Winter is a hard season for hair styling because we’re all stuck wearing hats for so many months in a row. We don’t often spend time in the morning doing our hair because by the time we get to work and pull our warm hats off, the style is usually ruined. We quite like wearing ear warmers or knitted headbands, however, and they’re easier to style out hair with because they won’t interfere with a good ponytail! Even then, we do get bored of wearing our hair the same way every day.
That’s why we’ve been searching for fun new variations on classic ponytails! Check out these 15 awesome styles that will keep things interesting this winter!
1. Fluffy fishtail braid pony
Yet Another Beauty Site guides you through the process of turning a regular old high ponytail into something with a little more texture and style! Fishtail braids have been particularly trendy this year and they’re usually worn low, but we’re in love with the idea of fishtailing a ponytail starting just below where the hair curves to hang down.
2. Low, tight fishtail braid pony
Do you love a good fishtail but you’re actually quite fond of the low hanging kind? Then make it unique in comparison to the average fishtail by making it a little shorter and tighter! We love how Fashion Passion stopped this braid half way down the ponytail, leaving a cascade of hair below it. We also can’t stop looking at how neat and tidy the braid looks pulled tighter!
3. The ponytail bow
Hair bows have been trending for a few years now, but we’re still not over them. They’re just such a simple, stylish way to jazz up an otherwise plain ponytail. We like the way Yet Another Beauty Site placed their ponytail quite low so that the bow has plenty of space to sit against the back of the head without sticking up obnoxiously or so low that it isn’t noticed.
4. Triple topsy ponytail
Do you remember “topsy tails” from the 90s, where you’d look your ponytail through a plastic hoop on a handle and pull it through the top of the ponytail, just above the elastic, so the whole ponytail turns inside out? Well, that style has finally come back into trend years later! We’re pretty much in love with the way The small Things turned three smaller topsy tails across the back into one low ponytail by gathering the spare hair at the bottom into one elastic.
5. Single low topsy tail pony
Do you love the idea of the topsy tail look above but you wonder if it might look a little too busy for the office, or you’d just rather an easier version? Then follow the steps on Hair Romance to create a single ponytail that, instead of featuring topsy turns horizontally, is made of vertically layered ones down the length of the ponytail.
6. Double mini braids pony
Braiding the bangs away from the face has been on trend for a few years now, but we’re still using the technique because there are just so many ways that you can use it, with each one unique and different looking from the last. Here, Fashion Guilt shows you how to partner a braid in the front of the hair with one that comes around from the back of the head, so they meet at the side at the top of a loose, curly pony tail.
7. Braided into a high pony
Is the look above this one almost what you’re looking for, but you’d rather all the emphasis be on a nice, neat braid from the front, rather than sharing the attention with another braid? Then try creating just one nice, neat French braid that pulls the hair neatly away from the face towards the back, gathering it along with the rest of the hair into a clean high ponytail. Glamour shows you how it’s done.
8. Extra long ponytail
Ma Nouvelle Mode guides you through the process of creating a hair illusion that will make your ponytail look double as long as it really is! Split the hair horizontally, making the top half into a higher ponytail and the bottom half into a lower one right underneath. When the top ponytail hangs down, it’ll hide the top of the second ponytail and the elastic, making it look like the lower hair is also part of the ponytail on the top.
9. Raw textured pony
We’re used to making our ponytails quite neat and sleek, worn higher up than the nape of our neck, because that’s the style that we’ve been used to for years. Nadyana is here to remind you, however, that sometimes a variation on the classic is a good thing. Try lowering the ponytail, tying it more loosely, and pulling some of the hair at the top put so it relaxes the whole look.
10. Braid and bouffant pony
Besides adding just a little bit of intricate detail to a ponytail in the form of braids, why not add some height to the top as well? We find that, whenever we backcomb the top of our hair into a bouffant style, we have more freedom with where we put the ponytail because all levels look good! The Small Things combines the three features for an awesome hairstyle all round.
11. Braided crown and pony
Are you a big fan of wearing hairbands with sleek high ponytails in order to frame the face a little bit and make the look a little less severe? We like that too, but we might like this variation even a little bit more! Instead of adding a hairband, Real Asian Beauty shows you how to build one all across the head using your own hair! The neater the braid is, the cooler the style will look.
12. Hidden hair tie
Sometimes even the smallest change to a classic style is all you need to give it just the update you were looking for! That’s why this adorable technique for wrapping the hair around your ponytail’s elastic caught out eye so well. It’s simpler than it looks but pinning the hair discreetly can take some practice, so check out how it’s done on Artzy Creations.
13. Pretty wrapped pony
Just in case you loved the wrapped look so much that the little section of hair you’d wrap around the elastic in the style above wasn’t quite enough for you, Love Maegan shows you how to make a more dramatic version of the same idea! Wrap a larger section of hair around a longer length of the ponytail at the top instead of just around the elastic.
14. Deconstructed pony
Are you a huge fan of messier styles that are just polished enough to get away with? We are too because we find that it relaxes a more formal look, helping you hit the perfect balance between the two. We love the way Wit & Delight pulled strands from a neatly done ponytail and repinned them strategically to make a stylishly distressed look.
15. Twisted side pony
Sometimes the easiest way to tie your hair back for the day is just to gather it into a low ponytail, but we do like to keep things interesting every once in a while! A Beautiful Mess suggests giving the style more style by creating a few simple twists along the back at the nap of your neck, typing the ponytail on a cute angle at the side.
Do you have another favourite way to wear your ponytail uniquely? Tell us about it or link us to pictures of your hair all styled!