9 Not-Boring Ponytail Ideas for Every Length
Here's a weird scientific fact of the day: There's such a thing as the Ponytail Equation, which quite literally helps predict the shape of a ponytail. Researchers in England discovered a ratio called (not kidding) the Rapunzel Number, which calculates the effects of gravity on a ponytail relative to its length. If the number is low, the ponytail fans outward; if it's high, the ponytail will hang vertically. Should you file this away under useless information you'll never need to think about again? Probably. But you know what isn't useless ponytail information? The cute hairstyles we're about to show you below.
From curly hair to short lengths and super-long strands, these ponytail variations will ramp up a basic pulled-back look. Sure, they may take a bit more time and elbow grease than a few wraps with a hair tie, but the end result is so worth the effort. Keep scrolling to see what we mean.
All Day Chic
If you have the type of hair that stays put without accessories, you may not even need a hair tie to complete the look. Grab two sections and wrap them into one another, then pull the two sides together once more and create another knot. Leave out some length at the end for the ponytail component (and grab an elastic if necessary), et voilá.
Paper & Stitch
Create two focal points in this double pony by first gathering the hair into a half-ponytail, secure with an elastic, then loosely gather the rest into a low ponytail and secure once again. Lift the hair in the middle ever so slightly to gain more volume, and if you wish, wrap the elastics with more hair to hide them.
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