How to Use Ponytail Extensions

by Genae Valecia Hinesman ; Updated September 28, 2017

A ponytail hair extension can add versatility to your hairstyles. Most "ponys" are attached to your hair with two or more clip-in combs and may include a hidden drawstring for added security. Those made with human hair tend to be more expensive, but allow greater options in styling than those created with synthetic fibers. Both the color and the texture of the ponytail extension should be closely matched to your own hair for the most natural look possible, and a wide variety of lengths are available. Ponytail extensions can be invaluable accessories when you are short on time and having trouble convincing your hair to behave. They are also a great way to change your look for a special occasion. Depending on how they are worn, they may look elegant or casual, and can be put in your hair in less than one minute.

Select a ponytail extension in the length you prefer, making sure that the color and texture closely match your own hair.

Comb or brush your hair thoroughly. Gather your hair together with an elastic band. If your hair is mid-length or longer, tuck the ends of your hair into the elastic band, forming either a small loop or a bun.

Use gel or spray to control wispy "flyaways" or shorter hair around your face or nape that may escape the elastic.

Remove the ponytail extension from its packaging and locate the clips inside (and the drawstring, if included). Position the ponytail so that one clip or comb attachment is above, and the other is beneath, the elastic that holds your own hair in place.

Gently push the comb attachments into place behind the elastic band that holds your hair. If a drawstring is attached, pull the drawstring until the ponytail extension cinches snugly against your head. Slide the small plastic "grip" on the drawstring down toward your head and tuck the string inside the base of the ponytail where it won't be seen.


  • Have fun with different looks. In addition to changing the length, or switching between straight and curly looks, you can discover new styles. For example, part your hair in the middle and wear two identical ponytails for a playful look. You can also braid the ponytail instead of leaving it loose. Another great option is to coil the ponytail into a chignon for a more formal appearance. Some people like to separate an inch-wide lock of hair from the ponytail in order to wrap it tightly around the base, securing it underneath with hairpins *see photo). In addition, decorative bands can be used to further personalize your hairstyle.

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Genae Valecia Hinesman, former banking executive, entrepreneur and fashion model, began writing professionally in 2002. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied business, finance and exercise physiology. Her articles featured in Living Healthy: 360, Life 123, the American Chronicle and Yahoo Voices.