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Celebrity Hairspiration + How to: Adele’s Side Ponytail


She stole our hearts with “Chasing Pavements”. And now it’s nearly impossible to turn on the radio without hearing one of her recent hits, either “Rolling in the Deep”, or “Someone Like You”. Not only does Adele‘s voice have us all enraptured, but her style is enviable, too.

Adele’s luscious locks are often worn in face-framing, voluminous waves. While she does mix things up, there is one hairstyle that she has rocked on multiple occasions at concerts and award shows as well as her breathtaking MTV VMA 2011 performance: her signature low side-ponytail.

Adele at the VMAs with her hair in a low side ponytail
Photo Courtesy of Elle

Continue reading for a breakdown of Adele’s glamorous side-pony hairstyle in just 5 simple steps.

Step 1: Blow Dry + Volumize

First, work a volumizing mousse through damp hair. (Try Garnier Fructis Style Volume Inject Mousse, $4.29.) Then use a large round brush to blow dry your hair. A large round brush will create more volume than the average flat, paddle brush.

My hair is naturally frizzy, so when creating this look for myself, I quickly ran my hair straightener through my locks after blow drying to keep them more sleek; however, feel free to skip that step if you have naturally straight hair.

Step 2: Tease Crown

Image of Teasing/Back Combing

Using a small comb, tease or “back comb” the back section or “crown” area of your hair. Adele usually has quite a lot of volume in her hair, but feel free to interpret this step and create an amount of volume and height you feel comfortable with.

Use a touch of hairspray during this step to create lasting volume. (Try Garnier Fructis Style Anti-Humidity Hairspray, $4.29.) Or, if you need extra height, create a mini “pouf” with the hair on your crown, and use two bobby pins to secure it.

Step 3: Pull Hair Into a Low Ponytail

Adele hair tutorial step 2: Pull hair into a low ponytail

To mimic Adele, create a side part in your bangs, but keep the rest of your hair combed straight back. Pull your hair into a ponytail at the base of your head and secure with an elastic. Using a small section of hair from your ponytail, twirl it around the ponytail to hide the elastic and secure at the underside of the pony with a bobby pin.

For best results, do not keep your hair sleek on your head – instead, allow it to be loose and voluminous-looking to match Adele’s.

Step 4: Curl Ends of Ponytail

Using a large, 1 to 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron (try Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron, $23.95 – $34.95), curl the ends of your ponytail. Often, Adele has her ponytail slightly off-centered and the ends pulled over one or the other shoulder, so choose whichever side works best for you. Curl the ends of your hair randomly, in both directions, for the most natural look. Adele often rocks her side ponytail with both curly and nearly straight hair, so no worries if you prefer a more straight look.

Step 5: Add Finishing Touches

Finished product: Adele-inspired side ponytail

Add a final touch of hairspray to keep your look long-lasting. Adele sometimes wears ribbon-like headbands so feel free to add your own headband for that extra touch and to make the look your own.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of this hair tutorial? Are you a big fan of Adele’s gorgeous hair, too? Are there any other looks of hers you like to emulate? As well, are there any other celebrity hairstyles you would like to see recreated here? Leave a comment to let me know!

Posted on on October 18, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Celebrity Hairspiration + How to: Adele’s Side Ponytail”

  1. 1
    October 18th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Love Adele and this hairstyle! You definitely nailed her look and made it look simple to do.

  2. 2
    October 18th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I L.O.V.E. Adele!!! My sisters and I have both her albums memorized. I’ve always like her style as well. Simple with a bit flare. I love her side ponytails, too! Sorry, just got way too excited about this post. LOL

  3. 3
    October 18th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Love Adele! Her signature pony is such a gorgeous ‘do! Great post :)

  4. 4
    October 18th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Great choice for inspiration. Her look is totally approachable. Although, I feel like no matter how much I tease my hair and add hairspray, it just never holds volume. :(

  5. 5
    October 18th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I so love Adele.

  6. 6
    October 18th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Am I a big fan of Adele’s hairdo? I’m a big fan of Adele. Period. This would be a great hairstyle for school. It’s totally easy, but makes you look like a million bucks. Great post!

  7. 7
    October 18th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    That’s great! I love Adele!

  8. 8
    October 18th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Beautiful! Almost makes me wish my hair wasn’t short :)

  9. 9
    October 18th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love this hairstyle!!! After reading this post this morning I did my hair using these steps, I have gotten so many compliments about it all day!

  10. 10
    October 18th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    i do this look all the time at work, it gets me a lot of compliments. apparently a lot of girls just dont know the wonders of teasing your hair! well to an extent. thanks for spreading the word

  11. 11
    October 18th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    The model is gorg!

  12. 12
    October 19th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    NOW I know who Adele is…….*crawls out from under rock*

    Some girl I work with was saying that I looked like her for freaking ages and I never knew who she was. Very pretty, though.

  13. 13
    October 19th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I love Adele’s style, and her hair always looks beautiful! These are great tips to create the pony tail just like hers! I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

  14. 14
    October 20th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Adele wears wigs and pieces to achieve her signature look, and she’s very candid about it. That being said, I love her style!

  15. 15
    December 29th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Nice job

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