The classic ponytail hairstyle has been around for ages—I constantly find myself returning to it as my favorite hairstyle when I’m on the go. But while it’s a great fallback, it can be difficult to make it seem like more than just a workout-friendly look. Though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with looking like you’re heading to the gym (hello, athleisure), I love to add a little more oomph to bring the average ponytail up a notch or two when I’m not just planning to sweat. Next time you’re in need of a quick but stylish hair solution, here are some looks you’re sure to love.
The High Ponytail
Take a classic look to the next level with added volume. To create texture, spritz David Mallett Spray No.2: Le Volume ($40) over limp locks, then gently tease the hair out with a Mason Pearson Pocket Comb ($21). Leave a few strands of hair out to create a slightly messy appearance.
The Half-Up Ponytail
Feeling indecisive? This is an easy solution if you can’t choose between leaving your hair up or down. Simply pull the top half of your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Mist with It’s a 10 Miracle Super Hold Finishing Spray Plus Keratin ($20) for all-day staying power.
The Poetic Justice Ponytail
Made popular by Janet Jackson in the movie Poetic Justice, this look is created with braids or dreadlocks tied on top of the head and falling on each side of your face. Often the hair is tied with a stretchy Scunci Rouched Head Wrap ($10), but in this instance, you can use your braids or dreads to secure the pony as well.
The Sleek, High Ponytail
If sophistication is your goal, this style is for you. Start by working Sachajuan Hair Mousse ($31) into the roots of your hair for a boost of volume and extra hold. Then, brush hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head and secure everything as tightly as possible with an elastic.
The Sleek, Low Ponytail
This low pony is actually super easy to create; the key to achieving it is keeping it as neat as possible. First, use Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Firm Hold Gel ($13) to lay down the hair. Part hair down the middle, then pull into an elastic at the nape of your neck to finish.
The Mini-Bun Ponytail
Just can’t deal with your hair? This is the perfect quick fix. First, use a Fromm Diane Ionic Anti-Static Pin Tail Comb ($2) to create a middle part, and tie the hair in a low pony with an elastic. Pull everything tightly into a low ponytail and start to wrap a hair tie around it. Then, before you pull hair all the way through the elastic, stop halfway through so that it’s left as a loop-like bun.
The Curly Ponytail
It’s party season, so try out this tutorial for a super-fun style. Create curls all over with Revlon Rose Gold Curling Iron ($28), gather into a ponytail at the top of your head, and mist with Sebastian Re-Shaper Hairspray ($19) to help the curls retain their volume and hold. You can also pin some of your hair to the front of your head with a bobby pin if you’re going for a more face-framing look.
How do you style your ponytail? Let us know in the comments below!
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