Classics never go out of style. Case in point? Ponytail braids, one of the latest trending hashtags on TikTok (#ponybraid).
Our go-to 'do of yesteryear is making a resurgence from our playground days to keep us cool while looking stylish...even in this unbearable heat. Just pair it with a few Y2K beauty trends and voila!
"Braids are a great hairstyle for summer as they look elegant and chic whilst keeping your hair out of your face," says Gökhan VAYNİ, hair specialist at Vera Clinic (opens in new tab).
On TikTok, we notice plenty of users opting for a high pony before weaving their strands into a braid of their choosing. Not only does it look playful, but it'll keep the back of your next cool to boot, something we can all appreciate this week.
Ponytail braids on TikTok
What's more about summer braids is that you have the option to style them to your liking: you can have a high pony or a low pony. From there, you're able to do a simple three-strand braid or something more intricate like the mermaid braid. Whatever suits your fancy!
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Personalization is always encouraged, especially across FYPs, however, it seems TikTokers are going the simple route when it comes to the pony braid. Guess there's a reason this style has withstood the test of time!
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Ponytail braid styling tips
Although some of us might opt for different braiding styles and none of us have quite the same hair texture, there are a few universal truths when attempting a pony braid.
"You can give your hair texture and grip by spraying dry shampoo all over the mid-lengths and ends of your hair before braiding," says VAYNİ. "I recommend applying a hair spray to keep the braids tightly in place, especially if you have fine or very soft hair."
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"I always prep hair with universal styling cream from aveda. This helps the braid stay shiny and frizz free and holds the shape of the braid and waves when you take them out," says hairstylist, artist and author Cody Renegar (opens in new tab).
Meet the Expert
- Gökhan Vayni (opens in new tab)is a specialist in beard, eyebrow and scar hair transplantation at Vera Clinic (opens in new tab)
- Cody Renegar (opens in new tab) is a licensed cosmetologist and licensed master barber with clientele in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Arkansas.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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