9 gorgeous braided styles to kick your ponytail up a notch

There are days when all you want to do is toss your hair in a ponytail and hit the road. But, your ponytail doesn't have to be drab and dreary. I've gathered a list of some incredible braided-ponytails, that might make you a little more excited to get ready in the morning.
From simple to complicated, each of these featured braided tails is stunning in its right.
1. Pull-through braid ponytail
This pretty ponytail braid looks complicated, but you'll master it in no time. All you need are elastic hair bands, a hair clamp and a little bit of patience. Pull-though braids aren't really braids at all, but anyone who sees this look will wonder how you did it. Get the tutorial here.
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2. Braided faux-hawk (h/t The Confessions of a Hairstylist)
A high lift in the middle, that's braided looks rough and tumble, but classy. The raised braid helps make your hair look fuller and acts as visual so you can pull off the simple ponytail in the back. (Think of this as the reverse mullet: party in the front, business in the back.)
3. Dutch five strand (h/t All to Braids)
This clean, crisp look is beautiful while it keeps your hair in place so you can hit the gym or head out for a nice dinner. Keeping the hair tight to the head ensures a straight line from front to back.
4. Double lace braid ponytail (h/t Brooke's Hair Diaries)
I love this playful braid for little girls. They can still hit the playground and go full-tilt at foursquare without losing destroying the hard work you put in before the headed out the door.
5. Braids for Days (h/t Dino Palmieri Salon)
The fun levels in this braid work well on hair with subtle undertones or highlights. The different textures are sure to draw attention too. It's a fun way to dress up a traditional ponytail.
6. Hat braid (h/t Hot On Beauty)
I love that this hairstyle works on tons of different hair textures and lengths. The severe, tight braids don't look as startling when paired with a fluffy, soft, ponytail.
7. Braids and Twists (h/t Samira's Jewelry)
There is so much going on with this style; it's hard to know where to look. The twists and braids are absolutely stunning, and the ringlets at the bottom add a cute touch.
8. Giant braided ponytail (h/t I Love Pony Tail)
The giant braid is such a comfortable hairstyle, but it still feels put together.I If you have long thick hair, own it with this ponytail!
9. Roman braid (h/t Shear Adventure Blog)
The sleekness of this updo is a perfect backdrop for the beautiful braid and high lift. Wrapping the hair around the ponytail is a nice touch too. There's something a bit wicked about this hairstyle, which is why it would look kind of awesome with a fancy dress.
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