Much like workout leggings, ponytails are sadly misunderstood. They’re viewed as the “lazy” hairstyle option for women who don’t have enough time to properly manage their hair. In reality, ponytails can be involved in some of the most creative and artistic hairstyle options, even at the professional level! The variations are endless and range from totally casual to red-carpet formal. Check out our 11 favorite ponytail styles below for some serious hairstyle inspiration.
1. With a braided strand
Blake Lively looked like a true mermaid on land when she debuted her long, beachy ponytail at the Green Lantern premiere. To achieve this style, first take three inches of hair from above your ear and braid it straight down your shoulder. Next, pull the rest of your hair towards the bottom of the braid and fasten it all together.