34 Ponytail Hairstyles Perfect for Upping Your Hair Game in 2020
In the confusing world of perfectly undone waves and high-maintenance “messy” buns, we know we can always turn to one style to get us through workdays, weekends, and everything in-between: the ponytail. Whether we're sweating our way through a hot, humid summer or slowly crawling through the South’s take on a cold, dry winter—a ponytail is there to pick up the slack. Pun intended.
From the perky high ponytail to the trusty low ponytail to the ever-stylish braided ponytail, cute ponytail hairstyles are a dime a dozen, which means you could, theoretically, rock one every day. (Sign us up.) And this year, it’s all about the pony. Find inspiration in these gorgeous and doable ponytail hairstyles that'll keep you looking pretty and polished, no matter your style.
Retro High Pony
This vintage ponytail hairstyle has been making a major comeback. Leave out a chunky portion of hair at the front to sweep to the side in a grand fashion, pull that ponytail up high, and flip out the ends with your straightening iron.
Half-up pony—but way, way better. Use clear elastics to create a "bubble effect" and then cinch each with a fun barrette (like these).
Studio 54 Ponytail
Business up front, party in the back—this is the easiest way to make your curls look dressed up to the nines.
Ponytail…but make it fancy! This ponytail-updo hybrid looks much harder than it is. Start by pulling your hair into a half-up style and securing with a clear elastic. Then, combine the rest of your hair with the half-up and tie together with a skinny ribbon.
Half-Braided Low Pony
A low ponytail is as easy as it gets, but a quick braid at the base instantly makes it a day-to-night look. To mix things up, style it with a fishtail braid.
Who knew your trusty pins could be your next best accessory? Line them up along the side of your sleek ponytail, and they’ll instantly put in the work.
Curly Ultra-High Pony
Curls, curls, curls. To feign even more volume, gather the top half of your hair into an ultra-high ponytail and then follow up by pulling the rest of your hair into a ponytail just below.
Why mess with a good thing? This classic high ponytail never goes out of style. Wrap a small piece of hair around the base to conceal the hair tie.
From high to low, every ponytail will love a bow-tastic finishing touch. Try out a wide, silky bow (like this one) to make it feel girly and fun.
Wrapped High Pony
This one's a classic. Turn to it when you need an occasion-ready look that takes so little effort. Hint: Add extensions if you're looking to make a major statement.
Short Shaggy Ponytail
If you think short-haired ladies can’t pull of a stylish pony, think again. Let those layers and bangs roam free, and it’ll capture that undone look perfectly.
Not too high, not too low—just right. This is your perfect everyday pony that oozes cool factor.
Braided Low Ponytail
Make your low ponytail the talk of the town—and to do that, it only needs a colorful scarf. Secure your hair into a low ponytail, tie the scarf around the base, and then weave your mane into a loose braid.
Nothing says fun like a bubble ponytail, and curls can really make it pop with even more personality. Style this curly ponytail with more accessories—like barrettes and scrunchies—to dress it up.
French Braid Ponytail
You get the best of both worlds with this braided ponytail hairstyle. Start with a fun French braid, and end with a casual low ponytail. Scarf optional.
Let’s make second-day hair the new norm. Who’s with us? This relaxed ponytail makes the most of your dry shampoo.
Big Bubble Ponytail
Instead of going all-in on the "bubble effect," keep it big and bold with just one. Then wrap the clear elastic with a strand of hair for an occasion-worthy finish.
Retro Long Ponytail
We're here for a vintage ponytail. This one makes the most of long locks.
Pull-Through Braid Ponytail
Enter: the most show-stopping ponytail yet. (Here’s a secret: it’s actually so easy.) Check out the tutorial here.
Super Slicked Low Pony
Bring on the drama with this super sleek curly pony. Tease up your curls for ultimate volume and style with IGK's Rich Kid Cococut Oil Gel to texturize, hydrate, and smooth your curls.
Short Scrunchie Ponytail
We’re all for bringing the 90s back. Pull your lob into a ponytail cinched with a cute scrunchie, and you’ll wonder why we ever let them go out of style in the first place.
Take a walk on the wild side with this edgy ponytail. Start with a fishtail braid from the top, then secure into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.
French-Braided Low Ponytail
Not a French braid, not a low ponytail—something spectacularly right in the middle.
This hairstyle works from day to night, office to cocktail party. Leave out a few wavy tendrils to frame your face, and tease the crown beforehand to add volume.
Baby Bubble Ponytail
As if bubble ponytails weren’t already as cute as it gets, this modern version ups the ante with miniature “bubbles.” Use elastics for a sleek, no-show finish.
Introduce your high ponytail to its new partner-in-crime: the ponytail cuff. Shop a similar leather hair cuff here.
Long Braid Ponytail
This is not your average ponytail. A simple braid takes this style from basic to date night-worthy.
Scarf Mohawk Ponytail
A Dutch braid gets a fun twist. Secure the braid at the nape of your neck with a funky scarf (like this one), and you’re set with a statement-making look.
We’ll take that ponytail with an extra side of shine, please. In this case, hair oil is your best friend.
This ponytail shows up with volume to spare, and that’s just the kind of supportive friend we like to keep around. Give it some extra oomph with dry volume spray or teasing.
Even Rapunzel would be jealous of these strands. This perfectly undone ponytail lets long, tousled locks really shine.
You don’t always need all the bells and whistles. This low pony frames the face, while keeping things super low maintenance.
Pumped-Up Curly Ponytail
This is the oldest trick in the book: Layer two or three ponytails on top of each other to sneakily pump up the volume. It keeps your look from being pulled down by too much weight.
Leopard print is staying on trend for 2020. We’d pair a low pony with this leopard print scarf (shop this affordable pack from Amazon!) any day.