If you saw this article and thought, ‘Really? 15 different ponytails?’ I get it; no need to complicate something so belovedly simple, and also, 15?? Come on. But if you limit yourself to just one kind of ponytail, you’re missing out on a whole world of hairstyle options. So, I rounded up 15 of the best ponies Instagram has to offer to get you out of your style rut. You’re welcome.
1 A Scrunchie Ponytail
You don’t need me to tell you how awesome scrunchies are (unless you were born after the ‘90s, then you might). Wrapping your pony with one of these classic fabric-covered hair ties is the easiest way to turn your average pony into a look.
2 A Badass Braided Ponytail
Knotted at the base, braided in the middle, and free-flowing at the end. Friends, this is what we call a badass ponytail.
3 A Super-Snatched Ponytail
Known for his snatched ponytails, hairstylist Chris Appleton swears by bungee elastics for keeping ponytails perfectly positioned without slippage. When you’re working with this much hair, a regular hair elastic just ain’t gonna cut it.
4 A Long, Low Ponytail
To get length like this, you’ll most likely need extensions. Another one of Chris’s tricks is to work in layers when securing the clip-ins to the base of your head. This will keep them from looking too obvious and peeking through once you pull your hair back.
5 A Pineapple Ponytail
This styling trick for maintaining the springiest curls ever also doubles as a super-cool pony look. Loosely tie your hair up with a scrunchie, elastic, or claw clip on the very top of your head, pull your curls forward, and leave them hanging freely around your face.
6 A Bubble Ponytail
Hairstyles that look difficult to create, but are actually crazy easy, are the best kind of styles. To DIY the look, tie your hair into a ponytail, then tie off the ends of your hair with equally spaced elastics every few inches. Then, pouf out each section of hair by gently pulling on it to create a bubble effect. See? Not so tough.
7 A Messy Ponytail
To elevate a messy ponytail so it looks intentional, rather than last-minute, section off a piece of hair and wrap it around the base to hide the elastic. This might be the oldest trick in the book, but it never actually gets old.
8 A Wrapped Ponytail
Why stop at just a hair tie? Wrap the pony with an expensive-looking material (Justine Marjan used a strip velvet here, which you can get at a craft store) halfway down the tail to really make an impact.
9 A Lush, Long A Wrapped Ponytail
If you want a lush pony like Joan’s, but don’t have enough hair to pull it off, just fake it. To create the illusion of a thicker and longer ponytail, scoop and tie the section above your ears into a high, half-up ponytail, leaving the rest of your hair loose in back. From the front, you won’t be able to tell it’s technically a half-up style, but you will notice the long and thick result.
10 A Scrunched Ponytail
There’s a time and a place for a sleek pony, but sometimes what you want is a style that’s a little more undone. Embrace the bumps and your natural texture with a scrunched, just-out-of-the-ocean look like this.
11 A Perfectly Parted Ponytail
Add interest to a classic ponytail by experimenting with a cool part, like Amandla’s here. Keep the sections slick with a styling gel to really make the part pop.
12 A Bow-Tied Ponytail
Bows: cutesy as a kid, cool as an adult. To keep it chic and not the stuff of your two-year-old nightmares, stick with a thin, subtle ribbon in a matte material, like velvet.
13 A Middle-Parted Ponytail
It makes sense that a middle pony (not too high, not too low) would pair so perfectly with a middle part. So why haven’t I thought to try this before? BRB.
14 A Long, Braided Ponytail
When you pair two simple styles (a ponytail and a three-strand braid), you get a look that’s far from basic. To keep it super smooth, spritz a clean toothbrush with hairspray and brush it over your hairline to settle flyaways.
15 A Super-Teased Ponytail
Sometimes, too much tease in one place is not a good thing (lookin’ at you, Bumpits). But with a voluminous updo like this one, the height in the crown is balanced by the tease in the tail.
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.
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