15 Best High Ponytail Ideas You’ll Ever Seen

Best high ponytail hair ideas

A high ponytail is a hairstyle that has all the hair gathered and secured into a section on top of the head. Casual + sporty + elegant = it’s insanely unbelievable how versatile this hairstyle is!

Going to a long gown event? Wear it sleek and straight! Conversely, huge beach waves look just as stunning for your everyday fashion. Matching it with bangs, braids, and cute hair accessories will make the look more unique and outstanding!

Follow the lead of Hollywood showstoppers Alison Brie, Elle Fanning, and Zendaya when it comes to their high fashion high ponytails!

This quick updo is a handy choice to save you on your lazy days. With just a bit of product for hold, shine, or volume, you’ll instantly look fab and ready-to-go in a matter of minutes.

Continue reading to get the trendiest ideas on how to create the freshest high ponytail!

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High Ponytail with Bangs

High Ponytail with Bangs
Instagram @naanafurlan

Only a Roman goddess could pull off this graceful hairstyle. Tousle up the hair leading to the knot and add some waves for a volumized look.

Genie Ponytail with Bangs

High Genie Ponytail with Bangs
Instagram @miss.nae

Wrap everything up in well-combed hair and some attitude. Look like a fountain of beauty with this goddess-looking ponytail variation.

Half Ponytail

High Half Ponytail
Instagram @quiquemagana

This creates the perfect illusion of a fuller bodied hair. Plus, you can do more styling with the loose hair for more versatility.

High Ponytail with Volume

High Ponytail with Volume
Instagram @deisypinzonmakeup

Ponytails often pass up for a decent hairstyle. But do you know that even this simple tied up style can be presented in multiple manners? Take this classy approach, waves, colors, and body can definitely turn a seemingly normal ponytail to a sought after look.

Ponytail Braid

High Ponytail Braid
Instagram @braidedbynicks

A unique way to flavor a seemingly normal tied up high ponytail! Get to braiding and even use it as a hair tie for your ponytail.

Ponytail with Curls

Ponytail with Curls
Instagram @tannerkb

Elegant during the day, dramatic during the night. Go from savvy to sultry by adding an eye-catching jewelry for the extra shimmer.

Formal High Ponytail

Q&A with style creator, Tammy Skulander
Hairdresser @ Tammyz Hair Boutique in Sydney, Australia

How would you describe this look?

I call it a formal tail! It’s just a dressier, elegant take on our everyday ponytails. I love this high ponytail, as it’s very versatile and suits so many women.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is perfect for those who are a little worried about having an upstyle done and looking or feeling that it is just too formal or fancy for the event.

To have this style done, you definitely need to have length and thickness to your hair or a great set of human hair clip in hair extensions! In fact, this style also has a few clip-in hair extensions to add volume and a little more length.

Curly Ponytail

Curly Ponytail
Instagram @salonleah

Q&A with style creator, Leah Loksen
Hairstylist & Wig Specialist @ Salon Leah in Crown Heights, NY

How would you describe this look?

This high ponytail is fun, natural yet clean makes me think hip hop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use your natural curls or diffuse your hair with a curl cream, and you can touch up some curls with 3/4″ iron. Sleek up your hair high up pony, making a double stacked pony to make your hair appear longer if necessary. Tease under each pony to make it appear more voluminous. Sleek back the top with boar bristle, containing your baby hairs with hairspray on a small teasing brush or toothbrush.

French Braid

French Braid
Instagram @braidedbycj

Q&A with style creator, CJ
Hair Braider @ Braided by CJ in Sydney, Australia

How would you describe this look?

These are Dutch braids into a high ponytail, using braid extensions which come in all sorts of colors. We added hair rings as a little feature which I think completes each look!

What I love most is the long colorful thick ponytail. It’s impossible to get this bright look with natural hair, so the braids extensions really made this look cute!

Any advice for someone considering it?

A lot of times, girls don’t know what type of braid style they want but they want the ponytail. I say I can create anything you like and make it into a ponytail – some go with braids underneath and some with both on top and underneath. You can do literally anything, and it will look amazing!

Most would leave a ponytail in for over a week. Maintenance isn’t too difficult. Just brush with a wide tooth comb. You could put it into a bun, and you’ll have a whole different look.

The ponytail will not slip or come off easily, as it is fixed within the braids. If you want them out, you take the whole style out. At least you know that your hair won’t fall apart in an event.

These styles are most popular for music festivals. A handful of people go natural and close to their hair color.

High Weave

High weave
Instagram @vchairstudios

Q&A with style creator, Valerie Castille
Hairstylist @ VC Hair Studio in Los Angeles, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a fun, flirty illusion ponytail. My favorite part of this ponytail would be the color of the extensions and the length of the extensions.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would start with your hair type and length. In order to achieve this high ponytail, you would need shoulder-length hair. Your hair should be straightened with a flat iron.

The products I would recommend you using would be a pomade/control, hairspray, needle and thread, and two rubber bands. This style is for the girl who’s on the go. It’s a very low maintenance ponytail, and this style would last about a week.

Braided Ponytail

Q&A with style creator, Shelby Weatherholtz
Hairstylist @ Hair by Shelby in Reading, PA

How would you describe this look?

This high ponytail is a mix of edgy and bohemian style which is totally what I love to create! It’s a fun balance that allows more people to enjoy it. My favorite thing about this look is probably the accent braids and hair rings. I feel like without it, it would just be somewhat of a basic ponytail. The little accents in hair can totally make or break a “look” and I’m all about being a bit extra, so I went for it!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you have enough hair or it definitely will translate differently. The length allows there to be a softer flow which counteracts the edginess of the braids and accessories.

Texture spray will also be your go-to product to get that fuller ponytail. Volumizing hair powders will also help get height and fullness! Some of my favorites are Moroccan Oil dry texture spray and Puff Me.

A bolder personality will pull this off the best, as it’s more of that vibe. When you see the leather jacket and high pony with the fun accessories, it makes you want to know who she is! It-girl status!

Messy Ponytail

Q&A with style creator, Hannah Morris
Cosmetology Student @ Paul Mitchell the School in Cincinnati, OH

How would you describe this look?

This messy high pony is an effortless upstyle perfect for straight to wavy hair. This high ponytail is a classic and wearable style, and my favorite thing about it is how it can be dressed up for a wedding, prom, or other formal events, dressed down for a girls night out, or even just Sunday brunch with your besties.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about how you’ll be styling your look around this ponytail. Think about how tight or loose you want your curls to be, how high you want your ponytail placed on your head, how much volume you’d like, and if you would like any loose pieces to frame your face.

I would suggest that this style be done on straight or wavy hair that is shoulder length or longer. The longer the hair, the higher the ponytail can go. For best results, I would come to the salon with dry hair.

As far as product selection, I would recommend starting with a heat protectant before you curl the hair and work with a texturizing hairspray to add volume and matte texture to the curls. Once the hair is in the ponytail and the client is happy with the look, I would layer a medium to high hold hairspray that is matte. You do not want to add shine to this look. This messy high ponytail is a versatile and effortless upstyle perfect for your special day.

Long High Ponytail

Q&A with style creator, Montana Reynolds
Senior Hairstylist @ Newtones Studio in Middle Swan, Australia

How would you describe this look?

Well, this high ponytail was inspired by the singer Ariana Grande from her Manchester Concert supporting victims of the bombing where she wore her hair a similar style. My favorite thing about it is the sharp and sleekness of it. It’s like fun and sophisticated.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If I was to have a client requesting this look, I would be looking for someone who likes their hair out of their face or wants to look stylish, fresh, and sexy and not have to worry about their hair falling apart or dropping during their event. I have also found it’s a huge success with festivals for something different.

For this look, I used Keune styling gel to get that sleek shiny finish along with the head as well as in my micro braids to keep them in place and tight. I finished the pony with some texture dust to get a lift and hold and then finally some hair spray and shine spray to take the “hairspray” solid look off the hair. A great hair artist once told me that to have a successful hair up the hair must feel like cotton but look like silk.

Sleek and High

Sleek High Ponytail
Instagram @ru_makeup

Q&A with style creator, Ru Blackwell
Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Hair by Ru Blackwell in Brisbane, Australia

How would you describe this look?

This high ponytail is sleek and versatile! It’s the perfect event hairstyle and adds a fierce look to any outfit! It’s perfect with a wing liner or a statement red lip!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Straightening the Hair first is definitely the key! If you have shorter hair, this can easily be achieved with an extension ponytail. I know that Silk of Morrocco has just released some beautiful ones that are so easy to apply!

If you have long hair, I find this style easier to create with two sections of hair the front and the back, then pulling together at the crown. Use a flexible hair spray to smooth baby hairs as you comb and trace the line from your ear to the crown to find the perfect position for your ponytail. Wrap a small section of hair around the hair tie and pin with a bobby pin underneath, then you’re ready to go!

Cornrow Ponytail

High Cornrow Ponytail
Instagram @braidbar_skg

Q&A with style creator, Eirini Terse
Braider @ Braidbar_skg in Thessaloniki, Greece

How would you describe this look?

This look is a cornrow pink ponytail. It is my favorite look because it’s a fresh girly look and it looks good in almost all face shapes. My favorite this is that this look makes women more confident, and it is so amazing that everyone will look at them.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you need a hairstyle that’s easy for a month, my advice is a ponytail. You can also add colors to your ponytail. As products, you can use olive oil edge control gel and shea butter for your scalp. It is a recommended hairstyle, especially for summer months.