Easy braided ponytail hairstyle how-to

by Hair Romance on December 6, 2012 · 41 comments

in Hair Style Advice,My Hair,Tutorials

A braid adds a pretty twist to this easy ponytail hairstyle.

Easy braided ponytail hairstyle tutorial


  1. Make a side part, then take a section of hair from the front left side of your part to your left temple.
  2. Split this into three and weave together to make a braid. Braid the right over the centre, then the left over the right and continue to braid that section.
  3. Stretch out the braid to make it look thicker. Secure the end with a pin or small elastic.
  4. Gather all your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Take the pin or elastic off the first braid, now it is tied in with the ponytail.
  5. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around your hair elastic to cover it.

This is an easy way to dress up your ponytail that is quick enough to do every day, but pretty enough for an event.

How do you like to dress up your ponytail?

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Stacy December 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

Cute! I do that style, too. Normally when I do it, I put all my growing out fringe in it and do a bit more french braiding. I only put hair in from the bottom, though. Then I pull out hair in front to puff it out a bit and pull everything back. I used the braid to wrap it around the band.
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Hair Romance December 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

That’s a great style Stacy, I want to try that version x


Janani August 30, 2014 at 2:19 am

You use this style with red hair of yours.. Lol!


Kelly December 6, 2012 at 2:04 am

Love this! So simple, but really effective.
I think adding some coloured twine or metallic thread through the braid would make it look really pretty for events and parties.
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Hair Romance December 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

Oh great idea Kelly! Xx


Natalia December 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

Love it!! simple and original. Great post!!!


Hair Romance December 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

Thanks Natalia! Xx


Grace - Stripes & Sequins December 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

Love this one!! Must try on my own.


Hair Romance December 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

Thanks Grace! Would love to see this in your gorgeous long hair x


yojo December 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

like this style!! very cute :)
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Hair Romance December 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

Thank you Yojo! Xx


gio December 6, 2012 at 7:23 am

Love this! It’s simple but beautiful! Must try it tomorrow. :)
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Hair Romance December 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thanks Gio! I’d love to see a pic if you try it x


Michelle December 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Love this – doable on the go! Hopefully when I see you next my hair won’t be in a ponytail yet again :)


Hair Romance December 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Michelle! Nothing wrong with a ponytail, and would love to see this in your hair xx


Chamal0w December 9, 2012 at 6:23 am

Ouaaa !! I’ll try it Soon !! that’s classy !
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Hair Romance December 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thank you!


Brooke December 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Simple and Beautiful! Could you explain in more detail on how to do the hair cover the elastic thing. I have always struggle on how to do that/pin it just right. Maybe it has to do with my layers and length.


Hair Romance December 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi Brooke, there are some tips on wrapping hair around your ponytail here – http://www.hairromance.com/2012/06/how-to-wrap-your-hair-around-your-ponytail.html xx


Chelsea February 12, 2013 at 6:14 am

I love this !!

Also, your shirt is super cute, where’s it from!?


Hair Romance February 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Thanks Chelsea! My shirt is from Muji x


Marisa Anderson February 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

Cute style. Luv the side braid. Looks wonderful.

~ Marisa ~
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Hair Romance February 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thanks Marisa X


Shayna April 9, 2013 at 6:22 am

I love this! It’s super cute! :-)

There’s a couple thing’s I’m wondering though.

I have hair that is super curly and volume filled plus it’s super long! I can almost sit on it! I love doing things with my hair like pretty braids and buns and such but I find that a lot of hair-dos aren’t made for people with really long curly and full hair. I really want to do cool things with my hair but a lot of the time I get stuck with the basic ponytail because I don’t know what else to do. I don’t want to cut my hair because it’s gorgeous, but I want to be able to do things with it. I know your a hair expert, so, would you happen to have any good websites or links or hair tips for me??



Hair Romance April 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hi Shayna, I wish I had that much hair to play with! I think you can do some easy braids like a side braid or the triple braid.These lower styles are easier for ling hair because they aren’t as heavy and won’t pull at your hair. I will try and work out some more styles for you x


Julia April 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

When braiding my hair, I never thought to use a side part or a small pin. Typically, I kept using a scrunchie or rubber band to prevent the pin getting caught. Thanks for this!
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kevin August 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

As a man with long hair I usually resort to the boring old ponytail or maybe some willie nelson braids but I have been looking for a slightly more stylish look to wear to my friend’s wedding. Thanks for the inspiration!


nina August 22, 2013 at 6:28 am

hi thats cutee i really like it


Hair Romance August 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thanks Nina! Hope you try it in your hair too x


Carley November 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

So cute


Hair Romance November 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thanks Carley! x


Ashley January 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

LOVE this braid and I keep trying it… but I just can’t get my braid as big as yours. Can you help?


Hair Romance January 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Hi Ashley, my hair is quite thick, but stretching out your braid makes such a difference to the finished style. You can really stretch out even the thinnest braid to look about 10 times thicker :)


cyrinda February 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I love your styles but my hair is very thin so I can only do the basics do you have any tips for hair styles with thin hair?


Hair Romance February 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hi Cyrinda, I will be doing some more hairstyles for thin hair and check out the donut bun hairstyles for ideas for fine hair xx


Angela February 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I came across this tutorial in a list of dressed up ponytails and immediately knew this was the one I wanted to do for a wedding I attended today. I modified it a bit, adding curls to the bottom of the ponytail and using the braided strand to wrap around the hair tie. Here’s a pic: http://instagram.com/p/kN7NUDCEwR/ Thanks so much for sharing this!


Hair Romance February 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Hi Angela, thank you so much for trying it and I LOVE your version. It looks beautiful! Christina xx


Maryum March 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

beautiful… :)


Hair Romance March 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Thank you xx


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