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6 Ponytails For Short Hair Inspired By Kate Bosworth, Yara Shahidi, & More

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We've all been there: You leave the salon with a short new cut and everything feels right until the next day when you go to pull it back into a ponytail, then the inevitable regret sets in. Before you waste time trying to wish back your inches, though, remember the age-old saying, "where there's a will, there's a way." If you've got the will, these short-hair ponytails are the way.

It seems like the longer your hair is, the more creative you can get with your updos, but that isn't necessarily always true. Short-haired ladies have options, too — just take a look at bob-clad actors like Diane Kruger and Kate Bosworth mastering the tiny ponytail look on the red carpet.

Whether you're sporting a lob or an above-the-shoulder bob, don't rule out an updo just yet. These six celeb-inspired ponytails for short hair are about to add variety to your everyday look.

Sarah Paulson's Half Pony

Take American Horror Story veteran Sarah Paulson, for instance: When straightened, her hair only reaches just below her jawline, yet she still finds ways to pull it up. At Oct.'s ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration, she wore the top half pulled back tightly into a tidy ponytail at her crown. The sleek half pony helped let her statement earrings shine.

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Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray

$15

L'Oréal Paris

Polish your pony with this shine-enhancing, humidity-resistant hairspray. Infused with silky argan oil, it could hold back your flyaways for days.

Kate Bosworth's Bun-Ponytail Hybrid

In Dec., Kate Bosworth combined a ponytail with a bun in her unconventional updo. She parted her hair to the side and tied it taught at the nape of her neck. Then, on the last twist of the hair tie, she secured it in the tiniest loop with her ends spouting out the top — an elevated version of the lazy girl bun.

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Bachca Paris Invisible Elastic Set

$7

Anthropologie

These transparent coil elastics will keep your ponytail tight without all the destructive (and painful) tugging of other hairties.

Yara Shahidi's Middle-Parted Pigtails

Yara Shahidi showed up to the 14th Annual Inspiration Awards in Los Angeles wearing a sleek take on pigtails. The actor parted her curls into two low ponytails, securing them closer to the back of her head for a more sophisticated approach.

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Gel Serum

$59

Oribe

To emphasize your middle part, comb a dollop of this serum through damp hair and you'll be left with a glossy finish. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way with this formula.

Nina Dobrev's Bang-Clad Pony

The Vampire Diaries actor Nina Dobrev had a short bob and straight-across bangs when she pulled off the perfect low pony at the Only the Brave film premiere. Her sleek fringe gave the tight ponytail a shaggier, less formal look. Simply pull your bob back and tie it low, at the nape of your neck, letting your bangs lie flat on your forehead.

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Perk Up Dry Shampoo

$25

Amika

It doesn't take much for bangs to get oily because they rest all day on your forehead, so spray this revitalizing dry shampoo on them periodically to perk them up.

Diane Kruger's Ribbon-Wrapped Pony

Perhaps the simplest way to elevate a ponytail is to add an accessory. That's what Diane Kruger did during a Dior dinner at the Cannes Film Festival. The actor left it natural, seemingly, parting it in the middle and pulling her low-key waves back in a low pony held together with the cutest oversized satin bow.

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Bow Barrette

$106

JENNIFER BEHR

Recreate the look by snapping this Kruger-inspired big satin bow to the base of your pony.

Saoirse Ronan's Elevated Twist

Lady Bird's Saoirse Ronan pulled out all the stops on her red-carpet ponytail during the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She let a few wavy face-framing pieces hang and pulled the rest back in a low twist, maintaining a little volume. She even decorated the elegant twist with a shimmery metallic accessory, too.

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Rhinestone Bobby Pins

$10

ELLE

Make your twisty pony pop with these gold, jeweled bobby pins.