A "No Hair Tie" Ponytail Hack Has Been All Over TikTok For Months, So I Had To Try It

    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your ponytail.

    Hi! I'm Kristen, and as you can see here, I have more hair than I know what to do with.

    My go-to hairstyle is usually the Ariana Grande ponytail or a low bun.

    Ariana Grande's sporting her iconic long ponytail and Meghan Markle with her hair in a neat bun with a middle part

    However, when I saw a TikTok of @kimberlygrimes83 putting her hair into a ponytail without a hair tie, I instantly knew I had to try it.

    Since it was posted May 2, her original video has reached more than 1.5 million views and sparked a ton of re-creations.

    First she uses about a quarter of her hair to make a loop, which she pulls the rest of her hair through.

    Then she twists the loop and pulls her hair through it a second time. Voilà, ponytail.

    I thought it would be fairly easy, especially considering that fourth-grade Kristen used to secure her bun with a pencil.

    My hairstyling skills are pretty lackluster. The most I can do is a simple braid, so I figured that if I could do this hack, then anyone could.

    First I started with high hopes and my Elle Woods–as–a–Founding Father top.

    Then began the looping and pulling...

    ...and my first attempt resulted in this knotted mess.

    my hair in one giant tangle

    Then I tried again, but my Jefferson-chic shirt collar kept getting in the way.

    So after a quick costume change — which was also an attempt to channel the King of Beautiful Hair, Harry Styles — I tried again.

    This time, I FINALLY made it work...sort of.

    my hair is not anywhere near the ideal ponytail placement

    After a third failed attempt, I decided to try following a different TikTok from one of my favorite hair creators, @mattloveshair.


    I’ve seen this all over #hairtiktok and I had to try! Can’t believe it worked! #ponytail #hairhack #hairtie

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    He did a high ponytail, which I was pretty excited to try.

    This went way better! It only took two tries to get it down...er, up.

    Here's a breakdown of what I did.

    I gathered my hair into a ponytail, made some of it into a loop, pulled my hair through the loop, then was very surprised and thought it looked good from the front, even though it was an unsightly mess in the back

    The high ponytail stayed up a little longer, but after about 20 minutes of laundry folding, it looked like this.

    my hair fell back into a side ponytail

    The ponytail continued to fall into more of a side pony as I walked around the farmers market.

    my hair looks like a knot on my shoulder

    Overall, I think this hack would come in handy in a worst-case scenario where there are no hair ties or writing utensils in sight. Otherwise, I think I'll stick to my tried-and-true fourth-grade method and use a pen.