Pulling back curly hair without destroying its curls pattern

Hi curlies! Today’s post is great for you if you’d like to pull back your curls and still be able to wear your curls down later on. So no, this isn’t a new hairstyle – it’s my method to be able to pull back my curls without destroying their curl pattern.

Usually I love to wear my curls down, especially after just having washed them like on the past Thursday. But because I can’t stand my curls getting into my face, especially when I’m doing some cleaning I still needed to pull them back. So this is a great method to pull back your curls and still have bouncy curls afterwards. I’ve got to admit I didn’t come up with this idea, but I saw this video on YouTube and then slightly adapted it.

You’ll need:

  • 1 small hair tie

So let’s begin:

pulling back curly hair without destroying its curl pattern

1. Grab all of your curls and hold them like you’d put them into a ponytail. Then take a small section from the bottom left side out of the ponytail.

pulling back curly hair without destroying its curl pattern

2. Take out another small section from the bottom right side.

pulling back curly hair without destroying its curl pattern

3. Hold on to the two small sections and let go of all the other curls, that you previously held in the ponytail.

pulling back curly hair without destroying its curl pattern

4. Take both small sections above your curls and cross them….

pulling back curly hair without destroying its curl pattern

5… all the way to the other side and by this pull the ponytail tight (but not too tight – you don’t wan’t to squeeze your curls too much!)

pulling back curly hair without destroying its curl pattern

6. Twist the two sections once or twice before you then fix them with a small hair tie by wrapping it around both (!) small sections.

And that’s already it! It probably takes about 1 minute to be done and it’ll keep your curl pattern nice. Just make sure you don’t fix the two sections too tight around your other curls – if you do it’ll destroy your natural curl pattern just like any other hair tie would. If you have some curls falling out because it’s too short to stay in place I suggest you to use some bobby pins.

  • Milica
    February 1, 2015

    Very nourished hair Sandra. 🙂 Almost a type 3b! Nice. 🙂

  • Sandra
    February 3, 2015

    Thank you so much Milica! 🙂

  • Sophie
    March 7, 2015

    Next fall I’m doing cross-country at my school, and it’s every day after school in September/October. Recently I’ve been wondering what I should do with my hair, since it’s too long to just leave down, but ponytails leave a huge dent in it. I’ll have to try this!

  • Sabina
    January 18, 2017

    Dear Sandra,

    As we have near similar hair types – and you’re my preferred curly hair tutor! – I thought perhaps you can help me out: Because I work in uniform at a hospital, I’m required to wear my hair up every day.
    I’m happy playing around with different styles, but can never overcome my one problem: Ridges/lumps/bumps/sharks/fins – whatever you may call them – are eternally present in my hair peaking up from my scalp and through my curls when I pull back the hair. I suppose this is because it’s too wavy to hold the curl and too curly to sit straight.
    Do you ever have this problem and, if so, how do you get those lumps to “sit tight”?

    Kind regards


  • Marianne
    May 31, 2017

    Hey Sandra! Found this and I always struggle with simply putting my hair in a ponytail. Leaves so little volume around my face and a sort of weird bouncy boing of hair in the back that doesn’t hang down entirely (I am not at my preferred length yet).

    The part I struggle with is that the bottom layer of hair – the one where I would have to pull those two strands from – lose their curl pattern very easily, even without me pulling at them.

    How do you suggest I deal with that if I were to use this method? (Because it does look BEAUTIFUL and I want to try it.)

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