Braided ponytail hairstyles are a perfect way to make your hairdo more convenient and versatile without sacrificing beauty and style. Depending on the types of braids and the style of the pony you tie, braided ponytail hairstyles can be worn with anything from a swimsuit or gym tracksuit to a glamorous dress or an elegant classic outfit.
From your friend’s wedding to your family’s barbeque, from straight to wavy and curly hair, with or without hair extensions, every braided pony has its own spirit and mood.
Below, you can see a mix of braided ponytails for any hair texture, length, taste, and mood. Choose your perfect one out of 42 hot options:
The Trick of Braided Ponytails
The best and most favorite trick of a ponytail with braiding hair is that you can never know where those braided details lead. Braids are too unpredictable here. Thus, cute ponytail hairstyles are always about novelty, uniqueness, sophisticated and well-thought approaches.
Just remember that ladies come to braided ponytails when they get bored with a simple pony. So, they are ready to create, craft, and experiment. Discover the best examples and tutorials in this guide:
Fierce Faux Mohawk
This braided mohawk ending with a long fishtail braid low ponytail is just insane! The color, the shape, the height, the texture… the buzzed sides add up the extra
edge as well. Of course, this bold style is not for casual wear – but save it just in case for the appropriate occasion.
Long Messy Pony with Braid
This romantic and relaxed long messy pony with a dimensional French braid at the side will emphasize your natural beauty and tenderness. Leave some strands near the face, separate a section on the side to braid it, tie your locks into a middle-height ponytail, and wrap a strand of hair around the base.
Braided Ponytail with Cords
Cords are a relatively new hair accessory that has changed the rules of the game and made it possible to bring thousands of new hair ideas into reality. Here, you can see how a braid-shaped ponytail is created by means of them. This low sleek braided ponytail is a gorgeous, chic, and elegant hairstyle solution to frame your beauty.
Blonde Braided Ponytail
And meet another alternation of an unboring sleek ponytail. The length and sophistication of the braid balance the simple smooth top. A pair of massive earrings will be a nice match for a slick back braided ponytail like this and a basic black suit or dress.
Long Braided Ponytail + Undercut
Long braided ponytail styles can get a really extreme vibe through a shaved undercut. It’s cool that you can hide the shaved area if necessary under your loose mane if you want. This detail gives more freedom and a wider range of styling options without the help of a stylist.
Elegant Braided Ponytail
Recreate this chic ponytail idea on a special occasion. Slight waves will give the desired shape and volume, and the braided detail will make the hairstyle unique.
High Braided Ponytail with Weave
This Ariana Grande-inspired extremely high wrap-around ponytail with a massive long braid and trendy gelled babyhair detailing requires either a really big length and thickness or some beauty cheating with hair extensions. An extended braided ponytail will create the desired effect. Save this high braided ponytail weave as a reference to recreate on your upcoming big day.
Sleek and Stylish Ponytail
Is it a high sleek braided ponytail hairstyle or a piece of art? Undoubtedly, you have to find a true professional to recreate this amazing smooth braided pony idea, but the style is worth all the time and money it will take.
Despite it’s natural color and natural hair, you can’t but explore and watch this intricate braid-pony style. Threads and metal rings, cornrows and shaved temples, hair tattoo and a tight low tail – it’s impossible to ignore all those features and elements.
Slick Ponytail with Baby Hairs
We’ve already mentioned those trendy baby hairs that perfectly complement a slicked-back ponytail braid. Ready for the killing image? Here you go.
Side-Parted Braided Ponytail
What else can be done to diversify a slick classy pony? Add a side part and change the direction of one side section. A side-part braided ponytail is a style especially favored by black women with unruly natural textures.
Colorful Ponytail Braid
Dark roots and dirty blue highlights blend together into mermaid goddess braids that rise up in a massive powerful high pony. To recreate this idea, you’ll need to combine cornrows of different sizes, metal accessories, and colorful extensions at the ends.
Low Braided Ponytail
It’s not a trivial side braid leading from the face to the low pony. There is some kind of more complex braiding. Dark roots and blonde hair create the contrast that makes the whole look deeper.
Jeweled Braided Ponytail
Well, if you don’t know how to spice up your pony braid, we’ll leave this cool idea with a jeweled touch-up.
A velvet or silk bow will give a flair of posh to your perfectly slicked low blonde pony. It’s well-known that the devil is in details, and so is the taste. Save the idea of this classic updo for women.
Highlighted Jumbo Braid
A jumbo braid ponytail is all about fun and carelessness. Moreover, this protective hairstyle is an awesome way to take a styling vacation for a couple of weeks. A goddess jumbo braid ponytail is a perfect summer hair solution, but to tell the truth, who cares if it’s summer or not?
Fishbone Braided Ponytail for Black Hair
This fishtail ponytail will work great for your next night out. To achieve this look, tie your high ponytail braid in several places along the length like in a bubble pony. Next, wrap the elastics with small hair strands. This gorgeous hairstyle resembles a butterfly braid ponytail and features a similar spirit as well.
Ideal for black women, this protective hairdo is super versatile and low-maintenance. Actually, ponytail braided updos for black hair allow for numerous styling options, so it’s also an area for your creativity not just a way to style your wild natural hair.
A cornrow braided ponytail can look in lots of different ways. Save this braided-up ponytail to inspire your hair stylist next time.
Small Micro Braids
This African braided ponytail is made up of countless tiny braids. The smaller the braids, the longer it takes to make them, but easier to style them into different updos afterwards. You choose whether or not it’s worth the effort and time, but the final result is over the top indeed!
Ponytail braid hairstyles are easy to spice up with a blonde touch up on top of dark base hair color. A couple of neat upbraids are the salt of this hairstyle.
Double Braided Hairstyle
This middle part braided ponytail is a true perfection. One half and another are 100% symmetric, which looks win-win only on faces without distinctive asymmetry.
Brunette Macrame Braid
Macrame braiding opens up numerous styling possibilities with countless colors and twists. You can add the threads starting from the top of the head, at the crown, or make an ombre effect, gradually adding them along the length.
Multi Braids with a Trendy Design
This is a goddess braids ponytail, from the crown to the ends. All details and braids are well-thought and crafted. Look how magnificent those massive beads look on a tiny front braid.
Long, Wrap Around Ponytail
Red to brown ombre, wavy hair, and a dutch braid into a ponytail share the same vibe in this beautiful hairstyle.
Low, Curly Ponytail with Braids
It could be another typical African American braided ponytail with natural hair curls messed up at the bottom. But these braids were generously fed with a radical blonde hair color, which has become a game changer.
Half Up Feed in Ponytail
Braided ponytail hairstyles for black hair offer a huge choice of braiding styles: braids, twists, dreadlocks – you name it.
Beautiful High Ponytail
This high braided ponytail is beautiful but rather simple. The main trick is done due to the colors and shades game. Not to go wrong with it, choose the colors that suit your skin color type.
Braids in the back plus a hard part in the front plus slicked baby hair section is a hot hairdo for black women.
Braided Side Ponytail
Braided side ponytail is a cool idea for girls and teens. Easy to maintain, easy to style, just make sure you keep those braids moisturized enough.
Loose Ponytail Braid
And another idea into the collection of special occasion braid ponytail hairstyles. Save and bring it to life. Perfectly paired with a lightweight summer dress.
Transparent beads, bright orange extensions, triangle-shaped braids sectioning – no matter how intricate and peculiar your braid head style is, you can always tie your braids into a ponytail and get a brand new look.
Braided Ponytail with Volume
When we say volume we don’t necessarily mean the roots volume. Here, the braids are getting messier and more disconnected the closer you come to the ends. This trick makes the whole style fuller and more textured.
A juicy long braids and pony hairstyle for a bright lady.
Refresh those African ponytail braids with your favorite color and a heart-shaped scalp design.
High Blonde Ponytail with Clear Beads
And this is another way to add hearts to the head braids design. Blonde hair color looks fantastic in pair with dark skin.
Criss Cross Ponytail
If you’re bored with simple ponytail cornrows design, spice it up with a criss-cross at the back of your head.
Vibrant Orange Braids
Charming and alluring, these vibrant orange braids are a motto of youth.
A Layered Array of Braids
Consider setting braids of different widths in layers so that the whole style looks more dimensional and stylish.
Braided Ponytail with Curls
Half of this hairdo is curly and rebellious, another half is neat and tidy – no need to choose: balance your two essences in one look.
Kinky Twist Ponytail
Kinky twist ponytail braids for black hair are a popular alternative to traditional braids.
Have fun with your pony braids. Experiment with details and enjoy your unique style.
What is a braid in a ponytail called?
A braid in a ponytail can mean a lot of things. It might be just a braid styled down the ponytail or a French/Dutch braid preceding the tail; cornrows ending in a ponytail, multiple tiny box braids tied together, you name it. Indeed, there are so many ways to style and wear the unpredictable braided pony.
How long does a braided ponytail last?
It fully depends on the type of styling you choose. If it’s a kind of protective style ponytail (box braids, cornrows, kinky twists, lemonade braids, macrame braids), it can last up to two weeks, and in some cases, with proper treatment and care, even up to six-eight weeks. However, simple braided pony updos are not so long-lasting and shine only for a day or two.
What is a French braid ponytail?
A French braid ponytail usually means a French braid forms a sort of a mohawk on top, ending with a high or low ponytail. It adds interest to a simple pony hairstyle. However, you can place the braid in different sections, play with the width, tightness, texture, and mix several in one hairdo.
Hope, you haven’t gotten lost in the variety of trendy styles you can get by mixing a ponytail and braids. But even if you have, the great feature of this hairstyle is that you can easily undo it and try something else without any issues. Just give it a try, search through several options, experiment with beads and other accessories, try hair extensions for a more voluminous look.
Braided pony hairstyles are meant to highlight you out of the crowd – grab the chance and pull off your iconic style.