High Ponytail Hairstyles
The higher the hair the closer you are to heaven, am I right? High ponytail hairstyles have been trending for some time now, especially with some of our hottest celebrities rocking the high pony like they own a horse. I have always wanted to pull off Ariana Grande style sleek ponytail, but my hair is way too short, and I don’t have enough patience for extensions. So, I will just continue to have my hair envy right here and admire all the different ways you can style them. And who knew there are so many ways to style a high ponytail? Perhaps one day I will cave into getting extensions, so I can whip it like one of my favourite pole dancers Bailey Day *insert love heart eyes emoji*.
Here are some of my favourite ways you can get creative with the high ponytail hairstyle.
1. Sleek high ponytail hairstyles
Let’s start with the classic. I just absolutely adore Chrissy Teigen in the slicked-back high ponytail because she has such a beautiful face shape with high cheekbones. Obviously, not everybody has this much hair on their head to make their pony look thick and voluminous, so some clip-on extensions will be needed to get that full and fluffy look. The sleek high ponytail is the lazy girl’s go-to as it is foolproof. All you need is extensions to match your hair colour, two hair ties, a boar bristle hair brush, some bobby pins and hairspray. You basically grab a small section of your hair in the middle and tie it into a ponytail, then you clip your extensions in around it. Once you have layered your extensions to your desired thickness, use your brush to bring all your hair into a high ponytail and tie it securely. Next, grab a small wrap a section of the hair from the ponytail at the back and wrap it around the ponytail. Pin it in to lock it in and then tame your baby hairs down with some hairspray. Ta-da! Ariana Grande! Add some winged liner and you are ready to rock and roll. Have a look at this YouTube video for a visual demonstration.
2. Texturised high ponytail hairstyles
So this one is for those of you who want a bit more oomph and volume in your hair. Unfortunately for me, I’m not blessed with a small cutesy face like Ariana, so having the texture helps contour the face a bit more. It is perhaps best to achieve this look with unwashed hair that has been previously styled so you can get that volume, or you can use a product like Rockstar to add a bit of texture to it. This style just requires a bit more teasing and using a teasing comb or brush. The rest of the process is quite similar to the previous, except this YouTuber has just introduced me to the perky pony clip that you can insert to make your pony perkier and less flat. Ah, the wonders of life!
3. Curly/ wavy high ponytail hairstyles
This one is very similar to the sleek ponytail, the process is entirely the same, except, you have to curl your hair using a thick curling tong beforehand. The extensions also need to be curled before you clip them into your hair. YouTuber Katy of Lustre Lux’s tip on curling your extensions is to hold the extensions between your drawers to secure them while you curl them. This is super handy advice! She also has a handy tip for giving yourself a “facelift” by tightening the ponytail in the certain part to lift your face. Then when you have your ponytail up, brush in all your curls together to get both your natural hair and the extensions to blend in together. If you don’t have access to the perky pony device, she also shows you how to create volume in your ponytail by teasing a section under the top layer of hair to get that extra oomph effect.
4. Braided high ponytail hairstyles
Hello Blake Lively and Gigi Hadid, my Queens *insert love heart eyes emoji again*. Okay, if any of you have read my previous blogs about braids, you would know that I am obsessed with them and simply can’t get enough! With these two high ponytail hairstyles, you can proceed to doing the same slicked back pony with clip-in extensions and then braid the ponytail as a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid. Sounds easy enough… if you know how to braid.
The other braid option is to have the braid design start from the roots of the hair towards the ponytail, and have a plain straight or wavy high ponytail. You can have it in cornrow styled Dutch braids, big voluminous braids as a quiff, a fishtail braid to crown the head, or as a Dutch braid at the back of your head underneath the ponytail for a surprise factor – looks like a basic high ponytail… But wait, there’s more! Do you see what I mean about being obsessed?
Here’s a YouTube video on how to achieve the look with four Dutch braids going towards the centre of the crown like cornrows. She wraps her hair using a topsy tail – I have not seen those in forever! I can’t braid my own hair for the life of me, so I hope this one is achievable for you! Go ahead and fulfil my dreams.
5. High ponytail with a high quiff
Get a bit Kim Kardashian with your high ponytail hairstyle and an added quiff, which elongates the face. I’m normally not a fan of Kim K, but I do absolutely love this hairstyle – it is class, elegance and quite simple. The following YouTube tutorial by Patsy Jordan English demonstrates 4 different ways to style your quiff with volume. She does one version as a braid, another as a twist, another by tying the hair into knots and the final as a topsy tail created high quiff. Boy does this chick have a lot of hair!
I hope you got inspired by all these high ponytail hairstyles and give them a go. Please do it on my behalf as I have no hair to high pony.