15 Ponytail Hacks That Will Make You The Ariana Grande Of Your Friends

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Today is Ariana Grande‘s 21st birthday. While she’s surely thrilled to be able to legally drink now, we’re sure she will never love anything in the world as much as her giant ponytail. But in honor of her birthday, let’s all celebrate by taking our ponytail games to the next level with these 15 excellent styling tutorials.

1. The super-long pony

7b67a72d572ed460f08ca4f1c562e187Stacking one ponytail on top of another will make your ponytail look way longer and thicker than it is.

2. The inside-out pony

fc7e2f6eb806b265c148a2df761efa87This is totally the ponytail Lady Mary would wear if she were going to wear a ponytail.

3. The secret butterfly clip pony

54402915a270abcdcb839dd7115d7d95This butterfly clip is doing the work of a Bumpit to add a ton of volume to this pony.

4. 1950s ponytail

46c8d16ede83d41e51f723412d187b5eThis one looks just like it came off the head of a vintage Barbie doll.

5. Boho ponytail

1e4df977ea80c7c320fbd7ad543710bbI think this one is my favorite, and not just because the model is a redhead.

6. The tiered ponytail

166dee1d19cc2b7f784a699c001ae4afBack in the late 80s my friend’s cool older sister wore her hair like this, and we all thought it was the sickest thing ever.

7. Ponytail extensions

5ae0685f16fc3d6ffe091c3954955f61There’s no way Ariana Grande’s ponytail actually grows out of her head like that. She’s almost certainly wearing 100 pounds of fake hair, and you can too.

8. Giant ponytail

cb835b497b8619c569706a445f81e9d0This one is pretty close to Ariana Grande-level height and volume.

9. Messy ponytail 

7f11198070a2313f46113503b635937aI am one of those people who actually has to be told how to do a messy ponytail. Somehow my attempts always come out smooth and boring, but these pictures should help.

10. Scarf ponytail

3cd5435f6a227cd1732a97168b8e24e0This is just adorable.

11. Hair-wrapped ponytail

f8c65ed3b55058601f58f1391baea7ecWrapping a bit of hair around your ponytail elastic instantly makes it look fancy and intentional.

12. Side ponytail

eb39a11eb42649c3e57e7f60d08569cdThe side pony is the best pony, isn’t it?

13. Bouffant ponytail

67530482e29f5ed9bdb8d26b24bb5044Or maybe the bouffant ponytail is the best ponytail …

14. Knot ponytail

2119a09d2e0766ca2602bed8b2618b14This one just looks perfectly effortless. Everyone will think you’re French.

15. The Bardot ponytail

4874362fcb8981916147653b2b993b09Brigitte Bardot’s ponytail may be the only ponytail more famous than Ariana Grande’s.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      #4 is adorable!

    • LynnKell

      I have tried to make the knot ponytail but my hair is just too freaking slippery and I don’t like adding products :/

    • Heather C

      These remind me of my dance class days. #1 was so clever.

    • Cassidy

      You do realise that Ariana isn’t wearing a ponytail on that photo. She wears a half updo thats why it has this much volume (And she is forced to wear extensions because of hair damage)

    • Tatiana Marie

      here’s the thing with extensions – I tried the bonded human hair ones for only 3 months – 3 months! Every time I washed my hair and gently combed them out and re-style, I would lose a few of the extensions, along with clumps of my own hair! Yes, that’s something the salons are good at keeping secret – the extensions fall out frequently – and – oh yeah, so does your hair! I eventually got fed up and had them all removed. I was shocked to see how much thinner my own natural hair had gotten. The stylist saw my freaked out expression and tried to cover her butt by saying: “Oh, your just used to having the extensions so naturally you don’t remember how your hair was much thinner before.” This was a load of bull because I’ve always always had long thick hair, and i know what my hair looks like, I have pictures as proof. So I decided to get my hair healthy and pray for it to sprout back in it’s full glory. I amped up my vitamins and my diet, particularly protein, it took almost 2 years for my hair to recover after only 3 months of wearing extensions! Ariana needs to stop all extensions now or she will never be able to grow her own hair back, one can only imagine how much damage years of extensions has done to her actual hair. In fact she may wind up with permanent traction alopecia (baldness) if she doesn’t stop wearing them. I also think some who is barely 5 feet tall does not need so much hair, it just looks Barbie doll-ish, she would look much better with a pixie cut.