7 Ways to Wear Your Hair Up (That Don’t Involve Ponytails)

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When it comes to wearing your hair up, we all love a good ponytail. But you have to admit it can get old. Some days you just want to mix it up—and we don’t mean turning your pony into a bun. Luckily we’ve faced this dilemma many times, so we decided to curate seven options to help you bust out of your ponytail rut. Keep scrolling to check out your alternatives and maybe your new favorite updo.

The Modern French Twist

A model with a french twist

We all fall victim to the bad hair day/messy bun combo. But why not up the ante next time and try a more editorial look? Similar to a French twist, a small bun will be hidden underneath hair swept across the head. Make sure to have a long-lasting hold hairspray, like Drybar’s The Sheriff Medium Hold Hairspray ($27), on hand to keep the look in place, but don't stress too much about loose strands—the messy bits make it modern.

The Braided Crown

Easier than it looks and acceptable in venues other than a music festival, the crown braid is a fashionable way to get the hair off your neck. Make sure to pull an anti-frizz product through your hair to tame flyaways. 

Twisted Low Bun

Twisted Low Bun
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This updo is a modern take on the twisted pony. Once you pull the pony through, take the loose ends and tuck them in, securing a sleek, sophisticated look. Be sure to have a Karina Bobbies Box ($6) on hand to secure the twists and loose hairs.

Messy Bun With A Tail

Model with a messy bun with the ends hanging loose
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Leave the ends loose on your next topknot or bun and enjoy a look that’s half-pony, half-topknot, and all style. Secure the hair with a Scuni Large Black No Damage Elastic ($4) and create the loop by twisting the hair through twice. 

The Faux-hawk

Welcome to your new favorite hairdo when you need to feel like you're taking care of business. Divide the hair into three separate sections and secure with hair ties; pin into your desired faux-hawk shape, or let your curly strands fly free and live their best life.

The Braided Bun

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In case you needed further proof that a braid is pretty much the answer to all hair problems, we present the braided bun. Add in a pretty accessory, and we guarantee you'll look like you spent way more time getting ready than you did.

Top Knot With Bangs

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The parted, side-swept bangs on Yara Shahidi's top knot make this a fresh departure from the ponytail's cousin's normal styling.

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