15 celeb-approved ways to perfect your ponytail game

Ariana Grande ain’t got nothing on us

Beauty Crew Content Producer / September 24 2021

The humble ponytail is a hairstyle we all know, love and have history with (if you weren’t sporting Britney Spears-inspired ponytails on the playground as a kid, please don’t talk to us). 

Practical, pretty and a complete face-changer when you consider the faux face lift affect the everyday ‘do can lend to a look, the ponytail as far as we’re concerned doesn’t get near enough credit. 

But we (and a slew of inspiring celeb-approved styles) are about to change your mind about this often overlooked *banger* of a hairstyle – Ariana Grande, eat your heart out.

The glam pony

Red carpet-approved, the glam ponytail has had a resurgence of late with polished, silky tresses reminiscent of Madonna’s iconic “Vogue” ponytail taking centre stage. Chris Appleton just turnt a look for Dua Lipa’s first show back on the road for her ‘Future Nostalgia’ tour, Adut Akech Bior got wavy with it and pulled her hair into a taught, elevated pony for a glam polished look, while Barbara Palvin styled her straight lengths into a sleek little number for the MTV EMA’s.

@dualipa

@adutakech

@realbarbarapalvin

Length for days

We don’t know what’s in the water in LA, but the A-list hair stylists in Hollywood seem to be obsessed with unearthly long extensions. The craziest pony we’ve seen so far has to be the floor-length ponytail Chris Appleton created for Kim Kardashian’s 2021 Met Gala look, which incorporated a whopping 10k worth of real human hair. Literal stallion of a human Megan Thee Stallion donned a wavy pony that hit the floor, but what else do we expect from such a statuesque beauty? And TikToker Dixie D’amelio’s even given the OTT trend a go, matching her strands with a black bikini. Though we sincerely pray she didn’t actually go swimming in her extensions...

@chrisappleton1

@theestallion

@dixiedamelio

Model off-duty

The go-to look for models, this casual interpretation of the cutesy style can be worn a myriad of ways depending on who’s wearing it. Guru of all things minimal and chic, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves a low-po’ for her days off, while Taylor Hill prefers a half-up, half-down ‘do to accommodate her short strands, and Emily Ratajkowski opts for soft, face-framing layers that hang loose around her face.

@rosiehw

@taylor_hill

@emrata

The faux face lift

If you’re feeling a little blah, there’s no better wake-up call for the ol’ face than a faux face lift-inducing ponytail. Case and point? Bella Hadid’s brow-raising ringlets, Halle Bailey’s loc-lifted Met Gala look and Normani’s finely-finished B-ball court updo.

@bellahadid

@hallebailey

@normani

The double pony

If you’re confident enough, then we suggest getting cute with it and channeling your inner Ariana Grande with a set of double ponytails. The adorable ‘00s-inspired look can be worn multiple ways: round out the ends of you double-po’ for a sleek, blow-dried finish like Grande, turn your hair into a butterfly sanctuary with an abundance of hair accessories à la Lizzo, or mix it up like Rosalia, who’s paired some fluffy hair elastics with some face-framing micro-braids. The possibilities are endless!

@arianagrande

@lizzobeeating

@rosalia.vt

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Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.