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11 Romantic Side Ponytails for Long Hair

Long side ponytails are being seen everywhere this year. From the runways of New York City’s Fashion Week, at celebrity weddings, and not to mention all the Hollywood red carpet events and award shows.

They are a beautiful way to wear your hair in a more formal manner without looking too uptight. They are super sexy because they have a lot of movement and styling options.

  • 1. Ashley Tisdale’s Formal Side Ponytail

    This is a more conservative side ponytail that is soft and sexy. It is the perfect side pony for any occasion.

    Ashley Tisdale with long side ponytail

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. You will then want to set your hair with hot rollers, or a curling iron. This is to create the volume at the top of your hair and the sleek waves in the pony.

    Section off the top and front of your hair, from the back of your hair with clips. Backcomb , hairspray, and smooth the sides and top of your hair over the backcombing for sleek volume.

    Gently pull all your hair softly back and off to the side into a soft side pony. You can then use a strand of hair to cover any type of hair tie you may have used to secure your hair.

    You can do this by taking the hair and wrapping it around the base of the pony as if it were a ribbon, then secure with bobby pins.

    Finish off with Classic Hairspray for super hold and a few shots of spray shine and off you go.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening spray, Shine on Finishing Spray, Spray de Mode or Classic Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This side pony looks and works best with finer hair. It helps if the hair is a bit wavy or a little more on the straight side.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until you like it . It is like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty, and you like the way you look. And then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 2. The Jasmine Inspired Side Ponytail

    This style reminds me of a Disney princess, it’s so soft, yet dramatic and beautiful. This swept half pony that falls completely over the shoulder to one side.

    Long curly hair with side ponytail

    How To Style:
    If the hair is naturally curly, when wet, put curl crème all over and either diffuse or let your hair air dry after finger curling it into the shape you would like it to dry in. If the hair is straight take a ¾ inch curling iron and curl your entire head and do not brush the curls out.

    Spray the hair with hairspray and shine spray for hold and shine. Decide what shoulder to wear it on and push it to that side. Twist the hair into a soft side ponytail. Then secure with bobby pins , going from the bottom of your hair line moving up.

    As you start to put them in so they secure the hair, you can push the hair off to the desired side. Take the bobby pins and interlock them by making them into the shape of an x where the lower hairline moving up to the top of the ponytail.

    Make sure the pins are crossed over for a secure hold. Finish with hairspray for shine and hold.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s , Curl Crème, Styling Crème, Gloss Spray Shine, and Spray de Mode Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This beautiful style looks best with thick naturally curly hair.

    Tip: Always start by air drying or diffusing your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until you think it looks pretty. It is not an exact science, this is like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you you like the way you look. And then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 3. The Chignon Side Ponytail

    A rounded, heavy, geometric, blunt, bang that frames the face dramatically.

    Miley Cyrus with long hair and side ponytailMiley Cyrus with long hair and side ponytail

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. You will then want to set your hair with hot rollers, or a curling iron.

    This is to create the volume at the top of your hair and to give the base of curls you will need to make your low side pony chignon. Section off the top, and front of your hair, so it is seperate from the front of your hair.

    Backcomb, hairspray, and smooth the sides and top of your hair. Gently pull all your hair softly back and off to the side. Now fasten into a low side pony. Take a one inch section of hair and pull it around your hair tie to hide any kind of hair tie or pins.

    You then back comb the pony and smooth the top of the section with a brush and hairspray. If the hair is too slippery you can use hair powder to add some grit. Then take the full pony that’s been combed out gently roll and twist into a soft large chignon (bun).

    Anchor it with bobby pins to the base of the pony and to your head for stability. Have it leaning on one side of your nape, peeking out from the back. Use more bobby pins tuck the loose ends in and spray.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Styling Crème, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Hair Powder and Classic Hairspray or Spray de Mode

    Best Hair Type:
    This works best with thick wavy long hair that is not to coarse.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl, use hot rollers with styling lotion and then comb out and pin up. Play with the hair until it looks and lays right. Spray hairspray on your hands and smooth away any fly away hairs. This is not an exact science, this is almost like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty, and you like the way you look. And then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 4. The Sleek and Sexy Side Ponytail

    A clean, sleek, professional looking side ponytail.

    Long sleek hair with side ponytail waves

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. Section off a heavy bang and smooth with a blow dryer or iron in the direction they naturally want to lay.

    You will then want to set your hair with hot rollers, or a curling iron. This is to create the volume at the top of your hair and the sleek waves in the pony. Section off the top and front of your hair, from the back of your hair.

    Backcomb, hairspray, and smooth the sides and top of your hair. Gently pull all your hair softly back and off to the side into a soft side pony.

    Then pull the top crown section down and twist it around and into the side pony securing with bobby pins and Classic Hairspray as the curls cascade down the side of your face from the back off the head. So pretty.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Spray de Mode or Classic Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This works best with almost any hair type, its easiest on thick wavy hair.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until it you like the way it looks. It is not an exact science, it is almost like creating a sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty. Then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 5. The Mermaid Side Ponytail

    Soft sexy side ponytail with set mermaid waves, and a soft fringe framing the face.

    Kerry Underwood with long side ponytail

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. Curl the entire head with a one and a half inch iron or set with hot rollers. Spray with hair spray but do not break up your curls.

    Pull all the hair straight back and tie your pony right at the bottom of where your ear lays. It is a bit higher than other low ponies.

    Take a strand of hair to cover any hair tie and secure with a bobby pin. Smooth and seperate the sections of curls by hand, using Spray de Mode hairspray and Gloss Spray Shine. Spray all over with hairspray and go.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, and Spray de Mode, or Classic Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This side pony looks and works best with finer hair. It helps if the hair is a bit wavy so it will hold a curl longer.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until it looks and lays right. It is not an exact science, this is almost like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty, and you like the way you look. When finished, then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 6. Imp Twist Side Ponytail

    A soft side swept pony with a twist through the crown section connecting into the pony tail. It leaves a pretty design of lines and spices up a simple side pony tail. It’s cute and whimsical with the small amount of face framing fringe.

    A long and twisted side ponytailA long and twisted side ponytail

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. Set your hair with hot rollers, or a curling iron.

    This is to create the volume at the top of your hair and the sleek waves in the pony. Section off the very top and front of your hair in a horse shoe pattern and tie up the top so that it is seperate from the bottom.

    Backcomb , hairspray, and smooth the sides of your hair. Take the ends of the section of hair you backcombed from the top of your head, and twist or braid into a half inch section. Then add it into the pony so it creates a geometric design and line on the back of the head.

    Gently pull all your hair softly back and off to the side into a soft side pony. You can then use a cute whimsical hair tie or a piece of hair to cover any type of hair band you may have used to secure your hair.

    You can do this by taking the hair and wrapping it around the base of the pony as if it were a ribbon to cover any hair ties and make the style appear more finished.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Does it All or Spray de Mode Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This side pony looks and works best with finer hair. It helps if the hair is a bit wavy or a little more on the straight side.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until you like the way it looks, this is not an exact science. It is like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty. Then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 7. Art Deco Side Ponytail

    A fun geometric hairdo with a side knot ponytail.

    Art deco side ponytail for long hair

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. Section off the top, and front of your hair, from the back of your hair.

    Backcomb the section of hair at your crown heavily, smooth with a brush and roll under and pin into a “bump” and then hairspray. Smooth your fringe off to the side, so that they lay sleek.

    Now take the remainder of the hair and softly twist or use a large braid on each side of your head. Then pull back and secure each section at the sides to the back of the head with bobby pins or a hair tie.

    At this point you need to decide what side you want your ponytail to lay on. Softly twist or braid the section of hair you have secured at the back and center of your head. Securely pull everything off to the side and secure tightly with a hair tie.

    Take a medium width strand of hair and cover the hair tie by wrapping it around and pinning with a bobby pin. Brush the pony smooth and simply tie it into a knot. Insert hair pins to secure and hairspray heavily.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Crème, Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Spray Shine, and Spray de Mode Hairspray or Classic Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This side pony works best with very long, straight hair. The hair should be fairly thick or you may have to use a weft or hairpiece to create the volume on top.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until it looks and right. It is not an exact science, this is almost like creating a sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty, and you like the way you look. Then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 8. Grecian Goddess Side Faux Ponytail

    Add a unique twist by braiding your hair first to add a unique touch that’s been around for centuries.

    Long braided hair with side ponytail

    How To Style:
    Take a one to one and a half inch section of hair from the front hairline and French braid from ear to ear. Braid it to the side you want your pony to fall to. Set the rest of your hair in hot rollers or set with a large barreled curling iron.

    Backcomb the hair for volume at the crown and softly brush and smooth the hair over. Pull all the hair off to the side by twisting and pinning it to the side of you head as you go.

    Start at the top of where you want the pony to start, working your way down. Bobby pin securely into a faux pony and let the curls cascade down.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Spray de Mode Hairspray or Classic Hairspray.

    Best Hair Type:
    This style works best with thick wavy hair, but can be done on just about anyone with long hair.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until it looks and lays right. This is not an exact science, this is almost like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty, and you like the way you look. Then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 9. Side Faux Pony Waterfall

    Uniquely use your own hair to support this elegant long side ponytail.

    Side faux ponytail for long hair

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. You will then want to set your hair with hot rollers, or a curling iron. This is to create the volume at the top of your hair and the sleek waves in the pony.

    Section off the top and backcomb for volume. Brush the hair softly over the back combing and combine it with the rest of the hair.

    You can either do a large soft French braid that starts at the lower crown moving towards one side of the nape or your neck. Or you can twist and pin it in large sections going in the same direction. stretch out the hair a little at the ends so it retains its length and hairspray.

    Play with it until you like it and you think it looks pretty.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Crème, Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Spray de Mode or Classic Hairspray.

    Best Hair Type:
    This style works best on thick, fine, long, and wavy hair.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. When pinning it up, play with the hair until it looks and lays right. It is not an exact science, it is like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you think it’s pretty, and you like the way you look. Then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 10. Pin Up Girl Side Pony

    A soft side faux pony with pin curls.

    Pin up girl style side ponytail for long hair

    How To Style:
    Start with clean dry hair with a base product already in your hair. Such as styling lotion or thickening spray. You will then want to set your hair with hot rollers, or a curling iron. This is to create the volume at the top of your hair and the sleek waves in the pony.

    Section off your bangs, and curl them into a pin curl and secure with a bobby pin and hairspray. Take the rest of the hair, backcomb , hairspray, and smooth the sides and top of your hair. Gently pull and twist all your hair softly back into a low soft side pony.

    Do this by twisting the hair from top to bottom, bobby pinning as you twist it forward into a faux pony. Leave out a small section or sections where ever you would like to add an extra pin curl.

    Take the sections you have left out and roll them around your finger into a curl, like a ribbon. Hairspray the curl, place it where you want it. Then pin it to your head using bobby pins or a hair pins.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Spray de Mode or Classic Hairspray

    Best Hair Type:
    This side pony looks and works great with fine or thick hair. It helps if the hair is a bit wavy.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until it looks and you like the way it looks. This is not an exact science, this is almost like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you like the way you look. And then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

  • 11. French Twist Side Ponytail

    Very similar to The Jasmine inspired side pony, this is a full side ponytail. It is twisted in the back similar to a French twist, so it’s directed toward the face to make a lovely frame.

    French twist long side ponytail

    How To Style:
    Curl the entire head with a one and a half inch iron. Spray with hair spray but do not break up your curls. Take the top section of your hair and separate it. Then back comb it for volume and brush and smooth the hair into a soft twist at the back of the crown and pin.

    Take the remainder of the hair, and pull everything off to one side in large seperate sections. Softly twist each section and bobby pin it to the side of the head so the curls cascade downward.

    Smooth and seperate the sections of curls by hand, using Spray de Mode hairspray and Gloss Spray Shine. Spray all over with hairspray and go.

    Recommended Hair Products:
    Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion, Thickening Spray, Gloss Spray Shine, Spray de Mode or Classic Hairspray.

    Best Hair Type:
    This side pony works well on most hair types, but it helps if the hair is a bit finer and has some wave to it.

    Tip: Always start by blow drying your hair with base products. This is to prep your hair to be put up into a special occasion style. Play with the hair until it looks pretty. It is not an exact science, this is like creating a moving sculpture. Adjust it until you like the way you look. Then hair spray it heavily so it stays all day or night through any event.

    Long Side Ponytails look good on any face shape. They are a beautiful way to put your hair up while still enjoying the length of your hair, for that feminine, soft, sexy look.

    They can be worn casually or quite formal depending on the style you choose. Look at the side pony as a sculpture that you are creating with your hair. And depending on your mood you can wear it with subtlety or flair. Be sure to check out all of our ponytail hairstyling ideas.