Ponytail Hairstyles for African American Women

Ponytail with Voluminous Curls - 3

I’m excited to talk about ponytail hairstyles and I believe that every black woman out there feels the same why. Why? Well, for one, ponytails can be rocked by any black woman of any shape, of any age, for any occasion and with any kind of hair type. Hair type? Really? Yes. Let me tell you all about it.

Your hair has to be long or of medium length for you to tie it into a ponytail hairstyle but that does not mean that those with short hair cannot get a pony tail too. It’s simple, get hair extensions or get braids. Hair extensions will create long, lustrous hair in an instant and will also create volume for those with short hair. They will immaculately give you a ponytail to die for. For those with braids, you can wear your pony high, low or even mid height.

Among the many reasons why ponytail hairstyles are great is the fact that they are suitable for any occasion. Whether you are attending a formal occasion or a casual one, you will still find a perfect ponytail hairstyle suitable for that occasion. And don’t worry about the shape of your face (oval, heart, etc.), you can find a ponytail hairstyle that will suit you as there are many styles to choose from which include curly, voluminous or straight.

Another great plus is that you can add color to your hair so as to add some fun to your whole look. I’ve listed 10 greatest ponytail hairstyles for African American women that you can go for.

#1. Posh Ponytail Hairstyles

This is a posh ponytail that is sleek as well, which best suits straightened, long hair. It has long side bangs which can add length to your face. This means that it will suit all face shapes. You can use hair gel to smooth your hair into a high ponytail and a curling iron to style the bangs.

Posh Ponytail Hairstyles for African American Women

Posh Ponytail Hairstyles for African American Women

#2. Side Ponytail Hairstyles

All you will need to do in order to achieve this look is to neatly comb your hair backwards, but to the side. After you have smoothed out your hair, tie it into a ponytail (to create an asymmetric style). You can choose to leave it straight or you can use bobby pins or hair clips to hold it together for a different look. To add a bit of sophistication, make your hair color two-tone. This is a great look for those formal occasions or when you are going for dinner.

Side Ponytail Hairstyle

Side Ponytail Hairstyle

#3. Braided Pony

This is the simplest of the ponytails hairstyles to style at home. It will work with box braids, twists or dreads. You simply gather your braids or dreads into a ponytail. You can wear your pony high, mid height or on the side. The Knowles sisters, Beyoncé and Solange, have perfectly and comfortably rocked their braided ponytails in recent times. I think this hairstyle is very casual and screams boho chic. Go ahead and give it a try.

Braided Pony Hairstyle

Braided Pony Hairstyle

#4. Ponytail with Voluminous Curls

This ponytail looks sophisticated and highly chic. To create this terrific look, gather your flowing, silky waves at the back into a ponytail. You may want to add curly, long extensions to add volume to your pony.

Ponytail with Voluminous Curls

Ponytail with Voluminous Curls

#5. High Pony for Relaxed Hair

This is perhaps the perfect ponytail hairstyle for all relaxed hair lengths. If you have shorter hair, you simply need to add gel to hold the hair together and add straight extensions for the pony. Pull your hair back neatly and tie it high. Please note the pony has to be tied high enough so that hair falls around your face.  The look is perfect for formal occasions and special events.

High Pony for Relaxed Hair

High Pony for Relaxed Hair

#6. Low Ponytail with Bangs

This is an effortless ponytail hairstyle that does not even require you to visit the salon to get it done. You can decide to keep the hair straight or to create curls. Simply comb your hair back, gathering it at the back to create a ponytail. Your bangs should be flowing to the side to keep the hair off the face. This hairstyle is perfect for both day and night occasions.

Low Ponytail with Bangs

Low Ponytail with Bangs

#7. Natural Curls

The natural, curly ponytail is, again, very easy to create. It is a very casual look that has a summer/spring feel to it, and can even be switched up for evening events. If you have naturally curly hair, this is the ponytail for you. Simply loosely pull it to the back, and let your ponytail sit at mid height.

Natural Curls for African American

Natural Curls for African American

#8. Mohawk Ponytail

This will work really well with relaxed hair. Remember that the hair at the top of the head should be higher than the hair at the sides of the head. So, to achieve this sleek look, apply gel to the hair at the sides so it lays flat against your head and bring it to the back, at mid height. Create volume at the top of the head and gather the rest of the hair at the back to create a ponytail.

Mohawk Ponytail

Mohawk Ponytail

#9. Natural, Kinky Pony

This is my favorite out of this list. Pity, my hair is relaxed. The natural, kinky pony hairstyle is for my African American sisters with natural, kinky hair. Yes, you can rock a fabulous ponytail too. This hairstyle is great for formal and casual events, and beautiful for weddings too. To keep your hair beautiful, always condition and shampoo more often and moisturize every day. Simply pull your hair back, gathering it at mid height to create a pony and you are good to go. For a springy look, add a flower on the side. (Curly vs Kinky? Do you know what is the difference? Take a look this site http://blackgirllonghair.com/2011/08/curly-vs-kinky-whats-the-difference/)

Natural, Kinky Pony

Natural, Kinky Pony

#10. Cornrowed Ponytail

A ponytail added to cornrows is yet another simple ponytail hairstyle that is great for all occasions. Cornrows, on their own, are a great hairstyle and adding a ponytail brings sophistication to the whole look. You need to get any style of cornrows. Only make sure that they are extending towards the back, at mid height. Next, add extensions to create a ponytail, which can be curly or just straight. If you prefer, bring the ponytail to the side.

Cornrowed Ponytail Hairstyle

Cornrowed Ponytail Hairstyle

 

Don’t wear the same ponytail hairstyle throughout the year, try out new styles and if you have suggestions or questions, please please leave a comment below. xoxo

 

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