10 ways to elevate your ponytail
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10 Ways to Elevate Your Ponytail Game

Show Up and Show Out with Your New Style Twist on the Ponytail

“I’m cute with bundles, my natural hair, or a ponytail”! I need you to repeat this statement over and over because the hair doesn’t make you. You make the hair. Don’t get me wrong! I love my Private Label Extensions bundles because I can transform and channel my inner Beyonce. Not the “Crazy in Love” Beyonce. I rock my natural extensions to connect with the Coachella and the “On The Run 2” Beyonce.

Speaking of Beyonce, do you remember the classic ponytail she wears that seems to have a mind of its own? Well, I’m going to help you not only create a great ponytail but elevate your game to another level.

Now the one like Beyonce’s won’t be included, but I just had to mention it. I will also be sharing some of my favorite celebrities and influencers who are slaying it and making it their own.

You know what time it is! Now, I’m sorry if you are not feeling the new Jay-Z and Beyonce album, but I am. Do me a favor and listen to it (if you haven’t) or listen to it again and comment with your favorite song. To get started, I’m going to start with “Top Off” because I’m rooting for Meek Mill.

beyonce braided ponytail

Choose Your Style and Wear The Heck Out of It

The following style suggestions will give new life to the same old ponytail that you may only wear on bad hair days or in between hair salon visits. After this, you will wear your ponytail proud because it will be a conversation piece. I’m excited to help you get your glow on. So let’s jam and get into the details of my ten style tips.

To find out how to create your basic ponytail, because you want those edges smooth and sleek, you can find more information on the Private Label Extensions blog.

perky ponytail

1. Rock a Galaxy Colored Kinky Ponytail

Go ahead and fill your online cart with your Brazilian kinky bundles and share your unboxing video with us by tagging us! Once you get your bundles, you can color them. To make the colors look as vibrant as possible, you will need to bleach your extensions first. Once you lighten and condition your extensions, allow them to dry thoroughly.

Once your extensions are dry use the following hair colors to get the vibrant colors I know you will love:

  • Adore Violet Gem #114
  • Adore Neon Pink #140
  • Adore Baby Blue #172
  • Adore Clover #165
  • Adore Orange Blaze #319

Step #1

Section your extensions and saturate each section with a different color (make sure you alternate the colors)

Step #2

Allow the color to stay on for about an hour

Step #3

Rinse the color out

Step #4

Condition the hair after rinsing the color out

Step #5

Allow your extensions to air dry or skip this step and go to step 7 if you want curls

Step #6

You can wear the extensions as is or you can style them by rolling sections with flexi rods

Step #7

Once the hair is dry, remove your flexi rods

Step #8

Grab your extensions and wrap them around the base of your ponytail

Step #9

Secure the extensions with bobby pins

Step #10

Use a few or as many bundles as you want depending on how full you want your ponytail

Step #11

Once you are done securing the extensions, take a few strands and wrap them around the base of your ponytail

Step #12

Secure with a bobby pin

Step #13

Fluff and separate your curls to get the desired look

Oh, girl, you are too cute! Where are going?! Because you are too sweet to stay in the house!

rihanna synthetic lavender ponytail

2. Diagonal Double Laced Braid

Okay, it may sound difficult but it isn’t at all, and I can guarantee you people will be asking you about this style all day! It’s a simple style with a quick and easy twist which makes it perfect for a night out or a day at work.

I love that this can be done on a wig as well. Let’s get started on this style and don’t give up!!!

Step #1

Comb your hair to remove tangles

Step #2

Part your hair in a diagonal part, and clip the two sections out of the way with butterfly clips

Step #3

Grab the upper section of hair and section off into three pieces

Step #4

Cross the left strand under the middle strand and cross the right strand under the middle strand

Step #5

Start braiding in hair from the left side into the braid. Once you braid all the hair use an elastic band to keep it neat

Step #6

Unclip the lower section and repeat steps three through five but braid in hair from the right side this time.

Step #7

Use an elastic band to keep the braid neat

Step #8

Pull the braids apart just a bit to make them fuller

Step #9

Starting at the top of the braid, pinch the inside edges of them together and secure them together with bobby pins

Step #10

Use another elastic band and secure the braids together at the end

Step #11

Remove each elastic band from each braid

Step #12

If you don’t want the elastic band to be seen take a section of your hair and wrap it around the elastic

Step #13

Pin the hair in place with a bobby pins

That’s all there is to it! It may take a few tries or an extra pair of hands, but you can do it!

rihanna red fishtail braid ponytail

3. Short Hair Ponytail

They say “long hair don’t care,” but short hair doesn’t either! Check out this ingenious way to give your short hair a ponytail minus the extensions. Say goodbye to the struggle ponytail with this style tip.

Step #1

Tease the crown section of your hair if you want extra volume

Step #2

Using your elastic band, create a low ponytail and leave the hair loose on the sides.

Step #3

Pull tight on your ponytail without compromising volume

Step #4

Use bobby pins to secure the loose sides of your hair to the top base of the ponytail.

Step #5

To create fullness tease the ends of the hair

Step #6

Use a headband to add more interest to your style

Step #7

Spray with a small amount of hairspray to keep everything in place

Lupita Nyongo natural hair ponytail

4. The Undercut

A fly undercut style gets me every single time. I guess it’s because I want one but I have judgy kids who are telling me not to do it. However, I really should, especially since I am natural and about eight months post big chop. I don’t know! What do you think? Let me know if you think I should or should not get an undercut.

Private Label Extensions is the Huffington Post of hair, and there’s a bomb article on undercuts and style variations if you are interested.

Here’s how to rock an undercut with a ponytail:

Choose an excellent barber to give you a nice undercut. I see some people rocking lines and all types of designs. Yes, I do get jealous. Once you get your undercut, here’s how to style your updated ponytail.

Step #1

Put your hair up in a ponytail and smooth it by using eco-style gel

Step #2

Apply wrapping foam to the undercut area

Step #3

Brush your undercut to get it smooth

Step #4

Take a strip of wrapping paper or a silk scarf and tie down your undercut

Step #5

Wrap your hair down for at least fifteen minutes (longer if your hair is curly)

Step #6

Remove the wrapping paper or scarf after your hair is completely dry

Step #7

Don’t forget to lay those edges with Private Label Extension edge control

zoe kravitz edges ponytail braids

5. Sleek Ponytail

A sleek ponytail is just modern and breathtaking. When styled correctly, it’s the perfect hairstyle for a special night or to switch it up. Ciara does the sleek ponytail so well.

To recreate this style you won’t need many styling tools. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:

Step #1

Part your hair in the center

Step #2

Pull all your hair to the mid-back of your head and secure with an elastic into a ponytail

Step #3

Smooth the edges with a gel or edge control

Step #4

Spray heat protectant on the ponytail

Step #5

Part the ponytail into sections

Step #6

Flat iron each section

Step #7

Comb the sections and add a small amount of oil to the ponytail

You are ready for a real night out! Put on a cute dress and celebrate how far you’ve come!

ariana grande ponytail

6. Wrap A Ponytail

You may have never thought of using a head wrap on your ponytail, but this can change your hair game all the way up. Head wraps and ties come in all kinds of prints. I guarantee you can find one to fit any outfit you’re rocking!

Let me give you some easy steps to wrap your ponytail and get out of the door quickly. It doesn’t matter if you are rocking extensions, your natural hair, or a wig you can still use this as a hairstyle option.

Option #1

Step #1

Pull your hair up into a high ponytail

Step #2

Lay your scarf out on a flat surface

Step #3

Fold the scarf to form a triangle

Step #4

Fold the pointed end of the triangle over to meet the opposite edge of the scarf

Step #5

Fold the opposite edge of the scarf over

Step #6

Wrap the scarf around your head and tie a knot off to the side twice

Step #7

Twist the ends together

Step #8

Take the end of the twist and pull it over and between the scarf and your head

Step #9

Repeat step 8

Step #10

Wrap once to create a bun

Step #11

Take the end of the scar and tuck through the bun you create

Option #2

Step #1

Repeat steps 1-5 in option #1

Step #2

Wrap the scarf around your head and tie it three times in front

Step #3

Twist the scarf tail ends and tuck into the scarf

Option #3

Step #1

Repeat steps 1-5 in option #1

Step #2

Wrap the scarf around your head

Step #3

Bring the two ends around to the front

Step #4

Tie into a knot twice

Step #5

Twist the two ends together

Step #6

Tuck it into the side of your head wrap

7. Bubble Ponytail

Every time I see a bubble ponytail I instantly fall in love. In my opinion, it’s a nice twist on a classic hairstyle. If you need additional length to make this hairstyle look more dramatic, add extensions (install the same way you would for the galaxy colored kinky extensions above or use braiding hair) and once you put your hair in a mid-crown ponytail (or you can create a high or low ponytail because it’s all up to you).

Here’s how to create the rest of the look:

Step #1

Take an elastic and slide it up about an inch from the base of your ponytail

Step #2

Repeat step 1 by moving down an inch each time you apply an elastic band

Step #3

Make sure the elastics or rubber bands are small enough that they create the bubble in the ponytail without having to twist twice

Step #4 Also, fluff each section before you apply the elastic to make sure it gives you a nice bubble effect

See, isn’t this cute and easy?

pom pom ponytail

8. Deep Side Part

This style may not seem like a hard one to create, but I will tell you it is visually stunning. I know you see women wearing the deep side part and want to wear it yourself. This style reminds me of Aaliyah in “Romeo Must Die”.

This style would be beautiful if you are a vlogger or makeup artist and want to create a review for the upcoming Aaliyah line. Tag us if you wear this look!

Let’s get to styling!

Step #1

Flatiron or straighten your hair with a hot comb

Step #2

Once your hair is straight, create a deep side part

Step #3

Section out a bang and clip it out of the way

Step #4

Use beeswax to your hair by sectioning your hair and applying it to the root section

Step #5

Comb your hair to distribute the beeswax and to smooth it down

Step #6

Use a rattail comb to make sure the hair is smooth

Step #7

Apply edge control to your edges

Spray holding spray to set the style

Step #8

Pull the hair back to the mid-crown and secure with an elastic band

Step #9

Remove the clip from the bang

Step #10

Apply beeswax to sections of the bang

Step #11

Repeat steps 5-6

Step #12

Comb the wax through the hair

Step #13

Spray the bang area with holding spray and comb through creating a swoop

Step #14

Blend the bang area hair with the back hair
Use another elastic band to hold the bang hair in place with the rest of the ponytail

Step #15

Spray with hairspray to set the style

Step #16

Wrap some wrapping paper around your head or use a scarf to set the style in place

Step #17

Wrap your hair up in a bun or at this step you can leave your hair out, and you’re good to go

Step #18

Wrap extensions around the base of your ponytail and use bobby pins to secure

Step #19

Comb out the ponytail to remove any tangles and wrap a piece of hair from the extensions to conceal the weft

Step #20

Remove the wrapping paper

Step #21

Spray with holding spray one more time

Step #22

Spray hair shine on the hair to boost the shine

I’m in love with this hairstyle! I can’t wait to see how yours! Make sure you tag us!

rihanna sleek straight ponytail

9. Invisible Ponytail

Make them gag honey when you step in the room with your extended ponytail. You can create your basic ponytail however you want. You may want to try style #8 and then add length to it.

Step #1

Braid your ponytail. If your hair is short, use braiding hair to make it a bit longer (right below your shoulder blades)

Step #2

Grab your Private Label Extensions which are at least ” long

Step #3

Apply hair glue to the weft

Step #4

Begin wrapping the weft around the end of the brain

Step #5

Continue steps 3-4 making sure you brush the extensions out to prevent tangles

Step #6

Take your time to ensure your ponytail looks neat

Step #7

Once you reach the base of your ponytail secure the end of the extension with hair glue

Step #8

Take a section of the extension, spray with holding spray, and wrap it around the base of the ponytail

Step #9

Secure it in place with a bobby pin

Step #10

Use some hairspray and oil to hold the hair in place as well as boost shine

Oh yes! Your hair did grow overnight if anyone asks!

10. The J-Lo

I named this ponytail myself because Jennifer Lopez can wear this style like no one else. It’s fun yet age appropriate. Let’s go ahead and create our version of J-Lo’s epic ponytail.

Step #1

Section your hair in the back and clip the rest of your hair up

Step #2

Clip in your Private Label Extension to give you more length

Step #3

Section your hair mid-crown and clip the rest of your hair up

Step #4

Clip in your extension

Step #5

Remove your clip from the top section

Step #6

Use your one and two clip extensions in the top

Step #7

Clip the extensions in upside down by sliding them up instead of sliding them down

Step #8

Brush your hair to get it smooth

Step #9

Spray some holding spray on the top section

Step #10

Leave some of those baby hairs out

Step #11

Brush your ponytail up and start it where your ear is

Step #12

Smooth your ponytail and secure it with an elastic band

Step #13

Spray the top section with holding spray and smooth down your edges

Step #14

You can use edge control to get them looking right

Step #15

Use your barrel curling iron to curl the back section

Step #16

Repeat step 15 on the top section of your hair

Step #17

Spray holding spray to seal those curls in place

Step #18

Tease your curls to get them fuller

Step #19

Spray one last time with holding spray

This style is gorgeous! It’s the half-up/half-down style. Comment below and let me know if you like this style tip.

jennifer lopez ponytail

New Twists on An Old Favorite

I hope I’ve shared at least one style suggests that you will rock the heck out of this 4th of July! A ponytail is a great option during the summer because it’s hot and some days you want to keep it simple.

The style options above will help you get through the summer with ease especially on those days when you don’t have a clue what to do with your hair. I’m in love with the new twists on an old favorite.

Comment below and tell us which one is your favorite style. Don’t forget to show us Instagram and Facebook love by tagging us! We appreciate you all and thank you for supporting PLE!

Until next time remember: It’s not about proving the haters wrong. It’s all about you proving yourself right! Now get on up and slay your day with your cute ponytail.

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