30 Eye-Catching Ways to Style Curly and Wavy Ponytails

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Once reserved for the gym, ponytails have now taken a modern turn and can really make a statement! With added braids and twists your curly ponytail can be taken from day to night as a perfect look for girls with shoulder length and long hair. Take a peek at our cute ideas of simple and stylish ponies.

Update Your Curly Ponytails

When you introduce interesting details, play with textures and height, your pony stops looking like a boring hairstyle everyone is wearing for comfort, not for chic. Here are creative ways to customize your ponytail.

#1: Ponytail with a Braided Element

curly messy ponytail with a fishtail

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If you love the fishtail but want to give your hair a little more freedom, combining the stylized braid with a curly hair ponytail is the perfect solution. The texture of the fishtail is blended with the messy waves for a look that creates natural beauty without fuss.

#2: Low Messy Ponytail

Invited to the last minute brunch with friends? This can be your go to style because it’s so easy! Sweep hair into a low ponytail and let pieces fall out on the sides. Tug sections at the top to create a small bump, and you are good to go with this free style.

#3: Poofy Ponytail with Bump

If you want a curly ponytail for a formal occassion, then adding a bump is a nice idea. A wrap around with side bangs adds just the right amount of formality to this lovely poofy style. Whether you are attending a social gathering or wedding, this easy style is just the right fit.

#4: Double Braided Wrap Around Ponytail

Go beyond the traditional French braiding, and choose double braid with this lovely look. Four braids are twisted to wrap around the top of the ponytail. The end result features the fabulous cascades of curls, which are perfect even for a formal occassion. This ‘do can be also copied with a weave ponytail for a stunning look!

#5: Formal Side Pony for Brunettes

If you need ideas for an occassion (such as prom or wedding), then this side ponytail fits the bill perfectly! The gorgeous mane is loosely pulled to the side to flow with a lovely cascade of curls. This hairstyle is both sexy and classy. If you lack the length or volume, the addition of fake hair can make the ponytail fuller for a glamorous feel.

#6: Bouffant Ponytail for Long Hair

Wondering how to create a fancy yet wearable hairstyle? Brush your hair down to smooth out any tangles. Tease the roots of the crown section to make a poofy bouffant. Make a simple pony with a hair wrap. Leave a few pieces to frame your face. In the end, curl the strands for natural waves.

Wavy Ponytail For Long Hair

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#7: Huge Hair Wrap and Long Curls

Doing a curly ponytail seems pretty easy, right? Turn a curling wand on for a wavy hairdo. Idea: make it extra voluminous and extra long with extensions. Let it be loose and messy, with a decadent touch.

#8: High and Tousled Hairstyle

Feeling carefree today? Here’s what you do: find a tie and gather all your hair into a casual high ponytail, using your fingers instead of a brush. Backcomb the pony at its base, leaving the ends as they are. Use a light hold hair spray.

Messy Ponytail For Medium Hair

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#9: Classy Pinned Hair

This pony doesn’t need a wrap or holder. It’s flat because it’s simply pinned into place with bobby pins. Thanks to the loose waves and beautifully draped strands, it could be your worthy formal solution.

Wavy Blonde Ponytail

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#10: Asymmetrical Curly Ponytail

Want to make a casual pony more refined? Shift it to a side, style some loose waves and pair your curled ponytail with a braid. A hair wrap always looks better than an elastic.

#11: Voluminous Pony for Wavy Hair

Naturally curly hair is porous and it often lacks shine. You can mix mid shaft to ends curls with glossy straightened hair at the roots in a simple high ponytail. In the end, use mousse for natural definition.

Curly Messy Ponytail

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#12: Updo with Side Braids

Are you a fan of cute braided ponytails? Then you’ll love this fun hair idea. Braids that run from the temples slick down the sides, so you can style a small or big bouffant to make your daily pony edgier.

Ponytail With Side Cornrows

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#13: Blonde Ponytail with Beach Waves

Curly ponytail hairstyles are good everywhere from the gym to the catwalk. If you have a root fade and highlights, it’s a plus – they are showed off beautifully when your hair is pulled back.

Casual Curly Ponytail

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#14: French Braid with Ponytail

Don’t think twice about doing something different. Braids are always a win, no matter what, but make your braid a bit spicier – curve and loosen it. Also if you have long hair, make an upside down pony.

Curly Ponytail With A Side Braid

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#15: Ponytail Ideas for Brunettes

Still thinking of a hairdo for long hair? Hacks for a fuller pony: separate the tail into two sections. Clip away the top section. Tie the bottom section about 2 inches down from the base of the ponytail and make it puffy. It should look like a “bubble”. Unclip the top section to cover it. The effect: an extra fluffy pony.

Simple Curled Brunette Ponytail

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#16: Night-Time Curls

Isn’t that the coiffure of your dreams? Who knew your curly hair ponytail could look this glamorous? Leave the curls loose, don’t get them too tight. Try different curling barrels for voluminous waves. The bouffant is also shaped as a wave that dissolves into smaller ripples – amazing!

Formal Curly Bouffant Ponytail

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#17: Dutch-Inspired Pony

Don’t be too precise styling these easy waves. Go crazy and leave them messy for the effortless vibe. A ponytail without a holder actually looks very fresh. We see it as a new trend, what do you think?

#18: Afro Style Ponytail

Black hair is very beautiful in curly ponies as long as you have enough length for it to hang down or use extensions. Do not tie those divine curls too tightly – it would be a pity to damage such beauty! A soft ribbon is a great choice.

Ponytail For Natural Hair

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#19: Chic Ponytail with Added Volume

Is a special event coming soon? Talk to your stylist about the curly hair ponytail. Highlighted layers curled and twisted at different angles can create an unexpectedly fancy style you’d love to wear on your special day.

Ponytail For Long Highlighted Hair

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#20: Romantic Twisted Hairdo

This pretty ‘do is not your typical ponytail but its ancestor can be clearly read. You can certainly go for tighter, more polished curls for your long hair if you like them more than tousled beach waves. Twisting and pinning those curls are not difficult but you may need help if you want it to be perfect.

French Twist Ponytail

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#21: Ponytail for Layered Hair

Some girls don’t like layered hair because they think it’s more difficult to pull back into a ponytail. That’s true that you’ll have lots of stray strands with a low or high pony if your hair is layered, but you can enjoy this sexy look naturally.

Cascading Curly Ponytail

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#22: Side Braid for Curly Ponytail

A side braid can adorn a curled pony or naturally curly hair ponytail. It adds a fun asymmetrical twist to your look that you can pair with an asymmetrical necklace or other detail in your outfit. Low curly ponytails are perfect for any event!

#23: Sleek Ponytail with Waves

A high gloss finish, braided wrap and ribbon curls are the highlights of this lovely pony for curly hair. When your hair color is solid, pay particular attention to the mix of textures and you’ll inevitably succeed with your look.

Ponytail With A Braided Hair Wrap

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#24: Highlighted Afro Curls

Your natural curls are gorgeous free-flowing, but when you need a quick updo, a ponytail is the easiest and the cutest go-to. Set the pony high and flip it forward.

Natural Hair Ponytail With Highlights

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#25: Mohawk Braid into Pony

Half Mohawk, half curly ponytail? Well, hairstyle blends are now all the rage. When everything else has been tried, think of unexpected pairs such as long hair and an undercut, a hair tattoo and a braid, hair glitter and sleek strands, etc.

#26: Low Twisted Flip-In Ponytail

If you have wavy hair (or are wondering what to do with second day hair), this look is for you. Easy tutorial: hair is pulled into a loose, low ponytail. Separate the hair right above the ponytail holder, and pull the ponytail through to create a twist. Voila! It’s a cute, easy look that will last all day long.

#27: Messy Low Ponytail

Adding a vintage flair is all the rage, and this messy style can be done quickly when you are on the go. Perfect for curly hair, this style combines a low ponytail and face framing waves for a hairdo that can be worn with ease and pleasure.

#28: Fauxhawk Ponytail

Calling all cool gals! Truly, this statement ponytail combined with a fake mohawk shows that not only blondes have fun. A high messy twist is paired with a pony that is completed by a wrap around to hide the tail base. This different from the standard pony combination will definitely add an edge to your look.

#29: Half Up Half Down Hairstyle

The half up half down look does the double duty on a day when you are feeling indecisive. The front offers the height while the loose curly locks add a feminine touch that is perfect for relaxed carefree looks. A small amount of effort goes a long way with this elegant style!

#30: Stunning Pony for Natural Hair

Looking to leave an impression? This is definitely the hairdo that will do so! Long afro hair works awesome in this natural hair style. If you have a weave, this half pony will keep those curls at bay and offer a cute look for a night out on the town.

Whenever you are going out for the day or have a formal occasion in mind, a curly ponytail can be just the right look for you. Adding a braid or bump would personalize the look even more. Next time you are at a loss for a style, try one of our easy ideas to solve your hairstyle problem quickly!

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