Hair Extension Hacks: How To Put Extensions In A Ponytail Perfectly

One of the most common questions we get asked time and time again is whether or not you can wear your hair up in a ponytail when you're wearing extensions. The short answer is yes – of course!

We do it all the time! You can still perfectly rock a ponytail when you have extensions in your hair, as long as you know how to do it right so that your extensions aren't peeking through (nobody wants that).

Follow our simple step-by-step guide using our insider hair tips on how to put extensions in a ponytail perfectly every time:

Step 1: Brush Out Those Tangles!

You'll want to start with smooth, tangle-free hair before you start getting to work on your ponytail. If you haven't already got your hair extensions installed or clipped-in, then make sure you give them a brush out using a hairbrush that is specifically for extensions.

Our Deluxe Hairbrush is designed exclusively for extensions and is perfect for brushing out any tangles in both your natural hair and the extensions.

Don't tug too harshly, though, as this can cause damage to both your hair and the extensions. Once your knots and tangles are no more, put your extensions in.

Installing Clip-in Ponytail Extensions

How to Install Clip-in Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are the easiest and most convenient type of hair extensions to put in. As the name suggest, they literally do just clip into your hair!

Separate your hair into a half-up half-down style, using a hair tie to loosely secure the top section. Take your hair extensions weft and slide the clips near the root of your hair on the bottom section you've separated.

Secure the clips and let your top section of hair back down. Use your fingers to lightly blend your extensions with your natural hair.

Step 2: Start to Pull your Hair Up into your Pony

Next, you'll want to start pulling your hair up into your ponytail. Whether you want a high ponytail, a mid or low ponytail is completely up to you!

Before you secure your hair with a hair tie, it's really important that you use a hairbrush or your fingers to smooth your hair back, making sure there are no bumps or gaps. It's also the perfect opportunity to check your own hair and your extensions are blended together nicely.

If you're going for a sleek ponytail, use some hair gel or hair spray to help flatten out any bumps or creases in the hair and stick those pesky little flyaways down.

Or, if you're going for more of a messy look, leave some pieces of hair free around your face and don't forget to add a little texture using some dry shampoo or hair texturising spray.

Step 3: Secure your Ponytail with a Hair Elastic

Once you're sure your extensions aren't peeking out, and everything is nicely blended together, you can use a hair elastic or scrunchie to secure your ponytail.

It's key that you don't pull your hair band too tight because this could end up tugging your extensions, causing them to loosen or even damage your hair.

It's also better to use a hair tie that's made from microfibre or soft cloth to avoid any breakage to your hair.

Step 4: Finish with Some Hair Spray or Texturising Spray

The last step is to finish your look with some hairspray or texturising spray. If you want a sleek ponytail, use some strong-hold hairspray to add extra hold and help keep your style in place.

If you want more of a textured look, use some sea salt spray or dry shampoo to give your ponytail some added volume.

Our 5 Favourite Hairstyles with Ponytail Extensions

Once you've got down the basics of how to put extensions in a ponytail perfectly, you can get creative with a whole range of different ponytail hairstyles!

Sure, a basic high ponytail is always a fail-safe option, but what about when you need something a little more fancy? Or a bit more fun?!

Here are our 5 favourite ponytail hairstyles that you can do with extensions:

Trendy 90's Ponytail

The 90's trend is back and better than ever with the 90's ponytail hairstyle. Celebs and influencers have been rocking this look all over the gram, and we love it!

Middle Part Low Ponytail

Thanks to the TikTok trending 'clean girl' aesthetic, we've been seeing tons of people trying out the middle part low ponytail. You can use short extensions to add a bit of volume to your pony, or go for long extensions for a super long and sleek look.

Summer Ponytail Extensions

Beachy Waves Ponytail

There's nothing quite like a beachy waves ponytail for summer. This hairstyle looks super effortless but will still give you that wow factor.

Super-Slicked High Ponytail

We love a high ponytail as much as the next person, but the super-slicked high ponytail takes it to a whole new level. This look requires lots of hair gel and combing back, but it's so classy!

Curly Ponytail

Of course, we had to include a hairstyle with curls! Curly ponytails are the ultimate girly look, and they're perfect for thin hair. Curls give the illusion of thickness, so it's perfect for those who struggle with fine hair.

Shop RiRi for Fab Quality Hair Extensions!

We have a fantastic choice of hair extensions here at RiRi! Our synthetic extensions are available in a range of 30 different shades, so you can find the perfect match for your hair. And our human hair extensions are made using the best quality Remy hair, so they look and feel super natural.

But to make doing your ponytail even easier, get yourself a RiRi ponytail extension! They transform the look of your ponytail in a matter of seconds, and you don't have to worry about any clips poking through from your scalp.

Plus, we have loads of different lengths and styles to choose from, so you can create any ponytail hairstyle that takes your fancy!

Browse our selection of hair extensions today to start looking and feeling your absolute best!


How do you put extensions in a ponytail?

It's really easy! Make sure your hair and extensions are free from any tangles using a hairbrush, and pull your hair back into your ponytail. Before tying, run your fingers through any bumps and make sure there are no gaps showing your hair extensions. Use a hair tie to secure your ponytail in place.

How do you hide hair extensions in a ponytail?

Before you tie your hair up, you'll want to comb your fingers through your scalp to make sure that are no bumps and that your hair is covering your clips or tape tabs. Secure your hair and style it as you wish!

How long should extensions be for a ponytail?

This will obviously be down to the length of your natural hair. You don't want to get extensions that are shorter than your natural hair; otherwise, they won't blend. Instead, go for extensions that are the same length as or longer than your natural hair.

How do I install clip-in hair extensions?

Separate your hair into a half-up, half-down style and slide the clips near the root of your hair on the bottom section you've separated. Secure the clips and let your top section of hair back down. Use your fingers to lightly blend your extensions with your natural hair..

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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