Ponytails are practical. Whether you want to keep your hair out of your face during a workout, need a breezy ‘do to beat the summer heat, or just want a quick and easy style for those days when you’re in a hurry, a ponytail can be your best friend.
But if you think they’re just practical but not chic, we’re here to show you just how versatile and stylish they can be. With a few tweaks and some cute accessories, a simple ponytail can be a good foundation for an elegant hairstyle. It’s not just for the gym or casual events but for formal occasions, too.
Celebrities regularly rock ponytails on the red carpet — proof that this easy style can also be super glamorous. Check out the many celeb-approved ponytails we’ve gathered below.
Diane Kruger's Cute Ponytail
Diane Kruger is giving off Betty Cooper (of Archie Comics) vibes with this golden ponytail. The hairstyle looks so cute with its loose, relaxed silhouette and side-swept fringe.
Rachel Brosnahan's Braided Ponytail
You can go one step cuter with your ponytail by braiding it. Here, Rachel Brosnahan is wearing a low, center-parted style that looks so charming and youthful.
Ciara's Ponytail for Black Hair
For all the fabulous Black women out there, here’s a ponytail idea for you. Between the natural texture, the voluminous shape and the high pony, this is one statement-making look indeed!
Madelaine Petsch's Easy Ponytail
For those days when you’re in a hurry, a casual ponytail like Madelaine Petsch’s can be your go-to hairstyle. This brushed-back style is easy to create but looks chic enough to step out in.
Leona Lewis' Loose Side Ponytail
Leona Lewis looks so sweet and elegant wearing this loose side ponytail. This is proof of how glamorous a pony can be even with minimal styling.
Lili Reinhart's Half Ponytail
Just as cute as the classic ponytail is the half ponytail. Here, Lili Reinhart is wearing the style with a center part, complete with a bow, and she looks downright darling.
Ella Balinska's High Ponytail
For a simple yet elegant look, you can’t go wrong with a high ponytail. Here, Ella Balinska is wearing a straight ponytail that cuts such a classy, clean and effortlessly chic silhouette.
Josephine Skriver's Sleek Ponytail
This hairstyle on Josephine Skriver is perhaps the easiest ponytail you can go for. It’s sleek, clean and simple but definitely oozes plenty of elegance.
Willow Smith's Little Black Girl Ponytail
Here’s a super cute hairstyle for little Black girls. Willow Smith is wearing her hair in box braids, which she’s swept away from her face into a ponytail. So adorable!
Bryce Dallas Howard's Ponytail with Bun
Add a little extra pizzazz to your ponytail with a bun. Here, Bryce Dallas Howard is sporting a pony with a bun at the top. The clean lines have an origami vibe that looks so artsy.
Maria Menounos' Braid Ponytail
Channel your inner mermaid with Maria Menounos’ whimsical braid ponytail. It’s got great volume at the top and a beautiful fishtail braid over the shoulder — a hairstyle straight out of a fairytale.
Jessica Alba's Braid and Ponytail
Can’t decide between a braid and a ponytail? You can have both. Here, Jessica Alba is wearing a braid on one side of her ponytail — a very cool and unique hairstyle that we’re copying ASAP.
Paris Hilton's 2 Ponytails
Pigtails can look sophisticated rather than childish with proper styling. If you have waist-length hair like Paris Hilton, add some subtle waves for a glamorous finish.
Molly Sims' Low Ponytail
It’s easy to create a ponytail that’s elegant enough for a formal night out. Take a style cue from Molly Sims here — wear it with a center part and low on your nape with a cute bow, then add some tendrils to frame your face. Effortless yet so chic!
Jordana Brewster's Glamorous Ponytail
For an even more glamorous look to your ponytail, add some perfectly sculpted waves like Jordana Brewster’s. Her high pony is sleek at the top before fanning out into beautiful waves and the result is a totally party-ready look.
Nicole Kidman's Pompadour Ponytail
Nicole Kidman shows off her edgy side with this pompadour ponytail, which features flat, slicked-back sides and a voluminous top. This is one of the more unique ponytails we’ve seen — definitely a daring look.
Kelly Rowland's Black Ponytail
Here’s a gorgeous example of how you can showcase your natural texture with your ponytail. Kelly Rowland keeps it sleek at the top and contrasts it with curly ends for a simple yet stylish look.
Joey King's 50s Ponytail
If you’re a fan of vintage styles, you’ll love this ’50s ponytail on Joey King. Copy it by having the pony start at the crown of your head and ending it with a flip. Cute!
Sydney Sweeney's Half Up Half Down Ponytail
Sydney Sweeney looks absolutely adorable wearing this half-up ponytail. The top part is swept back and tied at the crown with a ribbon, while the rest flows down in waves. That’s a gorgeous dye job as well — it looks like her hair is glowing!
Sophia Bush's Side Ponytail
You can give your ponytail at touch of elegance by wearing it on the side like Sophia Bush does here. She’s also added a side-swept fringe and some volume at the top, which lends a retro vibe to the look.
Selena Gomez's Center-Parted Ponytail
One of the most classic ponytail looks you can try is this center-parted style Selena Gomez is wearing. It’s sleek at the top and wavy down the ends and so effortlessly glam!
Priyanka Chopra's Side-Parted Ponytail with Bump
Here, Priyanka Chopra shows us a ponytail that’s worthy of a beauty pageant. It features a feathery texture, side-swept bangs, and a bump at the crown for added volume.
Camila Cabello's Loose Braided Ponytail
If you want to go for a boho vibe, you can wear a braided ponytail with a loose and relaxed silhouette. Camila Cabello has added curtain bangs and wavy tendrils to the sides, which certainly amp up the sweetness.
Bella Hadid's Curly Ponytail
For a ponytail that really catches the eye, play with contrasts. Here, Bella Hadid is wearing it sleek and straight at the front and top but thick and curly at the back.
Rihanna's Short High Ponytail
Who say’s ponytails are only for the long-haired? Rihanna proves that a short pony can look just as chic with this high, curly style.
Sara Sampaio's Bun Ponytail
Buns are common and so are ponytails, but have you seen a hairstyle that combines the two? Here, Sara Sampaio is wearing a slicked-back bun but leaves some strands dangling below it, and the result is a hybrid style that looks so unique.
Storm Reid's Box Braid Side Ponytail
Storm Reid looks super cool wearing her hair in box braids, which she has gathered at the side into a ponytail. The pony is then styled into a bigger braid hanging over her shoulder — a one-of-a-kind look that really catches the eye.
Constance Wu's Classic Ponytail
If you’re always on the go, you can’t go wrong with a simple and classic ponytail like Constance Wu’s. It is easy to create, takes little time, but will always be an on-trend look.
Hailee Steinfeld's Ponytail with Tendrils
Hailee Steinfeld is giving off Brigitte Bardot vibes with this ponytail. It sits high at the crown and features mildly messy, face-framing tendrils that give it a sexy feel.
Saoirse Ronan's Low Ponytail with Bump
Here’s a ponytail style you don’t always see. Saoirse Ronan is wearing it low at the nape and she’s added a bump at the crown for a retro vibe, plus the silver embellishments add extra glamour.
Eva Longoria's Ponytail with Bump
Eva Longoria is all about edgy glamour with this ponytail. It features a bump at the top with a piecey texture and tendrils dangling down the sides. The pony at the back is thick and luxuriant — a super chic look overall.
Zoey Deutch's Low Ponytail with Twist
Here, Zoey Deutch is sporting a low wavy ponytail with one little extra detail that makes it so cute. Those twisty strands on the side give the entire look a unique touch.
Kate Beckinsale's Mid-Length Wavy Ponytail
The ponytail is Kate Beckinsale’s signature ‘do and you can always count on her to rock the style in the sweetest ways. Here, she’s wearing a mid-length pony with voluminous waves and she looks so lovely!
Kelsea Ballerini's Side-Parted Ponytail
Here, Kelsea Ballerini keeps it sleek and sharp with this side-parted ponytail. It’s simple yet edgy and stylish especially with the eye-catching balayage color.
Kendall Jenner's Bubble Ponytail
When a straightforward ponytail feels a little too plain, you can always play around with it. Here, Kendall Jenner has added some bubbles to her pony and the result is a look that’s so fun and whimsical.
Ariana Grande's Long High Ponytail
When it comes to ponytails, Ariana Grande reigns supreme. This style truly grabs attention with that height at the top, the ends that reach down to her hips, the super sleek styling and the little braids that add extra oomph.
Kaley Cuoco's Punky Ponytail
If you want to go the edgy route, try this ponytail Kaley Cuoco is wearing. You’ll look like a punk girl from the ’80s with those spikes.
Laura Harrier's High Box Braid Ponytail
Here’s another stylish look incorporating box braids with a ponytail. Laura Harrier has gathered her braids into a high pony and the result is a style that looks so cool and really stands out.
Natalie Portman's Slicked-Back Ponytail
Natalie Portman is all about understated elegance with her slicked-back ponytail. Sometimes, simple, easy and clean are all you need.
Serena Williams' Croydon Facelift Ponytail
Here, Serena Williams is wearing a super tight croydon facelift with a straight ponytail at the back. Another classic style that’s all about low-key elegance.
Hannah Simone's Ponytail with Bangs
Hannah Simone’s wavy ponytail and signature bangs are a very cute pairing. This is such a classic and youthful look that gives instant sweetness.
Susan Kelechi Watson's Mohawk Ponytail
If you have thick hair, here’s a ‘do that you can definitely rock. Susan Kelechi Watson is wearing a ponytail style that has a mohawk vibe to it. It features a thick column of hair down the back that extends into a low, long pony. So cool and one-of-a-kind!
Keke Palmer's Mohawk Braided Ponytail
If you’re into mohawks, here’s another style you can try. Keke Palmer is sporting an undercut and she’s styled the top into a thick braided ponytail. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
Dascha Polanco's Mid-Length Ponytail
Dascha Polanco’s mid-lenth pony has a retro feel to it thanks to the flipped ends. This is a look that anyone can rock — it’s easy and oh-so-cute!
Normani Kordei's Long Wavy Ponytail
Normani Kordei looks so glam with her high pony. The front has a center part and face-framing tendrils and the back is long and wavy, and the result is a perfectly chic ponytail.
Nicole Scherzinger's Ponytail with Wavy Tendril
Here, Nicole Scherzinger is wearing a ponytail with plenty of drama thanks to that thick tendril on the side. There are many ways to jazz up a ponytail by playing with your fringe.
Zendaya's Ponytail with Rounded Bangs
Zendaya’s ponytail is such a pretty look from any angle. It has cute flippy waves at the back and rounded bangs at the front. Copying this ASAP!
Queen Latifah's Top-Braided Ponytail
A great way to jazz up a simple ponytail is by giving it an eye-catching detail. Here, Queen Latifah has added a braid at the top which definitely takes this look up a notch.
Nina Dobrev's Messy Ponytail
If you’re the messy-hair-don’t-care type of girl, this is the ponytail for you. This is the disheveled look done right.
Gwen Stefani's Retro Ponytail
If you want a heavy vintage flavor to your pony, here’s some inspiration from Gwen Stefani. She’s wearing a bump at the top and a victory roll at the front which definitely takes this look back to the stylish ’40s.