23 Trending Low Ponytail Hairstyles + Step-by-Step Tutorial

Updated on December 6, 2023
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    23 Trending Low Ponytail Hairstyles + Step-by-Step Tutorial

    If you put aside the fact that a low ponytail kinda looks like a peruke – aka the white wigs British people wear in parliament – it is actually a super cute and reliable hairstyle.

    We fear we may have scared you with the peruke comment, but rest assured, you will not look like a British parliament member wearing a strange white wig, rather you’ll look super hip and cool. Even if we did list the peruke as one of the many styles we plan to show you (which we don’t), there are plenty of other low ponytail styles, so you’d find one that’s stylish and suited to your personality.

    How To Do A Low Ponytail

    Let’s start with the basics, shall we? The classic low ponytail is a versatile and timeless look that can be easily achieved in just a few simple steps.

    Step #1

    Begin by brushing your hair to make it smooth and tangle-free. This step is crucial as it ensures that your ponytail will look sleek and polished.

    Step #2

    Once your hair is brushed, gather all of it at the nape of your neck. Use your hands or a comb to make sure that there are no loose strands or bumps. This will give your low ponytail a neat and put-together appearance.

    Step #3

    Now, it’s time to secure your ponytail. Wrap a hair tie around the gathered hair at the nape of your neck. Make sure to pull it tight enough to hold your hair in place but not so tight that it causes discomfort. If you have thick or heavy hair, you may want to use a stronger hair tie or even two hair ties to ensure that your ponytail stays in place throughout the day.

    Step #4

    To add a touch of elegance to your low ponytail, take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie to conceal it. This simple step instantly elevates the look and gives it a more polished finish. Secure the wrapped strand with a bobby pin, making sure it is hidden and secure.

    Low Braided Ponytail

    A low ponytail is one thing, but a low braided ponytail is a whole new ballpark. We mean, come on, just look at how cute it is. Plus, despite looking kinda intricate, it’s pretty simple to braid hair and even easier to braid a ponytail.

    There are a few options for you to try out in terms of braid styles, such as:

    Low Ponytail With Weave

    For those craving extra length and volume, a low ponytail with weave is the perfect solution. It doesn’t matter what you choose, a weave that matches your natural hair color or a vibrant hue, the possibilities are endless. Begin by creating a low ponytail with your natural hair. Then, attach the weave using hair pins or clips to seamlessly blend it with your own hair. This style not only adds length but also allows you to experiment with different textures and colors without any commitment.

    Low Ponytail on Black Hair

    Black hair lends itself beautifully to a low ponytail. The sleek and polished look of black hair couples beautifully with the similar nature of the low ponytail. In our opinion, we think black hair looks best straight. That said, start by straightening your hair with a flat iron for a smooth and silky finish. Then, secure your hair at the nape of your neck with a hair tie. To go the extra mile, wrap a thin section of hair around the hair tie, securing it with a bobby pin.

    Low Sleek Ponytail

    We’ve all been there – it’s day four of your hair; it needs a wash desperately, but time is not on your hands. Well, do we ever have a solution for you – a low sleek ponytail? This great style allows you to embrace your greasy hair for one more day without making it look like a disaster.

    However, we will say sleeking the hair back is an art, but we can show you how to create the masterpiece in the chart below.

    First, the tools you’ll need to achieve the low sleek ponytail:

    1. Boar bristle brush
    2. Hair gel
    3. Slick stick
    4. Hair tie
    5. Hair spray

    Now for the magic.

    Steps to Achieve the Low Sleek Ponytail Description
    Brush the hair First you want to make sure your hair is tangle-free and ready to be pulled back.
    Gathering the hair Once it’s detangled, you want to brush the hair back as you gather it at the nape of the neck.
    Add the gel Most people think that you want to add the gel after your hair is tied back, but that is not the case. Add the gel in before, it helps to slick it back. Use the bristle brush to help you flatten the hair on the head and pull it to the back.
    Tie it up Once you have your hair secured in your hand at the nape of the neck and it’s flat and perfect on the scalp, secure it with a hair tie.
    Time for the slick stick Now that your hair is tied back, if there are still a few flyaways and it needs a tiny bit more cleaning up, take a slick stick and run it over those pesky flyaways to secure it back down.
    Spray it up This step isn’t 100% necessary since you already have lots of products, but you can use hair spray to give your hair some shine and ensure everything is really stuck in place.

    Middle Part Low Ponytail

    If you don’t have a middle part, not to be rude, but what the heck are you doing?! The middle part is where it’s at in the hair world, and it’s about time you hop on the trend. That said, the middle part low ponytail is a classic choice that never goes out of style.

    This hairstyle is all about balance and symmetry, and here’s how to do it:

    1. Begin by parting your hair down the middle, ensuring it is perfectly centered.
    2. Then, gather your hair at the nape of your neck, making sure it sits at an equal distance from both sides of the part.
    3. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie, and you’re good to go!

    There you have it, simple, easy, and totally fetch – if you get the reference, you can sit with us.

    Low Afro Ponytail

    If you have afro-textured hair, don’t worry – a low ponytail variation celebrates your natural beauty. The low afro ponytail hones in on the fullness and volume of afro hair while still keeping it sleek and stylish. The key to this look is moisturizing your strands. Healthy strands are happy strands, and happy strands are stunning strands.

    Side Part Low Ponytail

    The side part low ponytail is a trendy but still classic twist on the low ponytail. This well-rounded style can instantly add a touch of oomph to your overall look. Begin by creating a deep side part on either side of your head, depending on your preference. Then, gather your hair at the nape of your neck, making sure it sits low and slightly to the side. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie, and you have an asymmetrical low ponytail that is bound to turn heads.

    Low Messy Ponytail

    We stand with the messy “just woke up like this” look and we support it so much that we have added in a low messy ponytail style for you to check out. Despite looking like it took you a matter of seconds to toss your hair into a low ponytail even before you stepped foot off your bed, this style can actually take some work.

    A few products you might want to have on hand for achieving the low messy ponytail are:

    • Texture spray
    • A comb – for teasing the hair
    • Sea salt spray
    • Dry shampoo
    • Volumizing spray

    Frontal Low Ponytail

    The frontal low ponytail is a modern style that is all about emphasizing your stunning facial features. Begin by brushing your hair backward to create a smooth and polished look. Then, gather your hair at the front of your head, slightly above your forehead, securing it with a hair tie. This style gives the illusion of a lifted face and elongates your neck, instantly enhancing your overall appearance.

    Low Ponytail Short Hair

    Who says you need long locks to rock a low ponytail? Even with short hair, you can achieve a low practical, and fashionable ponytail. Begin by gathering all of your hair at the nape of your neck, and securing it with a hair tie. Since you are tying it relatively low down, all your hair at the back of the head should fit into the hair elastic. However, some of the short front pieces might not. So, you have two choices here, use a bobby pin and secure them back, or let them lay loose and frame the face.

    Loose Low Ponytail

    If you prefer a more relaxed and casual look, the loose low ponytail is ideal. This style is all about effortlessness and embracing your natural texture. Begin by loosely gathering your hair at the nape of your neck, allowing a few strands to fall softly around your face. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie, making sure to keep it loose to maintain that laid-back vibe.

    Low Genie Ponytail

    Low Genie PonytailInstagram@rhmhairPIN

    The low genie ponytail is a playful and whimsical style that adds a touch of magic to your look. Begin by gathering your hair at the nape of your neck, and securing it with a hair tie. Then, take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie to conceal it. You can accessorize the ponytail with a colorful scarf or ribbon to enhance the genie-inspired look.

    Low Swoop Ponytail

    If you want to elevate your style game, the low swoop ponytail is probably your best bet. This style is all about creating a sleek but still romantic look perfect for every day or a hot date. Think low ponytail at the back, and the front, a big swoop of hair that is gelled down to the scalp. Check out the image above for more reference if you’re still lost.

    Slicked Back Low Ponytail

    Slicked Back Low PonytailInstagram@nfmhairPIN

    If you’re in the mood for a professional yet striking look, the slicked-back low ponytail is your hairstyle. This style screams confidence and power, making a statement wherever you go. Begin by applying a generous amount of gel or styling cream to your hair, slicking it back towards the nape of your neck. Gather your hair tightly and secure it with a hair tie. To keep the look polished and neat, ensure no stray hairs or bumps.

    Long Low Ponytail

    If you’re blessed with long and flowing locks, why not show them off with a long low ponytail? This style not only showcases your gorgeous hair but also elongates your neck, creating a slender and graceful silhouette.

    Low Ponytail With Two Strands In Front

    Show off your bangs with this low ponytail with two strands in front. Basically, two strands are just referring to curtain bangs, since it looks like you have two strands of hair on either side of your face. If you like the sounds of this look but don’t have curtain bangs, what are you doing still reading this, call the salon and book an appointment.

    Dutch Braid Into Low Ponytail

    Go for something that reminds you of middle school when you and your friends used to braid each other’s hair with the Dutch braid into a low ponytail style. Simply it’s just a Dutch braid that flows from the crown of your head all the way down and into your ponytail.

    Stitch Braids Low Ponytail

    The stitch braids low ponytail is a unique and stylish variation of a weave and or cornrows that adds a touch of individuality to your look. This style is perfect for those who want to experiment with different braiding techniques and create a standout look. This is a great style if your braids get in the way and you just want them out of your face for a day.

    Low Ponytail Curly Hair

    If you’re blessed with curly hair, show off those beautiful natural locks with a low ponytail. This style allows your curls to shine and adds a touch of beauty to your overall look.

    Here’s how to do it in a low curly hair ponytail:

    • Begin by moisturizing and detangling your hair to prepare it for styling.
    • Then, gather your curls at the nape of your neck, securing them with a hair tie.
    • To enhance the natural texture, you can gently pull on a few strands near your face to create face-framing curls.

    Low Bun Ponytail

    Here we have a favorite – the low bun ponytail, a chic twist on a traditional favorite. This style starts as a low ponytail, but then you twist it around and secure it with bobby pins into a bun. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually super simple, and we’re sure you will love it if you try it out.

    If you want to know how to achieve this style check out the guide below:

    1. Start by gathering your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
    2. Secure it with a hair tie, ensuring it’s nice and tight. Next, split the ponytail into two equal sections and twist each section.
    3. Take one twisted section and wrap it around the hair tie, securing it with bobby pins as you go.
    4. Repeat this step with the other section, intertwining the twists to create a stunning low bun.
    5. Finish off with a spritz of hairspray to keep everything in place.

    Low Puff Ponytail

    If you’re in the mood for some volume and drama, the low puff ponytail is the way to go. This style is all about the puff, and poof, of a low puff ponytail. To get the drama of the low puff ponytail, think of teasing and lots of volumizing products to ensure you get it just right.

    Low Ponytail Bubble Braid

    Get bubbly with this low ponytail bubble braid. It looks and sounds complicated, but we promise it’s anything but. Honestly, all it takes are a few extra hair ties sporadically throughout your ponytail, and bam, just like that you have a cute trendy bubble ponytail. And it gets better. You can do this on a braided ponytail as well! Just braid a section and then add a hair tie, braid another section, and add a hair tie. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

    Go With The Low Ponytail Flow

    The low ponytail is a hairstyle that can be reinvented in countless ways. You could go for a low bun ponytail, a low puff ponytail, or a low ponytail bubble braid, each variation offers its unique charm you don’t want to miss out on. So, the next time you’re in need of an effortless look, give one of these styles a try. You’ll be amazed at how a simple ponytail can transform your entire appearance.