Trust us, we know a thing or two about greasy, second-day hair—it can be a total nightmare. Though, with the right hairstyles (and a few spritzes of dry shampoo), there are so many ways to make second-day strands work. One of our favorite ways? Low ponytails.
Gone are the days where ponytails were seen only as a convenient way to style your hair for the gym. Low ponytails are some of the most versatile, low-maintenance styles around, but also some of the easiest for concealing oily roots.
Looking for some low ponytail inspiration? Whether you have ash blonde hair or dark brown locks, these are the 15 low ponytail looks you need to know about.
Teased Volume Ponytail
If you thought volume was reserved for high ponytails, think again. To achieve this style, gently tease hair at the crown before creating a loose ponytail. Once it’s secured, split the ponytail into two sections and backcomb each to create volume.
For added texture, apply a finishing product like the Mizani Lived-In Finishing Spray. Complete the look with a few spritzes of medium hold hairspray.
Fishtail Side Ponytail
Attempting a fishtail braid is not for the faint of heart, but any hairstyle is achievable with a bit of practice. This tricky braid may require a bit more effort than the standard French style, but we love the look paired with an elegant side ponytail. It’s perfect for a summer wedding or a formal event.
Once you’ve fully completed the braid and secured the ponytail, gently loosen a few strands toward the front to create a soft, face framing finish.
Grungy Low Ponytail
Thanks to a recent revival of all things ‘90s, grunge is back and better than ever. The best part? Since grunge styles are defined by undone, messy looks, they work best with second (or third!) day hair.
Begin by brushing through dry hair to remove any tangles. Enhance volume by applying a generous amount of texturizing spray through your strands, then pull your hair back into a basic low pony and secure it with a clear hair tie.
Once the ponytail is secured, move about 2 inches down and fasten another hair tie. Repeat this down the length of your ponytail until you reach the end. Be sure to leave an even amount of space between each hair tie for a symmetrical look.
Once the style is secured, gently pull on the hair between each elastic to create the look of a bubble. Complete the look with a spritz of hairspray.
Double Dutch Braid Ponytail
Begin by creating a part down the center of your head. Starting with either side, create a Dutch braid by dividing your hair into three sections and crossing the left strand underneath the middle strand. Repeat on the other side and continue until the braid reaches the nape of your neck. Secure the braid with a clear elastic and repeat it on the other side.
Once you have twin braids, connect them by fastening another hair elastic at the nape. If you want a more sophisticated look, try adding a hair clip at the base of the ponytail.
Sleek Low Ponytail
When it comes to versatility, we can’t get enough of sleek ponytails. From the boardroom to the hottest runways, no other style quite competes.
Beginning with clean hair, brush through your strands to rid them of bumps or tangles. Gather hair into a tight, low ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. For this look, finish with a generous amount of hairspray to maintain hold and eliminate flyaways.
Accent Braid Ponytail
Looking for a festival friendly style? Opt for a textured low ponytail with an accent braid. Starting with damp hair, apply a texturizing cream such as Matrix Style Link Air Dry Wild Boho. Once your hair is completely dry, take a 1-inch section from either side of your head and create a French braid.
Secure the braid with a small elastic, then pull all of your hair back to create a low ponytail. Hold the ponytail in place with a hair tie and apply a small amount of light hold hairspray to complete the style.
Twisted Low Ponytail
When it comes to color-treated hair, sleek, straight hairstyles can sometimes make even the most vibrant colors fall flat. Instead, add a simple twist to create instant dimension. We love the look of a twisted low ponytail combined with balayage or fashion colors.
Unicorn Braided Ponytail
Just like the mystical creature it’s named after, this look works like magic for concealing oily roots. Simply craft a three-strand braid down the center of your head until you reach the nape of your neck. Then, tie your remaining hair into a low ponytail with a hair elastic.
Curly Low Ponytail
If you’re working with curly hair, a low ponytail is the perfect way to keep your strands out from your face but still show off your natural texture.
Boho Low Ponytail
If you’re looking to keep your low ponytail simple and care-free, you can’t go wrong with this bohemian hairstyle. Add a few flowers throughout your mane to really amp up your boho vibe.
Accessorized Low Ponytail
Bored of your run-of-the-mill hair ties? Use a geometric hair clip to lock your low pony in place.
French Twist Low Ponytail
If you love French-girl hair as much as we do, this sophisticated, Parisian-inspired ponytail is right up your alley. Before you style, apply a few spritzes of Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray to add a bit of texture and movement to your look.
Loose Side Ponytail
If you’re really looking to make second-day hair look glam, all you’ll need is a bit of texturizing spray to make this easy, breezy ‘do work.
Elegant Low Ponytail
Whether you’re the bride to be or a guest searching for a gorgeous wedding hairstyle, this elegant curled ponytail is perfect to wear for the big day.
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