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4 Ponytail Alternative Hair Styles

No matter how long your hair is, sometimes you just want it off your face. And sure, you can find a random ponytail holder in the bottom of your bag & throw your hair up- but where’s the fun in that? Thanks to Jen Atkin x Chloe + Isabel I was introduced to the wonderful world of hair accessories. With combs and clips and everything in between, I decided to experiment and bring you my 4 ponytail alternative hair styles!

1. Not Your Average

Let’s say you’re late for a meeting. Your coffee order was wrong, AND it starts to rain. You’re stressed enough as it is, the last thing you need to worry about is your hair getting frizzy. What’s the easiest way to tie it up while still looking polished? A ponytail clip! It gives your hair the same silhouette as your average ponytail, but in a more grown up polished way.


2. Pin Up

If you remember from this post- I love rocking a ninja bun on vacation, and I wish I had this bun cuff! Though it might look daunting to use, it’s really easy. Just cuff your bun, then stick the pin (which looks like a giant bobby pin) through the cuff’s opening, through your hair and then out the other side!


3. Comb On Over

This hair comb is one of my biggest obsessions. It’s over-sided and rose gold, so what’s not to love? You can really use this anywhere, but I love using it to give myself a side-swept hairstyle. Hair combs are like the grown-up barrette! Just like the cuff & pin, this hair comb might look daunting to use but it’s also very simple to use. Just take the comb and brush down, then push the comb into your hair until it’s secure and you’re good to go!


4. Clip it Up

Clips are a great way to add a little edge to what would be a classic hairstyle. I took two strands of hair on either side of my part and instead of pinning them back with bobby pins, I used two of these circle clips to keep my hair in place. Clips like these are always great to have on hand.

And there you have it! My 4 ponytail alternative hair styles. Which one was your favorite? I did a little research and found some great combs clips and cuffs for under $25. Check them out below & happy shopping!


PS: I’m so honored to announce that I’m nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog for the Bloglovin Awards 2016! Your continued love and support mean the world to me so be sure to click here to vote!


  • Joua Yang says:

    I really like the first and third idea. I wear a ponytail everyday to work so its nice to change it up a bit without a major new hairstyle. Thanks for makking it easy.
    Joua to the Rescue

  • Helen says:

    I love these ponytail alternative hair styles! I usually avoid putting my hair up because I just feel that it looks nicer down, but I think playing with accessories is a fun idea!


  • Marylane says:

    I like this clip. So lovely and cute.


  • Abby says:

    These are such cool hair clips. I especially like the Comb Over look! I’ve always had good luck finding cool clips at J. Crew!

  • Diana says:

    That bun cuff looks so chic! Also, congrats on being nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog 🙂 I’ve voted for you!

    Diana |

  • Mary Jo says:

    These are all beautiful, I would love to try them. Unfortunately the section “Buy the look” doesn’t represent any of the hair clips described above.

  • Brittany says:

    LOVE these! They look so easy to do! Thanks for sharing!!

    XO Brittany

  • Giada says:

    I’m in love with the look n. 2 !
    I’ll surely try to replicate it with my long hair

    Glam Observer

  • Eryn says:

    Your hairstyle is so chic and look so easy to style. Thank you so much for sharing all the three styles with us 🙂

  • Shloka says:

    I love all these styles but I’m especially obsessed with the bun clip – I always need something to hold my bun in place especially because my hair is so thick but I want to give this a shot! Also you’ve inspired me to start using my little hair combs! I have such gorgeous ones that are just collecting dust on my vanity table! Time to get them out!


  • Yulia says:

    Nice ideas! I usually don’t wear hair accessories, but your post made me think of trying some)

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    I love how creative all of these hair accessories are! 🙂 They’re super sleek and chic! <3 Thank you for sharing such easy to pull off hairstyles for a quick fix on a bad hair day!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Jennifer says:

    I love that copper barette! It’s gorgeous!

  • That Jen Atkin, gotta love her. Great tips per usual Chriselle 😀


  • Daniela says:

    Truly beautiful ideas! I love especially hair comb <3 I have to try it!


  • Jada Nicola says:

    Love all of these looks! They are really chic!

  • Sharon Wu says:

    You make short hair look SO chic, Chriselle! Thanks for sharing these fun ways to rock ponytail alternatives this summer 🙂 xo, sharon

  • Ashley says:

    Super creative! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    XOXO, Ashley

  • Alyssa Amato says:

    Adore this idea!! Love the metal clasp for a pony tale. So chic! xx

  • Mireia says:

    Oh I love it! Great hairstyles!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Sophie says:

    Love how modern and sleek these are!
    I post every Monday and Thursday, I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

  • sahara says:

    Love that pony tail clip <3


  • Thuy says:

    Love the ponytail clip AND the cuff bun 🙂

  • Joy says:

    I love the idea of the pony tail clip! I am definitively going to have to check them out!

    Joy xx.

  • Ashley says:

    Great alternative ways of putting our hair out of the way! I love clipping it up. xx

  • Natali says:

    4th one is the top notch one! Wow!!

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  • Anne says:

    The first two hair accessories are definitely stunners! So edgy too. | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Beautiful hair pieces. I have long hair, but for most of the time, I wear it off the face in a ponytail or just in a simple bun. Especially in the Summer it’s more sleek and chic if hair is worn off the face. These are cute little hair decor. I will have to purchase them soon. 🙂

    And yassss, congratulations to you mademoiselle Chriselle for the Nomination. You are the Best. Considered yourself voted! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Manuela says:

    Hi chriselle during the summer I always do a ponytail! It’s so comfortable and elegant at the same time.
    Thank you for these tips! You are so gorgeous with tied hair (of course you are beautiful in every way!!)
    Xoxo M.

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