We love a good ponytail. Why? They’re simple, versatile and effective — when done right. Whether you simply need your hair to stay put or you’re heading out for the night, the ponytail is a mighty sidekick. Read on for eight ways to rock a ponytail like the go-getter goddess you are.
A far cry from a one-trick pony(tail), this ‘do can be your go-to for everything from a tennis match to a romantic night out. With a few simple tricks and tips, we’ll take your ponytail from drab to fab for any occasion. What’s more, we’ll match your ponytail style with a recommended TIY color. Let’s dive in for our team’s top eight favorite ponytail styles:
1. High Ponytail
Classic, sleek, effective—the high ponytail transitions beautifully from day to night. A perfectly placed high ponytail comes with the added bonus of lifting and accentuating your cheekbones. To find the sweet spot, align your hair on a diagonal with your cheekbones, then smooth it back using a bristle brush and hairspray.
Best for: The high ponytail is the perfect get-it-done style. Rock it in the gym, on a hike, at a sports match or for a night out dancing. From pro athletes to red-carpet arrivals, the high ponytail is a timeless classic.
We recommend: TIY Black.
2. Side Ponytail
We know the term “side ponytail” might conjure up some cringe-worthy ‘80s nostalgia—crimped hair and multi-hued scrunchies to boot—but times have changed. From fashion runways to the red carpet, the side ponytail has evolved into a versatile style. Gather loose curls into a low side ponytail for an effortless date-night look. Tease the crown of your head for a retro, yet classy feel or create a deep side part and incorporate a romantic twist.
Best for: We love a good side ponytail for a dash of romance. Wear this look out on a coffee date or for a day out exploring the city with friends.
We recommend: TIY Milk Chocolate.
3. Braided Ponytail
Add a braid to any ponytail style for an extra layer of texture and detail. Whether you go for the classic three strand braid or tackle a more intricate design, like a fishtail braid, the braided ponytail gets bonus points for versatility.
Best for: Wear it to the gym, on the field, at work or out on a date—the possibilities are endless!
We recommend: TIY Electric Pink
4. Sleek Ponytail
A runway favorite, the sleek ponytail is easy to recreate and never goes out of style. To rock the perfect sleek ponytail, apply a heat-protectant and blow dry hair away from your face without creating a part. Next, straighten hair in sections, working out all the kinks. Use a soft bristle brush to gather hair in a high ponytail and secure it with your perfect length TIY hair tie. Tame flyaways with hairspray and you’re ready to roll.
Best for: We love a sleek ponytail for a distraction-free workout, sports match or yoga session. The sleek ponytail also creates a clean, classy look that’s perfect for meeting clients, web conferencing or attending formal events.
We recommend: TIY Lilac Sunday
5. Messy Ponytail
The messy ponytail creates a laid-back, casual look that’s easy to recreate and remains stylish. For the perfect messy ponytail, add hairspray to your hair and give it a few curls. This helps create texture and volume. Next, secure your hair in a ponytail and pull the top section to tighten and lift until you’re satisfied. For additional volume, try backcombing sections of your ponytail.
Best for: The messy ponytail is a great style for running errands, a casual date or staying at home in style.
We recommend: TIY Mint Your Business
6. Low Ponytail
The low ponytail works beautifully around a center part for a sleek, professional look. Use a fine-tooth comb to part hair, then apply dry shampoo or a root-lifting spray for extra texture. Next, gently pull your hair back into a low ponytail and secure it. You can keep your ears at least partially covered for a classic “low” hairstyle look.
Best for: The low ponytail works in professional settings and transitions well into a night out. It’s also a great option for salty locks after a day out on the beach.
We recommend: TIY Coral
7. Samurai Ponytail
Inspired by the fierce warriors of Japan, the Samurai ponytail is a variation on the man bun. To unlock your inner warrior, simply gather the hair at the top of your head into a tight ponytail on the back of your crown. This style works well with short hair and is often a go-to look for those with undercuts.
Best for: This style is favored by both men and women as a versatile look that translates from the soccer field to the modern office (depending on how sleek or messy you make it).
We recommend: TIY Chili Pepper
8. Half Up, Half Down Ponytail
Half up, half down—a classic all-round. To recreate this look, use your fingers to comb through and section off the top portion of your hair, then secure it.
Best for: The half up ponytail is a quick, effortless style you can wear to work, on a date or on low-intensity outings where you want to keep hair out of your face while still letting those locks dangle (a round of mini-golf, anyone?).
We recommend: TIY Indigo
Best Hair Ties for Ponytails
Whichever ponytail style you rock, keep it secure with a TIY custom-size hair tie. You can cut our maximum comfort hair ties to the exact right length for your hair type. Made with a high-quality elastomer core, your TIY hair tie will lock your pony in without damaging your hair, no matter what. Contact TIY here with questions or visit us online to learn more.