Ponytail Hairstyles: A-List Inspiration

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The ponytail is back in a big way, with everyone from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner rocking one.

No longer just the perfect off-duty hairstyle, ponytails are now a red carpet favourite.

You can experiment with endless ponytail styles, depending on your mood and outfit – think high pony, low pony and even a side pony if you’re wearing something one shouldered.

So how to do a ponytail? Use a tailcomb for a precise scraped-back look or pull back with your fingers for a more effortless style.

If you’re going all-out with a glamorous outfit, a cool, relaxed pony will create some balance.

Pretty much any hair length can wear a pony too thanks to the amazing ponytail hairpieces you can find to fake it. Look to Rita Ora for inspiration. Clip-in ponytails are the instant shortcut to swishing a luxurious mane behind you.

Choose from a mid-length pony to uber-long but make sure you get a good colour match with your natural hair tone. For a seamless look, take a piece of hair from the false pony length and wrap around your hairband.

If you’d rather go au naturel but want to create volume, make a deep side parting and swoop your hair across your forehead to divert attention away from fine, wispy ends.

Use your ponytail to flatter your face shape. To achieve a ponytail to suit a square face choose a messy, textured look. Loose soft pieces around the front of your face will stop a defined jawline looking less severe.

To create a ponytail for a round face, the higher you go, the better. Emphasising height at the crown of your head balances out the roundness in cheeks.

More ponytail tricks? Create a slight bouffant at the front of your ponytail to create the illusion of height if you’re on the petite side.

Upgrade your favourite gym style with accessories if you want to seriously amp up your ponytail. Embellished hairpieces were all over the AW15 catwalks.

If you need any hairspiration, check out our favourite celeb ponytails to try at home…