6 Alternative ponytails you should try right now!

/ 09.11.2014
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If you've ever thought that ponytails are kind of boring, we promise to prove you wrong over the course of this article. The world's favorite updo is anything BUT boring, and it happens to be the most versatile thing since duct tape. (Side note - if it can't be fixed with duct tape, it can't be fixed.) In the gallery above, you'll find no less than six alternative ways to rock a pony with nary a boring style in sight!

Mini fishtail

Anyone who has ever tried it can attest to the fact that fishtail braiding is more intricate and time-consuming than regular three-strand braiding. This style, however, only requires a couple of inches of herringboned sorcery to create a cute, unique look, making it the perfect compromise!

Low knot

This style is super simple and can be done by absolutely anyone with hair that's long enough to tie into a pony.

Top tip - Run a small amount of L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum back through your hair before pulling it back. This will give your strands a subtle grunge/wet-look finish.


If you want something playful with a grown-up edge, try loosely braiding a pony after tying a ribbon to the elastic. Weave the ribbon in as you go then loosen with your hands when you're done.

Optical illusion

For those of you who are not-so-patiently growing their hair, cheat your way to a longer pony with a very deceptive half-up style à la J-Lo.

Top tip - Eliminate flyaways by misting Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray into the palm of your hand, then firmly smoothing it over the problem areas.

Sleek chic

A low side pony with an ultra-sleek finish will make you look polished and totally put-together, even if you're wearing sweatpants.

Top tip - Mist your finished style with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand-Smoother Serum Spray for a high-shine look.

Beautiful braid

If you're feeling particularly dextrous, put it to good use by trying a chic French braided side-pony. This pretty style looks good on everyone and, with a little practice, is surprisingly easy to do.

Which pony will you try first?

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