Will the ponytail ever go out of style? We’re guessing not. You’d think after being around for so long that people would eventually get tired of it and move onto something else as their go-to hairstyle when all else fails. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, as people just keep on finding new and inventive ways to put their hair in a ponytail. Here are 40 great ponytail looks we found on Pinterest.
This isn’t a super-complicated ponytail to pull off, it’s just nice to do for a change of pace. Instead of hanging down your back, your hair just rests on your shoulder. Try it once and see if people notice because it’s not always easy to pick up right away.
Low Ponytail with Parted Hair
With this hairstyle, a lot of the focus is taken off the ponytail and put on the parted hair in front. Nevertheless, the ponytail is indeed there, and for some reason, the two styles seem to go well with one another.
Inspired by the movie Aladdin, this is a great ponytail to share with young girls who probably never saw that movie. All this style requires is a couple extra ties on the way down, which may take a little extra time but should be well worth the effort if it’s done right.
There’s nothing too special about this type of ponytail except that you’re tying the knot just a little higher than usual and so the hair sticks up a bit in the back. If nothing else, this style is a nice change of pace and is just different enough to get you noticed.
If you can’t make up your mind between braids and a ponytail, this is one possible compromise. There’s actually a number of ways to go with this style, as some prefer to tie up each section tight while others like to keep things loose. The tighter you tie, the more your hair will look like rope someone may try to climb up as if you were Rapunzel, which you may or may not like.
Amped Up Ponytail
The differences between this and the average ponytail are subtle. There’s just a little bit more volume at the base of the ponytail. If you have enough hair to make it happen, the end result is pure class.
This kind of ponytail is definitely getting the best of both worlds. Instead of being tied up nice and tight, this kind of ponytail actually breaks loose and shows incredible texture and personality as it flows down your back. If you can pull it off and make it look casual, it’s sheer perfection.
Ponytail with Frame
This may look a little messy at first glance, but it’s totally on purpose and utterly brilliant. Instead of pulling everything back when putting together your ponytail, just leave a few extra strands on each side that hang down to form a frame around your face while the rest of your hair is in a ponytail. Yeah, it’s pretty amazing.
Your instinct with a ponytail may be to go with something smooth and sleek, but think again, consider adding a couple waves into the back part of your hair. This has a little more casual look, which is perfectly fine because it just lets the world know that you know how to have a little fun.
This is definitely not your mother’s ponytail, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can give it a try. It’s all about the pouf in front that adds a ton of volume to your hair, as it creates a wonderful complement to the ponytail hanging down your back.
Sky High Ponytail
Who told you that ponytails have to hang low? Well, they don’t. Even if you don’t have the longest hair in the world, you can still hang your ponytail up high so that the base of it towers above the rest of your head. It’s definitely a look worth trying at some point.
This may not work with every kind of hair, but with the right kind of smooth and shiny hair, this can be a great look. If you get it right, it looks equal parts fierce and professional, as if you quietly know you’re better than your competition.
Center Part with Ponytail
This is another interesting combination to try that involves doing something special up front but maintaining a ponytail in the back. In a way, this is a female mullet, only in a good way. The center part in front conveys business while the ponytail, as usual, conveys a party in the back.
Wow! Just on first glance, this looks like it’ll be difficult to pull off. Finding a way to tie up that much volume isn’t going to be easy, but just look at the end product and tell us you don’t want to at least give it a try.
Ponytail with Curls
No one is telling you that pulling off a ponytail with curls is going to be easy, but it’s definitely possible. If you can keep the hair above the tie straight and curled below the tie, it’s going to look amazing.
Ponytail with Bangs
There are some people that definitely pull this off better than others, but that shouldn’t deter you from trying. Having bangs and a ponytail simultaneously is the ultimate casual look, and being able to pull it off will be celebrated in full force.
Dutch Braid into Ponytail
This is another nifty combination that could look great on just about anyone. Instead of doing a ponytail in the form of a dutch braid, turn the top of your head into a dutch braid and have it cascade naturally into a straight ponytail. Can you honestly look at that and say it doesn’t look crazy cool?
Off Center Braid into Ponytail
This is a great look for women young and old. Most of the time, you think of ponytails as going straight down, but this version gets your hair moving diagonally before going into a ponytail. It throws you off a little the first time you see it, but once you get used to it you’ll recognize how cool it looks.
Metal Cuff Ponytail
This doesn’t really change much about how the hair itself looks, but it’s always fun to add a cool accessory to the mix. Anything metal will hold your hair in place, but not too tight. It’ll also draw plenty of attention to your ponytail.
Again, not necessarily a different kind of ponytail, but just a cool way to accessorize and spice things up a bit. Of course, you can get super creative with the color and design of the bandana you put in your hair, as well as where you put it in relation to your ponytail, so there are some options for you with this style.
You don’t always want to tie your ponytail super tight, do you? Of course not, so every now and then leave things a little soft and loose. Sure, there’ll be some strands that are out of place and flying every which way in the wind, but it’ll also give you a more loose and relaxed look.
This has to be one of the more adorable looks, ponytail or not. With the hair hanging down in front of forming a frame and the loose ponytail in back, it doesn’t get much better than this.
This is definitely a little more of a classical look, or “old-school” if you prefer. But there’s definitely nothing wrong with that. The puff and sideswipe take a little attention away from the ponytail, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Definitely a classic look, which just means it never goes out of style. When you’re not feeling adventurous enough to try something new and bold, just take your ponytail and tie some braids into it. It’s a style that looks good on anybody and can be considered perfect for any occasion.
Ponytail with Bump
Adding just a little bump on top is a great way to alter a classic ponytail just a little bit. Believe it or not, that little bump can make a big difference, as this look is a perfect change of pace for formal occasions where you want to stand out without doing anything too crazy with your hair.
Double Braid Ponytail
What’s better than a braid going into a ponytail? Two, obviously. Of course, putting this together is going to be a little more work, but in the end, you’ll have the look of four braids coming together at the base of your ponytail. It’s an incredible look that almost looks like you’re wearing a crown on top of your ponytail, almost.
Honestly, this almost has the look of something out of a movie that takes place in the future in an era when people have crazy cool hair styles. It’s definitely not the same as a traditional ponytail, which means you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.
Side Braids into Ponytail
Yes, yet another ponytail idea that involves braids. The trick with this one is to braid from your temples back to the base of your ponytail. This makes it a little easier to puff up your front, adding more volume to your hair and just giving others one more dimension to notice when they look at your hair in awe.
Ponytail with Color
You want to find a way for your ponytail to stand out, right? Well, what better way to do that than to make your ponytail a different color from the rest of your hair. Whether you’re a blond or brunette, it’s possible to change the color of your ponytail to a something that complements the rest of your hair perfectly. The color combinations are almost endless!
Like we’ve said before, ponytails can work with any type of hair, and that includes young ladies with a beautiful afro. Now, it could take some effort to get all of that hair under control and tied up, but once you do, an afro put into a ponytail will look absolutely gorgeous.
This one definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but wow, does it look great when done right. Obviously, this one takes a lot of hair and a lot of effort, but afterward, it’s going to draw a lot of attention. Just look at it; this is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Who needs a tie for your ponytail when you have your own hair to do that. Obviously, you’ll need plenty of hair to pull this off, and things can get a little twisted around in the process. But this is essentially a ponytail pulled through itself, and if that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will!
Double (Or Triple) Ponytail
If one isn’t enough for you, try two, or even three. Multiple ponytails on the same person aren’t all that hard to pull off, you just have to be judicious about how much hair you utilize with each one. To be honest, this is a little more freaky than it is fashionable, but there is a time and a place for everything, so we’re sure you can find the right occasion to rock the triple ponytail.
Half Up Half Down Ponytail
This is a trendy look that’s become popular among today’s young pop stars. It simply splits your ponytail into two different strands, one that heads down and one that stays up. It’s a subtle change but it makes all the difference in the world.
Upside Down French Braid Ponytail
This is just a clever twist on a regular French braid, and it’s not all that difficult to do. As long as you can perform a French braid with your head upside down, you can pull this off. It’s not a crazy or adventurous look, but it’s something simple that people will notice.
This is probably one of the more popular ponytail looks, especially when you want to do something different for a special occasion. The fishtail look also comes with a lot of options because you can choose to keep things tight or leave it a little messy with a lot of flyaway hairs. Whatever you prefer should work just fine.
Double Dutch Ponytail
Okay, so here’s one more braid into ponytail option. Let’s just call this go-big-or-go-home because you have to be willing to embrace large double Dutch braids that lead into your ponytail. This look requires plenty of hair, preferably hair that’s been recently washed, but if you can pull it off, it’s another way you can almost make it look like you’re wearing a crown on your head, which is never a bad thing.
Bear with us, because this isn’t the easiest ponytail to put together, so it could require some trial and error. However, if you can twist your hair the right way and get the criss-cross pattern perfect, your ponytail will definitely be the talk of the town because the end product is just that unique.
Double Twisted Ponytail
If you have a lot of hair, putting together a double twisted ponytail is definitely an option worth exploring. It’s actually a great way to make great use of all your extra hair, just in case you consider that to be a problem sometimes.
This is similar to the sectional ponytail except there’s a lot more puff and volume in each section. It goes without saying that you’ll need super long hair for this. In fact, the longer your hair, the better when it comes to putting together a bubble ponytail. If you grow your hair long enough, you may want to consider just making it your everyday look.
High Curled Ponytail
This won’t be confused with the most complicated ponytail you’ve ever put together, but it’s definitely one of the classier ways to wear a ponytail. Just a little curl in your ponytail makes all the difference, and if you can curl your hair back around to hide the tie, that’s all the better. This is the ponytail you go with when you want to look your best without making it seemed like you tried to do anything special.