Small French Braid on the side, braid all the way down, secure with a clear elastic. Then tease the crown and put into ponytail. Wrap the remaining braid around hair tie. If only I could get my hair to cooperate!
You can also simply pull and place the braids for an updo moment, which is especially easy when you've started with a pigtail situation. Here, I'm just pulling them opposite from each other before securing in place.