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Through navigating the world of perfectly imperfect waves, shoulder-grazing lobs, the art of the perfect messy bun or choosing the rights bangs for your face shape,  there is one hairstyle you can always count on to get you through a night out, the workday, or a workout…the humble ponytail.

Whether it’s a textured high ponytail, an elegant low ponytail, a stylish braided ponytail or a sleeker look to hide that third-day hair, it’s no wonder the ponytail has remained a staple hairstyle for all women.

But what happens when your ponytail just doesn’t have that lift, life, or length you’d like it to? A thin, limp ponytail just doesn’t have the same effect than a long, thick, bouncy one, does it?

That’s why we’ve put together this tutorial, to show you three different ways to get a longer, thicker ponytail instantly using hair extensions: a high ponytail, a textured ponytail, and a low ponytail. These styles are quick and easy to create, which make them a perfect choice to amp up an everyday ponytail. By strategically clipping in a few wefts, you can easily and quickly make your ponytail look longer without the need of an additional faux clip-in ponytail.

Watch the video below to learn how to get longer, thicker ponytails instantly, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions. In this video, Karin wears her 220g Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions. In the tutorial below, Kassinka wears her Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions. 

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Ponytail 1: High ponytail with hair extensions 

Ponytails with hair extensions

You know how the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and you can never go wrong with a classic, perky high ponytail. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensionsGet Kassinka’s look with Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

Step 1

Start off with by separating a small ponytail at the crown of your head. This little ponytail will act as a secure base for clipping in your hair extensions.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 2

Take a 3 clip weft and start clipping it in around the ponytail. Be sure to clip it in as close to the hair elastic as possible, so that you will have space to clip in other wefts. The tighter you clip these wefts in around the hair elastic, the more comfortable and secure it will be.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 3

Continue to clip the rest of the 2 clip and 3 clip wefts in the same way, around the little ponytail that you’ve created. You can also stack a bunch of wefts on top of each other, then wrap the whole mega weft around the ponytail if it is easier. For even more thickness, you can use 1 clip wefts and clip them onto the wefts that are already clipped into your hair. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 4

Now, gather all the remainder of your hair into a high ponytail, covering the first ponytail fully. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie and smooth away any flyaways.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 5

To finish off the look and conceal any wefts that may be poking out, take a strand of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail, fully hiding the hair elastic. Use a bobby pin it to secure the hair strand underneath the ponytail. 

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Ponytail 2: Messy ponytail with hair extensions 

Ponytails with hair extensions

How to do a ponytail with hair extensionsGet Kassinka’s look with Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

This is probably our favorite way to wear hair extensions in a ponytail—the whole idea is to clip in the wefts in the same direction that your hair would go in naturally when put up in a ponytail, to avoid any lumps and bumps from the wefts.

Step 2

Separate some hair about halfway at the front of your head and clip in a 2 clip weft facing downward. If you want more volume in your ponytail or have shorter hair, you can stack two wefts and clip them in this section. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 3

Separate another section of hair toward the crown of your head and flip upside down. Then, clip in a 4 clip weft upside down. This way, when you gather your hair into a high ponytail, the clips will not pull at your roots. Continue separating sections of hair and clipping the remaining 4 clip and 3 clip wefts in, until you are satisfied with the thickness of your hair.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 4

Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic. Then, take out a few face-framing pieces at the front for a messier look.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 5

Tug your hair at the roots for added texture at the top, then backcomb sections of the ponytail using a Loop Hair Extensions Brush. For extra texture, scrunch the hair upwards with your hand before adding a bit of hairspray to set the look.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

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Ponytail 3: Low ponytail with hair extensions

Ponytails with hair extensions

For this hairstyle, you can either clip in a couple of 3 and 4 clip wefts or your full set of hair extensions for maximum length and thickness. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensionsGet Kassinka’s look with Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

Step 1

Since this ponytail sits lower on your head, clip in your wefts as you normally would. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 2

Everytime you clip in a weft, tease your hair at the roots for more volume.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 3

Once you have clipped in your full set of hair extensions, pull all your hair into a low ponytail. We love a strong middle part with this ponytail style, however, feel free to part your hair whichever way you like it on you. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 4

Using a Loop Hair Extensions Brush, smoothen down any flyaways. If your hair is straight, add a few curls throughout the ponytail, then brush them out for a softer look. You can also leave your hair straight for a edgier feel. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Which ponytail is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you!

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25 Cute Ponytail Hairstyles To Try

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Want to give your style a boost? Put your hair up and handle it – literally. 

The ponytail is a hairstyle many of us sport everyday. To work, to the gym, to a night out – and these days it’s almost only synonymous with pop songstress, Ariana Grande.

But where did this reliable and versatile hairstyle come from? The ponytail was seen throughout history, mostly on men in Ancient Greece, pre-17th Century China, British and other European soldiers in the 1700s and so on. The pony’s biggest break into everyday wear and hair culture may possibly be attributed to none other than, Barbie. The first Barbie doll was released in 1959, sporting a white and black-striped bathing suit and a low ponytail. That same year, the movie Gidget was released starring Sandra Dee, surfing and flirting in a ponytail and cute retro one-piece that can still be worn today.

Today, we pull our hair up into a ponytail when we are feverishly working on a project over our desks and on our laptops, creating something artistic, trying to keep cool, keeping it out of our faces during yoga or lifting weights, dancing the night away, and so on. It’s a symbol of a woman on the go and it’s been changed and added to over the years. It can be short, long, or super long with hair extensions and it can be put up with everything from hair ties to pins and sometimes even pens.

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The hashtag #ponytail pulls up nearly 3 million images on Instagram—if that doesn’t show the versatility and longevity of this hairstyle—we don’t know what does. While sporting the ponytail hairstyle remember a few points to ensure you keep your hair and scalp healthy and to allow you to wear the ponytail hairstyle for years to come.

  • Don’t always wear your ponytail high. You’ll see in the examples below; you can wear it in many different ways. The constant pulling at the scalp can be painful, even for the professionals (Ariana has mentioned she is in pain after wearing her signature style for days).
  • Be sure to remove your ponytail before sleep, this will help prevent breakage and pulling.
  • Give your hair a break. The tight ponytail is not for everyday, it can cause balding along the hairline and breakage or weakening of the hair shaft.

In the spirit of celebrating the faithful ponytail, we’ve pulled together 25 ponytail hairstyles that will make you want to put your hair up. 

The Ponytail Princess

Or should we dub her queen? We had to start with Ariana herself, given we’ve already referenced her so much. She once told Allure Magazine that she can use up to a foot’s length of hair extensions to create her signature look. Her stylists have also told the media that the higher the ponytail, the fiercer the look. 

To recreate Ariana Grande’s signature, grand ponytail, we recommend Seamless Hair Extensions in 20”. Be sure to straighten your hair for a sleek look and straighten your hair extensions also. 

To allow for easy insertion of your clip-in extensions, gather a small amount of hair about 2-3 inches from the front of your head and tie it loosely. Next, gather a section of hair at the crown of your head and create a small ponytail about a centimeter thick with a thin elastic. This will be your base ponytail. Next, insert a 4-clip weft directly under the base ponytail. Here’s a little trick – insert the weft upside down to prevent bumps when you eventually tie all your hair up. 

Section a layer underneath the weft and again insert another 4-clip weft upside down. This little trick will help add that Ariana volume and length to your ponytail. On top of the base ponytail, insert a 3-clip weft, clipped in downward. Add two 2-clip wefts on each side of your head also facing downward to help even out the look. 

Once the extensions have been applied, gather all of your hair into a high ponytail, covering all the wefts. Lightly brush your hair using a Loop Brush to smooth out any bumps and to ensure the extensions are hidden. Finally, tease the ponytail in layers for added volume and hairspray any flyaways back for a sleek finish. If you want to hide the hair tie, grab a piece of your hair and wrap it around the elastic, then pin it underneath the elastic. 

The Duchess Ponytail

Speaking of royalty, the former Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle sported a middle part, sleek ponytail on the royal tour of Australia. The look turned heads for its effortlessness and the change up from her usual style of a loose bun or waves. She paired the laid-back ponytail with a simple white collared shirt and blazer, so akin to the everyday girl’s 9 to 5 OOTD. If it’s good for the Duchess, it’s good for us.

Scrunchie Season

Scrunchies have made a fierce comeback this year and we love ’em. There’s something about this velvet mustard scrunchie that certainly caught our eye for fall. The perfect color and perfect fabric to kick of cozy season.

The Gossip Girl effect

Be it a bow or a scarf, we can thank Blair Waldorf for this simple yet, sophisticated look. Take those satin scarves out of the closet (or borrow one from mom). Incorporate a vintage print, or vibrant looks by tying a scarf at the base of your neck for a low, loose ponytail, perfect for coffee dates or the office.

Bubble up

The high ponytail meets the bubble ponytail for this gorgeous, voluminous look that is sure to upgrade any boring updo. This a great look for a night out with the girls, and all you need is a couple extra hair ties and few more minutes to your ponytail routine.

Bling and chains

Make way for this showstopper of a look. We love the blend of chains and bling that can easily be attached to your hair elastic and hidden with your own hair or hair extensions for extra length. Pair this with your favourite leather jacket or LBD for a little rebel look.

The postpartum ponytail

Our favourite new mom, Shay Mitchell posted this stunning photo of herself and the perfect braided ponytail with the caption: “Braid? Check. J Lo hoops? Check. Nipple pads? CHECK.” We love how Shay keeps it real, but still slays in this stunning look. New moms don’t always have a lot of time, and some may even deal with postpartum hair loss, but a simple pony with braid like this can be achieved even between baby time.

The new retro

Mrs. Hailey Bieber gave us some retro vibes at the Met Gala earlier this year, with a flipped-out ponytail using Ash Blonde Luxy Hair extensions, topped with a hair bow. A fun take on the pouf pony hairstyle seen in the 60s, Hailey’s look is a mix of new and old. We love the addition of the cat eye in her makeup for that true throwback feel.

The Bey pony

Also seen at the Met Gala, but a couple years before, Beyoncé rocked this high, ponytail that cascaded to the side in curls that sat perfectly above her shoulder. Expect nothing less from Queen Bey who wore this ponytail like a crown with this stunning bejewelled dress. We love this pony hairstyle because it’ll look good on almost every woman looking to give their tired ponytails some life. While not focused on length, add some volume to your side pony with Luxy’s 16” seamless extensions. They can easily be curled before applying and inserted before tying all your hair up.

Sweet and sexy 

Yes, you can do both. Khloe Kardashian’s take on the half up pony is the perfect blend of sweet and sexy. The high ponytail and waves offer beautiful volume and a mischievous playfulness. To achieve a full look like Khloe’s, find the shade of hair extensions for you and style them before applying. It’s kind of like brunch with the family at 11 a.m., hopping to the club for 11 p.m. kind of vibe – who wouldn’t want the perfect day to night look?

On a wave 

With the success of her beauty brand, lingerie brand, and recent couture clothing line launch, it’s fair to say Rihanna is more than just on a wave, she is carving out a whole new world of success for herself and her team. We clap for you RiRi. As a busy entrepreneur, she still continues to wow us with her trend-setting looks. The simplicity of this wavy ponytail screams, “I’m a boss babe with not a lot of time, but I can keep my hair on point.” Now if only new music were on the way…

Pearls for the girls

Sometimes it’s the smallest accessories that make a big difference. Take this pearl hair tie for example. A delicate accessory that would look great with really anything and low maintenance too, when added to a low ponytail. Keep this style in your back pocket if you’re running a few minutes behind for a quick, but put together look.

Flower power 

Who needs a veil when you have fresh flowers to create the ultimate bridal ponytail? Perfect for any season, brides can incorporate elements of their bouquets, décor or colors in their hairstyle. Brides and their stylists will often opt for hair extensions on their big day, to add volume and length that can’t be achieved with natural hair, and they’d certainly help get this look down the aisle. It’s a beautiful and fresh alternative to the typical bridal hair accessory or veil.

A little bit of everything

For when you simply can’t decide, why not add a big braid to your ponytail and top it off with some versatile hair accessories. It’s one of those rare occasions where a little bit of everything go so well together and make for a head-turning hair day.

Bring on the romance

There is something wistful and magical about this look. The hair accessory, almost fits like a crown topping off a wavy ponytail. The few loose hairs around the sides create a truly romantic look. While it definitely works for brides, try this hairstyle with a low back or off the shoulder look (hair accessory optional) for your next special date night.

Ice cold ponytail 

By ice, we mean the shiny kind that usually goes on your ring finger. Alicia Keys stuck a couple diamond-looking crystals into her long, braided pony for an ice-cold look that will certainly help you shine. We love the subtlety of using small (but shiny) accessories and dispersing them throughout the ponytail – an easy look to pull off.

Glitter ponytail

Perfect for upcoming holiday parties or New Year’s, adding glitter to your ponytail is a sure way to get you noticed. Get creative and use glitter to match your outfit. Part your hair down the middle or off to the side and add glitter to your part as well as the ponytail. There are so many creative ways to work this look, and all it takes is a little glitter.

The rainbow look 

Rainbow hair was a trend not too long ago, but this adds a twist, using pastel shades that blend nicely when tied up. We love the pop of pink hair that wraps the elastic – definitely a cotton candy-type style that’s perfect for when summer rolls back around.

The low side pony

The low side pony is great as it lets you wear your hair loosely, without having to tug on your hairline too tight. Using a braid off to the side adds a little drama and leaving a few strands loose around the face make for a versatile look.

Bow ponytail

Who needs accessories when you can create your own? This super chic, super cute ponytail look is perfect for the young and young at heart.

Short hair, don’t care

Paying tribute to the short ponytails. Wearing them high when possible can make for a messy, effortless look. But short ponytails also look great worn low with a few loose hairs for a wispy effect, or slicked back for something more sharp.

Bangs and pony 

While the decision to get bangs or not is always a toughie, pairing the style with a ponytail isn’t. With bangs, tying your hair up in a ponytail is low maintenance and versatile – it’s also two very flattering hairstyles put together. Want bangs but don’t want the commitment? Try clip-in bangs for an instant style change.

The Gym Pony

Seen in yoga, barre, spin studios and gyms around the world – the gym pony keeps your hair up and out of your face while you get your sweat on. We recommend not wearing hair extensions during a workout to save it from sweat and tangles, but they are a great addition to your gym bag when you’re looking for a post-workout look.

Off-duty ponytail

Even off the runway, Kendall Jenner serves looks. We love this voluminous ponytail with side-swept bangs – a true model off duty look that the everyday girl can strut too.

Boss up 

There’s something strong about a slicked down middle part that just screams boss babe. Considering model and body activist Mia Kang is one, she rocks this ponytail look really well. If you have a big day ahead of you or you’re feeling yourself for the goddess you are – you can’t go wrong with this ponytail style.

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We hope this list has given you some style inspo for your ponytails to come. Did we miss a ponytail look? Share with us your go-to style.

Written by: Rosalyn Solomon

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How to Get a Voluminous Ponytail

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Is your ponytail lacking oomph? Believe it or not, you don’t need a thick mane of hair to have a voluminous ponytail. All you need are a few simple tricks to pump up the volume. Keep reading for our top tips and tricks for getting a high volume ponytail!

7 Ways to Get a High Volume Ponytail

1. Backcomb for Volume at the Crown

Backcombing is an easy way to take a ponytail from boring to bewitching. This voluminous ponytail looks polished, but is actually super easy to style. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start by washing your hair with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. This cleansing duo works together to leave hair looking naturally thicker and fuller by nourishing hair with Ana:Tel™ complex plus the key nutrients Biotin, Keratin and Zinc.
  2. Apply a small amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir throughout your hair and comb to evenly distribute. This leave-in treatment boosts your hair’s body, adding even more oomph to your voluminous ponytail.
  3. Roughly blow-dry your hair using your fingers.
  4. Separate the top portion of your hair and gently backcomb from the crown to create additional volume and height.
  5. Once backcombed, gather all of your hair, and pull it back into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a bungee hair tie to avoid pulling on the volume created at the crown.
  6. Take a few random sections of hair in the ponytail and wrap around a curling iron for three to five seconds to curl. Then brush through the curls for the perfect voluminous ponytail.

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2. Try a “Phonytail”

A phonytail is a ponytail inside of a ponytail, which creates the overall appearance of more volume. Start by making a small ponytail at your crown, using only the back section of your hair. Then brush your remaining hair into another ponytail surrounding the first and secure with an additional hair tie.

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3. Add Bobby Pins

Carefully placed bobby pins can add a little height to your ponytail. After securing hair with a hair tie, place two or more bobby pins vertically through the hair tie. This will “prop up” your ponytail, giving it more volume.

4. The Butterfly Effect

All you need for this voluminous ponytail trick is a butterfly clip. First, pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Then lift up the top section of your ponytail and place the butterfly clip on the bottom section. The top section of hair will rest on the clip, creating the illusion of a voluminous high ponytail.

5. Double Up on Hair Ties

This trick for a high volume ponytail really couldn’t be easier! Next time you put your hair in a ponytail, just use two hair ties instead of one. The extra hair tie will prop up your pony, giving you some extra volume right where you want it.

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6. …Or Double Up on Ponytails

You can also create the look of an extra-volume ponytail by making two ponytails. Separate your hair into two sections to create two ponytails, one on top of the other. The top ponytail will cover the bottom ponytail, creating the illusion of a longer, thicker ponytail.

7. Add Dry Shampoo for Texture

If you are looking for a high textured ponytail, try this. After securing your hair in a high ponytail, add a misting of dry shampoo to your ponytail. Then gently tease with a comb.

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Do you have any tips for styling a high volume ponytail? Share them in the comment section below!

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