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Insta-Perfect! 11 Braided Ponytail Hairstyles To Inspire Your On-Season Slay

Insta-Perfect! 11 Braided Ponytail Hairstyles To Inspire Your On-Season Slay

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Fierce, flattering, and flawless! These are some of the words that best describe ponytail hairstyles this season. Similarly uplifting the beauty trend with an upgrade, braided ponytails are in and on a roll! With styles like knotless box braids, cornrows, and goddess braids, the possibilities within this fad are undeniably endless.

Not only does the trend transform basic ponytail looks into showstoppers, but it also has a creative edge to it. In addition to an ethereal beauty that shines through various textures and lengths, braided ponytail hairstyles are totally functional. Whether you’re a naturalista looking to switch things up or you’re simply aiming for an unconventional look, the braided pony is a must-try this season!

 
 
 
 
 
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Equally adding to its rave-worthy identity, legendary singer Alicia Keys, celebrity influencer and model Jordyn Woods, SA media star Ayanda Thabethe and several others have recently been spotted rocking the look. This clearly suggests that should you try to hop on this trend, you’ll surely be greeted with an array of inspirations. From cornrow ponies to sleek exaggerated lengths, and the timeless updos, here, you’ll find such inspo and more.

But first, here are some tips on rocking braided ponytail hairstyles…

#1. Length matters

Taking protective hairstyles and measures to a whole new level, braided ponytails are versatile and can literally be worn in a hundred different ways. The key is to make them long enough for all the fun styles that await you. Just remember to keep your extensions light, and fewer than usual as length adds weight to your braids.

#2. Accessories make the difference

When it comes to statement-making opportunities, braided ponies can be elevated further with accessories and jewelry. You can enhance its chic and exotic appearance with embellished staples like hairclips and pins in colorful, gold, and silver tones. Cowries and beads are also great accessories to consider as you seek to stand out with this look. Otherwise, opt for a simple scarf to add a distinct flair to ponytail braids styles.

#3. Color it 

Pushing fun and exciting limits through all seasons, especially in the warmer seasons, braided ponytail hairstyles come in different colors. Popularly rocked in black and blonde tinges, hues of gold, honey-brown, blue, and red also add the perfect balance of spice and personality. 

Ready to have your edges laid and your mane braided? We’ve got you covered with stunning inspirations. 

Check out some stunning braided ponytail hairstyle looks you should totally try… 

Classic braided ponytail

While trendsetters are letting their braids hang low, some days call for a refreshing appeal. On such days, look to the classic braided ponytail to give you the instant chic effect you need. Regardless of the length of your mane, you’ll find that this looks works just fine. However, it’s important to strive for shoulder lengths for a good “ponytail” drop. You can also take things to the edge with creative hair accessories like those aforementioned.

 
 
 
 
 
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Cornrows braid ponytail

Cornrows are another excuse to try some ponytail braids styles. They are pretty easy to achieve seeing that your stylist has already done most of the hair job. If you’re looking for a quick way to elevate your static cornrows, simply hold all strands firmly at the crown of your head and let them drop around the sides. Do note that not all cornrows can be spun into a ponytail as this look is dependent on the original style.

 
 
 
 
 
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Double ponytails

Two is always better than one, even when it comes to ponytail braids hairstyle. This girly option is the perfect blend of innocent and sexy, and always adds an unexpected flair to your look. To take the “innocent” effect a tad higher, why not lay those edges to achieve the flawless baby hair? 

 
 
 
 
 
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Braided tail

Okay, so your hair is unmade and you have barely 15-minutes before you dash out the door. What do you do? Simply transform your look with the braided tail! Hold your hair into a bun at the crown of your head, and then attach a braided extension clip. You can a killer look but at the fraction of the time. Plus, this look is trendy, super chic, and a nice complement to almost any outfit.  

 
 
 
 
 
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Featured image: Alicia Keys as photographed by Ramon Rivas 


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