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49 Ponytail Hairstyles for the Chic Woman

Wanna wear a coiffure that frames and promotes your facial features? If yes, ponytail hairstyles are for you.

It’s one of the most popular hairstyles today. From its styling to the techniques and equipment needed, this hairdo is minimalist. And if you like,  you can dress it up or down. 

A ponytail hairdo is versatile and multifunctional. If you want to rock them to work, parties, weddings, dinner events, etc., you’re free to do so.

And if you’re a bride-to-be, it’s one of the gorgeous wedding hairstyles that’ll make you the cynosure of all eyes on your day.


lady rocking braided ponytail hairstyle

There’s this amazing look it gives a bride. It takes all attention to your face and accentuates your elegance. You only have to complement it with good bridal makeup and your groom will be mesmerized.

Furthermore, this hairstyle is simple and comfy. If you wanna keep your hair off your face without using hair accessories or wearing cornrows, go for a ponytail.

It comes in handy if you work in an environment that doesn’t permit you to rock long hair without taking it all to the back.

We’ve said so much about the benefits of ponytail hairstyles.

How about we get into the crux of this article, telling you more about it and serving you style inspiration too?

Sounds like a plan? Great. Let’s dive in.

What are Ponytail Hairstyles?

Victoria Willie rocking ponytail

You can tell where this hairstyle draws its name and look from — the tail of a pony.

To achieve this coiffure, your hairstylist pulls some, most, or all of the hair on your head away from your face. Afterward, they gather and secure it at the back of your head with a hair tie or clip and allow it to hang freely from that point. 

It’s more or less an updo with the hair dangling free at the back

If your hair is African, then it won’t be as long as Caucasian or Asian hair. And to achieve this hairdo, you’ll have to attach weaves to it and your stylist will apply gel on your natural hair so it lies flat.

You can gather your ponytail in the middle of the back of your head or at the base of your neck. You can also wear them at the side of your head or even on the very top of the head.

There are no rules to installing this hairdo. You only need to prep your hair and hire an excellent hairstylist to install it for you.

Types of Ponytail Hairstyles

pretty lady wearing ponytail hairstyle

Thinking of wearing matching outfits with your loved ones? Or maybe you just wanna have a photo session for your ankara pre-wedding photos or birthday celebration.

Whatever goal you have in mind, just wear a ponytail and rest assured you’ll steal the show.

Wondering the perfect variation of this hairdo to go for? Here they are:

High Ponytail

Tattooed lady wearing high ponytail hairstyle

The high ponytail hairstyle gives a sexy and confident look. It also lifts and makes your face taut. 

lady wearing styled high ponytail

If your hair is too clean or slippery and you wanna wear this style, sprinkle dry shampoo on it.

lady rocking part-braided high ponytail style

Moreover, you can leave your weaves sleek or ruffled when wearing this hairstyle. It’s versatile enough.

Low Ponytail

side view of a lady rocking low ponytail

If you have an oval or heart-shaped face, you’ll look great with this hairstyle. 

lady rocking knotted low ponytail

This ponytail hairstyle is suitable for work or formal meetings. You can always change the look by switching from a center parting to a deep side parting and vice-versa.

back view of a lady's braided ponytail

Afro Ponytail

smiling lady wearing afro ponytail

This one looks like a high bun natural hairstyle. To achieve it, you’ll have to install a kinky hair extension that looks like a type C hair.

lady wearing afro ponytail with hand on her chin
lady rocking short afro ponytail

Long Ponytail

lady wearing long ponytail and set for work

Call this the classic ponytail

The long ponytail hairstyle never goes out of style. You can style it wavy, curly, or sleek, depending on your choice. 

lady rocking long braided ponytail

It is versatile as you can wear it anywhere, even at the gym. 

lady rocking glasses with long ponytail

In addition, if your hair is thin and you love this look, add clip-in hair extensions to supplement.

Short Ponytail

lady wearing short ponytail hairstyle

If your hair (or weave) isn’t as long as needed for a classic ponytail and you don’t have a clip-in hair extension, go for short ponytails.

lady wearing short relaxed hair ponytail

You’ll still look cute.

pretty lady wearing short ponytail

Medium Ponytail

pretty lady rocking medium ponytail

This ponytail hairstyle usually hangs around shoulder length. 

lady with medium ponytail hairstyle pressing phone

A better way to wear it is to make it wavy to disguise its length. Making it straight only makes its medium length obvious.

lady rocking medium ponytail

Side Ponytail

lady wearing side ponytail hairstyle

When styling a side ponytail, don’t go too high. You can start at the top of your neck with loose waves that easily frame your face. 

beautiful lady wearing side ponytail

To do the side ponytail, straighten down your hair with a gel or styling cream, then create a side parting and secure your ponytail on the opposite side. 

lady in denim jacket wearin gelled side ponytail hairstyle

Or you can as well just style the entire ponytail to the side.

Curly/Wavy Ponytail

pretty lady wearing wavy ponytail hairstyle

The dominant feature of this style is the curls or waves. It can be any length. Just ensure it’s curly.

lady with gelled curly ponytail at the hair salon
lady wearing curly ponytail

Half-up, half-down Ponytail

lady lady wearing wavy half-up, half-down ponytail hairstyle

Otherwise known as the half ponytail, this hairstyle works on any length or texture. 

lady wearing half-up, half-down ponytail with rings and necklaces

Just choose how high or low you want it. And if you make the ponytail high,  increase the volume you create at the crown of your head.

lady lady wearing half-up, half-down ponytail hairstyle

Weave Ponytail

lady wearing weave ponytail hairstyle at a hair salon

This is the regular ponytail black women wear as our natural hair isn’t long enough to achieve the details.

beautiful lady rocking weave ponytail and fiddling phone

Ponytails with weaves protect your natural hair and create a very attractive look. To avoid damaging your hair, do not glue in weaves, rather ask your hairstylist to sew them to your hair. 

lady wearing long weaves ponytail

Straight Ponytail

lady wearing black straight ponytail

This one is straight and sleek without waves or curls. You can have it in any length of your choice. It’s a statement on its own.

lady rocking straight ponytail style
lady wearing gelled straight ponyytail

Braided Ponytail

pretty lady rocking braided ponytail hairstyle

The western people of Nigeria call this shuku. It’s one attachment hairstyle that never goes out of style.

lady wearing braided ponytail with beads

You can achieve it with any color or length of hair extension you choose.

lady rocking African braided ponytail hairstyle

Double Ponytails

smiling lady rocking double braided ponytails

Two ponytails are cuter than one ponytail. 

lady with short double ponytails pressing phone

To nail the look, add much volume to the locks. Keep the ponytails even and be sure to leave out some strands of hair to frame your face.

selfie of a lady rocking double ponytails

There you have it— the best ponytail hairstyles to enhance your beauty. Now head to your hairstylist right away. We can’t wait to see your lovely photos on social media.

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