Ponytail hair extensions are having a moment, and we can see why! They're versatile, fun, and can be worn in a variety of styles. Plus, they're a great way to add length and volume to your hair!
Ponytail extensions make a great addition to any hairstyle, and can be worn for a night out, a special event, or even just for everyday use!
From messy looks to braids, waves and wrap-arounds - there are endless possibilities when it comes to styling your ponytail extensions.
If you're thinking about trying out ponytail extensions, or if you're just looking for some inspiration, check out these nine gorgeous styles.
The Messy Ponytail
The messy ponytail is a great look for girls who want to be chic but don't want to look like they've put too much effort in. The messy ponytail can sit anywhere on your head, but we prefer a lower messy ponytail.
First, find your parting, then pull your hair back to the nape of your neck and tie it with a bobble. Place the extension over and wrap the extra hair around to disguise the extension. Pull out some face-framing pieces, and you're good to go.
The Braided Ponytail
The braided ponytail is another cute look for you to try, and it is very trendy right now. It can add a fun twist to your look; again, as with the messy pony, it can sit anywhere on your head. A lower braided pony is more relaxed, whereas a higher one makes more of a statement.
First things first, separate out your fringe or any pieces that you want to leave out. Next, smooth the rest of your hair into a ponytail and secure it with a bobble. Next, wrap around the extra hair and secure it. Then you simply plait your hair and the extension together before securing it with another bobble.
Textured ponytails are not unlike messy ponytails. The key difference is that messy ponytails have more of an accidental or undone look, and textured ponytails do not, but the methods to achieve them are somewhat similar.
Start by separating out your fringe – if you have one. After that, you want to backcomb the top of your hair before securing it in a high ponytail. Next, clip in the extension and wrap around the extra piece of hair.
Finally, to give the ponytail more texture, you want to lightly backcomb that. Be careful, though; too much backcombing can lead to tangles that are hard to get out.
The twisted ponytail is more of an elegant or sophisticated look. It is a ponytail that takes a little more effort to do, so it might not be totally beginner-friendly, but it looks super chic when done well.
Separate out your face-framing pieces and leave them out. After that, start at your parting and begin to twist the hair back, adding pieces as you go, think of it as a french braid but with a twist instead. Secure one side with a grip and do the same thing to the other side.
Once both sides have met at the back of your head, gather all of your hair into a ponytail. Clip the extension on and wrap the hair around to disguise the band. You can leave the grips you have used to secure the twists in place, or you can remove them; the twists shouldn't move at this point
The High Pony
The high ponytail is a fun and practical look. It can be dressed up or down depending on where you are going. If done well, the high pony can also give you a bit of a facelift or fox-eye effect. You can accessorise them with some cute clips too.
Start by smoothing and brushing all of your hair back into a ponytail. For a high pony, you want the hair to sit on top of your head towards the back. Smooth down your flyaways. Secure the ponytail extension in place with the clips and wrap the hair around. Accessorise with some clips if you want to.
Top Knot Ponytail
The top knot isn't so much a ponytail as it is a bun. The top knot is a great style for working professionals because it always looks classy and elegant whilst keeping your hair out of your face and out of the way.
Start by brushing all of your hair back into a ponytail; the higher, the better for a top knot, but leave out your fringe if you want to. Next, secure the extension to your hair.
You can then use a doughnut if you have one or simply twist and wrap the hair around the ponytail to create a bun. Next, use another bobble or grips to fasten the top knot.
Side Plait Pony
The side plait pony is the ultimate in bohemian or beach chic hairstyles. It always looks effortless and cute, and it is pretty easy to pull off, even with a ponytail extension.
Go with your normal parting and loosely gather the hair to one side. Put your hair into a loose ponytail and attach the extension as you would usually. Simply braid your hair and the extension together.
Secure with another bobble at the bottom of the brain and gently mess up the braid pulling it apart to give it more of a relaxed look. Remember to pull out any face-framing pieces.
Half Up Half Down Pony
The half up half down look is incredibly popular today and for a good reason. Depending on how you style the look, it can be a polished and elegant look, or it can be relaxed and casual too.
This is a little more difficult to pull off. If you are going to be using it as a half pony, then you need to make sure that the rest of your hair is as long as the extension. If not, the look won't work.
Pull half of your hair up as loosely or tightly as you want and secure the ponytail. Then, add the extension as you would usually. You can leave it like that or wist the extension into a bun or braid it for a new twist on the style.
Tips For Securing Your Ponytail Extension
Securing your ponytail extension properly is paramount to ensuring the longevity of your hairstyle. You need it to last throughout the event and not slip or fall. Luckily, securing your ponytail extension is pretty easy for you.
You first need to ensure that the extension has something to latch on to. The extensions clip into your hair. If you have thin or short hair, it might make more sense for you to put your hair into a bun to provide the extension with a better base.
You can also put a second bobble about an inch down your ponytail to stop any slipping.
Finally, after securely clipping the extension to your hair, you should use the extra piece of hair to wrap around the band of the extension. It can help secure the ponytail extension further whilst also disgusing the band so that other people cannot tell you are wearing an extension.
How long do ponytail extensions last?
It totally depends on the type of extension that you have. Synthetic ponytail extensions usually only last around three months. Human hair extensions, on the other hand, can last for up to a year. Of course, your maintenance efforts will affect this number too.
Can you wear ponytail extensions every day?
It depends on the type of ponytail extension that you have. Human hair extensions last longer and are better for everyday use.
However, constantly pulling your hair back into a ponytail may not be good for your hair either; in extreme cases, it can lead to traction alopecia. So while technically possible, it is not necessarily recommended.
How do you do wrap-around ponytail extensions?
Wrap-around ponytail extensions are designed for that use. They are smaller, and they simply clip onto your bun or ponytail. Another smaller section of the extension is then wrapped around the base of the ponytail to further secure it and disguise the extension too.
What kind of hair is used for ponytails?
It depends on whether you choose to purchase a human hair ponytail extension or a synthetic ponytail extension.
The human hair extension is obviously made from human hair, and synthetic hair extensions are often made from artificial fibres. However, if they are taken care of properly, it is hard to tell the difference.