15 Best High Ponytail Ideas You’ll Ever See

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 unbelievable how versatile this ponytail hairstyle is!

Going to a long gown event? Wear it sleek and straight! But, 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!

Hollywood stars Alison Brie, Elle Fanning, and Zendaya rock their high-fashion high ponytails!

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

Read on to get the trendiest high ponytail ideas on how to create the freshest 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.

High Half Ponytail

High Half Ponytail
Instagram @quiquemagana

This high pony tail 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 used in many ways? Take this classy approach. Waves, colors, and body can definitely turn a normal ponytail into a sought after style.

High Ponytail Braid

High Ponytail Braid
Instagram @braidedbynicks

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

High Ponytail with Curls

High 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?

This is a formal ponytail! It’s just a dressier, elegant take on our everyday ponytails. This perfect high ponytail is very versatile and suits so many women.

What’s your best advice?

It’s perfect for girls worried about having an upstyle done.

To have this high ponytail updo done, you will 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 High Ponytail

Curly High Ponytail
Instagram @salonleah

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


How would you describe this?

This curly ponytail that’s high is fun and natural, yet clean.

What’s your best advice?

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 high up pony by making a double-stacked pony. This will make your hair appear longer if necessary.

Tease under each pony to make it appear bigger. Sleek back the top with boar bristle. Contain your baby hairs with hairspray on a small teasing brush or toothbrush. A high ponytail with curls is an absolute must-try hairstyles for curly girls.

High Ponytail French Braid

High Ponytail French Braid
Instagram @braidedbycj

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


How would you describe this?

These are Dutch braids in a higher ponytail. Use braid extensions, which come in all sorts of colors. Add hair rings as a little feature to complete your style!

The best part about this high pony is the long colorful thick ponytail.

What’s your best advice?

A lot of times, girls don’t know what type of braid style they want, but they want the ponytail. Ask your stylist to create anything you like and make it into a ponytail. – Go with braids underneath or some with both on top and underneath.

Most women will 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 style, too.

The perfect high 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.

Genie High 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.

High Ponytail Weave

High Ponytail Weave
Instagram @vchairstudios

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


How would you describe this?

This is a fun, flirty illusion high ponytail weave. The best part of this ponytail is the color of the extensions and the length of the extensions.

What’s your best advice?

Start with your hair type and length. To achieve the perfect high ponytail, you will need shoulder-length hair. Straighten your hair with a flat iron.

Use a pomade/control, hairspray, needle and thread, and two rubber bands. Higher ponytails are for the girl who’s on the go. It’s a very low maintenance ponytail, and this style would last about a week.

Braided High Ponytail

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


How would you describe this?

This perfect high ponytail is a mix of edgy and bohemian style.  The cutest part about this high pony are the accent braids and hair rings. Without these accessories, it would just be somewhat of a basic ponytail.

What’s your best advice?

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

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

When you see the leather jacket and high pony with the fun accessories, it makes you want to know who that woman is!

Messy High Ponytail

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


How would you describe this?

This messy high pony is an effortless upstyle perfect for straight to wavy hair. This high ponytail is a classic and wearable style. Or it can be dressed down for a girl’s night out, or even just Sunday brunch with your besties.

What’s your best advice?

Think about how you’ll be styling yourself around this ponytail. Things to consider:

  1. How tight or loose you want your curls to be
  2. How high you want your ponytail placed on your head
  3. How much volume you’d like
  4. If you would like any loose pieces to frame your face.

The longer the hair, the higher the ponytail can go. For best results, go to the salon with dry hair.

As far as product selection, start with a heat protectant before you curl the hair. Then work with a texturizing hairspray to add volume and matte texture to the curls.

Once the hair is in the higher ponytail, layer a medium to high hold hairspray that is matte. You do not want to add shine to this pony. This messy high ponytail is a versatile 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?

This long high ponytail is sharp and sleek. It’s fun and sophisticated.

What’s your best advice?

For high ponytail hairstyles, try Keune styling gel. It gives you a sleek ponytail and shiny finish along the head, as well as micro braids to keep them in place and tight. Finish the pony with some texture dust to get a lift and hold.

Sleek High Ponytail

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?

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

What’s your best advice?

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

If you have long hair, this style easier to create with two sections of hair the front and the back. Then pull them 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. This will help you 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!

High 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?

This is a cornrow pink high ponytail. It’s a fresh girly style and it looks good in almost all face shapes.

What’s your best advice?

If you need a hairstyle that’s easy for a month, it’s this high cornrow 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.