Ponytail Extensions for Thin Hair? Turn your thin pony into an Insta-worthy up-do with ponytail extensions

by Hope Donaldson
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The Best Ponytails For Thin Hair? Here's everything you need to know...

Your thin hair should never hold you back from the hair style of your dreams. Want that perfect up-do? Go for it!  Keep reading to find out more…

I have thin hair and not much of it - that’s a fact. And whilst clip-in hair extensions seem like a magic fix to all my hair problems, there isn’t a lot of information about how best to use them for my hair type.

Ponytails are constantly all over my social media feeds, but quite like you, when I go to pull one up… well, there’s nothing there. My roots are flat and the actual pony? It’s thin, flat and lifeless.

The answer to this problem seems to be ponytail extensions, but can I use them? How do I use them? How do I make them feel more secure? Like they’re not just going to fall out of my head and leave me in a puddle of embarrassment? That’s what this blog is going to tell you.

At Stranded Hair Group, we are committed to making our customers feel like their most confident selves, regardless of what hair type they may have. Many Stranded customers report to have two or more of our extensions and we like to call that a drawer full of instant, clip-in confidence!

Keep reading to find out how you can turn your thin pony into an Insta-worthy up-do with ponytail extensions…

  • Can I use ponytail extensions if I have thin hair?
  • What length ponytail is best for thin hair?
  • What weight ponytail is best for thin hair?
  • Which attachment style is best for thin hair?

Can I use ponytail extensions if I have thin hair?


Ponytail extensions are a great way to add length and volume, even if you struggle with having particularly thin hair! Temporary ponytails and buns are actually safer to use for thin hair than other temporary extensions, as they are often lighter in weight and have a larger surface area to attach onto - preventing tension damage.

What length ponytail is best for thin hair?

So the short answer? Whatever length you want!

The great benefit of ponytail extensions is that the length or condition of your natural hair doesn’t play a part in what length you need to choose for your extensions. Ponytail extensions are very easily disguisable in your natural hair and require little blending.

When purchasing a ponytail, the only thing you will have to consider is ensuring that the extensions are the same length or longer than your natural pony. You can do this very easily, by yourself, by tying your natural hair in a ponytail and measuring the length from hair tie to end.

Stranded’s ponytail extensions come in 16”, 20”, 24” and 26”, meaning you have a wide variety of lengths to choose from. From natural tresses to Rapunzel-esque, even with thin hair, your ponytail length is up to you!

Going to major lengths for your next up-do? Check out our 26” Wrapped Around Body Wave Ponytail (RRP £30). Available in up to 32 multidimensional shades for your perfect colour match, the Body Wave is pre-styled and made of Stranded Clever Fibre. Our synthetic fibres are natural-looking, heat resistant up to 180℃ and moulded to hold their wave pattern.

TOP TIP: Use hair pins to help secure either the wrap or drawstring around the base of your natural ponytail

What weight ponytail is best for thin hair?

Our best answer is to look at how much hair you have in your natural ponytail.

When you have thin hair, you are typically prone to styling, heat and tension damage. Whilst all temporary extensions aim to limit the risk of styling and heat damage, their weight can apply tension to the natural hair and cause breakage.

Ponytail extensions, however, pose less risk of tension damage as they weigh less than your typical clip-in extension, they have larger attachment methods to hold onto your hair and a larger surface area to be placed onto. Stranded ponytails range from 170 to 204 grams, depending on their length, style and attachment method.

If you have thin hair and not much of it, we’d recommend a lighter weight. Stranded’s lightest weight, 170 grams, comes in 2 styles and lengths: 16” Medium Flicky Clip-in Ponytail (RRP £26) and 20” Long Straight Clip-in Ponytail (RRP £28). Both products are pre-styled, made of Stranded Clever Fibre and come in up to 32 multidimensional colours to choose from.

However, if you have thin hair but a head-full, you should have no issues pushing the boat out with a heavier weight. Why not check out our 24” Wand Wave Clip-in Ponytail (RRP £30), which weighs 198 grams? Like all our ponytails, the Wand Wave is made of Stranded Clever Fibres, pre-styled and comes in up to 32 shades for the perfect colour match.

Which attachment style is best for thin hair?

At Stranded, we have multiple attachment styles to choose from, giving you options for your most comfortable fit - regardless of the thickness or thinness of your natural hair. Some methods may work better for thin hair than others, however, with the right technique, you shouldn’t have an issue using any.

Securing your ponytail extension is all about the method you use and what extra support you put in place to keep it there, especially if you have thin hair!

Clip-in ponytail extensions

Stranded’s clip-in ponytail extensions come with two different attachment styles - a bulldog clip and a drawstring.

How can I make this feel more secure?

The bulldog clip works to simply open up and then let the large tooth grips close above the base of your natural ponytail. If you have thin hair, but a lot of it, using this method should be enough security to hold the ponytail extension in place. This is also the quickest method for all Stranded ponytails.

The drawstring, on the other hand, is pulled and tightened around the base of your natural ponytail - next to your hair tie. Many Stranded customers feel that the drawstring provides more security when holding the ponytail extension in place. If you prefer to just use the drawstring method, the bulldog clip is removable from the extension.

To make the drawstring method feel even more secure, we have two different hair hacks. First, if you have fine hair and not much of it, you can tie your natural hair in a very tight, small bun and tighten the drawstring around that. Second, you can secure the drawstring with hairpins pushed between the string, all around the base of the natural pony or bun.

Wrapped around ponytail extensions

Stranded’s wrapped around ponytail extensions work completely differently to clip-in ponytails. This method involves a strip of small clips, known as a comb, and a long piece of hair with velcro.

How can I make this feel more secure?

First, you would tie your natural hair into a ponytail. You would then place the comb at the top and push it into the natural hair. To check the security of the comb, give your head a small shake to ensure the comb isn’t coming loose. Then, with slight tension, wrap the long piece of hair around the whole pony, sticking the velcro down.

For women with thin hair, you should wrap the piece of hair tightly around the ponytail and secure the extension with multiple hairpins around the base - the more pins in place, the more secure it will feel! You can also use a holding product, such as gel or hairspray, to freeze the wrap in place (though this should be washed out carefully after use).

To make the wrap method feel even more secure, if you have fine hair but little of it, you can tie your natural hair into a small, tight bun. You would then push the comb around the base of the bun, above the hair tie, before wrapping the long piece of hair around it.

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So what now?

You came to this article because, like me, you feel limited by your thin hair when it comes to creating the perfect, celeb-inspired ponytail. You want your up-do to make you feel powerful and confident, but you’re just not quite sure how to get there with ponytail extensions.

Since reading this blog, you have learnt that ponytail extensions are a great way to elevate your thin natural hair, with advice on what length, weight and attachment style to use for additional security. So, if I’m guessing right, you’re ready for more?

But what more?

Stranded ladies are repeat offenders on our website, with most customers claiming to have two or more of our products. Why? Well, because Stranded’s renowned quality and commitment to making women feel confident is what keeps our patrons coming back for more.

We want our thin-haired girlies to be a part of this confidence movement and to get the pony effect we see all over social media! This blog has shown you that your hair type doesn’t limit you to having the ponytail of your dreams, just like mine didn’t.

Shop our extensive ponytail range and get back into the saddle!

Stranded ponytail extensions come in a range of five different styles, giving you the option to match any look you’re going for. We have great variations of lengths, from 16 to 24 inches, and weights ranging from 170 to 204 grams.

All of our ponytails are available in up to 32 multidimensional shades for that perfect, natural-looking colour match and are always made of our Stranded Clever Fibre for ultimate hold, realism and heat protection up to 180℃.

Shop our Clip-in Ponytail Extensions for strong security, with the drawstring and bulldog clip attachment methods or our Wrapped Around Ponytail Extensions for comb and velcro security, made for additional glam!

Still a little nervous?

I get it! I’m the worst when it comes to digesting everything I could possibly read about a product before purchasing. Luckily, our Stranded Blog is the perfect place for information-seekers like us!

Check out our ponytail blog collection, including ‘How to Wear a Ponytail Extension (And Everything Else You Need to Know)’, ‘How to Make Your Ponytail Look Fuller’ and ‘How Long Do Ponytail Extensions Last?’.