15 Ways to Rock a Side Ponytail Like a Celebrity

Leah Faye Cooper
15 Ways to Rock a Side Ponytail Like a Celebrity
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As we’re all well aware, the side ponytail was one of the prevailing hair trends of the ’80s. Many were happy to see it go (along with curly perms and crimping) but its recent resurgence is a testament to it’s everlasting appeal. Today’s variations are bold, sleek, tousled, and in some cases, dare we say, sophisticated. We understand if you’re hesitant to try the style, but that we’d never lead you astray (or suggest a look reminiscent of a prom photo circa 1985). Trust us? Good. Now grab your hair products and try these celeb-inspired side ponytail ideas—there’s definitely one for you.

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Channel Salma Hayek's style with loose braids, which add texture and volume to the side ponytail look.

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Instead of fastening all of your hair with a band, consider securing a few loose pieces with bobby pins like Charlize Theron. The result? A slightly edgy style that works for any occasion.

Got bangs? Take a cue from Kerry Washington and sweep them to the opposite side of your ponytail for a beautiful, balanced hairstyle.

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Achieve a romantic look similar to Nicole Kidman's by tousling your roots and loosely securing your strands with a ribbon.

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Victoria Beckham's sleek pony is actually secured in the back; drama—and great style—comes by way of pulling it around one shoulder and leaving a few pieces of hair out to frame the face.

If you're skeptical about being able to pull off a ponytail on top of your head, please refer to this picture of Beyoncé. It can be done with stunning results.

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A diagonal side part and waves create this fun Kristin Chenoweth style. Get a similar look by spritzing your hair with a dry texture spray.

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A French braid swooped into a side ponytail? Yes, Jessica Alba. Yes.

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For a casual look, opt for an off-center part like Leslie Mann's.

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Alessandra Ambrosio's take on the style—a tube-like wrapping of her own hair to secure her ponytail—is one of our favorites.

Slightly messy is a good thing when trying this style, as displayed by Louise Roe's not-so-perfect part and loose, face-framing tendril.

It looks like Anne Heche pinned her hair to fall in various directions, giving her side ponytail some enviable dimension.  

A dramatic side swoop does the trick when going for a glamorous, Amy Poehler-like feel.

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Twisted at the crown and cascading to one side, Ava DuVernay's locs are ethereal.

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Yes, a side ponytail can be sophisticated, as proven by Pia Wurtzbach's deeply-parted and slicked-down 'do.

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