Do you love to play with ponytail hairstyles? Girl, so what if your hair doesn’t flow halfway down your back? Who cares that it barely brushes your shoulders?
Snag some hair elastic, grab a handful of bobby pins, and stock up on the hairspray because we’re going to check out a few short ponytails together. You don’t have to wait until your hair reaches a certain length to pull off a ponytail.
Bish, please. That’s like saying you won’t buy yourself new clothes until you lose 10 pounds—it’s BS, in other words. Get your pony on, right this minute.
Stunning Short Ponytail Hairstyles
Are you under the impression that all short hair ponytails are messy, sloppy, and unattractive? Well, you should get out from beneath that particular misconception because it is built on a foundation of lies and it might fall on you.
Ponytails are not the domain of people with long longs, and short ponytails are not at all ugly. You just have to know how to style them, is all.
#1: Quick 5-Minute Ponytail
Ponytails, particularly short hair ponytails, don’t have to be perfect. Messy, tousled ponytails with falling tendrils of hair are casual and sexy. Scrape your hair back and secure your ponytail in the middle of the back of your head. Don’t worry about any strands that escape your pony; just let them fall and frame your face.
#2: Side Braided Short Ponytail
Simultaneously liven up your ponytail and secure your short tresses by weaving a side braid along your temple first. You can do it on just one side or on both. It will hold the shorter layers of your hair in place, plus it saves your hairdo from being boring or predictable.
#3: Snub Tail
Don’t underestimate the cute factor of a short, stubby ponytail. You might not have more than a handful of hair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull it back and pull off a funky style. What you see here is what happens when you pull a bob haircut into a pony. You might need a few bobby pins, but that’s it.
#4: Librarian Chic
Softly waving tendrils framing your face, topped off by a short hair ponytail that barely sticks out of the elastic. There’s something sweet yet casual about this coiffure. It’s ideal for girls who have wavy or curly hair because the pieces that fall out of the hair tie still have texture and shape.
#5: High and Flirty
You know Cameron Diaz has the 411 on what looks good. This woman never has a bad hair day. So, trust her ponytail style, as well. Even if your hair only touches the nape of your neck, you can pull it into a medium-high ponytail resembling Cameron’s. Slick back all of your hair first, then spray some hairspray, and you probably won’t even need bobby pins.
#6: At the Crown
To make shorter ponytails appear longer, you simply have to secure them higher up on your head. It sometimes helps to hang your head upside down, then brush all of your hair smooth. Hold it loosely in your opposite hand to gather it into a ponytail. Use hairspray or pins to keep any hair from falling in the back.
#7: With Volume
Short hair ponytails don’t always have a lot of volume because of the effort it takes to get every strand of hair in a rubber band. Opt for a low ponytail secured at the nape of your neck, however, and you can create a retro bump of volume at the crown. Try this style if you have layers in your hair, as well.
#8: Short Side Ponytail
It’s almost impossible to create a side ponytail if you have short hair because the opposite side usually isn’t long enough. Chin- and shoulder-length haircuts still count as “short,” though—kind of. The point is, if your hair falls somewhere within that length, you can—and should—pull off a side pony.
#9: Protective Puff
Ponytails are both practical and on-point when you’re growing out your natural hair or simply giving it a breather. Show off your curls and coils with a short, puffy ponytail that also reveals how superbly laid your edges are.
#10: Curly Tail
Are you a curly girl? Lucky! Short hair ponytails do best with curly hair. Instead of being stubby or sticking out awkwardly, the short pony is cute and curly. Pieces that escape just take the coif to the next level.
You might think that short hair ponytails are non-existent, but you can pull your hair into a ponytail even if you only have a few inches to work with—you might just need to get inventive. Will you wear your hair up when it’s short?