Ponytail Hairstyles to Help You Beat the Heat

Stay cool and maintain that chic style with these fresh takes on the classic ‘do.

The ponytail hairstyle is a crowd favorite—especially when the temperatures really start to rise. It's an easy way to stay comfortable when the sun gets unbearably hot, and it can work for almost any hair length. But if a pony is your summer staple, it can be a little repetitive—or worse, look like your fallback. Give the basic style a serious upgrade with these cute and easy ponytail renditions that are perfect for the warmer weather. You can dress any of them up with a fancy gown or wear them casually with your favorite T-shirt. From brunch to work to pool days to barbecues, these pretty up-dos will keep your hair off your neck and out of the way, so you can enjoy all the summer heat has to offer—without all the extra sweat. Here, six styles to try:


Wrapped Ponytail

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Add a touch of elegance to the classic style with this super simple hack. To get the look, secure a ponytail at any height with an elastic. Then, take a piece of hair from the bottom of the pony, wrap it around the elastic, and secure it with a pin. To take it one step further, braid the hair before you wrap it. The extra few seconds you spend styling will give you a polished look that you can wear anywhere from the office to a wedding.

See more styles from Kiley Potter here.


Inside-Out Ponytail

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Give your pony a sophisticated twist with this easy hairstyle. Pull your hair into a low pony at the base of your neck and secure with an elastic. Use your fingers to create a hole right above your ponytail and then flip the tail into the hole. Gently pull the tail all the way through to create an elegant up-do in just a few seconds.

See the full tutorial here.


Hidden Braid Ponytail

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For an unexpected and edgy rendition of a ponytail, add a hidden braid on the side. Start by French braiding a section of hair on either side of your head all the way down. Secure that braid with a clear elastic and then pull it into a low side ponytail with the rest of your hair. It's a subtle way to add some attitude and style to a basic pony.

See more styles from Kiley Potter here.


Bubble Ponytail

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Bring some funky vibes to any classic pony with this fun and easy style. To get the look, use an elastic to secure a ponytail at the top of the head. Then, secure individual sections of the ponytail with another elastic (this model uses two, but add more to accommodate longer strands) and gently pull out hair to create bubble-like shapes. For added volume, try teasing your hair before sectioning it off.

See the full tutorial here.


Twist Ponytail

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This ‘do may seem like a lot of work, but it only requires a few steps to achieve. To start, take two pieces of hair just above the ears and twist them tightly. Secure with a small, clear elastic and repeat as many times as you want with the hair underneath the twisted portion. To get the exact look here, twist hair into five separate sections. This pretty look will fight frizz and keep your hair out of your face while you’re out and about in the sun.

See more styles from Kiley Potter here.


Fishtail Ponytail

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This pony does take a little bit of braiding expertise, but you can learn how to make a fishtail braid with this helpful tutorial. Once you've mastered the skill, tie your hair into a high pony, secure with an elastic, and then fishtail braid all the way down. Wear this style to the gym or to happy hour—it will keep your hair completely off of your neck in a fashionable way.

See more styles from Kiley Potter here.