5 Trendiest Ponytail Ideas Right Now: Bubble Ponytails & More

The days of classic ponytails are in the past – it’s time to bring out your inner creativity and try something new with your hair!

We love ponytails because they’re so versatile; you can keep them simple or go wild with so many different styles. And they really don't require any specialist hair skills – anyone can do them!

With fashion influencers pushing the boundaries of style, there’s no limit to what you can do with your hair. From bubble ponytails to the TikTok trending slicked-back pony, ponytails really are a classic style that never goes out of fashion.

And to level up your hair game even further, RiRi has got a bunch of ponytail hair extensions to make your ponytail look even more powerful! Synthetic ponytails or human hair, curled ponytails or straight; we’ve got a range of styles to choose from.

So let’s take a look at some of the trendiest ponytail ideas right now, and how you can take them up a notch with our ponytail extensions.

Do Ponytails Damage Your Hair?

Firstly though, probably one of the most asked questions when it comes to styling your hair up is, 'do ponytails damage my hair?'.

Well, the answer is both yes and no.

If you're consistently wearing your hair up in a high ponytail every day and you're pulling your hair elastics too tight, then you could be damaging your hair. You should treat your hair with care; opt for loose ponytails and elastic bands with no metal parts.

Of course, we're not telling you that you can never do a high, tightly-pulled-back ponytail ever again! Just make sure this isn't your everyday look.

But if you do it properly, then a stylish ponytail can be done without damaging your hair – especially with the help of hair extensions to give your style extra body and length!

And with that, let's take a look at some of the trendiest ponytail ideas right now!

Bubble Ponytails

If you want to add a bit of fun and quirkiness to your look, then you should definitely try out bubble ponytails! They're super cute, and they can be worn in so many different ways – from double-bubble ponytails to messy ponies.

But we think you can't go wrong with the classic high bubble ponytails. They're fab for more casual, everyday wear, or you can go for more of a glam look with a slick-back bubble ponytail.

Start by pulling your hair up into a high ponytail at the crown of your head and tying it off with a hair elastic. If you're going for more of a sleek look, use some hair oil to slick your hair back to smooth out any flyaways.

Next, you'll need to have a few clear elastics on hand. With these hair elastics, you will need to tie off sections of your ponytail, so that you have several 'bubbles' of hair.

Don't tie the elastics too tight, though, because you don't want to pull your hair too much.

Pull out these 'bubble' sections of hair to add more volume and a messy, tousled look to your hair.

For the ultimate long bubble ponytails, we totally recommend adding a pair of RiRi's 26" Synthetic Wrap Around Straight Ponytail. The 26 inches length will give you the perfect long bubble pony.

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Ponytails with Scarves

We love how you can instantly switch up your look by simply adding a scarf or bow to your ponytail. It adds a touch of elegance and femininity to your ponytail!

You can keep it simple with a plain black bow, or you can get creative with patterned hair scarves and bows.

Start by tying your hair back into a high ponytail – a high ponytail looks best here so that the hair scarf droops nicely down the length of your ponytail.

Once your ponytail is tied up, take your scarf and tie it around your hair elastic. Let the scarf hang down either side of your ponytail.

We've even seen some pretty cute hairstyles where the scarf is plaited together with the hair, to give the ponytail a totally unique look.

If you want your ponytail to be extra long and voluminous for this style, then we suggest adding RiRi's Lily 22" Full Bodied Clip-in Ponytail. This gorgeous ponytail extension is pre-styled with a bouncy flick to the ends to really give your look a boost of glam!

ponytails with scarves

Sleek Ponytail with Middle Parting

Nothing says glam quite like a sleek finish and straight ponytail with a middle parting. This is the perfect look for any formal occasion or if you simply want to look extra put-together for your day-to-day style.

The trick to getting this look right is the parting – a middle parting works best for this sleek ponytail. To get a super sharp parting, use a comb to split your hair in the middle and brush through with a paddle brush.

Use a generous amount of hair oil or gel to slick back your hair and remove any flyaways. This will help to give your hair a really sleek, glossy look.

Secure your ponytail at the crown of your head with a regular elastic band.

If you want even more length, then we recommend adding in some of RiRi's 30" Wrap Around Sleek Ponytail. This is our longest ponytail extension, and it will give your sleek style a show-stopping finish!

High Braided Ponytail

We can't get enough of braided ponytails right now – they look fab for casual days, and you could even dress them up if you need to. We think these look especially good on medium-length hair!

To start, brush your hair into a mid-ponytail, so about halfway down your head. You'll then want to plait your ponytail. Go for a classic braid or something more intricate, like a fishtail braid.

Once you reach the end of the braid, secure the end with an elastic band and gently tug on the sides of the plait to give it a fuller effect.

Pull out some pieces from around your face to give you a softer look.

Our Mini RiRi 16" Clip-in Wrap Around Ponytail is ideal for this look. It's a shorter length, so it won't overpower the braid – and you can also add in some extra colour with one of our gorgeous hair extension shades!

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Messy Mid-Ponytail

There's nothing better than a quick and easy mid-ponytail to help you get out the door in a flash. One of the reasons we love messy ponytails so much is that they're perfect for when three or four-day-old hair.

And our RiRi Bella 1" Clip-in Curly Ponytail is the perfect accessory for this style. This lightweight clip-in ponytail adds a touch of volume and texture to your messy ponytail.

Start by brushing your hair back and securing it in a mid-ponytail with an elastic band.

Once you’ve secured your ponytail, simply pop in your clip-in ponytail. The messy blowout hairstyle will give you a natural and effortless look.

Pull out some face-framing pieces to add to the messy, bedhead effect. And you’re good to go!

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Final Thoughts: Staying on Trend with These Popular Ponytails

From cute bubble ponytails to more glam styles, there’s no denying that ponytails are a classic hairstyle. The best part is, you can easily customise them to suit any occasion – perfect if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to stay on trend!

And with RiRi Hair Extensions range of ponytail extensions, you can upgrade your ponytail even further. Whether you’re after extra length or texture, there’s something for everyone!


How do you make a bubble ponytail?

Weave hair extensions can last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks at a time before needing them altered so that they don't restrict your natural hair growth. Your hair extensions stylist will be able to consult you on this

Are bubble ponytails in style?

Bubble ponytails have been a go-to for a while now, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon. They are perfect for casual, every day hairstyles, or they can be glammed up if you've got something planned.

Where do bubble ponytails come from?

Bubble ponytails were first spotted in 2014 at the Valentino show during Fashion Week. Since then, the trend has grown in popularity and is now a staple.

How can I make my ponytail more interesting?

Adding a ponytail extension is an easy way to upgrade your look and add some extra volume or length. RiRi Hair has a range of clip-in ponytail extensions in different lengths and styles, so you can find the perfect one for you!

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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