3 Ways to Style Your Low Ponytail

by Alex Haymes
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3 Ways to Style Your Low Ponytail

The low ponytail. A popular hairstyle choice, of course. But how can you avoid feeling bored with the same old low pony every day? Keep reading and find three different ways to style your low ponytail.

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The ponytail is one of the most versatile hairstyles that you can go for, and it's no secret that wearing a low ponytail instead of a high one can be healthier for your hair. This, however, doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice style. Keep reading if you want to learn three different ways that you can style your low ponytail, and up your pony game strong!

  • The clean girl low ponytail
  • The retro low ponytail
  • The low bubble ponytail
  • Accessorising your low ponytail

The clean girl low ponytail

What is a Clean Girl?

The clean girl aesthetic is based around looking effortlessly chic and put together; opting for clean lines and minimalist styles as a pose to high glam and striking colours.

The clean girl bun has proven to be one of the most popular hairstyle trends on TikTok, but how about a chic, ponytail spin on this viral look? 


How to achieve the clean-girl pony

  • Gently brush through your hair, teasing out any tangles and making sure your hair is as soft and smooth as possible. 
  • Use a tail comb to ensure that your parting is straight and in the right position.
  • Apply a hair gel, pomade, or oil to your hair from the roots to the mid-section, taking care to evenly coat your hair with whichever product you choose. 
  • Then, using the tail comb or a bristle brush, smooth your hair back towards the nape of your neck and gather it. 
  • Using a soft hair tie or a claw clip, secure your hair into a sleek, low ponytail, where you feel is best for you. 
  • Secure any flyaways with some extra gel or pomade, and add finishing touches with shine spray, hairspray, or lightweight hair oil, to keep your hair tidy all day long! 

TOP TIP: This hairstyle is great on second-day hair, or when you're getting ready for hair wash day.

The retro low ponytail

Brigitte Bardot, Jean Shrimpton, Patti Boyd. The 1960s were full of fashion icons with razor-sharp eyeliner and immaculate locks, bound to give you hair envy.

More modern celebrities like Adele and Zooey Deschanel love to embrace a 1960s vibe with their hairstyles, and opting for a high-volume, retro-inspired low ponytail can bring a vintage feel to your hair while helping you look effortlessly chic.

Styles like this one tend to look best on hair with a curly or wavy texture, and a cut with some sort  face-framing pieces, or bangs at the front.

It can be a good idea to curl your hair before you begin. It can also help to use some texture spray or hair powder to add some extra volume. 


  • Section off the front of your hair in a triangle, where your bangs are or would be. 
  • Working your way around the crown of your head, lift small sections of your hair and use a back-combing brush or fine-toothed comb to tease them one by one. Take care here if you are head-sore or have a more fragile hair type. 3. Take a teasing comb, and sm
  • Take a teasing comb, and smooth down the top half of your teased hair, taking care to make sure that the hair is even along the top. 
  • Using hair pins, secure the teased section of your hair at the back of your head.
  • Take the side sections of your hair, smooth them back, and gather them with the rest of your hair. 
  • Secure your hair at the nape of your neck, or sweep the hair slightly off to the side for a more authentic take on Bardot's style, using a gentle hair tie or a ribbon to add to the vintage vibe. 
  • Release the section at the front of your head, and style it into a curtain bang, with a soft wave going away from the face. 
  • To get a more lived-in, tousled look, pull out a few random pieces of hair around your head. 
  • TOP TIP: Adding hair extensions can add more body and volume to your hair, which is great when carrying off this lived-in take on a beehive pony. 

The low bubble ponytail

The bubble ponytail is a super fun hairstyle to go for, and it's also pretty simple to recreate. It's also a great hairstyle as it's suitable for all hair types. We've seen Tika Sumpter and Kendall Jenner rocking this look, so how can you recreate it?


  • Prep your hair by brushing through it to tease out any tangles. If you have particularly fine or flat hair, consider adding a texturising/volumising product like the Bed Head by TIGI Small Talk Hair Volumising Cream. 
  • Then, brush your hair back, gather it at the nape of your neck, and secure it with a gentle hair tie.
  • Take time to smooth and secure any baby hairs or flyaways. 
  • Now it's time to create your bubbles! Approximately 1 inch down your ponytail, tease the sides of your hair to create a slightly rounded shape and secure this with a hair tie.
  • Repeat step three in one-inch increments down the length of your ponytail. 
  • Accessorise your bubble pony however you like. Some opt to keep it simple, while others like to embellish it with detailed hair clips or patterned hair ties.

TOP TIP: Leave a piece of hair (or a few pieces) out of your ponytail and wrap this around your hair ties, securing them with bobby pins, once you've finished your bubble pony. 

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Accessorising your low ponytail

There are lots of great ways to accessorize your low ponytail. The looks and possibilities are endless, and accessorizing a simple low pony is a great way to personalise your hairstyle.

Products like Invisibobbles and Popbands are a fun, gentle twist on the traditional hair band. These can come in a variety of shades, sizes, and styles, and allow you to secure your ponytail while minimising any pulling on your hair.

Other soft hair tie options like scrunchies or hair ribbons are also a great way to enhance your simple ponytail and make it a bit more playful. When trying out the retro low ponytail, I love to opt for a colourful hair scarf to really capture the vintage feel that I'm going for; while opting for a silk scrunchie when experimenting with the clean-girl low ponytail is a great way to add a bit of personality to the look. 

Don't forget, comb slides and hair clips are also a great way to inject a bit more fun and personality into your low ponytail, and can even elevate an everyday ponytail into something more elegant or playful.

Hair extensions are a great way to add a bit of extra oomph to your low ponytail. They can instantly add length and thickness. Our Body Wave Ponytail is a great way to add length, texture, and volume to your low ponytail, and can be a great accessory choice. 

So, there you have it, three ways to style your low ponytail. The key to finding your perfect ponytail is experimenting, playing with different styles and accessories, and remembering to have fun with it! The low ponytail can be just as playful as the high ponytail, and the possibilities are endless. 

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