In Defense Of The Ponytail

If we know you, and we do, you’ve got an elastic band wrapped around your wrist right now. Or, maybe you’ve upgraded to the flat, knotted ribbon that’s supposed to indicate that you know better. Either way, everyone knows why it’s there. To pull your hair back into a DGAF ponytail the first time a strand of hair touches your face.

Great, now you’re comfortable. You know what else is comfortable? Sweatpants.    

Yeah, we said it. Your basic ponytail is the sweatpants of hairstyles. But, not even cool ones, like a banded leather style or harem sweatpants. Just regular Rocky Balboa sweatpants. But, that doesn't mean all ponytails deserve to be dismissed as "lazy." On the contrary, there are plenty of high-fashion, high-impact ways to wear a pony.

Like Rocky, you need motivation. And, we’ve got your inspiration. We’ve gathered the most inventive, beautiful, cool, amazing iterations of the ponytail in recent memory, from ultra-sleek to the effortlessly disheveled. Each look is deceptively simple and extremely un-boring.     

Now, grab a hairbrush and crank up "Eye of the Tiger." You got this.      

More from Hair

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.