If you love a good ponytail, but want to switch up the classic, pulled back hairstyle, then this zigzag stitch braided pony is what you need. It’s all the drama of a high ponytail with the added fun of zigzag parts. Once your hair is done, throw on a metallic off-the-shoulder top, statement earrings, and pretty pink eyeshadow, and you’ll look hot AF for your next night out.
1. Start with two zigzag parts to create a middle section. Starting at the point of your hairline above the middle of your left eyebrow, draw a zigzag part with a rattail comb back to the crown of your head. Repeat the same part on the right side, using the right brow as your guide.
2. Comb gel through hair and braid in extensions. Using Ampro’s Shine ‘n Jam Conditioning Gel, comb the product into the section you just created. Start the braid with your natural hair and add small pieces of extensions in as you go along to achieve a thicker and longer braid, stopping at the crown of your head.
3. Continue parting and braiding even sections until you have a total of five braids from ear to ear. Each section should start wide and become more narrow as you get closer to the crown – like the tip of a pizza slice. The section of hair below your ears should still be left down for now.
4. Gather braids and secure with an elastic. Pull your five braids into a ponytail at the crown of your head and tie with an elastic to keep them out of the way while you work on the back.
5. Section the bottom part of your hair and braid upward. Section the unbraided hair into three parts with a zigzag pattern. Using the same extensions, braid each section upward to meet the ponytail you secured at the top of your head until all of your hair is braided.
6. Seal the ends of your hair. When all the braids are completed, dip them in boiling water to prevent them from unraveling and to make them more flexible.
7. Wrap two braids around the base to secure your ponytail. Grab two of the braids from the bottom of your head and wrap them around all the others to create a higher pony, with one braid stacked on top of the next for a base. Use pins to secure if necessary.