Braided Ponytail Ideas: 40 Cute Ponytails with Braids

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Braided ponytails can be worn with anything. You can wear them to formal engagements, like your friend’s wedding, or to your laid back weekend outings, like your neighbor’s barbeque. There are braids and tails for every occasion! Whatever events you have coming up, be sure to look through our 40 ponytails with braids and pick out the perfect one for you.

The Trick Of Braided Ponytails

We are a bit bored with simple ponytails, high or low ones. Braids can upgrade this basic hairstyle and make it unique. A side French braid, fishtail, Dutch braid, 4-strand braid or a few thin regular braids can blend into your pony or be a part of it. See the examples and tutorials!

#1: Large and Loose Braid with a High Pony

This is one way to be large and in charge! Ditch a braided bang, and step up your high ponytail with a jumbo French style. This size creates a lattice weave effect throughout the front of the style for a cool sculptural appearance that will be the focal point of your hairdo.

#2: Fierce Faux Mohawk

One of the benefits of wearing a style with braids is that you can create looks you might not wear otherwise, like this fun and funky Mohawk. Insider tip: tease your roots in the front to get the height and volume seen here.

#3: Messy and Lacy

If you want a pony that’s high in style and full of surprises, this is the look for you. A lace braid on its own can seem too romantic, so balance it out with a full messy ponytail for an edgy-yet-bohemian hairdo. Try styling this light blonde look with an all-black outfit to make it really stand out.

#4: Bubbly Blonde Pony

When you are short on time, but still want a funky style, an easy way to update a ponytail braid is adding a couple of clear elastics for a bubble-effect. To prevent it looking like a copy from the Valentino catwalk, balance it with a romantic-looking side decoration. This style looks super pretty if made on slightly curled hair.

#5: Wavy Side Fishtail

With thick curly hair, highlights are necessary because they provide depth to your curls and keep them from looking one-dimensional or heavy. They also add a touch of elegance to messy styles and give the appearance of sun-kissed beach hair instead of bedraggled and unkempt strands.

#6: Side Braided Ponytail

In this fabulous style, a sleek ponytail is created by two braids along the sides of your head and a sort of small bouffant in the centre. Remember, a ponytail can also be switched for a bun in the hotter weather or when your hair doesn’t want to cooperate.

#7: Messy Side Braided Ponytail

This messy style is perfect for shows, festivals and concerts. Feel free to try it out for the next crazy, wild occasion you have planned! To style the undone look, use a curling wand to create waves in your tresses and then back-comb for volume.

#8: Punky Ponytail

If you want a little more spunk from your hairstyle, this is a good place to start. Trade in that boring old low braided ponytail for this higher, bouncier alternative. Move your side braid into the middle and weave your hair around the elastic to hide it.

#9: Long Messy Pony With A Side Braid

This messy braided ponytail is a perfect look for high humidity. Your hair is frizzing up in the heat? Who cares! It’ll just allow you to rock an even cooler, more hands off look. Spritz some sea salt into your locks before doing your hair to allow for natural texture and volume.

#10: Perfectly Undone Half Braid Ponytail

This ponytail with a braid is different from the others as it only covers half the length of her hair. Long-haired ladies ought to give this one a try—it allows you to flaunt your length and your wispy strands, while mixing in the fresh braided style.

#11: Short Braided Ponytail

This braided ponytail hairstyle for shorter hair is a great way to pull back otherwise untouchable strands. If you have shorter layers or just hair that falls above your shoulders, it can be difficult to find the right style to keep it out of your face. This one gets the job done.

#12: Messy Dutch Braid Ponytail

If you’re wondering how to get a loose, unraveled look like in the picture, it’s simple. Just gently pull apart the tight, newly-created braid and allow it to look undone. Seriously, you won’t regret it! Messy braids are all the rage these days – totally bohemian chic.

#13: Side Ponytail with Braid

For a more composed and elegant look, here’s something to wear on a date or to a family party when you want to look put-together and classy. This braid is carefully constructed and leads into a sleek, low ponytail. Don’t be afraid to spritz a bit of hair spray to keep away frizzy hair on humid days.

#14: Ladder Braid Side Ponytail

Here’s yet another unique braid you can try out when you want something new. Sometimes a challenge is exciting! Instead of rolling out of bed and twisting your hair into the same old tired braid, explore different options. This ladder braid is easy to recreate and it’s a fresh take on the ponytail braid trend.

#15: Bow Braid Ponytail

The best thing about braids is that there’s always a new technique left to discover; you never have to settle for some tired, old style you’ve worn out with multiple uses. For example, look at this fun and unique bow braid! It’s a great way to spice up a boring old style.

#16: Classy 2-In-1 Ponytail Braid

In this version of the popular trend, a braid feeds into the ponytail and then the tail is also braided. Double the braids, double the love! This cute style is a fun way to take on the beach. The sun, the sand—none of it will disturb those gorgeous tresses from their style.

#17: Chunky Ponytail Fishtail Braid

Be a southern belle with this gorgeous style! A fishtail look can be fun and playful or elegant and classy depending on how you style it. With this ponytail braid, you’ll be ready for the ball with a voluminous, bouncy and all-around-well-maintained braid.

#18: Double Braided Curly-Girly Hairstyle With A Bow

Check this out! One braid is nice and all, but two braids are simply perfect! To create this style at home, simply braid loosely both halves of your hair on either side and tie them together at the nape of your neck with a frilly bow. Note: no distinct parting is needed.

#19: Side Ponytail Braid

This is a truly flattering look for long-haired ladies. The longer the ponytail, the better! If you want to add some length, head down to your nearest beauty supply store and get yourself some clip in extensions. They’re easy to pop into your hair and make all the difference!

#20: Mohawk Braid Ponytail

The Mohawk braid is just what it says in the title: a braid that goes down the middle of your head like a Mohawk! Totally cool, right? Wear this one when you want to hang out with boys. Pair it with converse sneakers and a trendy loose flannel shirt dress, for instance.

#21: Simple Ponytail Braid

Keep it simple with this low maintenance version of the braided ponytail. This look doesn’t flaunt any loud styles, it allows an easy go-to with a braid holding the hair into a low ponytail instead of using an elastic. Mimi’s tutorial walks you through the process step by step.

#22: Low Braided Ponytail

This ponytail braid is a perfect solution to bad hair days. When you wake up with frizz and can’t seem to tame your mane, turn to this style for a gorgeous updo. You can recreate it with bangs too, just be sure to leave them out to soften the look.

#23: Braid Back Pony

Feel free to leave any side-swept bangs out of the braids like in the photo below. They won’t be anything but a hassle anyway; the shorter pieces will likely slip right out if you’re doing any sort of strenuous activity like going to the gym or riding a bike.

#24: Entwining Braided Ponytail Hairstyle

Don’t think all braided ponytails are the same. For example, this one is a totally unique and impressive updo you can wear to any formal occasion. Pair it with a traditional little black dress, and you’ve got an unforgettable style that will turn heads all night.

#25: Side Braid Into Low Curly Pony

Check out this messy yet chic ponytail! To recreate the look at home, start out with second day hair. Create a French braid along the side of your head and feed it into a low side ponytail. Run a curling wand through the leftover locks to create messy bohemian waves.

#26: Darling Double Twists

When you are tired of the standard ponytail, put a twist on it—or two. If a twisted front is too tame and classic for your style sense, the numerous smaller ones throughout your long strands will provide texture and intrigue.

#27: Brunette Macrame Braid

There’s nothing basic about this French braid that incorporates a box weave throughout the middle. Sometimes a hair tie can seem too casual, and in that case an elegant silver accessory will elevate your look to appear more formal.

#28: Braid and Side Pony

This braided ponytail shows how combining different elements can result in one rewarding style. Instead of choosing between a braid, a bun, and pony, why not opt for all of them? Rocking a mix of large and small braids takes the look to the next level.

#29: Deconstructed Braid Style

A low ponytail has the option to be more decorative than high styles. The deconstructed look is a spin on the regular braid pattern that suggests connecting twisted pieces together for a cool lacy braid.

#30: Triple Braid with Fishtail

A fishtail braid uses two sections of hair instead of three to create a more intricate looking style, which is perfect for a half updo. Blend it with two loose French braids that flow into a low braid ponytail for a fun weekend or party look.

#31: Sleek and Stylish 3d Braid

If you are in search of a look that will take you from working out to going out, inquire no further than this slick high updo ponytail. The tight style won’t budge during a grueling workout and the 3D twist is stylish enough for a dinner date afterwards.

#32: Double Braid Crown

Braid crowns are everywhere, and although they are trendy and fun, sometimes you want to stand out from the crowd. By blending two braids (fishtail and Dutch), you can upgrade and customize your braided ponytail.

#33: Low and Loose Fishtailed Pony

Braids can be fun and edgy, but to pull off a more romantic style your best bet is to loosen up the ponytail. For a bohemian twist, add a small flower with a colorful hair tie.

#34: Regal Rope-Effect

For a different take on a ponytail braid, the tight braided look will provide more texture and hold better than a standard style. Plus, it creates a sleek rope-like effect that is sure to impress. This is a perfect look for a conservative woman who still wants a stylish spin.

#35: Low-Key Low Ponytail

Sometimes it’s best to just keep it simple when it comes to your everyday style. The inside out French braid and low ponytail combo is professional, while remaining flirty and stylish. It’s a great look for a busy woman heading from a lunch meeting to after-school pick-up.

#36: Queen of Hearts

Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, wear it in your braided ponytail. This whimsical look is perfect for prom, winter formal and other high school dances. While this would work best with longer hair, ladies with short strands can simply add a weave to make it work.

#37: Two-Tone Heart

Similar to the style above, this look uses a heart shaped braid to add a bit of fun to your hairdo. The lovely hair color solution mixes auburn and pastel pinks for a truly eye-catching color blend.

#38: Floating Long Braid

A floating braid has an ethereal quality that would be perfect for a hopeless romantic on a first date. Women who want to maintain length in their ponytails will enjoy this because there is minimal shrinkage as opposed to tighter styles. This hairdo may be hard to complete on your own unless you have major skills, so don’t be afraid to ask a friend.

#39: Double Floating Braid

Combining two different kinds of braiding patterns can take your braided ponytail from standard to spectacular. With pale blonde waves, a French braid floating within a lace braid and a wrapped ponytail seem fabulous. This look has many elements that somehow blend together and appear casually chic.

#40: Fun and Funky Cornrows

When you are seeking a protective style for natural hair, you can’t go wrong with a cornrow ponytail. The swirled design keeps it from appearing boring, and the long braids can be worn in a ponytail or a bun for a variety of versatile updos. It is an ideal option for a black woman who wants to give her delicate curls a break.

Out of all these braided ponytails, which are you most excited to try out at home? They’re versatile and fit for any hair texture, so hop on in and get to styling!

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