Nothing beats the style of ponytails and versatility, but the one thing that could make them even better is adding a braid (or lots of braids) to your long hair.
Go ahead—take a minute to grab your hair elastics and brushes, recreate each look then so you can start wearing braided ponytails.
1. French-Braided Ponytail
French braid your hair to the center of your head and finish it off with elastic for this smooth and effortless look. Scoop your hair into a ponytail and tie it with an elastic, then wrap and tuck a little section of hair around the base of the pony.
2. Sleek Pony With Accent Braids
In this photo, you can see one cornrow braid wrapped around the base of a ponytail. What can’t you see? Above her other temple, the same cornrow braid. Both braids’ tails cross in the rear before wrapping around the ponytail.
3. Braided Low Ponytail
Separate your hair into four sections by using a rat-tail comb. Dutch braid each section down to the base of the neck and place a bobby pin to keep them from unraveling while you’re working. Make a low ponytail using the tails of all the braids hair and fasten it with a stylish hair tie.
4. High Pony Fishtail
Make a ponytail at the crown of your head with your hair. Take a strand of hair and wrap it around the base (can you see a pattern here) before pinning it in place. After that, divide the ponytail into two halves and fishtail-braid it to the bottom. A teeny-tiny translucent elastic holds it all together.
5. Side-Braided Ponytail
Dutch braid a two- to three-inch length of hair from your hairline to the ends, tying it with an elastic. collect your hair into a mid-level ponytail, secure it with an elastic, and tuck a little section of hair around the base with a pin. Then, gently tug on the braid with your fingers and tear it apart for a loose, messy look.
6. Braided Bubble Ponytail
Begin by cornrowing your hair up to the crown of your head, then gathering it all into a high ponytail. To create a bubble-pony look, divide the tail into smaller segments with an elastic or gold wire. Complete the look by adding cuffs and rings to the braids.
7. Pancaked Braided Ponytail
Braid your hair from the crown of your head to the nape of your neck in a French braid. Please pick up the braid tail and fishtail-braid it to the ends, tying it off with an elastic. After securing the braid with an elastic, gather the rest of your hair and knot it in a low pony. Then, gently tug and massage the edges of your French braid to pull it out and flatten it as if you were making a pancake.
8. Scarf-Tied Infinity Braids
Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic (don’t get too attached to the elastic because you’ll be cutting it off later). Divide your ponytail into two halves, then cross a snip of hair from the left side to join the right half. After that, take a sliver of hair from the right side and cross it to the left. Continue this pattern until your ponytail reaches the halfway mark, then secure it with a hair tie. Snip the clear elastic from the base of your ponytail, allowing your fishtail to fall naturally, then tie a scarf around the bottom elastic.
9. Multi-Braided Ponytail
Pull your hair back into an ultra-high ponytail and secure it with a strong elastic. Then, divide the tail into four sections (or more, depending on the thickness of each braid) and braid each subsection to the end, tying them off with elastics. Then, wrap one of the braids around the ponytail base and secure it with a pin.
10. Ladder-Braided Ponytail
Make a low ponytail with your hair. Then, using a half-inch section of hair from the right side, wrap it around the ponytail base and knot it in place by threading the tail through the loop. Then, wrap another strand of hair around the ponytail (similar to when you French braid) before threading it through and knotting it. Continue looping and pulling until you have a five-inch wrap with knots down the right side, then tie it off with elastic.
11. French Pull-Through Braid
Even if a Mohawk isn’t your thing, these big, quirky braids will get you noticed. This style gives you a trendy look with a stylish and classic vibe. Don’t be scared to thicken your braids if you want to add dimension to your Mohawk pony style. The pull-through braid is constructed entirely of ponytails that have been interlaced with elastics. To finish, pull on each section to create a voluminous and chunky braid.
12. Long, Braided Ponytail
To begin, pull your hair into the highest ponytail possible and slick it back with a styling gel and fine-tooth comb. Then, divide the tail into three strands and begin braiding all the way securely to the ends. If you want your hair to be very long, add extensions. They can be wavy or straight hair extensions for that dramatic effect.
13. Tiny, Hidden Braids
Apply texture spray to your hair before braiding small, one-inch strands of hair around your hairline and letting them hang loosely. Pull all of your hair (including braids) into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic, then wrap the braided ends around the ponytail’s base and pin them in place. To separate your little braids from the rest of your hair if they’re too hidden, gently tug on them.
Now that you know how to make gorgeous braided ponytails try one for yourself and be amazed by how chic you look. Take it away, and recreate the braided ponytail hairstyle that captivated you the most! Braids and ponytails are just the perfect combinations of style, sass, and class to your hair.