Ponytail Hairstyles

Praise the ponytail, our favorite shortcut for those hot summer days when you wouldn't dream of turning on a hair dryer. But it doesn't have to look like an afterthought. If you have just an extra minute, you can transform your ponytail from blah to beautiful with these easy, stylish ideas.

Katy Perry

Braided base

Wrapping hair around the base of a ponytail is a quick fix that stylish gals rely on to create polish in an instant. Why not update the idea by braiding the piece of hair that covers the hair tie?

Gather hair into a ponytail -- high on the head like Katy Perry's 'do, or slightly lower at the ear line -- and secure with a hair tie. Separate a small section of hair from the underside of the ponytail and braid it. Holding the end of the braid so that it doesn't unravel, wrap it around the base of the ponytail to conceal the hair tie. To hold the braid in place, secure the end with a bobby pin pushed into the underside of the ponytail. Finish with hair spray.

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Comments on "5 Easy ways to fancy up a ponytail"

Martha January 04, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Was looking forward to seeing the 5 styles but was only able to see 1.

Hajra Khan January 22, 2013 | 2:56 AM

cant wait to try the tousled ponytail. i hope it suits me

Jennifer January 10, 2013 | 3:05 PM

I love the idea of the braided base, thanks for that! I feel like a french braid is super classy and can make any hairstyle look great! I may even try the popular-by-pinterest look of the braid on the back of your head leading to a bun.

keely July 22, 2011 | 11:40 AM

hey katy love ya

Susan August 12, 2010 | 5:33 PM

Ponytails are my favorite go-to style for summer days, thanks for the ideas! Can't wait to try Katy Perry's ponytail look.

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