Spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon getting your hair blown out or sitting down for hours to get a fresh set of box braids is fun and all — you can sense my sarcasm, no? — but, in our humble opinion, nothing beats a quick ponytail. Dressed up or down, it's the cheat code to looking chic. Hey, they don't call it the hair facelift for nothin'.
Sometimes, you'll see them bound with leather or decked out with old school barrettes for an extra kick. But as the adage goes, you can't go wrong with a classic. This spring, stars like Cardi B and Halle Berry are throwing it back and wrapping their ponytails with their own hair to hide the elastic. I know, I know...it's one of the oldest tricks in the book — and one that you probably used for prom. Even so, the easy style still looks fresh this summer. Scroll ahead for our favorite iterations of the look (plus a refresher on how to DIY it).