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Up, down, left, right – Where should you wear your ponytail?

Ah, the ponytail, the most revered and adored of hairstyles by women across the globe. Easy and straightforward, most women can tie their hair back in a ponytail before they can read a chapter book. Still, there may be some things you didn’t know about a ponytail that can make this bad hair day classic flatter you even more.

The shape of your face is a defining factor in where your ponytail should be. While you can throw your hair up any old way to hit the gym or lounge around on the weekend, try these face shape-based tricks when you want to rock a particularly pretty pony to work or on a date.

Square or rectangle face

A ponytail that balances and softens the chiseled angles is most flattering for women with square or rectangle shaped faces. Allow shorter, wispy pieces to hang out around your face for a soft, romantic vibe. Wearing a loose pony with a center part and plenty of soft, loose curls is the perfect way to balance strong angles.

Round face

If your face is round, you want to steer away from a slicked-back ponytail, since it will accentuate the roundness of your entire head. However, it is a good idea to wear a high ponytail to elongate your features. Build some height by teasing a section of hair in the front and pinning it into a loose, casual bouffant before pulling the rest of your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head.

Heart shaped face

Heart-shaped faces have a unique combination of narrow and wide measurements, and the wrong type of ponytail can make your face look too pointed at the chin. The best place for a ponytail for heart-shaped faces is mid-height, directly back behind your ears. This will open your face without drawing too much attention to any one feature. Side-swept bangs can also help counter-balance wide foreheads.

Oval faces

Oval faces can wear essentially any type of ponytail, since no part of their features is extreme. However, because of this, it might be a good idea to do something a little edgy with your pony. Why not wear it swept to the side, or add a braid to mix up the texture.

No matter where you wear your ponytail, covering the elastic with a strand of hair from the pony is a must if you want it to look chic, dressy and professional. Simply take a strand from the underside of your pony, wrap it around and pin it underneath again, hiding the pin.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing