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8 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles

Updo & Bun Hairstyles

8 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles 8 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles 8 Easy Ponytail Hairstyles

Ponytails are pretty much our go-to look when it comes to second-day hair. You hop out of bed, wonder how you’ll style your strands, and probably almost immediately think of the pony.

While we love ponytails, we’re the first to admit that a traditional ponytail can get pretty boring day in and day out. And since nobody wants to be basic all the time, we’re all about looking for ways to revamp easy ‘do’s for something a tad more eye-catching. So, to make things a bit more fun and whole lot more fashionable, we’ve rounded up eight ponytail ideas that look a whole lot more complicated than they actually are. Ready to take your favorite lazy girl hairstyle up a notch? Follow along!

1. Wet Ponytail

Over the past year, runways and red carpets have been teeming with wet hair—or at least tresses that appear to be sopping. With the hairstyle popping up every which way we look, it was only a matter of time before it got locked in as one of 2017’s hottest hair trends. And here we are. If you want to rock a just-slinked-out-of-the-pool look without actually donning soaking wet locks, we’ve got the style for you.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo
L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner
Wide tooth comb
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel
Hair tie
L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with freshly washed hair. Although you won’t actually be rocking soaking wet strands, it’s important to begin with clean hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner.

Step 2: Massage gel throughout. After letting your hair air dry for a bit, use a wide tooth comb to brush through any tangles before adding in a half-dollar’s worth of gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel. Using your comb, brush through your hair once again post-gel in order to evenly distribute a wet look.

Step 3: Pull hair into a pony. After you’ve detangled all your hair, use your hands to smooth over any visible comb lines and gently pull your hair up into a high ponytail, continuously smoothing any bumps as you go.

Step 4: Finish with gloss. Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist as a finishing touch.

2. Double Braided Low Pony

Love the way French braided pigtails frame your face but don’t want to fuss with the ends hanging over each shoulder? This double-braided hairstyle transforms into a single pony and is très chic.

What you’ll need:

Mini clear elastic

Get the look by following with these simple steps:

Step 1: Create two French braids. With a center part down the middle of your head, create a French braid on each side from your hairline to the nape of your neck.

Step 2: Merge your braids. Instead of continuing your braids separately, merge them together by combing the two closest sections of each braid and the two remaining sections in each braid can become one so that you now have three sections to braid all the way to the ends.

Step 3: Secure your braid. Using a mini clear elastic, tie your braid off and you’re ready to complete the rest of your beauty routine.

3. Rope Ponytail

If you’re like us, you’re all about adding dimension to your braids. With a million braided styles out there, one of our favorite looks seems to get forgotten. To resurrect a gorgeous hairstyle you’re sure to love, we’re here to reintroduce you to the super-simple rope braid.

What you’ll need:

Hair tie
Mini clear elastic

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Be sure to pull it extra tight—gently, of course!

Step 2: Split and twist. Divide your ponytail into two equal sections and twist each in opposite directions from the base of your pony all the way to the ends.

Step 3: Weave your rope. With a twisted section in each hand, wrap each around each other to build your rope. Seal it off with a clear mini elastic and you’re ready to lasso the day! See what we did there?

4. Pineapple Pony

Got natural curls? Instead of doing a traditional hair tie pony, grab a silk scarf and follow our poofed up ‘do below.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum
Silk scarf

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Smooth your curls. Before pulling your hair up, refresh your curls with a quarter-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum.

Step 2: Flip and wrap. To create this look, instead of using a hair tie, flip your head over and tie a silk scarf around your head with your gorgeous curls popping out the top—like a pineapple!

Step 3: Straighten your scarf. After your scarf is in place, flip your head back over and situate the knot in the front. Want a little more of an accessorized effect? Tie it into a bow!

5. Single Knot Pony

Before picking out a fancy hair tie, take a peek at this knotted pony that spruces up the classic look in the same way, sans added accessories.

What you’ll need:

Hair tie
Bobby pins
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Divide your hair into two sections. Horizontally part your hair from ear to ear, leaving your front section free and tying the rest into a simple low pony.

Step 2: Tie a knot. Part your loose front section down the middle and smooth it back towards your low ponytail. Instead of adding them to the pony, tie it in a knot around it.

Step 3: Secure your knot. To keep your knot perfectly tied, grab a few hair-colored bobby pins and secure it into place. Finish off by using the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold to help keep your look in place.

6. Bubble Fauxhawk Pony

The ‘80s called and they want to share one of their favorite hairstyles. And what better time than when fashion is having a serious flashback moment?! Yup, we thought you’d be excited.

What you’ll need:

Rat tail comb
Mini clear elastics

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start a couple inched back from your hairline. To begin your bubble fauxhawk, grab a rat tail comb and section off a portion of hair a couple inches from your hairline. Secure it with the first of many clear elastics to come with this hairstyle.

Step 2: Keep making bubbles. About an inch under your first bubble, create another. Think of the method as a sort of French braid process, during which you constantly bring more hair into the fauxhawk.

Step 3: Bubble off your pony. Once you’ve reached the nape of your neck you’ll no longer have to incorporate more hair, so just tie off your ponytail every inch or so.

Step 4: Add height to your hawk. To lift your look, gently tug each bubble to really define your vintage ‘do.

7. Dutch Braid Pony

Tired of classic French braids? Flip it inside out for this hairstyle that’s fit for any occasion. All you have to do is switch to an underhanded braiding technique and you’ll have a textured, eye-catching ‘do in no time.

What you’ll need:

Mini clear elastic

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Weave your braid. Begin by splitting your hair into three sections at the crown of your head and weaving it together with an underhanded technique. Crossing the left section under the center section and the right section under the new center section, continue this process, continually adding in new sections of hair until you reach the ends.

Step 2: Tie off your braid. Finish it off with a mini clear elastic and you officially know a new braiding technique—not to mention a new pony!

8. Unicorn Braid Pony

Who doesn’t love all things mermaids and unicorns? Give us candy-colored hair dyes, eye shadows, and lipsticks and we’re happy as a clam. So, when we found out there’s a ponytail out there dedicated to one of our most beloved mythical creatures, you better believe we had to share it with you!

What you’ll need:

Rat tail comb
Lobster clips
Mini clear elastic
Hair tie
Bobby pin
Curling wand

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Divide a section of hair down the middle of your head. Using a rat tail comb, section off a one to two-inch middle section from your hairline to the nape of your neck. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way with a lobster clip on each side.

Step 2: Create a Dutch Braid. With an underhanded technique, weave a Dutch braid from your hairline to the nape of your neck using the middle section of hair and tie it off with a mini clear elastic.

Step 3: Smooth all of your hair into a ponytail. Unclip the two loose sections and brush them back into a low ponytail with your unicorn braid. Tie al your hair together using a hair-colored hair tie.

Step 4: Hide your hair tie. Take a small section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around your hair tie to hide the band. Secure it in place with a booby pin on the underside of your ponytail.

Step 5: Curl your ends. To really perk up your super-girly hairstyle, use a curling wand to add in a few romantic waves to your pony—you’re now ready for everything from your desk to date night.