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Different Types of Ponytail Hairstyles

The ponytail is an extremely popular hairstyle and there are different types of ponytails you can choose from. It takes only a few seconds to pull hair up into one and works for any time, whether you’re heading to the gym or going out on the town.


Choosing The Right Types of Ponytails

The ponytail is an ideal hairstyle for women with at least shoulder-length hair. But did you know there are plenty of different options to wear a ponytail? From braids to twists and everything in between, if you’ve only been wearing your hair in one among dozens of ponytail variations, you’re missing out!

You don’t need to have a certain hair texture or a face shape to rock the look – just take a look at these 32 types of ponytail hairstyle variations to find your inspiration.


1. Braided Ponytail

braided ponytail

Dress up a low ponytail with two braid sections on either side of the head. When you combine them in the ponytail, wrap it up with the twisted pieces instead of a boring elastic.


2. High Ponytail

high ponytail

Ariana Grande would be proud of this high ponytail. Straighten your hair first, then comb it all up, smoothing bumps as you go. Secure it in an elastic, winding a strand of hair around to cover it up.


3. Low Ponytail

low ponytail

This slightly frizzy low ponytail features straight and crimped hair. Comb and smooth all your hair back and secure the ponytail at the nape of your neck. Encourage texture by brushing out waves and using hairspray.


4. Side Ponytail

side ponytail

For a fun, perky hairstyle, pull your hair up into a cute side ponytail. Add a bit of wave first by wearing braids overnight and unraveling before creating the ponytail, or just use a regular curling iron.


5. Loose Ponytail

loose ponytail

A loose ponytail is most often seen on women who are at the gym, out running errands, or on the beach. The key is to not pull the hair tight or smooth anything down. Leave it slightly messy with loose tendrils around the face.


6. Mohawk Ponytail

mohawk ponytail

Another style that works best with thick hair is a mohawk ponytail. Create it by forming three ponytails at the back of the head: one up high, one in the middle, and one low. Then split them in half to connect all three. A pop of bright pink adds a fun twist.


7. Twisted Ponytail

twist ponytail

Need a fancy hairstyle for a wedding, date, or other special occasions? The twisted ponytail won’t let you down. Tease the hair first if your hair is thin and top the twist off with a pretty flowered or pearled hair clip.


8. Sleek Ponytail

sleek ponytail

Sleek hairstyles are best for when you want to make a dramatic statement. Straighten and brush your hair thoroughly before pulling it up in a ponytail to avoid lumps and bumps. Smooth with hairspray. Gorgeous platinum color can help your look with an extra pop.


9. Bubble Ponytail

bubble ponytail

Create a fun hairstyle that shows off your long hair at the same time with a bubble ponytail. Comb hair up into a medium ponytail just below the crown of the head, then section off the hair in four places with hair ties. With neutral hair ties, it’s a sophisticated style; add colorful ones for a more relaxed vibe.


10. Bow Ponytail

bow ponytail

This neat little ponytail features your long wavy or straight hair tied up with a bow. When hair is down, part it in three sections. The middle section makes a regular ponytail, but the other two sections are pulled back and split in half to make the bow.


11. Cornrow Ponytail

cornrow ponytail

Long cornrows like these take at least six hours. But once you have them, you can pull them up into this beautiful ponytail. Make sure to leave a cornrow braid on each side by the ear for delicate detail. Keep your braids looking shiny with conditioning gel and a leave-in conditioning mist.


12. Knotted Ponytail

knotted ponytail

For soft romantic hair, you need to try the loose knotted ponytail. After sectioning hair into three sections, pull the middle section of hair into a low pony at the base of your neck. Take the other two sections and form a knot, pinning the style in place with bobby pins.


13. Boho Ponytail

boho ponytail

To get a ponytail with a boho twist, form one low ponytail to start, leaving two sections of hair loose on either side of the head. Twist these two sections and pin them back so they line up with the ponytail. Curl and tease the rest of the hair to get the gorgeous waves.


14. Half Ponytail

half ponytail

This half updo is another hairstyle that takes less than three minutes to form. Take a small section of the top half of the hair and form a high ponytail. Curl the rest of the hair and brush out for soft waves.


15. Messy Ponytail

messy ponytail

When you’re in a rush, a messy ponytail is just the thing to both keep hair out of your face and keep you looking hot. Pull the hair into a low ponytail, ignoring any bumps or loose strands.


16. Two Ponytails

two ponytails

While any length of hair is ideal for this fun style, it does look better with longer hair. Brush out your locks, teasing hair with spray for volume, and create the ponytails close enough to your shoulders that the hair can fall forward.


17. Weave Ponytail

weave ponytail

When you’re growing out your natural black hair and want a hairstyle that will turn heads, get a long weave. To get this low ponytail, just brush out your hair and secure with a hair tie right above the nape of the neck.


18. Rope Ponytail

rope ponytail

While this twisted ponytail is great for both thin and thick hair, it will help thin hair look thicker. Just form a ponytail and split the hair in two sections. Wind one section around the other down to the end, securing with a hair tie. Smooth flyaways with hairspray.


19. Long Ponytail

long ponytail

This long invisible ponytail will stand out in any crowd. Pin the whole mane up and create a bun. You will use it to attach the faux pony, and nobody will notice you’re wearing a weave. To recreate this marvelous hairstyle, remember that you need to use the same red shade for your natural hair and the long ponytail.


20. Short Ponytail

short ponytail

Ponytails are highly versatile because you can pull them off even when you have short hair. If you have a short bob haircut, use a white hair elastic and style a low pony. It will look messy and also chic and modern.


21. Curly Ponytail

curly ponytail

When you have curly hair, a ponytail is a great option when you need to subdue your rebel locks. Pin all the hair on top of the head and use a hair elastic to secure the hairstyle. It is a simple hairdo, but it will look fabulous on you.


22. Ponytail with Bangs

ponytail with bangs

Bangs are rocking the trends in 2022, and if you want a trendy look, don’t be afraid to get a fringe. For a romantic, chic look, wear your bangs on the forehead and pin the rest of the hair in the back. Secure the whole thing with a scarf.


23. 80s Ponytail

80s ponytail

If you are an 80s fan, you certainly remember that back in the days, ponytails were highly fashionable. Recreate the look with a messy updo, and a pink headband placed close to the forehead.


24. Black Hair Ponytail

black ponytail

To recreate this astonishing look, wear the bangs on your forehead and cut them slightly longer in the corners. Style a messy ponytail that allows you to get a big bump on top of the head and use a thick strand to wrap it around the base of the hairstyle.


25. Bob Ponytail

bob ponytail

One of the cutest ponytail types is the one made out of a bob haircut. Keep the bangs falling on sides and gather the rest in at the nape, tied in a low pony. Slightly pull off a few strands to create a bump in the back and to obtain a messy look.


26. Drawstring Ponytail

drawstring ponytail

Drawstring ponytails are ideal for black women with natural hair who want more length or volume. Moisturize the nose and the pony and make sure they have the same texture for a more natural look.  Also,  create that sleek look by using jam and a comb with dense brittle.


27. Middle Parted Ponytail

middle part ponytail

The procedure used for obtaining this ponytail hairstyle is very easy, while the effect is absolutely ravishing. Part the hair in the middle and pin it all in a low ponytail, at the base of the neck. Secure the hairdo with an elastic and hide it with a wrapped strand.


28. Side Parted Ponytail

side part ponytail

Side parted ponytails have a particular elegance and you can take advantage of their perks by pulling off a ravishing look for glamorous parties or impressive events. Pin the whole mane on one side and create curls that fall on your chest.


29. Box Braided Ponytail

box braided ponytail

Box braids are versatile because they can be styled in so many ways, including ponytails. Pin all the knits in a high hairdo and use a scarf to complete the look. If you want a hairstyle that is colorful and fresh, extend the braids with pink, purple ombre Jumbo hair.


30. Genie Ponytail

genie ponytail

A genie ponytail has height and grandeur, and it’s so easy to pull off. Before you do anything, apply a product that prevents hair damage when straightened and use your iron to get that flawlessly straight pony. Spare the bangs and let them fall on the forehead and go for a tall base for the pony.


31. Puff Ponytail

puff ponytail

A puff ponytail will never go out of fashion and is ideal for women who don’t want a glued to the scalp top. Gather the hair in a ponytail and evenly make a bump for the top. It will make your face look longer and slimmer.


32. Invisible Ponytail

invisible ponytail

Invisible ponytails are ideal for women that have medium or short hair and crave for a straight, glossy long mane. To recreate the hairstyle above, knit a braided design for the top and use jam to obtain that sleek look. Pin all the hair on top of the head and attach the faux pony.


Any of these ponytails would look great with your hair. With 32 gorgeous styles to choose from, you may end up with more than one favorite.