Too many gorgeous hairstyles come from hours of time spent with your curling iron or some fancy hair sorcery that creates a complicated braid. But sometimes, all it takes is a simple ponytail with the most amazing amount of bounce and volume to make just as a big a statement. We’re talking about the kind of body that stops you in your tracks when you’re mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed and still has you thinking about it hours after you’ve double tapped. Case in point: Jaime King’s latest hairstyle created by Aussie celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa. Here it is in all its glory:
via Instagram/ @jaime_king

And check it out from the other side—so much springiness.
via Instagram/ @sarahpotempa

Below, Potempa walks us through everything you need to know to recreate the look at home.

1. Prep your hair with the right products. “If you’re working with dry hair, apply Aussie Sprunch Hair Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner. It’s water-based, and sort of ‘resets’ hair in a really cool way without having to shampoo it. The lightweight texture gives each curl some grip. It’s also great for giving just-washed hair a boost of volume. After applying it to your hair, blow-dry it straight,” says Potempa.

2. Rethink the way you use your curling iron. “You don’t want to go for a super curly look here, but it should be curly enough to maintain body. For Jaime’s look, I separated her hair into five sections—two on each side and one at the crown—and used a one-and-a-fourth-inch curling iron on each section to create big, loose curls. If your hair is really thick, you may want to divide further it into one or two more sections. The trick here is to hold the iron horizontally and roll the iron underneath to give you a different, bouncier curl than what you’d get from styling it vertically,” she says. “A vertical curl wraps evenly around the iron so your curl is the same width from root to tip. A horizontal curl loosens up toward the root, so all your bounce is saved for the ponytail, which is exactly what you want from the look.”

3. Make the curl last. “Pin each curl in place while it cools—it’s especially essential for loose curls like these to hold their shape.”

4. Try this neat hairspray trick. “To set the curls, spray a flexible-hold hairspray on your brush instead of directly on your hair. This helps distribute the hairspray evenly throughout the curls, instead of saturating one particular spot. A nylon and boar bristle brush like the Sarah Potempa On Set Styling Brush also helps minimize frizz,” she says.

5. Find the perfect spot for your pony. “Look at your profile in the mirror and draw an imaginary line from your chin to the top of your ear to the crown of your head. That will be the highest point your head curves and the ideal place to secure your pony for maximum height and flippiness.”

6. Use more than one hair tie. “I actually used three for this look. I tied the ponytail using a regular thick hair tie, then used two clear elastics at the root of the pony to make sure it was really secure. I wrapped a one-inch piece of hair around the hair ties to not only mask them, but to also give the pony extra lift. A U-shaped pin keeps the wrapped portion of hair in place.”