The it-girl's guide to rocking a ponytail


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The ponytail has been a go-to updo since before the invention of the hair tie, but the classic hairstyle has gone through a few updates over the years. Below, trendsetters show us how to take the ponytail from gym class staple to homecoming hero without missing a beat. Scroll on for all the inspiration.

Sleek and chic


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We can't get over how strong Alissa Janay's ponytail game is. The slicked-down look lends a glamorous flair to even the most casual outfit. Make the ponytail higher and you've got Ariana Grande's iconic look.

Bubbles and bandanas


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You've probably already worn a bandana in your hair, but not like this. Alexi Stone reverses the bandana as a backdrop for her perfectly wrapped bubble ponytail. Use clear elastics to secure each bubble and wrap around a chunk of hair to hide them.

Layered bobby pins


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This look proves you can never have enough bobby pins—especially if they're colorful and cute like Jess Gamble's. Match them to your outfit or layer pins that blend with your hair color for a more subtle take on the trend.

Crazy for clips


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An especially easy way to dress up a ponytail *and* add your required dose of bling before you go out. Stack on a bunch of different clips like the model in the pic above, or find one and layer along the front of your hair like a headband.



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We can't forget the VSCO-girl staple. Scrunchies are both a fun throwback and a less damaging way to hold your hair back than traditional elastics. Throw it in your hair and snap your most Emma Chamberlain selfie.



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We heart how this stylist made this 'do edgy and sweet. The spiked hair accessory draws the eye while the intricate braid makes it perfect for a formal event like a wedding (remember those?). Trade the bling for a regular hair tie to dress it down.

Which of these stylish updos is your fave? Let us know on Instagram @girlslifemag!

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by Bailey Bujnosek | 8/28/2020