When it comes to tried-and-true hairstyles, braids will always have a special place in our hearts. That being said, there are times when sticking with a traditional braid can get a little boring. One of our favorite ways to update the look? A braided ponytail! There are so many ways to try out this hairstyle trend, including options that evolve from your go-to plaits like French and fishtail braids. Ready to style your mane? Choose from one of the following 30 braided ponytail hairstyles.
1. MIX AND MATCH BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Braids that transition into a ponytail? Yes, please! If you want a hairstyle that’s sure to turn heads, this braided ponytail is worth giving a shot. It features two braids at the crown of your head that meet and flow into a traditional pony. Cute, right? Here’s How to Perfect a Mix and Match Braided Ponytail.
2. CLASSIC BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Who says a braided ponytail has to be complicated? Give yourself a classic braided ponytail hairstyle by first pulling your strands into a ponytail, using a clear elastic to secure them. Then, braid the length of your ponytail into a traditional three-strand braid. Easy, peasy.
3. CHUNKY BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Rocking chunky box braids? Consider putting them into a ponytail for a hairstyle that’s full of texture. All you have to do is bring your braids into a ponytail at the height of your choice, then secure with a hair elastic.
4. HIGH BRAIDED PONYTAIL
If you’re looking for a super fun, spunky braided ponytail, look no further. To get the style, first bring your strands into a high ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Then, braid the length of your pony. Your braided ponytail will be swinging with every step!
5. WRAPAROUND BRAIDED PONYTAIL
We’re sure by now you know the secret of disguising your hair tie with a wraparound ponytail, but have you ever considered adding a braid into the mix? Smooth your hair into a ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Take a one-inch section of hair from the bottom of your ponytail. Weave the section into a traditional three-strand braid, then wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail, securing it into place beneath your ponytail with a few bobby pins. Seal in your style with a bit of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray, and you’ll be left with a super sleek style that’ll have your friends asking how you did it.
6. CUFFED BRAIDED PONYTAIL
When in doubt, accessorize it out. After putting your braided locks into a ponytail, place hair cuffs throughout your mane. You can customize the placement and cuff designs for a look that’s totally you!
7. LOW BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Consider keeping things low-key with this low braided ponytail that’s perfect for a more professional setting. First, smooth your locks into a low ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Then, weave the length of your pony into your favorite type of braid. All done!
8. FISHTAIL BRAID PONYTAIL
Gather your hair into a ponytail at the height of your choosing—we love a pony that sits about halfway up your head for this look. Secure with a clear elastic, then put your braiding skills to use and create a fishtail braid on the length of your locks. Gently tug at either side of the braid to add volume and a bit more texture. Be sure to spritz the look with hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, before heading out the door.
9. WRAPAROUND CURLY PONYTAIL
Have naturally curly hair? This hairstyle was made for you! First, gather your curly locks into a high ponytail. Then, weave and wrap a small braid around the base of your ponytail—just as we described in style number five. Secure with a few bobby pins on the underside of your pony and say hello to loads of beautiful texture!
10. DINO BRAID PONYTAIL
Combine a braid and a ponytail by rocking a dino braid ponytail. To get the look, start by Dutch braiding the hair at the crown of your head. Then, bring your length into a ponytail. That’s it!
11. BRAID ACCENT PONYTAIL
Sometimes a little accent is all you need. You know how the saying goes—less is more! After pulling your strands into a ponytail, take a one-inch section of hair and weave it into whichever style of braid you like. Simple and sweet!
12. BRAIDED PONYTAIL WITH AN UNDERCUT
Add an edgy touch to your look by sporting a braided ponytail with an undercut. This partially buzzed look is one no one will be expecting! All you have to do is ask your hairstylist for an undercut (you can even rock a cool design), then put your strands into a traditional braided pony. So fierce!
13. BEADED BRAIDED PONYTAIL
If you love a head full of braids, one of the best ways to show some personality is by rocking braids with beads. Add lots of beads to the ends of your braids for an amazing accent, then all that’s left to do is pull your beaded braids into a—you guessed it—pony.
14. SIDE BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Prefer to keep things side-swept? Bring all of your hair to one side, then weave the length of your strands into your braid of choice. That’s it! Easy, right?
15. TEXTURED BRAIDED PONYTAIL
We’re all about amping up the texture of your hairstyle! To do so, start by pulling your hair into a ponytail, securing it with a clear elastic. Then, split the length of your pony into three equally-sized sections, weaving one into a traditional three-strand braid. Secure the braid with a clear elastic, then weave that braid and the two remaining sections of hair into one ultimate braid for all the texture!
16. COLORFUL BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Want to spice up your classic braided ponytail without too much effort? Turn to temporary hair color for a totally revamped look! Take your pick of the hues in the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray and L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color lines. Both lines wash out in just one shampoo—no commitment necessary! You can apply the color any way you like, but one of our favorite options is adding a fun hue to individual sections of the braid to amplify its woven look.
17. BRAIDED BUBBLE PONYTAIL
If you love a messy, voluminous look, you’ll love this braided bubble ponytail. After putting your strands in a high ponytail, begin to braid the length into a traditional three-strand braid. Secure with hair ties after every inch or so of braiding to create your “bubbles.” Gently tug at the braid to add more volume and body as you go.
18. PULL-THROUGH BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Another way to add a subtle touch of detail to a braided ponytail hairstyle is by using this pull-through method. First, gather your hair at the nape of your neck and weave it into a three-strand braid. Then, create a hole in your hair above the base of your braid. Pull the end of the braid through the top of the hole and out the bottom to create a twisted, pull-through effect. Easy and oh-so-pleasing!
19. PEEK-A-BOO BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Have you considered giving the peek-a-boo hair color trend a try? If you have, we recommend combining it with a braided pony for a seriously Instagram-worthy ‘do. Not sure what peek-a-boo hair is? Check out our article, How to Get a Peek-a-Boo Hair Color, for everything you need to know.
20. FRENCH BRAID PONYTAIL
French braid your face-framing strands toward the back of your head, creating one French braid on either side. When you reach the back, secure all of your hair with a clear elastic. Oh là là!
21. MESSY BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Sometimes messy is better. To get the look, you’ll want to begin by creating texture with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist. Then, create a classic braided ponytail, making sure not to make it too perfect in the process. Gently tug at the sides of the braided ponytail to loosen up the look and make it effortlessly messy.
22. HALF BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Who said a hairstyle that’s half done is incomplete? Rather than braiding your entire ponytail, weave halfway down the length of your pony, securing with a clear elastic. Gently tug at the sides of the braid for a looser look, then show off your half-done style!
23. DUTCH BRAID PONYTAIL
Similar to a French braid ponytail, you’ll want to Dutch braid your face-framing strands toward the back of your head with one Dutch braid on each side. When you reach the back of your head, secure the remaining hair into a ponytail.
24. DOUBLE BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Not a pro at French or Dutch braiding just yet? You can still get the look of two braids leading into a ponytail by weaving traditional three-strand braids. First, create two one-inch sections at the front of either side of your head. Pull the remaining hair into a high ponytail. Then, braid each face-framing section into a three-strand braid. Pull the braids back toward your ponytail and wrap their ends around the ponytail’s base before securing with a few pins.
25. HALF-UP BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Rather than braiding your entire mane, consider a half-up braided ponytail. First, create texture throughout your mane with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Then, separate a top section of hair that goes from one ear to the next. Secure the section into a half-up pony, then braid it into a fishtail braid and tie off with a clear elastic. Talk about a romantic hairstyle!
26. TWISTED BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Did we mention we love texture? After bringing your strands into a ponytail, split the length of your hair into two. Weave each section into its own braid, then twist the two braids around each other. Secure the ends with a clear elastic and show off your textured ‘do!
27. SLEEK BRAIDED PONYTAIL
We love a sleek, slick look. First, apply a bit of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, to the crown of your head. Slick back any flyaways and stray strands! Then, pull your length into a ponytail and weave it into a tight, neat braid.
28. DOUBLE BRAIDED PONYTAILS
What’s better than one braided ponytail? Two, of course! For double the fun, split your mane down the middle, creating two main sections. Secure each section into a high ponytail, then braid and tie off.
29. BRAIDED PONYTAIL WITH TWISTS
To add a touch more texture without going on a braid overload, consider combining your braided ponytail with twists. Simply twist back your face-framing strands on either side of your head, securing with a few bobby pins. Then, pull your length into a simple braided ponytail!
30. REVERSE BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Last but not least, we love the look of a reverse braided ponytail! This look involves braiding the underside of your ponytail, so it may take a bit of practice. All you have to do is French braid your hair as you normally would—starting at the nape of your neck and working your way halfway up your head. Then, secure your length into a ponytail. It’s all in the details!