
    You look gorgeous!


  23. a great look! love katie's hair. i definitely need to keep this as an idea for those summer weddings when you want your hair pulled back!

  24. Thanks for the how to, you look great! Need to try this out soon.

  25. I came this close to a hairstyle like that for my wedding! Love!

  26. It looks beautiful! Thanks for always commenting on my blog; it makes my day. :)

  27. super cute pony tail. Love this how - to...

  28. great tutorial! the hair style looks great on both of you. excellent post :) xx


  29. i wish i could do this with my hair... not long enough!

  30. love this tutorial! :) great job!

  31. Yours looks a lot more polished. Sometime i miss my long hair

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  32. Majorly impressed...it looks great on you! So pretty!

  33. Cute hairstyle.

    Love from Oregon USA,

    danielle celeste

  34. Fabulous tutorial!!! I LOVE her hair that way and you did a fantastic job recreating it!

  35. Perfection! As I said yesterday, I seriously need that curling wand :) xoxo

  36. She (or her hair stylist has tied that up oh so effortlessly! I used to have long hair and once upon a time i swear I could roll out of bed put a tie in it and it would look like that lol but NOW jeepers is my hair a mess! haha.

    Great tutorial hun ^_^ xx

  37. This style is GORGEOUS. I love it!
    xo Josie

  38. oh wow! You look so pretty!! Make me want to get the same magic wand you have. xoxo

  39. I love the curly side ponytail.so fun. I really do need to get more creative with hair styles!

  40. I can't wait to give this a shot! It's such a pretty hairstyle!

  41. Looks Fabulous! I'll definitely be rocking the curly side pony.

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  42. I loooooove how your hair turned out!

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    xx Love & Aloha

  43. PS Everything turned out wonderful. Since things were especially cold and windy the day of I opted to let the ends hang down instead of a pony(like in the Lauren Conrad alternative you linked to in the tips.) Confession: I had to practice this one a couple of times before I got it right--because I am a novice when it comes to curling wands and hair in general. In the end I got big compliments on my final look. *Thank you.*

  44. GORGEOUS!!! Your hair is so long and shiny! Katie Holmes looks realllly skinny. Photoshop?

  45. kinda makes me want my long hair again :-)

  46. great job! my hair is waaaay too unruly to make that happen but I love it!

  47. Great tutorial! Your hair looks gorgeous!!

    PS ... I am in awe that you can use that hair wand...I'm too afraid to try...I might burn my fingers off!

    ♥ Shia


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