11 Ways to Take Your Ponytail to the Next Level

With a little boost of volume here or a fun twist there, these tricks perfect your ponytail.


Of all we know and love, a classic ponytail is the one most synonymous with comfort and simplicity — but you can always take it up a notch with one of these easy ideas.

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Tip your head back.

If you're sick of having your ponytail look droopy, all you need to do is change your angle from the start. "Tilt your head back while doing a ponytail," says celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis. "This trick makes the nape much tighter."

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Adjusting your height.

To narrow the appearance of your face, put your ponytail way up high and fluff it up. This elongates your face, drawing the eye to your cheekbones and creating the illusion of a .

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Double up.

If you've got relatively short hair that you wish could be twice as long without the wait (or the ), separate your hair into two sections, one on top and the other underneath. Put the top section in one ponytail, then do the bottom, securing each with a hair tie. Gently brush the two together to give the appearance of instantly longer hair.

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Tousle all over.

This year's it-ponytail is the mussed-up version by Jet Atkin. A bit of teasing plus a little , and voila — you've got an effortlessly cool style.

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Tie the knot.

Another easy idea for : accenting your style with a small knot. Gather your hair into a ponytail, leaving a small piece from the left side and a small piece of the right side of your head out, then tie those at the base and secure them with bobby pins. Sophisticated and chic!

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Go for a funky bubble ponytail.

If you have long hair and want something unique, try creating this bubbly look. It takes a little more skill to learn than others, but once you've got the technique down, you'll be obsessed with it.

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Add two bobby pins.

If you've got and find your ponytail drooping, stick two bobby pins under the base by the hair tie, pointing them upward. In a snap, your style looks taller and more voluminous.

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Swap a hair tie for the real thing.

For a seamless look, wrap a thin section of hair around the base of your ponytail to conceal the elastic.

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Add a braid.

If you want to kick it up another notch, don't just wrap your ponytail with your own hair — braid that piece first. This style is surprisingly easy to accomplish and looks so impressive.

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Curl your hair quickly.

Going section by section and clipping your hair up and down makes curling thick or long hair super time-consuming. Instead, put your hair into a ponytail, then wrap medium-sized sections around the barrel — and if your hair isn't too thick, you can even just . Whether you decide to keep your pony in after you curl it or take it down to wear it curly, this trick can save you a lot of time.

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Turn unwashed hair into a sleek look.

Got greasy hair? You have more options than a . Instead, slick it back so your style looks deliberate, then wrap the base with a piece of hair to make it look extra cool.

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