Woman with ponytail

A girl's best friend

The ponytail really is a girl’s best friend. It’s reliable, steadfast and will do what it takes to go with you anywhere. Whether you’re going to the gym, running errands, going on a first date or are famous enough to make an appearance on the red carpet, the ponytail is ready to be by your side, or rather, on your head.

The ultimate power of the ponytail lies in its versatility. Whether you have medium length, wavy hair or long, straight locks, the ponytail can come to your style rescue.

Stylists have fun re-inventing the pony every year to complement the current fashion trends. In 2011, we saw a plethora of textured and messy ponies based at the nape of the neck. But 2012 runways have exposed the high, polished ponies in a variety of charming hues to pay homage to fashion’s recent celebration of color. Here is a sampling of ponies to inspire you the next time you go to pull your hair back.

Classic ponytails

Smooth and polished, pulled straight back and secured in the middle of the back of the head, you can never go wrong with a timeless, classic ponytail.

Low ponytails

Low ponies are seen all over the red carpet and are perfect for formal occasions. As you can see, they work with texture and are set to the side or sleek and down the middle -- even with shorter hair.

High ponytails

High ponytails are all the rage in 2012. Stylists are loving a high, polished pony. Rihanna shows that it can be fun with bangs and curls, whereas Eva loves a slick and sleek high set pony.

Katy Perry's colorful ponytail

Colorful Katy

Olivia Wilde's funky ponytail

Olivia goes wild

Lauren Conrad's dipped pink ponytail

LC dip dye

When it comes to inspired hair, there is no such thing as a tame ‘tail. LC rocks a pink dipped pony look while Olivia Wilde had some fun with a highly stylized pony. Katy Perry epitomizes rock 'n' roll with her extra high, extra saturated brightly colored pony. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different types of ponies to keep hair off your face and neck and keep you looking (and feeling) polished, powerful and cool!

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Photos courtesy of Wenn.com (Special credit to Patricia Schlein, DJDM, Robert Wallace, Lia Toby, Nikki Nelson, Ian Wilson, Apega, Peter Luedemann)

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Comments on "The power of the pony"

Tres November 06, 2012 | 3:20 PM

I LOVE PONY TAILS!!! I WEAR IT EVERYDAY...IT IS MY GO TO LOOK THAT IS TIMELESS!!! BOTH WHILE GETTING READY AND STYLEWISE...IT IS MY SIGNATURE LOOK INDEED!!! I ROCK A HIGH, A LOW, AND A IN-BETWEEN...ALL LOOKS ARE PULLED TOGETHER FOR WHATEVER THE OCCASION ;)

Amy October 29, 2012 | 4:32 PM

I love that ponytails can be worn with a casual look or a dressed up look. I like them because they stay put! When my hair is down I feel like it's all over the place.

Shannon September 16, 2012 | 1:28 PM

I love wearing pony tails on a daily basis! I have a daughter who pulls my hair, so wearing it down isn't even an option anymore. I like to wear low ponytails normally, but every once in a while will opt for a high ponytail. I like that it provides a different look while still wearing it up.

Ashley September 15, 2012 | 6:20 PM

I love ponytails! I love wearing them to the beach

Kenia August 28, 2012 | 10:46 AM

Great article! When I don't have time to do my hair I just put my hair in a cute pony tail and it still looks elegant.

Chriselle August 27, 2012 | 1:46 PM

LC's dip dye is so cute! I love Olivia Wilde's style as well. Pony tails really are a girl's best friend.

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