6 Ways To Step Up Your Ponytail Game Right Now

by Stephanie Montes

Ponytails get a bad rap for being basic, and while they may be our go-to on a lazy day, that doesn’t mean we can’t step it up from time to time. Breathe new life into your updo with these six celeb-inspired hacks that’ll take you from blah to badass in seconds. It’s time to give some much-deserved credit to our beloved ponytail.

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Add A Simple Ribbon

Sometimes less can be more—especially when it comes in the form of an undone bow wrapped around a low ponytail. If Julianne Hough can wear the look on the 2017 Emmys red carpet, surely you can make it work at work, on the town and anywhere in between.

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Try A Bubble Pony

Perfect for adding volume (and hiding extensions), this look is cute, whimsical and sure to turn heads. Create a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Use thin, clear elastics to create the bubble illusion from the base all the way to the ends.

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Mix It Up With A Braid-Ponytail Hybrid

Perfect for keeping bangs out of your face, this braid-pony twofer is also an easy way to step up your style game. Create a center part, then section off a couple inches on each side to create two French braids. Pull the rest into a high ponytail.


Braid The Tail

Love a plait-pony mix but don't have time to pull off a French braid? This simple style is as sexy as it is easy to create. Pull hair into a high ponytail, braid the shaft, then secure with a clear elastic. Pull apart slightly to create the illusion of thickness.

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There's no better way to take your ponytail from boring to banging than by adding some bling. Whether you use a metallic elastic, shiny barrettes or actual jewelry, a little sparkle goes a long way.

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Double Up

When in doubt, add one (or two) more. Start by creating a high half-up ponytail and secure with an elastic. Gather the remaining hair and the first ponytail to create a second and secure with an elastic. It's modern but so easy to do. Win-win.