6 Ways To Update A Basic Ponytail

by Stephanie Montes

Just because you have a busy schedule doesn’t mean it should reflect in the form of an unfortunate hairstyle. Thanks to these 5 ‘dos spotted at New York Fashion Week, rocking a lazy-day ponytail has never looked cooler or more put-together. Here, get an edgy look sure to update your beauty routine no matter how full your agenda becomes. Go ahead, skip that shampoo, throw your hair up in a ponytail and call it a (fabulous) day.

Something as simple as leaving a loop at the top of your ponytail can give your 'do an instant facelift. Start by pulling straightened hair into a high ponytail. Wrap an elastic around the base to secure but on the last pull through, fold hair and snap the elastic around the loop.

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Never know what to do with those hair accessories you have laying around? Pull hair into a loose ponytail and secure with a decorative clip. If you don't like wearing a tight ponytail but want your hair out of your face, this is the way to go.

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Instead of letting your low ponytail flow freely, this style keeps it looking neat and sleek all day long. Pull hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic. Twist from the base to the ends before folding in half to create a faux braid. Pin ends to the base to secure.

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This '90s-revival hairstyle got its time in the spotlight on the runway this season at fashion week. Pull hair into a half-up ponytail and secure with an elastic. Pull all hair (including the ends from the top section) into a low ponytail and secure with a second elastic.

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A messy ponytail-bun hybrid has never looked so edgy. Get the look by smoothing hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic. Split the ponytail into 2 sections and fold 1 section in half before wrapping the ends around the base and securing with bobby pins.

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Dare to bring the satin ribbon back with this ballerina-inspired, polished ponytail. Pull straight hair back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic. Embellish with a loose bow.

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