Growing up, I’d always be pumped whenever my mom would let me get box braids or cornrows. She’d leave them in for as long as possible, especially during the summer, because it was cheaper than going to the salon every two or three weeks. My long-hair-don’t-care days were always fun (especially if I had beads at the end!), but I’d be worried about what to do with my hair after the plaits came out. It’d be too fragile for heat styling or a fresh relaxer, and I didn’t want to get in the habit of back-to-back braid installation.
Oh, how I wish that I had these YouTube tutorials back then. It’s no secret that a good ponytail is a foolproof way to slay — and these protective styles ahead can also hold you over until the next time you’re ready for a new sew-in or braids. See them, ahead.
YouTuber Schaelove took inspiration from Yara Shahidi for this look — bobby pin ladder and all.
Neal Farinah said that Beyoncé’s whip-like braid “has its own hair-ography”… so why not do your own choreo? Jas Gabrielle’s tutorial only requires two packs of synthetic hair.
There’s something about a good swoop ponytail that just calls for big, ’90s-style gold hoop earrings. Disclaimer: This hairstyle requires a lot of flat ironing, so if heat isn’t your thing, check out the ones ahead!
#TeamNatural, this one’s for you. To make your base as sleek as possible, try your pony on three day-old hair — and pile on the gel.
Again, gel is the name of the game for this low braid. This blogger is a fan of Got2b Ultra Glued Styling Gel for her edges, too.
All it takes is crochet hair and a latch hook to form this curly ponytail bun, which can hold you over for at least five days.
While singing SZA’s music in the mirror, you can also wear your hair like her s. Just watch this tutorial.
If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait overnight for your gelled-down base to dry, here’s a trick: Tie your scarf around it (tightly!), and blow-dry the perimeter until it’s set.
If you want to get your 4C hair into a slicked back ponytail, the key is working in sections. Nikki Elizabeth used Eco Style Gel, edge control, and a hard-bristle toothbrush to thoroughly slick her strands back into a curly ponytail.
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