There are so many ways to style and update your hairstyle.  Some are so simple you might not even think about them.



(Photo: Free People)

1. Long ponytail: Looking for a way to lengthen your hair without the wait? This trick is taken from the Free People blog. Simply divide your hair into a top half and a bottom half. Tie the top pony tail tightly, and clip it so it’s out of your way. Then, take the rest of your hair on the bottom and tie that pony tail tightly. Once you have your two ponytails, take the top half and fluff your hair so that it covers your bottom ponytail. This is a great trick for those who have thick hair, as it is necessary to hide the second ponytail with the top ponytail.



2. Boho Chic Braids: This is great for when you’re on your way to the beach and need a little extra fair in your hair. This is perfect for all hair types, and even it good if your hair is prone to humidity-induced frizziness. Simply make two small braids — one on each side of your head above your ears. Tie them with a tiny holder (you can get them at Forever 21 for $2.80 or your local drug store). Then, tie your hair into a ponytail, and let the braids show beautifully. If you want to add a little extra, try braiding some of the strands that have been tied back!



(Photo: Free People)

3. Bobby pins and ponytails: Another favorite from the Free People blog, this one takes some patience and a little practice, but it’s a unique and interesting way to hold back your hair without a hair tie! Simply take sections of your hair from each side, and layer them in the back of your hair. Hold that with 3 fingers (so you have room to work with the bobby pins). Then, take care to carefully pin those layers in place, making sure that you’re including the hair behind it to make sure it stays. Keep practicing until it’s tight! You can always take the hair that’s flowing on the sides and tie it with a beautifully colored elastic tie–this way you won’t have to make the bobby pins as tight.





4. Low and soft pony tail: Start by making sure you have your hair parted evenly on the top of you head (make sure you start this with dry hair!). Gather the hair at the nap of your neck and twist it to one side and secure it with a elastic tie. Separate your ponytail into two sections. Using a curling iron, curl the ends. Make sure you use your curling iron parallel to your face, as it gives you soft curls. Spritz on some dry shampoo to finish the look.



(Photo: Cup of Jo)

5. The Ponytail Twist: This is taken from a lovely blog called A Cup of Jo. This is easy, fun, and works with even the thinnest of hair. Split your hair into two sections, straight down the back but off center (about 3/4). You want one large section, and then one smaller section that’s about an inch or two away from your ear. Take the larger section and make a ponytail, securing tightly with a rubber band. Once you’ve done that, twist the smaller section away from your face. Make the twist as tight as you can, so it doesn’t become too loose later on. Wrap the twisted section over the top of the ponytail and around to the bottom. Pin the twisted wrap in place. I like to use lots of rubberized bobby pins to make it really secure. After you’ve secured the twist with enough pins, let it untwist and blend in with the rest of your ponytail.



What do you think of these hairstyles? Do they work with your hair type? Which ones are you favorites? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!