33 Upgraded Ponytails That Take Your Updo to the Next Level

A ponytail is the default hairstyle for many of us. It’s the go-to ‘do when our hair is not cooperating or we just don’t have the time (or the energy) to try anything complicated like Dutch braids or a style that requires 20 bobby pins. A ponytail has seen us through many sweaty Zumba classes, trips to the beach and hot summer days. It is definitely a utilitarian hairstyle, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a little fancy.

Think about all of the glossy ponytail hairstyles we see on the red carpet and the runway. You wouldn’t call those basic, would you? A ponytail isn’t simply one look. It is more of a starting idea for countless variations. Add in some twists, braids, hair accessories or multiple textures and you’ve taken things to a whole new level. These aren’t “I give up” ponies, these are #hairgoals. If you’re looking for some fresh ideas, scroll through the gallery for some truly creative ponytail hairstyle inspiration.

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