The sleek braided ponytail is everywhere, and for good reason. Ponytails offer what some call an instant facelift and look great with everything from athleisure to elegant ensembles. In the case of the braided ponytail, instead of letting the hair flow freely (which we also love), braiding the hair's length is an opportunity to play with texture and even color depending on the look you're going for. You may think the braided ponytail only has a few creative tricks, but we've rounded up 34 inspiring looks to recreate at home or show your stylist for reference at your next appointment. See below for some seriously unique ponytail braids.
Beyoncé's butt-length braid deserves its own star on the Walk of Fame—the slicked ponytail is just that iconic. The best part about this pony is it's easy to recreate after watching a YouTube tutorial or two. We love this one from Mekaba, which breaks down how to feed in Kanekalon hair for a snatched braided look.
Adorned Ponytail Braid
Ashley Graham's sleek, side-parted Met Gala bubble ponytail isn't braided, but the creativity we see here can be applied to a braid as well. Instead of using the bubble ponytail method, once your hair is slicked back, braid the length and add as much bling as your heart desires.
Braided Ponytail with Undercut
Undercuts always give hair of any length an element of surprise. Here, Selena Gomez's simple braided ponytail is taken up a notch thanks to the undercut and the extra hair wrapped around her ponytail's base.
Slick Ponytail Braid with Baby Hairs
Ponytails and baby hairs are a dynamic duo. Not only do they add flair, but they make it easy to tame those flyaway edges that don't always like to cooperate.
Simple Ponytail Braid
Here, Gigi Hadid keeps things sleek and simple with a ponytail that doesn't seem to have any extensions. If you want to lay down flyaways without the look being too done, put a little pomade in your hands and apply it as you build your base.
Low Braided Ponytail
We love a good high ponytail, but there's something easygoing about a low braided ponytail. You can wear your hair straight back or with a middle part, depending on your face shape and preference. For those with naturally curlier hair types, a mousse—like The Doux's Mousse Def Texture Foam ($15)—and a gel, like Cantu's Moisture Retention Styling Gel ($5), will help mold and hold your curls.
Side-Parted Ponytail Braid
We love a side-parted 'do. Not only do side parts frame your face, but this pulled-back look helps make your features the star of the show.
Braided Side Ponytail
This braided side ponytail with burnt ends is bringing the beauty staples of the '90s to the present. If a long, single braid isn't your style, try this look.
Low Side Braid
Sade Adu is the queen of minimalistic beauty. Her simple braid, red lip, and hoop earring look from the '80s and '90s is still mimicked years after its iconic debut.
Jumbo Braid Ponytail
Rocking a braided ponytail isn't one-size-fits-all. Go big and give a jumbo braid a try.
Ribbon Adorned Braided Ponytail
To add some spark to a classic, try braiding in or wrapping ribbon into your braid. If you're feeling especially creative, you can match your ribbon to your outfits or stick with a monochromatic aesthetic to ensure your accessories always match your outfits.
Loose Ponytail Braid
To add some texture to your braid, leave the ends of your braid loose. To get a wavy look, apply mousse to the length of the hair as your braid, let it set overnight, unravel the ends once they're dry, and apply a band to seal the ends.
Classic Braided Ponytail
Tracee Ellis Ross shows us just how to keep it minimal with a braided ponytail. Accentuate your eyes and brows to bring your hairstyle full circle.
Colorful Ponytail Braid
Adding color can take any look up a notch. Colorful clips and braided hair let you wear your bright personality on your sleeve, so to speak.
Trying something new with your hair is always fun, and this banded ponytail creates the illusion of a twisted, braided style.
Red Braided Ponytail
Adding a bright hair color with dark hair at your roots can make a style pop. The box braids, laid edges, and stunning burgundy shade makes this version of a braided ponytail a showstopper.
Meta Braided Ponytail
If you look closely, you can see that Dascha Polanco's braid is braided with a small braid intertwined to add texture along with the blunt ends.
Sleek Braided High Ponytail
Simple hair offers an opportunity to play up your favorite features. Here, we see a winged eyeliner look with lashes to bring the look full circle.
Ponytail Braid with Puffed End
When adding extensions to a braid, Kanekalon is the top choice. However, if you have natural hair, seek out extensions that mimic or complement your natural texture.
Jeweled Braided Ponytail
Adding jewelry to your natural hair braided into a ponytail is a small touch that can make a big impact.
Floor Length Ponytail
Ponytails have no length limit, and this style on Megan Thee Stallion proves just that. Adding braiding string created a curl-like look that's likely easy to recreate with a bit of patience.
Multi-Look Ponytail Braid
This look merges a few beauty 'dos, which we love to see. Here, Amore used her creativity to craft a one-of-a-kind look.
Fishtail Braided Ponytail
Try a fishtail braid to switch up your go-to braiding technique, and add some bling to the braid or crown of your head to make the look really pop.
Jeweled Braided Ponytail
The bejeweled clips and bobby pins in this look are a reminder that a seemingly simple accessory adds glam in seconds.
Whimsical Ponytail Braid
This whimsical ponytail is a must-try if you love to incorporate color into your looks. It may take a few tries to get the right mix of the ombré, but it will be worth the experimentation.
Side Halo Braided Ponytail
If you want a more relaxed look, try a halo braid with the length braided to the side.
Jennifer Lopez knows how to do an updo. The middle part and interesting bun style make this ponytail braid variation a hybrid we can't wait to recreate.
Braid Wrap Ponytail
This long ponytail braid has a detail that we love—a twisted, wrapped style that makes it feel totally unique.
Ponytail Braid with Volume
Shay Mitchell's ponytail has a detail that isn't always common with a braided ponytail: volume.
Jumbo Waist-Length Ponytail Braid
Creating a jumbo ponytail braid requires a sleek, firm base. Once your hair is secure, be sure to keep a piece of loose hair available to wrap around the base.
Box Braids Bow
If you want to try something a little different than the typical ponytail, try a bow. Skai Jackon's bow updo shows the versatility of both ponytails and box braids.
Highlighted Jumbo Braid
Even if your hair isn't highlighted, that doesn't mean you can't add color with braiding hair. Intertwine chocolate braiding hair with your natural shade (or adjust based on your own color or desired look) to add definition without permanent color commitment.
Placing several small braids into a high ponytail gives this beloved style new life. Take things a step further by adding gold or metallic braiding string to your look.
Jumbo Side Ponytail Braid
Go high or low with your braided pony. Either way, the style will elevate a look for any occasion.