20 Times Celebrities Wore the Hell Out of a Slicked-Back Ponytail

Updated 03/09/18

Some days, you just don't feel like having your hair in your face. Or maybe busy days have gotten the best of you, and you've had to put off wash day for far too long—trust, we've all been there. Don't worry, though. You can slick your hair back, and it'll look just as good. In fact, celebrities have worn this popular slicked-back style on the red carpet for years. It's elegant and equally badass at the same time.

So grab your go-to bristle brush, a pomade paste or gel, and a bit of water to brush your strands back into a slicked-back ponytail. Need inspo? Click through for the striking slicked-back ponytails we're loving right now.

Jasmine Tookes Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Jasmine Tookes is truly a vision in a slicked-back, extra-long high ponytail at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. 

Ciara Slicked-Back Ponytail
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For those days you want your texture to work in your favor, do as Ciara does. Slick it into a killer high ponytail, and tease the hell out of your hair for even more volume.

Serena Williams Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Vernon François created a sculpture-esque, slicked-back pony on Serena Williams that stunned the red carpet at the Glamour Women of the Year awards. 

Kourtney Kardashian Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Kourtney Kardashian looks striking in this simple high ponytail. She's donned many hairstyles, but her high ponytails might be our fave—that bone structure is snatched. 

Dascha Polanco Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Orange Is the New Black star Dascha Polanco looks so chic in this playful side ponytail. Adding a few ringlets to her pony elevated this look with just enough glam. 

Gabrielle Union Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Gabrielle Union took a classic low ponytail to new heights when she wore a middle part slicked back into a low ponytail complete with fluffy curls. 

Jasmine Sanders Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Jasmine Sanders is stunning with her golden blonde hair that she's confirmed is, in fact, her natural hair color. Her hair slicked back into a high, slightly side ponytail is serving sass.

Sofia Carson Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Sofia Carson attended the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with this slicked-back swoop done right with a deep side part. How chic. 

Yara Shahidi Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Oh, Yara Shahidi. She can do wrong. Her glossy hair looks picturesque with perfectly done finger waves. This is a millennial take on Old Hollywood glamour with her natural curls free flowing in the back.

Jourdan Dunn Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Jourdan Dunn worked the red carpet at the Met Gala when she stepped out in this slicked-back, blunt-cut ponytail. Her play on textures made this look a winner.

Sophia Bush Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Sophia Bush experimented with texture with this high-shine ponytail with wavy ends. 

Tracee Ellis Ross Slicked-Back Ponytail
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We could go on and on about Tracee Ellis Ross's curls because they're absolutely amazing. But when she donned a different look and went with a pulled-back, braided ponytail, her hair looked equally amazing.

Priyanka Chopra Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Priyanka Chopra looks absolutely regal in this classic low ponytail. 

Kim Kardashian West Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Wet hair is Kim Kardashian West's thing. So, of course, she nailed this glossy, slicked-back ponytail. That bronzer, though. 

Zendaya Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Zendaya has proven herself to be a hair chameleon. Her baby hairs look perfect in this slicked-back high pony. 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks like pure elegance in this sleek ponytail using the hair wraparound trick to make everything look more seamless. 

Camilla Belle Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Actress Camilla Belle's chestnut locks looks gorgeous slicked back in this style. 

Emily Ratajkowski Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Emily Ratajkowski showed up to the MTV Movie Awards with her hair slicked back and shining. Her striking features can honestly stand alone. 

Gigi Hadid Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Gigi Hadid looks like the classic beauty she is at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in this slicked-back ponytail, letting her honey blonde highlights steal the show.

Jennifer Lopez Slicked-Back Ponytail
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Jennifer Lopez is stunning, but this moment was all about her adorned, slicked-back pony. Save this to your Pinterest board because this is major wedding inspiration. 

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