15 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles To Look Effortlessly Chic — In Minutes!

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No longer are ponytails the lazy girl's hair go-to; instead, they're the perfect way to draw in style, accessories, and bring an overall look together. While ponytail hairstyles may appear simple, they require a good amount of time and planning to master.

From purchasing the right brush, hair ties and clips and styling products, it's clear that creating the "it" hair trend involves some thought. Luckily, there are many styles to chose from.  

We've listed 15 of our favorite ponytail hairstyles and looks below. Read on as we break down the simplest ways to re-create these trending ponytails.

1. Inside Out Pony 

Also referred to as the inverted ponytail. While adding dimension and simultaneously hiding your hair tie, the inside out pony is a staple pony look. It looks rather complex, but only takes a few extra minutes to complete (and includes only one step more than your standard/traditional pony). Below we break down how to create the inside out ponytail:

  1. Brush through freshly washed and dried hair (for texture try curling before application).
  2. Start by brushing the hair back into a loose pony situated towards the middle of your head and down (not too high as you want the inverted pony to show).
  3. Loosely apply your hair tie (we recommend the Invisibobble Power — clear to prevent from showing while also keeping the hair tied and secure). Keeping the hair tie roughly a half an inch away from the scalp.
  4. Create a hole by using your index finger in between the scalp and the hair tie. Perform this step slowly as you risk creating bumps and undoing any smoothness in the front of the ponytail. 
  5. Once there's a substantial hole, begin to bring the entire ponytail over and around through the hole.
  6. To tighten, evenly pull on the pony once it's brought through.
  7. Smooth and style as needed.

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2. Half Up, Half Down Pony 

This is the classic look to keep the hair out of your face, but also showcase length, color, and style (whether curled or straightened). This is a popular look if spending the day or afternoon outdoors (not necessarily for workouts or physical activity). For this look:

  1. Brush through freshly washed and dried hair (for texture try curling or straightening before application).
  2. Start by taking a comb or comb pick and draw a line across your scalp starting from the top corner of one ear and bringing it towards the other.
  3. Take the portion of hair above the line, and brush through.
  4. Bring back into a ponytail (we recommend Invisibobble's NANO hair tie or mini band for smaller amounts of hair).

(For an advanced look, try using the inverted pony, as mentioned above for the half portion.)

3. Dose of Bow Pony

Bring character and style to your hair by implementing various bows into the mix. That always classes up a look, right? What we love about this look is that it brings a high level of sophistication to an overall look (when paired with the right outfit, of course) and is surprisingly simple to create. 

  1. Follow the steps above (number 2) in recreating a half up/half down pony, as this is the first step to completing this look.
  2. Instead of tying with an ordinary hair tie, finish with a Bow Barette from Scunci.
  3. Next gather the remaining hair below the pony, and begin to bring that into a second low hanging pony.
  4. Once you tie together, finish off with a second Bow Barette from Scunci

4. The High Pony

For being one of the easiest-to-do looks, the high pony is both a versatile and stylish hair look that can complete any look for almost any occasion (we don't recommend for particularly formal events). This ponytail works for Saturdays at brunch or Fridays in the office, having a wide range of wear-ability. 

  1. Brush through freshly washed and dried hair (for texture try curling before application).
  2. Slightly tease back your hair to a 45 degree angle above your ears and tie.
  3. Start to slowly bring any bangs, baby wisps, or framed angles out of the ponytail and surround your face. 

(For a desired look like the image, use this Faux Leather Printed And Velvet Scrunchies​ by Scünci.)

5. A Bubble Pony

An extremely fun and dimensional look, the bubble pony is ideal for those who have longer hair and are looking for a unique style to bring it to life with additional volume. Watch the video for direction and advice when it comes to creating the perfect bubbly pony.

Additionally, try and upgrade the look by hiding the hair tie by utilizing your own hair to wrap and secure around each section. 

6. Low Pigtails

Pigtail ponys are a tricky look. Too high and you have others believing you're Pippi Longstocking. The way to secure your adult status while also rocking pig tails are to wear them low. 

  1. Brush through overnight with washed hair. We recommend curling before repeating steps 2-5 to add texture and volume.
  2. First start by separating the hair in an two even sections. 
  3. Bring the first section to a low pony underneath the left or right ear. Keep this area loose, to avoid loosing volume.  
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. To help frame the face, bring loose hanging angles, bangs, or baby wisps out and around the ponytails. 

(To recreate the look in the image, try using the Satin & Printed Scrunchies by Scünci.)

7. The Twisted Stacked Pony

Similarly to creating the high pony, the twisted and staked ponytail follows the same guidelines but incorporates a hair accessory that creates both utility (by keeping the hair back) and fashion. A perfect go to for any music festival or day in the park, the twisted stacked pony works great with any neutral color tee, tank, or leotard. If wearing a patterned hair wrap, it would be a smart decision to stay away from bold colors or patterns in your apparel. 

  1. Follow the steps to pony No. 4 (exclude the scrunchie and stick to a smaller hair-toned color tie).
  2. Once the hair is tied back, place headband or wrap around the hair line. 

(To recreate the look in the image, try finishing the look with Scünci's Knotted Headwrap.)

8. The Pull-Through Braid Pony

Take the traditional braid up a notch with this advanced and trending hair style: the pull through braid. While this look is rather complicated and seen among many lifestyle and beauty influencers on Instagram, it doesn't have to be difficult to execute. With the help of Luxy Hair's tutorial, beginners are able to recreate this look with ease.  

9. Texturized Hidden Pony 

"Ponytail hairstyles are far from boring when you know what to do!" says NYC based stylist Tony Odisho. "They can be made glamorous enough for weddings or upscale parties, so drop any ideas of them only being for workouts."

If you follow these steps, you can have a trendy ponytail hairstyle that will be your go-to:

  1. Wash hair and apply mousse. On towel dried hair, apply Volume Mousse, concentrating on the roots.
  2. Begin rough drying hair.
  3. Apply serum. Pump a small amount of Smooth Serum into your hands and rake through the hair to create a smooth and sleek look.
  4. Finish rough drying hair. Finish blowout. Using a large Round Copper Brush, finish drying the hair.
  5. Curl hair. Using curling iron, begin to make curls and rake fingers through curls when finished.
  6. Create half ponytail. Pull back hair from the crown and twist around once. Then secure with rubber band.
  7. Pull out to add volume. Gently pull on a couple strands on the crown in order to boost volume and add some texture.
  8. Twist side piece and secure in back. Twist the side piece upward and then pin back with a bobby pin. Repeat on other side.
  9. Pull remaining hair into ponytail. Secure with rubber band.
  10. Apply hairspray. Coat hair with Flexible Hairspray. This will create a workable hold so you can keep styling.
  11. Tease it. Tease a couple pieces of the ponytail with a rat tail comb, as needed for volume and texture.
  12. Flip ponytail upward and pin. Pinning a couple of pieces under the ponytail will lift it higher and add some more volume. Flip the hair back over and you’ve got a gorgeous, trendy ponytail hairstyle. It’s a versatile look that can been worn casually or dressed up for special occasions.

10. Fish Tail Braid Pony 

There's a reason this video has over 13 million views! The fishtail braid is a must-know when it comes to application for popular and trendy ponytails. It's a wonderful way to showcase several layers of hair (versus the traditional braid) as the strokes are tighter and smaller.

Additionally, it's particularly beautiful for those who dye their hair with multiple color dimensions running through. In this video by the Beauty Depot, viewers get a clear look on how to recreate this iconic look.  


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11. Peek-a-boo Beanie Tail 

In the cooler months, there should be a fashion-forward way to wear our hair in a pony without compromising style and comfort. The C.C. Beanie makes it possible with their iconic BeanieTail, which leaves an opening for a high pony within the fabric.

To recreate this look, start forming a high pony (from No. 4) and instead of finishing with a scrunchie, finish with a hair-toned tie and the BeanieTail in the color of your choice. Colors range from: Coral, Gray, Metallic, Black, Multi-tone and more. 

12. A Waterfall Pony

What we love about this look, while most waterfall braids occur along the scalp, Easy Hairstyles incorporates the waterfall into the physical ponytail. For replicating this look, you may want to try on someone else first to get both the hand dexterity and familiarity down. Once you've mastered the look on someone else, try executing on yourself. 

13. Pinned, Low Pony

The perfect look for any formal gathering or event (where you want the hair out of your face and off your neck), the pinned low pony is extremely versatile and can be worn with many accessories.

  1. With freshly washed hair, begin crimping with a deep weaver heat tool (like this one from Bed Head). 
  2. Once hair has been crimped, loosely bring back to a low pony. This can either be centered or placed to one side. 
  3. When the pony is secured, finish with texturizing spray as well as hair spray.
  4. Finish with a jeweled accessory clip to add additional flare, perfect for any formal gathering.  

(To recreate the image, we recommend using the Scünci Crystal Salon Clip or the Crystal Leaf Jeanwire Barrette.)

14. The Curled Ponytail

This look is ideal for the second day (after curling) hair look. We all have those days, whether for an event or just impressing for a meeting at the office, we take the time to thoroughly curl our hair.

Since we're not supposed to wash out hair everyday, it makes sense that we want to utilize our curled-do for as long as possible. The perfect way to do this is with a curly ponytail:

  1. Take day 2 (or 3) of curled hair and begin to loosely bring back to a mid-level ponytail.
  2. Once you've figured out the desired location and height, slowly comb back the hair to keep it quaffed but in place.
  3. From there, rescue any curls by running a hair curler through the select showcased curls.
  4. Finish with strong (but flexible) hold hairspray. 

15. Sleek, No Flyaway Pony

A little different than most ponytails on our list, this slick-back pony minimizes volume. But what this pony loses in height makes up for in sleek and dynamic design.

Instructed by beauty influencer, Alaha Karimi, listen on as this video creates ultimate hair goals with an easy to follow guide. This look is ideal for those who wish to apply a full face of makeup, as the hair being pulled away from the face gives focus to any contouring, bold lip, or fierce brow. 

Picking Out The Right Tools

The Brush: Static Free Pony Brush by Cricket 

Whether you're combing, brushing, or styling, this brush from Cricket is a complete three in one that leaves your hands free to complete any task needed to recreate these ponytail looks. 

(Amazon, $12.95)

The Texture Spray 

Recreate looks from the sea with Hask's natural Hawaiian sea salt spray, comprised of pearl extract and coconut oil. 

(Ulta, $8) 

The Texture Cream

Smudge by White Sands is the ultimate product for recreating look number 15, as it can be used for piecing straight styles. The end look (when the formula dries down) creates an overall weightlessness and promotes silky texture.

(White Sands, $16)

The Tame-Lock Hair Spray 

Why we love Eufora's Flexible Hold Elevate Hairspray? It's ability to blend of Chamomile, Horsetail, Nettle and Henna to provide strength, shine and scalp health. Not to mention, this hairspray protects the hair against both UVA & UVB rays. 

(Amazon, $18)

Smoothing Serum

When talking about hair care and creating the perfect ponytail, it's important to implement hair serum for smooth and rich locks. BioSilk's Silk Therapy Original combines seventeen amino acids and enriches the hair with a massive amount of strength. 

(Ulta, $28) 

The Dry Shampoo

Imagine Dry Shampoo that can not only get rid of any unwanted and excess oil but restore and reverse damage to your hair with the help of Argan Oil.

(Ulta, $8)  


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Elizabeth Blasi is a New Yorker. A lifestyle & travel writer, who is often seen with a suitcase in hand, jetsetting to her next location. But as a true Digital Nomad, her love of writing and romance novels means her laptop is always beside her.

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