If you thought ponytails were plain and boring, think again! Ponytails have had a huge upgrade and are one of the trendiest ways to wear your hair. The best part is most ponytail looks can be put together quickly, making them perfect for when you are short on time or you don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into your hairstyle. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 15 ponytail hairstyles that are super stylish and totally stunning!
15 Ponytail Hairstyles for a Stunning Look
1. Half Fishtail Ponytail
We love how this look combines a fishtail braid and a low ponytail, giving it a flirty and romantic vibe! Fishtail braids are actually not that hard to do, which makes this look really easy to put together. You will want to make sure you are starting with unwashed hair. Alternatively, you can spray some dry shampoo on your roots and brush it through your hair. This gives your hair a bit of grip, so it’s easier to braid, and the elastic doesn’t slip off of your hair at the end. Here is a quick video tutorial showing you how to do a fishtail braid if you need help.
2. Bubble Braid Slicked Back Ponytail
Bubble braids are super trendy right now and can be put together in minutes. The key to this look is starting with slick hair, so you will want to use some ant-frizz serum. Using a smoothing brush, brush all of your hair back into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. You can use whatever kind of elastic band you prefer. The best hair ties for this hairstyle are these tiny ties that you can buy from Amazon, but you can also use these hair ties that can be so cute with this hairstyle! Next, take some clear elastic ties and secure off two-inch sections of your hair. Keep doing this until you get to the end. Now, gently tug on the sections to create the “bubble” look.
3. French Mohawk Braid Ponytail
We have been seeing these French mohawk braids everywhere! There are different ways you can style this braid, but we think the French mohawk braid ponytail hairstyles are just the cutest!
If you don’t know how to do a French mohawk braid, you can watch a video tutorial here that will make it super easy to pull this look together.
Once you finish the braid, secure it with a clear elastic tie, then pull your hair up into a ponytail, leaving a small one-inch section of hair behind. Once you secure your ponytail, take the one-inch section and wrap it around your ponytail a few times, and voila!
4. Ponytail With French Braid
This hairstyle is absolutely stunning and perfect for many different occasions. It also works for different hair types and lengths, so it’s super versatile. You will want to make sure you have plenty of texturizing spray for this look! Here is the full video walking you through how to achieve this look from start to finish!
5. Sleek Braided Ponytail
This is one of the easiest ponytail hairstyles on the list and is great for almost any occasion. Just create two tiny French braids on one or both sides of your hair halfway toward the back of your head, finishing off the rest with a simple braid. Secure the braid with a clear elastic band, and pull all of your up into a high ponytail, leaving a small section in the front. Take the section and wrap it around your ponytail a few times to finish off the look. Secure the wrap with bobby pins, and you are ready to go!
6. Teased Low Ponytail
Sometimes, you just need to embrace your hair’s flaws and roll with it. You will want to have unwashed hair for this look, so it’s a perfect hairstyle for days you don’t wash your hair. It’s also great for bad hair days! Even if you have showered, just spray some dry shampoo throughout your to add some texture. We also recommend using a volumizing or texturizing spray or mousse. Next, tease sections of your hair with a teasing comb or brush at the roots, focusing on the back. Gently pull your hair back loosely into a low pony, then tug at the hair at the top of the pony to add some volume.
7. French Twist Ponytail
If you’re looking for ponytail hairstyles that are more elegant and sophisticated, you have to try this French twist ponytail! A variation of a traditional French twist, this hairstyle involves leaving your strands in a ponytail instead of twisting it all up into a bun! Here is a video showing you how to do a French twist ponytail!
You can straighten your hair or curl it for some glamorous waves! It is completely up to you!
8. Ponytail With Princess Braid
This is one of my favorite ponytail hairstyles on the list! The gorgeous princess braid with a low, messy pony gives off some seriously trending vibes, and we’re here for it! Here is a super quick tutorial showing how to achieve the princess braid if you need help!
Start off by twisting your hair into the princess braid until you get to the back of your head, and secure it with an elastic tie. You will want to leave some loose hair around your face. Pull your hair up into a low ponytail, and you are ready to rock this stunning look!
9. Super High Slicked Back Ponytail
The great thing about this ponytail hairstyle is that you can do it with most short hair lengths, too! The key to this look is making sure your ponytail is tight and sleek, so we recommend using some smoothing serum to tame any flyaways. Use a smoothing brush to bring all of your hair back and on top of your head, leaving a small section loose in front. You want to be right in the crown area. Use an elastic tie to secure it tightly. Now, pull the section back tightly and wrap it around your high ponytail, securing it with a bobby pin.
10. Messy Low Ponytail
We absolutely love, love, love this messy updo! If you’re searching for ponytail hairstyles that match your laid-back vibe, look no further. It’s perfect for your no-wash days or times when you want to rock a cute hairstyle that doesn’t require much effort. You can leave your hair as is or add some texturizing spray and a few loose curls to the ends. Just make sure you brush the curls through. All you have to do is pull your hair back very loosely into a super low pony, leaving a good bit of hair in the front. Take a small section of the loose strands and pull them back, wrapping them around the ponytail.
11. High Ponytail Tied With a Headscarf
Headscarfs are making a huge comeback, and they can take any hairstyle from drab to fab in an instant. We think this ponytail hairstyle is super chic and romantic. To achieve this look, you will want to start with some soft curls in your hair. You can do this with a large barrel curling iron, or you can give yourself a blowout! If you have never given yourself a blowout at home, here is a step-by-step tutorial walking you through the process.
If you prefer straight hair, no worries! We think this look will look just as stunning with straight locks. After you are done styling your hair, pull it back into a ponytail, leaving an inch or two in the front to frame your face and give it more of an undone feel. Simply take the headscarf and tie it around your ponytail until you get the look you want.
12. Voluptuous Ponytail
If you love putting your hair in a ponytail but feel like it’s always flat and lacks that volume you see in other ponytails, we got you! No teasing or texture spray is required! We do recommend using a shine serum on your hair to give it that gorgeous, sleek look. Here is an awesome ponytail hack for you to try to take your ponytail to the next level and get that volume you crave!
13. Ponytail With a Crown Poof
If you thought crown poofs went out of style, think again! The crown poof makes this simple ponytail look totally stunning! You will want to start with a tousled base, so textured waves or loose curls! Pic up sections of your hair at your crown and gently tease it with a teasing comb or brush. Now, pull your hair into a mid-ponytail, leaving a small section around the face. Once you have secured your ponytail, take the section and wrap it around your ponytail a few times.
14. High Ponytail With a Bow
We think this hairstyle is just darling! The elegant bow paired with soft curls is so feminine and flirty that it’s perfect for date night! You will want to curl your hair with a large barrel curling iron. We recommend a 1 ½ to 2-inch barrel. You want to use a large curling iron so you don’t end up with tight curls. Once you have finished curling your hair, gently run your fingers through the curls to loosen them up. Pull your hair back into a ponytail, leaving a bit in front. You can leave a few strands or more, depending on what you like. Now, take a piece of wide ribbon and tie it around your ponytail into a bow. You can also use a hairbow scrunchy if you aren’t great at tying bows.
15. Ponytail With a Cuff
Ponytail cuffs are all the rage right now, and for good reason! You can make any ponytail shine in just a matter of seconds! All you have to do is style your ponytail however you prefer. We love the way these ponytail cuffs look with a low ponytail, but you can totally style it in a high ponytail as well! Simply secure your ponytail with your ponytail cuff, and you are ready to stun!