Does it seem anything beyond your basic ponytail takes too long to pull together?
Or maybe you’re frustrated because it takes more skills or ability than you’ve got to pull off?
Or worse, perhaps you have no idea what to do or where to even begin to up your ponytail game.
Well the good news is once you’ve read this you’ll have 21 super cute ways to style your ponytail at your fingertips. Each is quick and easy taking no more than five minutes, 10 max, to do up.
I know. Pretty good, huh?
No more gym ponytail trying to pass itself off as something more polished.
No more everyday go-to pony hoping no one will notice it’s not quite as glam as the occasion.
Sure you can talk yourself into believing any hairstyle looks more stylish than it does. But it’s exciting to know you won’t have to after seeing all the how-to video tutorials below that make it easy for you to duplicate the look on your own hair.
So, what say we go to the land beyond the common ho-hum ponytail and take in all the awesomeness?
To get there we captured some of the more outstanding examples of ponytail styles that grace the pages (mostly) of Instagram for you. Smokin’ hot styles that translate the mundane into something much more marvelous.
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This wavy volumized ponytail gives new meaning to cute chic. Many marry a baseball cap and a pony I know. But few pull it off with a look that oozes this much glitzy sophistication. Prefect example of how easy it is to dress up or dress down any hairstyle that builds off your basic pony.
Braided Double Dutch and Otherwise
It’s deceptively easy to upgrade any ponytail with rich, dimensional braids as these next three Instagrams show.
In this first case it’s a low pony that’s wrapped to add interest at the point where the braids end and the pony begins. Easily done. Perfectly pretty too, no?
Loving this look that revisits the same braided theme only with a variation. It puts less emphasis on the braids and more on the perky and abundant looking pony tail. Notice the face framing wisps. They add a bit of a summery vibe plus work to both soften and balance the look. So cute.
Here’s another braided variation that’s great for those seeking an overall casual look yet favor loose braids and bit of a a messy pony. A super-sized braid like this has a light flowy feel to it, doesn’t it? The voluminous ponytail is just so much icing on the cake. Fab look for either day or night time events.
This crown and then petite headband braid demonstrated in this video are two other approaches to take to a braided ponytail.
Key Takeaway: Both of these are quick and oh so easy. With the first one you can braid as much or as little hair as you want. So you can play around and have some fun with it.
Bubble Ponytail Bliss
Pull this casual looking style out when facing second or third day hair and need a quick, easy yet stylish look that doesn’t telegraph that fact to the world.
Depending on how long your locks are a series of three, four or even five bubbles adds a bit of intrigue to the traditional pulled back pony. It gives you a loose, effortless somewhat edgy style you for sure don’t see every day.
The result? A unique look that definitely has its sexy on and is about as far from blah and boring as you can get.
You can see the impression bigger bubbles make.
Thinking you might want to give this one a try here’s one way to go about it.
Key Takeaway: The trick is to make the “bubbles” big enough so they don’t get overlooked. Spacing out the tiny hair elastics every couple of inches should be about right.
Then to bring such bubbles to life after tying one off simply grab each side with your index fingers tugging the hair outwards while pushing from the underside with your thumbs to expand the bubble. Watching them unfold will kinda remind you of bubble gum almost. Just be careful you don’t overdo it.
Sky High and Mighty
High and spirited. This impressive mane should make you want to pony up and fast, that’s for sure. It’s the definition of stellar strands. Don’t know about you but we can’t utter the words “buh-bye boring pony” fast enough.
Here’s a quick tutorial to help you achieve this one.
Key Takeaway: In some ways with a high rise style like this it’s best if you can’t remember the last time you washed those tresses. (Within reason naturally.) Also remember with any of these you never want the hair tie to show – that’s just tacky.
Doubly Long Pony
So yeah we’d all love several extra inches of full bodied length added to a high pony but how do you make that happen? Simple. You fake it. Maybe not doubly long but certainly extra-long. And nothing says “See you later boring pony!” than Rapunzel length!
Here’s how to pull it off.
Key Takeaway: Aside from the fact this works best on wavy hair, whether natural or curling ironed, you want the two ponytails you’re blending into one to have about the same amount of hair.
The second trick would be to have the two ponytails as close together on your head as you can get them so when “stacked” the final product looks seamless and blends together like it’s all one long pony tail.
If you’ve never tried this method you really should.
Textured Runway Ready Low Ponytail
Another way to switch up your standard issue ponytail is to go low. A chic, low-slung approach like this one smolders but is still pretty much a minimalist style when it comes to prep time as you’ll see in the video that follows. Teasing the hair at the crown some can add the extra volume to keep it from looking too ordinary.
This video show how it’s done.
Key Takeaway: There are four or five little ideas shared here you might want to pay attention to. Like using a curling iron to prep the hair for what is to come. Nothing to precise to the method used. Just be sure to wrap the sections in opposite directions (towards or away from your face) as you go to create some natural looking, bendy texture. I also love how she uses a toothbrush to control frizz and baby hairs – but won’t spoil the surprise of what she does exactly.
Whenever you go messy like this isn’t your natural texture taking center stage? It’s almost like you’re making a bold statement yet in an understated way. Yet the texture is what makes this pony pop.
Not to mention that a laid back pony is perfect for the lazy days of summer when we naturally tend to take a more low maintenance approach to our beauty routine anyway.
Don’t miss that it’s still accented nicely with the pieces left out to frame your face which is always a universally flattering more elegant touch.
Here’s how to make this one come to life.
Key Takeaway: Messy ponytails are perfect for those overslept-no-time-to-shower days. Yet surprisingly the lived in natural looking texture comes from the prep put into the hair before it’s pulled back into ponytail mode. Check out the video to see how that works out in real life without heat styling.
Messy with a Twist
There’s undone and then the right amount of being undone. This half down messy wonder demonstrates the distinction. It also shows that sometimes marrying a messy ponytail with a twist rather than braid is the best way to get to pretty. Not going to lie, this look takes messy all the way to chic and doesn’t look back.
With any twisted messy pony like this half down style shows, when you hit the sweet spot you look sweet. Best of all it takes with next to zero effort to get there.
While if you’re looking for a strictly ponytail affair here’s one that hits all the high notes to perfection.
Knotty Yet Nice
Need to amp up an underachieving ponytail? Just knot it up. Quick. Simple. Easily done. Best of all no braiding skills required. The perfect cure for ordinary ponytail-itus.
This is how to make this one happen.
Key Takeaway: Elastic ties that match your hair color are pretty much a must if you don’t plan on wrapping a strand to hide the evidence as in this case. And listen, when that’s a key you know the style is super easy as otherwise it’s two knots and you’re done.
Rock a Fat Mohawk
Sure a Mohawk many not exactly be your thing. But I’ll bet it would be if your hair was styled like this.
The height of those fat funky plaits definitely catch your eye, don’t they? While the generous wrapping around the base of the pony tops this sophisticated style off by adding more than a dollop of class. Or what you might say happens when you pair a braid like this with hair like that.
Faux Hawk Ponytail
Did you catch the fluffy fullness of this pony? Coming in with a slightly different take on the Dutch braided look this one is almost as undone as the previous one was tightly buttoned down. Or guess you could say this pancaked stunner balances slightly undone messiness with braided coolness. Giving you some major chicness that’s both stylish and classy yet amazingly easy to pull together.
Go for it. This eyes-closed easy tutorial shows you how.
Key Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to fatten up the plaits to both soften and get some additional dimension to the look of the Dutch Mohawk braid. You almost can’t be too aggressive when doing that. Voluminous pancaking is what gives you the fullness on top.
Otherwise it’s simply an iconic high pony that starts seamlessly where the braid ends. It’s almost as if the ponytail emerges straight out of it. Especially when a small section of hair is wrapped around the elastic to keep it hidden out of sight.
You can certainly tell you’re not in everyday-pony-tail-land anymore with this smart looking statement hairstyle. No, with this glammed up, bumped variation you’re sure to stand out from the crowd and turn heads. It’s a totally stunning elegant look.
This One’s Just Twisted
Here’s how to make the most of a simple twist to give you a change of pace pony tail. This video spells it out for you in about a minute.
Key Takeaway: Do what you can to loosen both the twists and pony itself to maximize the fullness of the style and push the ponytail closer to the twist.
Twisted But Low
This one is amazingly simple and quick. Despite that it still looks both shaken and stirred proving pretty and stylish doesn’t have to tricky or complicated. So if you want to try out something new in a twisted low ponytail this is the one for you. Chic and cute.
Key Takeaway: If you can create a hole in your hair as shown in the video you can do this one no problem.
Triple Topsy Tail Pony
Sometimes you just have to. That’s right sometimes you just have to turn that conventional everyday ponytail on it’s head.
Some say the twisted topsy tail pony is the perfect way to do just that. Intricate looking, from a distance it offers just a hint of a classic French braid in the back only without the braiding part. You can say it’s ideal for anyone who wants it all yet it’s easy peasy for a fun casual take on the conventional.
This is how to get this one working for you.
Key Takeaway: This video is full of helpful tips. But the one that stood out is the idea to tug on the twists gently to loosen them just a bit for a messy more relaxed fun look. Also while you can have as much distance between each topsy tail as you like the style looks more sophisticated with them close and snug.
Who wouldn’t love their pony to go bigger? Way bigger?
It’s easier than you might think to add monster volume to this common everyday hair style. While the ponytail gets a bad rap of being an unexceptional style who could say that about these two? Especially when you turn the volume up full blast like this.
That first one takes a more sleek and polished approach. Or a great way to add effortless flair to any previously monotonous pony for super sexy party perfect hair.
While the second one here is hotter than the bottom of your laptop what with all that wave on full display. There’s certainly nothing wishy-washy about this eye popping glam.
There you have it. 21 different takes on simple ways to make a no frills ponytail something much more.
Surely there is something in this roundup of ideas that can inspire you towards ponytail perfection.
If nothing else you got some ideas to embolden you to try different ways to jazz up your everyday ponytail using little more than some simple twists and braids. Hope you can’t wait to try all of them out.
Besides having a collection like this a bookmark away can be helpful should you ever run out of ideas to try, don’t you agree?
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