The stunning art of hair braiding can be traced back to ancient times. In such eras, different styles of braiding were enough to signify ones social status, and wealth and in African countries, different tribes could be identified by their different braiding styles. In the modern world, though braiding has evolved to be a more universal type of style, it still retains all of its intricacy and beauty.
Sleek hair pulled back into intricate braided designs is thrilling to see. From three-strand braids and French braids to Dutch braids and fishtail braids, these quick and easy styles can jazz up even the simplest of hairstyles, such as a ponytail.
Wearing a braid into ponytail style ensures that you’re able to jazz up your simply pony while keeping all of that hair out of your face. This style is perfect for school and less-corporate jobs where you’d like to keep your hair back while still keeping it cute! It’s time to stop thinking of ponytails as ‘lazy day’ hairstyles. Here are 30 ideas for chic braid into ponytail styles that are sure to spice up your look.
UPSIDE-DOWN BRAIDED PONYTAIL
This simple braided style is perfect for a laidback day at school or a relaxing day out with friends. A three-strand braid braided upward from the nape of your neck into a high ponytail is all you need to recreate this killer look.
INTRICATE SILVER FISHTAIL INTO LOW PONYTAIL
This is no ordinary fishtail braid! This stunning silvery hairstyle includes a large, thick fishtail with interlocking twisted rolls of hair and combines them into a low, messy ponytail.
BLONDE BRAIDED MOHAWK INTO PONYTAIL
For a cute and playful-looking ponytail, this single-braided mohawk is perfect. A loosely braided three-strand braid is pulled into a lovely curly ponytail for this style. Highlighted hair spices up this look to make it simple yet striking.
MESSY SIDE-BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Here’s a look for the girls with thick hair. Say goodbye to dull and boring ponytails – this tousled look involves a side fishtail braid into a low side ponytail. For that extra appeal, you can separate a few pieces of hair to frame your face and bring out your features.
CASUAL DUTCH BRAID INTO PONYTAIL
For another simple look that’s far from ordinary, this loose braid into a low knotted pony is a great hairstyle. Dutch braid your hair from your hairline to the base of your neck and wrap pieces of hair around your ponytail to secure it well. Voila!
DOUBLE TWISTS BRAID INTO A LOW PONY
This style is more of a twist into a ponytail than a braid, but it adds the same charm and spice to your ponytail style. Twisted from above the ear straight down to a few inches from the end, this double twist style is both trendy and classic.
DOUBLE SIDE-BRAID INTO A MESSY PONYTAIL
If you’re skilled at braiding, then this style is definitely for you. Starring a stunning wide fishtail braid and a cornrow braid, this messy hairstyle is the epitome of creativity.
TWO LOOSE BRAIDS INTO A PONYTAIL
Kim Kardashian’s double-cornrow style became somewhat of a trademark for 2016, and here’s another take on it: a double Dutch braid with a ponytail twist. Instead of braiding the Dutch braids all the way back, gather them into a ponytail at the base of your neck.
DARK HIGHLIGHTED BRAIDS INTO AN OMBRE PONYTAIL
If you have ombred hair, this style works best to show off that dye job. Loosely braided three-strand braids meet to join a thick, beautiful knotted ponytail. Your peek-a-boo ombre highlights will make this braid an impressive contrast of dark and light.
CHUNKY DUTCH BRAIDS INTO PONYTAIL
Similar to the Double Dutch braid into a pony style, this look combines two fully-braided Dutch braids and adds them to a ponytail for this chic result.
SINGLE FISHTAIL BRAID INTO OMBRE PONYTAIL
Ombre hair shines again with this gorgeous ponytail style. For hair that goes from dark to brown and then to blond, this style is ideal for making those colours blend together and pop.
NEAT SIDE GODDESS BRAID INTO A SIDE PONYTAIL
If you prefer neat, put-together looks over messy ponytails and loose braids, here’s a look that’ll satisfy your taste: a compact goddess braid leading into a side-swept low ponytail.
CHUNKY SIDE BRAID INTO A SIMPLE PONYTAIL
If you’re looking for a quick, simple style that’ll let you get out of the house in a few minutes, this chunky side braid and simple messy ponytail is simple to do and can be recreated in less than five minutes.
INTRICATE BASKET WEAVE BRAID INTO PONYTAIL
You’ll need a lot of braiding experience for this one! This stunning basket weave middle braid shows tons of skill. If you can’t do a braid like this, don’t worry! Ask someone to do it for you or turn to YouTube to learn it yourself.
MULTI WATERFALL BRAIDED HAIR INTO A LOW PONYTAIL
Added to the list of styles you’ll definitely need a YouTube tutorial for, this multi-braid style creates the impression of ocean waves. A low pony makes this hairstyle a fashionable combination of complex and simple.
THREE BRAIDS INTO A KNOTTED PONYTAIL
If double braids aren’t your thing, then triple braids might be! This cool Dutch braid style is different and edgy, and is perfect for a great first impression.
CRISSCROSSED DUTCH BRAIDS INTO A SIMPLE PONYTAIL
Reminiscent of the milkmaid braid hairstyle, this cool winding hairstyle is definitely a head-turner and shows that you’re not afraid to try new things or pump up your style.
MINI-BRAID INTO A MESSY TWISTED PONYTAIL
Are you a lover of mini braids? You’ll adore this style – a small mini braid peeks out amidst tousled hair and a half-twisted ponytail. Don’t be worried about being too neat. The messier, the more charming!
MINI BRAID INTO A SLEEK PONYTAIL
Fancy a mini braid with something a bit more polished? This sleek mini-braid and low pony combo is conservative yet lovely – great for corporate jobs and other strict environments.
STUNNING SIDE TWIST INTO PONYTAIL
Symmetry is overrated – for a daring look, a side twist on only one side of your head makes for a fashionable result when pulled into a sleek pony.
EMBELLISHED MINI BRAID INTO HIGH PONYTAIL
Fan of hair jewelry? Great! These shiny little embellishments make these mini braids and high ponytail stand out in a crowd. You can substitute the mini braids for mini twists or simple rolls – either way, your hair is going to make you shine.
LOOSE POMPADOUR BRAID INTO A LONG PONYTAIL
Loose pompadours are cool, but how about this braided pompadour? Thick hair gives this look the volume it needs and maintains thickness even to the end of the ponytail.
BIG DUTCH BRAID INTO LOW PONYTAIL
Here’s a great look for thick or thin hair. if you’ve got thinner hair, the trick is to give the illusion of thickness by braiding loosely and then pulling pieces of the braid apart to loosen it even more.
FISHTAIL BRAID INTO SIDE PONY
The classic middle-school side ponytail makes its return in a trendy way. Paired with a fishtail, there’s no way you can go wrong.
STYLISH CORNROWS INTO A HIGH PONYTAIL
Dutch braids and fishtail braids are common among straight-haired girls, but what about cornrows? This African-inspired braid has become a trademark to the black community, but by wearing them, you show that you appreciate and admire other cultures.
SILVER PONYTAIL WITH A SIDE BRAID
The grey hair trend is far too amazing to die out any time soon! Make the most of it with this simple braid pulled back into a layered ponytail.
BRAID INTO TWIST PONYTAIL
Braid or twist…who said you have to choose? This fun, flirty style shows that you can combine both and still look great. It’s great for any hair thickness and length, so anyone can wear it!
ELEGANT FRENCH BRAID INTO A FLUFFED PONYTAIL
For something a little more dramatic, this hairstyle can be your go-to. Wear this loose braid into fluffy pony style for cheer-leading competitions and even prom!
NEAT FISHTAIL INTO A LOW BUBBLE PONYTAIL
Here’s another style that combines various different hairstyle elements to create one gorgeous look. Bubble ponytails aren’t just for kids, and this exquisite hairstyle shows that.
BIG BRAIDED FAUX MOHAWK INTO A LOW KNOTTED PONYTAIL
If you’re a person who loves being the center of attention and drawing all eyes to her when she walks into the room, this style was created for you. A mix of glam and punk, this large braided mohawk is enough to stop conversations in their tracks.
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