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When it comes to quirky hairstyles, the 80s definitely take the crown. Sassy and bold, looks from this iconic era were all about personal expression. And while perms may spring to mind when you think of 80s hairstyles, today it’s all about updating retro looks by taking the volume down a touch but keeping all of the attitude.


One of the key 80s hairstyles that continues to impress is the side ponytail. Whether you’re out with the girls or on a date downtown, it definitely makes a statement. And best of all, it doesn’t need to look absolutely perfect to work. So with a little inspiration from our professional stylist and volumizing help from the right products, here’s how to do a side ponytail (or, as we like to call it, the Rockstar Side Pony) in just five easy steps.


A tip before you begin: you don’t need freshly washed hair to start off, but plenty of volume always makes this look rock harder. We recommend using the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume collection, designed to give you soft, touchable bounce. First, use the Pre-Wash Conditioner to soften your hair, then the Volume Shampoo to wash away weight. You’ll end up with amazing body and ready-to-style hair.


Step 1: Start with dry hair and create a deep side part. Apply Beauty-Full Volume Mousse to your hair for soft texture and hold. This lightweight mousse delivers airy, all-day lift that helps build serious body while still allowing your hair move.


Step 2: Using a medium size round brush (preferably ceramic or metal), blow dry section by section. Make sure to lift hair at the roots for maximum volume.


Step 3: Take small sections of your hair (about 2 inches wide) and wrap around a hot medium-size curling wand.


Step 4: Pin each curl in place with a section clip. Now leave your hair to rest for half an hour to cool down and set into ringlets.


Step 5: Remove the clips and gently brush the ringlets with the paddle brush to make hair easier to pin. Pull your hair to one side and secure at the nape of your neck with bobby pins.


If a dance floor features heavily in your plans for the night, lock down the look with a generous misting of TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hair Spray. It will help to hold your side pony in place, without flattening or stiffening the hair. Now all you need is a splash of rock star attitude and you're ready to run with this modern take on 80s hair. 


Watch the video to learn how to do a side ponytail with the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Collection.


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