We know how it is – the ponytail is the easiest go-to style, takes just a couple of minutes during your rushed and busy mornings, and requires minimal effort. If only they weren’t so dull …
Luckily there are a hundred and one new ponytails ideas you can try to adapt your regular hair regime, and if you need a little inspiration, you should probably check out some of these:
21 Brand New Ponytail Ideas
We love a good ponytail for those lazy days, but once you’ve worn one ponytail, haven’t you worn them all? Apparently not, we keep finding new ponytail ideas – brand new fun and fresh ways to wear them.
1 – Dutch Braid Ponytail
Dutch braids are all the rage these days and if you’re a fan, can we recommend that you check out this blog post too: 21 Dutch Braid Hairstyles To Go Crazy For
Dutch braids are just regular French braids but done in reverse – rather than tucking the new strands of hair under, you braid them over, giving you a slightly different finished look than the average plait or braid.
To spice up your ponytail, take a piece of your hair, braid it in this Dutch braid fashion (or whatever braid style you’re in love with right now), and tuck it back into your pony. It’s a pony, takes a couple of minutes more than a regular pony, and it looks a thousand times better.
2 – Loose French Braid To Ponytail
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (or whatever you want to call her these days) rocks her ponytail with a loose French braid, a clever and very simple idea. To make things easier, do a neat-isn French braid to start with, but keep things quite loose, and when you get to the bottom ponytail section, add your band before tugging and pulling at strands of hair to make it looser and less ‘perfected’.
We like the way that Cheryl has used ribbons to keep her loose and carefree style together, but if you don’t have mini ribbons to hand, try those tiny clear-coloured elastic bands you can buy. They’re perfect for when you don’t want the hairband to be obvious.
3 – Mussed Up Front
We love this simple and effortless look – a high ponytail that’s been a little mussed-up, plus a nice ‘quiff’ of hair at the front. This one is an easy go-to style once you’ve done it a couple of times. We recommend you start by using dirty hair rather than clean hair, and having a backcombing brush and a can of dry shampoo to hand. These are your best tools for helping it all stick together.
Take a section from the front and backcomb it before pushing it back on itself to create that bump. Some people find it easier to throw a twist in the back. Pin into place and then create the rest of your ponytail as you usually would. Add some hairspray and run your fingers through it to give it a messy feeling and you’re pretty much good to go. This one works with straight hair made messy, or loose curls / waves too.
4 – High ‘n Curly
If you have two-day curls, don’t rush to wash them, re-curl them, or straighten them. Instead, embrace them. We love this look, a high and curly ponytail that is super simple to recreate. If you want five minute hair, this one’s a winner.
Create your ponytail, using a brush to make the base relatively sleek, and secure in place using a hairband. Grab another piece of hair and wind it around the base of the pony, using it to cover the band completely. Pin that into place, use some hairspray and you’re done. Super simple. Super quick. Super easy. What more could you want? As far as new ponytail ideas go, this one is one of the best.
As a final note, this is an easy hairstyle to ‘cheat’ with hair extensions if you don’t have the length yourself. There are plenty of ways you can ‘fake’ longer or bigger-volume ponies.
5 – Long & Sleek
If you normally wear your hair in a high ponytail, try wearing it in a low ponytail for a while instead. It’s all about changing it up – trying things you haven’t tried before. Once again, this is a great one you can utilise your hair extensions for, but even shorter styles can work with this sleek and simple pony.
You can even get away with this style using dirty hair, adding a touch of dry shampoo on the roots to make it look more sleek than slicked. We also love the addition of that hair band with the gold plate. It hides the band and looks good. Simple yet effective.
6 – Sleek + Quiff
If you have short hair and lust after these new ponytail ideas, give the idea of hair extensions some thought. Clip in hair extensions especially are super easy to use and although you have a hard time learning how to hide the clips at first, they’re pretty easy to get the hang of. We have one member of our team that wore hair extensions every day for almost nine months before anyone realised.
These days hair extensions have come a long way, although we’d always recommend human hair over synthetic ones. Have a look around or head into a hairdressing salon to have a chat about getting your new weave!
7 – Twisted Pony
This is another of the very simple yet very effective new ponytail ideas that we definitely recommend you try this summer. When you’ve done your regular ponytail, separate the hair into two sections and twist back on itself before securing with a clear band. If you don’t, the hair will just untwist itself.
Keep doing this all the way down the hair, as close together or as far apart as you like, and even consider adding hair tattoos, jewels or other accessories to liven things up even further.
8 – Side-Twisted Ponytail
We love this twisted look, and although it looks complicated, it’s really not that hard. You twist in strands rather than braid them in, kind of the same way you’d do a French braid. Complete on both sides of the head and pull back into a ponytail and you have a look that is super cute. We also love the addition of that hair scrunchie / ribbon.
If it’s cute and girlie you’re going for, new ponytail ideas are the best – simple, effective, easy and they look adorable. That’s basically everything checked off your daily hair to-do list!
9 – Under-Braided Pony
What a great idea … Make a feature out of the underneath of your ponytail! In this case, a Dutch braid (reverse French braid) going up the back of the head to a high ponytail. If you can French braid your hair, this will be quite simple for you. With Dutch braids, you simple pull the strands over rather than under like you would with its French cousin.
You could do the same thing with a regular French braid, a Dutch braid, a fishtail braid, twists, anything you like really. You could even add more braids if you wanted to, creating a more intricate up-do. We fell in love with this simple one-braid look though. Definitely a winner for new ponytail ideas.
10 – Cross-Over Ponytail
It’s cute and simple and requires nothing more than a bit of patience and a couple of grips. (Plus hair spray, dry shampoo, hair band …) Keep a few tendrils of hair around the face free and pull the rest into a ponytail, roughing it up with your fingers to give that little bit of volume at the roots. You could even use heated rollers to give you a little helping hand beforehand.
Using those sections you left free, pull them back and one by one, crate the criss-cross look you can see here. Pull a piece from the left over to the right and pin into place, and then do the same with another piece from the other side of the face, pulling from right to left and pinning into place. Continue until you have as many cross-over sections as you like.
11 – Loose + Fishbraided
Another simple and effective look, create a high ponytail, secure with a neutral coloured band, and then add a loose-isn fishtail braid to the loose pony.
Use a clear elastic to hold the fishtail braid in place at the moment, and then using your fingers, tug at the strands of hair a little to pull it out and give this loose look. It doesn’t matter if a few strands pop free here and there – it’s not meant to be perfectly formed after all.
12 – Double French Braids (On The Side)
What do you feel about double French braids? We really like this new ponytail look, first started with an off-centre parting. The entire section of the head of hair is moved away before a ponytail is created with the remainder.
Separating the side section into two pieces, one on top of the other, create two small French braids to the length desired and then use the braids to cover the elastic band holding the ponytail together. Secure in place with grips to make sure it doesn’t break free, and we like to use clear elastic bands at the base of the French braids to make sure they don’t come free at any point throughout the day.
13 – Romantically Curly
If you normally wear it straight, wear it curly. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – these new ponytail ideas are all about trying something new that you haven’t already tried.
It might sound obvious but if you usually wear your hair poker straight and in a ponytail, try something new and give it a curl. You can add the hair to the ponytail and then just curl the tail-locks to make things even quicker.
14 – Fishtail High Pony
We’ve given you a more mussed-up and boho fishtail ponytail look, but now we’re bringing you one with a little bit more structure. For a day in the office when you need to be sensible and serious, we can’t help but think this look is the one to go for.
It’s basically a sleek ponytail, using serum to make sure all the strands are nicely flat and where they should be, and when you’re done, use the pony itself and create a tight fishtail braid, trying to keep all the strands the same size to make it look relatively uniform all the way down. Hold in place with those clear elastics and you have a look that’ll last the entire day.
The good news is that you even muss this up for a second day at wearing it. Lazy? No, we think it’s more clever.
15 – Ponytails + Bangs
Some people find the prospect of ponytails and bangs quite intimidating but there’s no need to panic. We love everything about this look – the elastics used in the loose pony to give it some shape and structure, and those bangs leading into face-framing tendrils in that beautiful shade.
You can buy clip in hair extensions for bangs if you’re not brave enough to cut your own in (or have them cut at a hairdressers), and they’re a great thing to buy if you want to play around with the idea before you commit to a cut. Just remember that bangs take a while to grow out, and the grow-out stage is never pretty.
16 – Double Pony
Cheat it with two ponytails. This is a great way to add length without the need for clip in hair extensions. You simply make two ponytails, one above the other, and then use a strand of hair to wrap around and hide them so it isn’t immediately obvious that you have two ponytails at all.
Try it for yourself – it’s a clever yet simple trick to make your hair appear much longer in a split second. Just make sure that the two sections are evenly cut off, and you try to make them as close together as you can to make it easier to cover them up.
17 – Queen Bee’s High Pony
If you normally wear it low, wear it high instead. Really high. As high as you can. I know the days of the pineapple ponytail are long gone but they’re really not. Isn’t it funny how trends have a habit of coming back around again? The high pony is no exception and all the celebs are doing it … including Beyonce.
If it’s good enough for Queen Bee, it’s good enough for us. (Plus it’s a really simple hair-do that takes only a little while to do!)
18 – Classic + A Twist
It’s a classically high ponytail but with a twist – there’s an extra band added beneath to give it that in-and-out shape. You could do this with as many of those miniature clear elastic bands as you liked – all the way down the pony, half-way down, or just with one band just like you can see here.
Just yet another of the new ponytail ideas that’s just made for dirty / two-day-old hair … don’t you think? Plus it looks fabulous. We love it.
19 – Half + Half
We’ve seen a lot of new ponytail ideas like this one recently, and Khloe Kardashian has been seen rocking this fabulous pony-style. It’s a very simple style, and not technically a full ponytail, but we’re adding it to the list anyway.
You simply take the front section of hair and pull it back into a ponytail. Super simple, super easy – it takes five seconds. Literally. We’ve done it.
20 – Dutch Fishtail Braid
Another of the simple ponytail looks we absolutely adore. It’s a Dutch fishtail braid – like a normal fishtail braid but done in reverse and used down one side of the face.
With a ponytail worn to the side, this is a hairstyle you could lazily do one Sunday afternoon and still get away with rocking on Monday morning when you go to work. Don’t say we don’t bring you the very best new ponytail ideas.
21 – Accessorised Pony
Add a hair accessory. It really could be as simple as that – wear a hair accessory in your ponytail and make that your new ponytail for today.
With this ponytail, a hair bow isn’t the only thing that’s been added. The front piece of the hair has been taken out of the pony, backcombed a little, and twisted / pinned into place right in front of the start of the pony to create more volume. It’s a great way to stop yourself looking so washed out, which many women find when they simply scrape their hair back from the face.
So … which one was your favourite? Which one are you going to try next? Have you seen new ponytail ideas that you think we should add to the list? Give us a shout – leave your comments below or feel free to get in touch via our social media pages.
Tag us – #CherryCherryBeauty. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.