When the temperature starts to inch its way towards the triple digits, there’s nothing like an easy ponytail to keep you cool—and looking super cute! This fun style can literally be worn countless ways and is best when you put your custom spin on it. To guide you through the dog days of July, we pulled our favorite ways to wear it, for serious summer ponytail inspiration you can make all your own.
BRAID MEETS PONY
Want the best of both worlds? Use a braid to bring out your pony—don’t worry about making it too perfect; loose strands give this style a totally touchable quality.
This is the ultimate hack when it comes to pony-tailing. An accessory goes miles, taking an ultra-ordinary style into glam territory.
LOW AND WAVY
A wave goes a long way, adding flair to a low pony. For a chic finish, hide your scrunchy using your locks.
Created by Jen Atkin for Bella Hadid at Cannes, there’s no reason the very versatile pony can’t go from day to night seamlessly, as long as it is kept sleek sans flyaways.
No one does va-va voom like Kylie. To copy this style, pile your hair up high to the crown, wrapping strands around the base for added volume.
Elevate braids to the next level, letting them spill out through the center for extra movement or using a clip in extension to mix up your texture.
DOWN THE MIDDLE
Here’s another great Kylie pony moment, this one featuring a flattering middle part. Even if it’s scorching and you’re sweating, this style will get you office ready in no time.
PICK A SIDE
A side pony is a playful nod to our younger selves—pick your best side and let the hair fall. Add a fun twist to the style, i.e. this adorable bow, created with nothing but hair!
A pop of color gives us (and your summer pony) life.
ULTIMATE SUMMER PONYTAIL INSPIRATION
Talk about touching all the bases—high in the sky, loose strands, waves—Koko’s hair is giving us all of the summer feels.
Doesn’t it feel good to trade in your bubble jacket for a bubble ponytail? Simply secure your main pony with an elastic every 2 inches, tugging each piece into a loose, round shape as you work your way down.
WRAP IT UP
Protect yourself (and your strands) from the sun with a funky hair wrap—hair of all lengths looks great with this style, but it’s an especially great way to dress up tresses for those who keep it short and sweet.
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