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
Stacking one ponytail on top of another will make your ponytail look way longer and thicker than it is.
2. The inside-out pony
This is totally the ponytail Lady Mary would wear if she were going to wear a ponytail.
3. The secret butterfly clip pony
This butterfly clip is doing the work of a Bumpit to add a ton of volume to this pony.
4. 1950s ponytail
This one looks just like it came off the head of a vintage Barbie doll.
5. Boho ponytail
I think this one is my favorite, and not just because the model is a redhead.
6. The tiered ponytail
Back 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
There’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
This one is pretty close to Ariana Grande-level height and volume.
9. Messy ponytail
I 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
This is just adorable.
11. Hair-wrapped ponytail
Wrapping a bit of hair around your ponytail elastic instantly makes it look fancy and intentional.
12. Side ponytail
The side pony is the best pony, isn’t it?
13. Bouffant ponytail
Or maybe the bouffant ponytail is the best ponytail …
14. Knot ponytail
This one just looks perfectly effortless. Everyone will think you’re French.
15. The Bardot ponytail
Brigitte Bardot’s ponytail may be the only ponytail more famous than Ariana Grande’s.