When the first photos of Beyoncé on the red carpet at last night’s Met Gala hit the web, you might have been looking at that dress (or what it was barely covering up ;) but I was looking at the superstar’s super high, curled-to-perfection pony. I mean, seriously, when was the last time YOUR ponytail looked as sweet as Bey’s?


Today, I’m showing you how to master Beyoncé’s Met Gala ponytail even if you think your layers make a high ‘do impossible — and, yes. Even IF you don’t have extensions.

Step 1: Pull Your Hair into a Pony


Use a fine tooth comb to pull all of your hair up to the top of your head and tie into a ponytail at the top of your head with an elastic. Mega PRO TIP!!! Leave a small section of hair from the back portion of your head out. What I’m going to show you how to do with that hair, is cheat the length that Beyoncé has. If you already have really long hair, you could skip this trick and just put all of your hair into a high ponytail. Smooth out the hair on the sides of your head with a wax like TIGI Big Head Hair Stick ($13).

Step 2: Curl Hair To Wrap Around Base


Use a larger curling iron, with a barrel of about 2 inches to curl and smooth out a small, 1-inch section of hair. This will be the hair you wrap around your ponytail to help you get that I Dream of Jeannie-like height Beyoncé has in hers.

Step 3: Smooth + Wrap


Use a wax like TIGI Big Head Hair Stick ($13) to smooth down the strand of hair you just curled. This will also help give it a little firmness to help make your ponytail stand up more. Now, wrap it around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place in the back.

Step 4: Fake The Length


If your hair is long, you will already have this covered. If you have medium length hair or lots of layers and need a little extra length, you will pull up that back section of hair that you left hanging loose and pin it in place in two sections to blend in with the fall of the rest of your pony. First, pull half of the loose section up and over to pin in place just below your ponytail. Then repeat just below that with the final strands left out.

Pro Tip: Disguise the pins by pulling a couple strands of the hair you pinned over the bobbys to keep everything in place.

Step 5: Curl Hair


Curl all of your hair that has been pulled up into the high ponytail and pinned below it. Use a large curling iron (approx 2-inches) and pick up one to two inch sections of hair to curl at a time. It helps if you spray each strand with hairspray prior to curling. This will make your curls last longer.

Step 6: Add Volume + Texture


Use a rattail comb to tease the hair at the roots to the midshaft of your hair throughout your ponytail. This will help to create volume and give the ‘do that full texture. When you are done, gently comb over the top layer to help smooth down the hair. Also gently comb through all of your curls to soften and blend them together.

Step 7: Final Curl Touch


Use the same curling wand to go back and place a couple more distinct curls toward the front of the ponytail.


Now rock this look out tonight, this weekend, at your next wedding — go, girl!


What was your favorite look from the Met Gala? What event would you rock the Beyoncé ponytail to? Share with us below!!

(Beyoncé photo via Larry Busacca/Getty)