Ponytails have come a long way since you were begging mom to “smooth out the bumps.” These days, there seems to be a flattering ponytail for every occasion. Heading off to an interview? Look professional, confident, and fierce with a sleek ponytail. Spending a day on the beach? Keep flyaways at bay and look fresh with a relaxed ponytail. Date night? Leave your SO weak in the knees with a sexy, Brigitte Bardot-inspired ponytail. Even celebrities have taken this once gym-only do to the red carpet, updating the ponytail from cute to sexy.
Now I know what you might be thinking. “The Ponytail 2.0 sounds great, but I don’t have the time to style it.” Normally, I’d agree. But the best part is that a stylish ponytail is just as easy to style as the ponytails you remember. You won’t find a mile-long product list with these updated looks. Most of them require tools you already own – like a hairbrush, elastics, and bobby pins – and maybe a spritz of some of your favorite hairspray or volumizer. If you’re looking for a fresh updo that’s perfect for practically any occasion, here are are nine flattering ponytails that will fit a number of styles.