9 Ways To Elevate Your Ponytail Game

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If you tend to prioritize a morning bagel over a blowout, we have good news. Dirty-hair ponytails are more popular than ever — and this time, they're getting a few, cool-girl updates.

Knotted, twisted, looped — there was no shortage of variation on the recent spring runways. (If three makes a trend, consider this a movement.) For all the pony inspiration you need, we rounded up our favorite looks and how to get them. Wake up with messy strands and exactly two minutes to pull together a brunch look? Proceed immediately to Jonathan Simkhai. Need a modern look for a more formal occasion? Paul Andrew is perfect. Looking to spice up your go-to low pony? Anthony Turner is for you.

Ahead, nine ponytails to add to your morning routine today.
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Giulietta
A tennis player creating her own haphazard bun mid-game was the inspiration for the hair at Giulietta. The result? A half pony, half bun. You can achieve this look by only pulling your hair a couple inches through your elastic on the last rotation. Or, take a tip from hairstylist John M. Craig, and wrap another elastic a couple inches down the tail for a sleeker effect.
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Public School
Love Public School's modern pony? Follow hairstylist Allen Ruiz's lead and finish your rope braid with a healthy spritz of shine spray.
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Paul Andrew
O&M global creative director Janelle Chaplin connected a high pony at the crown with a low one gathered from the neck and both sides of the head. The result is graphic, modern, and much easier than it looks.
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Nicholas K
To get what we're calling the Bunny Tail, hairstylist Giannandrea misted hair with shine-enhancing oil and pulled it into a low ponytail. He divided the tail in two, creating a loop with the majority of the hair and wrapping the rest around the base of the elastic. If you take one trend from the spring runways, let this be it.
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Sportmax
Low, shiny, and tied off with a thin black elastic, the rope-braided ponytails by Anthony Turner were a minimalist's dream.
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Jonathan Simkhai
Hairstylist Thomas Osborn took a basic ponytail, then looped the tail into two knots for a cool, chain-link effect. Pro Tip: Start with a clear elastic, then end with bobby pins that match your hair color — and a lot of hairspray.
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Chromat
Oribe hairstylist Amy Farid updated the shiny ponytails at Chromat by attaching the tails to the models' heads. She sewed an elastic through the hair to get the effect, but we (highly) recommend using a few bobby pins instead.
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J.W.Anderson
If you haven't noticed, rope braids are one of the top ways to update a ponytail this season. Keeping them wrapped tightly takes some practice, but luckily a loose version like this is just as beautiful.
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Adam Selman
Have a few ribbons laying around the house? Now you know what to do with them...
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