Check out these 25 elegant ponytail hairstyles for special occasions, from StayGlam:
There is no need to have the standard basis ponytail these days. There are so many different hairstyles to choose from, depending on your style and the length of your hair. If you have mid to long hair and you live a hectic and busy life, occasionally you want to tie your hair back and get on with the day, without having to think about what your hair looks like.
Having your hair down, can make us feel irritated and make us feel flustered, especially if you work in an air-conditioned office that makes your hair static and dry.
Maybe you are bored with the standard ponytail hairstyle so you need to try our 25 elegant ponytail hairstyles that will make you look amazing and chic. These stunning hairstyles will make you wonder why you didn’t try them sooner!
1. CURLY, HIGH PONYTAIL
Add some curls to a standard ponytail and you instantly feel the glam and look amazing.
This is simple and easy to do. You can either curl your hair before you tie it back or for the girl-on-the-go, tie it back and start to curl the ponytail section only. If you have natural curly hair then you have the advantage of not having to curl your ponytail but just remember, you can use hair serum to make it easier to tie back. It must be sleek. This is a contrasting style with having tight hair and curly, bouncing hair at the back.
2. MESSY PONYTAIL WITH A BRAID
Messy hair is trending all over the world right now and having a messy ponytail looks fabulous.
Add a side braid to your messy ‘do and loosely tie you hair back to create a stunning hairstyle. This is a great look for music concerts, gigs, festivals and weddings. So get partying with your ponytail braid. This is also perfect for a bride-to-be. It will make you feel like a Goddess.
3. TWISTED LOW PONYTAIL
Need a hairstyle for the office that can be easily an evening look too?
There are always these random days when you go to meet a friend after work, or have a date. If so, go for a twisted low ponytail. This style looks so elegant and girly. This is quite a messy hairstyle but still holds the classy look. It looks stunning from the back and the front. For the best result, make sure your twists are as low as possible so you create the natural life above.
4. VINTAGE PONYTAIL
Vintage is everywhere at the moment and people seem to be going crazy for the high-rise crown.
This style looks amazing and intricate. The best advice for this style is hairspray and teasing. It is very feminine and would suit any occasion. This works better with longer hair due to having to wrap the bottom section underneath your ponytail.
5. FRENCH BRAID INTO LOW SIDE PONYTAIL
This a stunning braid into a side ponytail.
The low ponytail will show off how spectacular your braid looks. Remember to use a hair serum or coconut oil to ensure the back of your hair stays sleek and chic. This is a neat look so you need to ensure you tame any loose hairs. If you’re going to an event where you know you’ll be photographed, have this style and ensure you’re captured on your braid side. You will look amazing.
6. FISHTAIL BRAID LOW PONYTAIL FOR LONG HAIR
It’s Coachella season so now is the time for Coachella styles.
If you have really long hair, the choices of hairstyles is endless. Take this gorgeous fishtail braid mixed with a low ponytail. This is a style for all of you that love the messy hairstyles and fishtails. You don’t need to be an expert at fishtails for this style due to the fishtail being so small. Try it and see. I can guarantee you will love it. It has a great boho, music festival vibe.
7. VOLUMINOUS, LOW PONYTAIL
If in doubt, add volume.
This hairstyle is elegant and perfect for work, parties and any other time. A voluminous, low ponytail will create a style of its own so you don’t have to be flamboyant with your outfit, keep it simple and chic. You can team with heavy makeup to show off your beautiful face, as the hair will be entirely tied back.
8. BUBBLE LOW PONYTAIL
This is so simple to do and yet so effective.
The bubble low ponytail, teamed with a stunning half up fishtail braid looks effortless and elegant. These two words as well as stylish, on-trend and inspired, are to be used to describe this hairstyle. Get ready for the summer and create this feminine and girly style today.
9. MESSY PONYTAIL
It’s truly unbelievable how incredible you can make your hair look different and sexy, just by having a loose and messy ponytail.
This works better with mid to long hair. Grab your hair and loosely tie it back. Then start to gradually pull a few sections out from the front and let them hang. This all creates the messy look so don’t be afraid to pull as many as you like and if more fall out during the day, leave them.
10. BRAIDED HALF-UP PONYTAIL
To show off your long fabulous hair, try this braided half-up ponytail.
Make three front sections and start to make three half braids. They only need to be braided until you reach the ponytail area, ensure that all braids are directed to this point and tie your hair in a band to secure. Alternatively, you can choose to not use a hair band and wrap you hair around to act as a band.
11. DUTCH BRAID INTO A PONYTAIL
The best thing about a Dutch braid it that it looks hard to style but it’s easy when you know how.
If you are great at making French braids, then try this. It’s the opposite of doing a French braid – you plait under each other, not over. Sounds complicated but everything always does before you master it! Try this style when you are going out with your friends and they will be so impressed. They will probably ask you to teach them how to do this with their hair! Finish the look with a cute ponytail.
12. FISHTAIL BRAIDS INTO A SIDE PONYTAIL
Instead of simple twisting a few front strands, try fishtailing them.
This will show off your creative style and add a side ponytail for that delicate finish. This elegant, feminine, easy to do style will make you feel like a Princess, so style your hair today and this will probably turn out to be your go-to hairstyle for any event.
13. BRAIDS INTO A HIGH PONYTAIL
Having section braids looks elegant and sophisticated.
Section your hair for the braids and pin back to make it easier to handle. Ensure you have a high ponytail and wrap a section of hair around your hairband to finish the look. Ideal for any occasion even if you’re just popping to the shops. Rock your braids girl!
14. FRENCH BRAIDED LOW PONYTAIL WITH VOLUME AT THE CROWN
The simplicity of a French braid is truly wonderful.
Make your French braid unique by creating volume at the crown. Part your hair to the side and tease the crown to pump it up. It’s easier to braid your ponytail if you tie it first, this way, it will be secure, neater and tighter than a braid that isn’t tied. You can make this neat or messy; it’s entirely up to your preference. If you would like the braid to be a loose braid, like the photo, when you have finished braiding, tie it with a band and start to pull either sides of the braid. You will notice that it starts to loosen up. Don’t worry, it won’t lose it’s braid style but shorter hairs may dangle. Let them hang out and enjoy your style.
15. CURLY HIGH PONYTAIL + BRAIDED HAIR TIE
Are you looking for a prom, party or wedding hairstyle that will look magnificent and make you feel special?
This curly high ponytail will be ideal for you. Simple grab your hair, tie it back with a hair band. Then grab a section from your ponytail and braid it. Wrap the braid around your hair band. To finish this look, curl the bottom half of your ponytail for that extra wow effect.
16. CURLY PONYTAIL WITH THE TEASED CROWN
Many people use the term back comb and when teasing is used, we tend to get confused as to what this is.
Teasing and backcombing are the same things guys so don’t worry, there’s not a new trend for volumising your hair, it’s just different wording which can catch us off guard. Now you know, it’s entirely up to you which term you use. This style uses teasing (or backcombing!) to create the style. You need to tease the crown to add a more drama and bulk result. Curl your beautiful locks so your ponytail has volume too. Get teasing girls!
17. DUTCH BRAIDS INTO A LOW, CURLY PONYTAIL
When thinking of braids, people tend to think of fishtails, French braids but rarely a Dutch braid.
That is why you must try it. This will get peoples heads turning and you will receive so many complements during the day. Make sure you have a low ponytail and that it’s volumised by adding a few curls. The Dutch braid is a perfect summer style so get practicing now.
18. HALF-UP PONYTAIL FOR MID LENGTH HAIR
If you are craving longer hair, to give the impression that your mid-length hair is exactly longer than it is, try this half-up ponytail.
Leave the bottom section down and roughly tie your top section up. Once it’s tied up, make sure you bunch it up to create more volume. You could loose-curl your hair too for a natural looking wave, which looks fantastic.
19. PERFECT FORMAL PONYTAIL
Sometimes, we haven’t got the time during our morning routine to style our hair in an detailed way.
If you need a hairstyle for work or college, that doesn’t take long to do, try a simple, perfect formal ponytail. To achieve the natural crown lift, make sure you do this on hair that you haven’t just shampooed and cleaned. When hair hasn’t been washed for a day or so, you can create better long-lasting, higher styles without having to use as much hairspray. To make sure loose strays don’t fall out during the day, use bobby pins to pin the shorter locks.
20. BUBBLE PONYTAIL WITH HAIR ACCESSORIES
This is a fun and creative hairstyle that looks more detailed with the accessories added.
A bubble ponytail along looks innovative and stylish, but when you start to add flowers or delicate hairbands, it looks amazing. Try this and see for yourself. You can add any colour flower bands you like, we think white looks amazing with blonde hair and it will also suit darker shades.
21. PONYTAIL FOR BRIDES OR BRIDESMAIDS
If you are getting ready to be a bride and are wondering what kind of hairstyle you are going to have for your big day, think about having this style.
It is elegant and gorgeous. Simple and not time consuming so you won’t have to start getting ready so early on your wedding morning. This works well when you have a few side bangs that can dangle. Tease your crown and loosely tie your hair back. It’s also great for a bridesmaid.
22. SIMPLE BUT EYE-CATCHING LOW PONYTAIL
This is a stunning and simple twist hairstyle.
Grab a few stands of hair and twist. Use bobby pins to pin the twists and tie your back. Remember, less is better so only twist two sections on each side. Natural waves look great for the ponytail section and the front hanging strands.
23. MESSY BRAIDED STYLE
The trick to this hairstyle is that there are no rules.
When styling your own hair, it’s always best to work on your own style and intuition. You can style your hair into a messy braided ponytail by braiding the side section and intertwine with your ponytail.
24. DUTCH MOHAWK PONYTAIL
Make your ponytail stand out by adding a Dutch Mohawk.
The Dutch braid will create you a much higher life on the top of your head, giving you more volume. You can always curl your ponytail so it gives the illusion of fuller and thicker hair.
25. SUPER LONG & SUPER MESSY HIGH PONYTAIL
Uber long hair looks elegant and gorgeous, especially when you have a messy, simple ponytail.
To create the volume on your crown you can tease / back comb and then grab your hair and tie it back. You won’t find an easier ponytail you can do in less than a few minutes. This is ideal for relaxing, going shopping, going to work or going on a date.