Ponytails are our original hairstyle (after all, they've been our go-to since we were little kids fumbling on the playground). Often, though, they can walk a fine line between classic and, well, boring. That's why we assembled a list of our all-time favorite ponytail styles for long hair. These are sure to strike up inspiration and—most importantly—freshen up your take on the quintessential style.
Our first case-in-point on the topic of ponytails that are anything but boring: this long-haired ponytail trifecta. We love how it appears to be a normal ponytail from the front, with the sporty-chic detail only being revealed when you turn to the side. I think we've found our go-to athleisure hairstyle (that's a thing, right?).
This undone ponytail at Helmut Lang is especially notable thanks to the metallic silver cuff that surrounds the hair halfway down. It's super easy to replicate this futuristic style, too, thanks to this Silver Hair Cuff ($4) on Amazon.
Freshening up your average ponytail doesn't have to be complicated. Take it from this sleek example and add a deep side part. It's easy, chic, and just the tiny unexpected detail that makes or breaks a style.
Speaking of unexpected… This low ponytail/bun hybrid is just that. Instead of pulling your hair through, stop just before the end to create a small looped bun. After that, all it takes is a hair tie and a standard black ribbon. Très chic, non?
We're all about combining styles (if you couldn't tell from the last one). For this, apply a little product to your hair for that slick wet look. Try ColorWow Pop & Lock Gloss Treatment ($20), before French-braiding down the back of your head and tying it off securely with a hair tie.
Here's another wet-look style. You know, just for good measure. The slicked-back top and minimalist black leather hair cuff make for a super-sleek, somewhat futuristic look. (If you're as into the wet look as we are, don't miss our tutorial with celeb hairstylist Chris Appleton.)
This is very '90s, but we mean that in the best way. Tie your hair back into a traditional ponytail and then bubble it out by adding small black elastics section by section. Just be sure to finish with a spritz of hair spray to make sure they stay put.
We're used to seeing people wrap ribbons around the base of their ponytails, so this look is totally unexpected. We like the idea of switching up the norm and wrapping the ponytail itself with a long patterned ribbon.
To replicate this look, all you need to do is leave a piece of hair out when you gather the rest of it into a high ponytail. After you secure the main part with a hair tie, take the rogue loose piece you set aside and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Just secure with a bobby pin, and you'll be all set.
We like the '60s vibe we get from this brushed-back style. Before gathering your hair into a ponytail, try teasing your hair at the crown of your head to achieve the rounded volume you see here on the Mugler runway.
Leave it to Dior to create the best beach waves we've ever seen. To replicate this perfection, we'll use the Beachwaver Pro 1-Inch Curling Iron ($199). Then, we'll leave some tousled pieces out at the front before twisting the rest of our hair back on either side of our head and tying it off with a hair tie.
You can go about this one in one of two ways. First, you can actually dye the tips of your hair an electric color. Or you can invest in some clip-in hair extensions. The latter is our preferred way since it allows us to sport a fun look without all of the permanent color commitment.
Finally, we have this ridged braid ponytail. Part your hair into five equal pieces running horizontally from front to back. Braid three of the middle pieces and tie off with separate hair ties. Then, gather up the unbraided parts and tie everything off. Once that's done, it's easy to take out the previous three elastics that are holding the braids together. Basically, it looks super complicated, but it's not too difficult after a little practice.