Known for convenience, feed-in braid ponytails should be on everyone’s hairstyle bucket list. Here are 54 stunning styles to get you started. Ponytails are a classic style staple that will be around for centuries, so why not remix this original with some feed-in braids?
The happy union between feed-in braids and ponytails has led to some of the prettiest, most popular hairdos out there, and you’ll find most of them on this list. There’s something about having a controlled, structured ponytail that we can’t get over. Not only can you wear it for weeks, but you get to protect your natural hair as you look absolutely fabulous. So get ready to screenshot these styles and go on your next braiding adventure.
These feed-in braid ponytails are a fashion killer. Pick one and slay all day.
1. Classic Jumbo Stitch Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Kicking us off is this simple, stylish classic jumbo braid. It’s a neat, clean representation of the standard you should expect when getting your feed-in braids ponytail. Each line is thick, allowing for faster installation time, so you won’t have to add box braids in the middle. Each section is grand enough to give you a weighty ponytail.
2. Criss-Cross Back Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Since we’re taking ponytails to the next level, it’s time to introduce you to the latest trend. ITry a peek-a-boo back instead of putting all of your details in the front, You can create this intricate pattern by splitting the back into four sections. Two large ones in the middle, and two smaller sections for the feed-ins that run along the sides.
3. Silver Lemonade Feed-In Braids Ponytail
If you love lemonade braids, you’ll be obsessed with this quicksilver ponytail version. This style incorporates the swoosh-like pattern featured throughout Beyonce’s visual album and gathers your lines into a slim ponytail. If you need a pop of color, consider silver. It won’t age you. In fact, you’ll look like a sleek, sexy superhero.
4. Fulani Puff Feed-In Braids Ponytail
This beautiful blend of bold braided designs comes together to celebrate the influential Fulani pattern that gained worldwide fame in the 90s and again in the 2010s. The three-pronged fork design at the side uses slim hair extensions, while the thicker portions at the crown require a little more hair. Save time on braiding by slicking the back of your hair into a curly ponytail.
5. Wave Waterfall Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Try this wavy waterfall if you love the half-up, half-down look but want something new. Start by braiding the front until you reach the crown of your head. Then, add some water wave extensions at the back and tie a small portion into a ponytail to poke out at the top. Alternatively, you can hold the entire style in a topknot and have a texture explosion.
6. Winding & Curly Feed-In Braids Ponytail
This is a great style for anyone learning how to braid. It uses the popular criss-cross pattern as a highlighted feature, so you don’t have to worry about the pressure of creating the perfect plat. Don’t be intimidated by the winding braids at the sides. As long as you pre-part each section in a snake formation, you’ll be able to follow the pattern with your hands.
7. Big Red Feed-In Braids Ponytail
We’re back to the big and bold feed-in braids. There’s no better way to make a statement than with red hair, but try this soft wine color if you want just enough without getting carried away. You can add layers of color throughout the braid by using metallic cuffs. These turquoise ones create a strong contrast that draws positive attention to the braids.
8. Kids Knotless Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Try these knotless feed-in braids if you have a little one and you’re stumped on what to do with their hair. They’re a great protective style for high-impact activities such as swimming, running, or soccer. It will take out the extra time you usually spend getting your child’s hair ready for school, and they’ll look adorable with the beads.
9. Cornrow Style Feed-In Braids Ponytail
If you love the 90s look that cornrows give, but aren’t a fan of the method, go for this faux-cornrow combination. It takes all of the beauty from the traditional cornrow braid without the knots. You can try a loose stitch like the one above if your scalp is sensitive and add more hair towards the ends so that the ponytail carries the weight.
10. Simple Stitch Feed-In Braids Ponytail
You’ll never go wrong with the simple stitch braid. It’s clean and practical. This style works best for someone who doesn’t want their hair to speak louder than they do. It’s also great for formal work situations. If you work in an office, you can still experiment with color. This dark, creamy brown is the perfect shade because it’s lively and fun without causing a stir.
11. Hot Pink Feed-In Low Ponytail
Braids are an easy way to experiment with colors while maintaining the integrity and strength of your natural hair. If you’ve already dyed your hair, you can create a monochromatic look like the one here. This hot pink ombre braid plays off the dyed rose gold hair, creating a complementary color variation towards the ends. Wear the ends loose or in a long tight bun.
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12. Kids Short Stitch Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Feed-in braids aren’t just for adults. You can conveniently care for your child’s hair by trying this short stitch ponytail. It’s ideal for children because each stitch is small and easy to install, cutting their time fidgeting in a chair. You should keep the rows to around 14 or 15 to allow the scalp to breathe.
13. Pink Pop Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Pink will always be the go-to color for anyone who wants more vibrancy in their life. It’s a statement maker, and you only need a little bit to create a buzz. You can add pink towards the ends or weave the color throughout the feed-in braid.
14. Plain Kid-Friendly Topknot Ponytail
This plain top knot ponytail is an excellent style for kids whose schools have hair regulations. There are no beads or frills, just simple clean feed-ins and a straight, structured ponytail. Stick to black or brown, as they are neutral enough for any mandated “dress code .”The tapered ends are perfect for a bun option. If you want variety, you can try a stitch braid version.
15. Copper Red Feed-In Braids Ponytail
This rich copper red is the perfect backdrop for this straightforward high ponytail. Keep your edges intact by using the feed-in method. It will create the neat look you see at the top without destroying your “baby hairs.”
16. Mid-Length Feed-Braids Ponytail
If you love the top knot ponytail but want a little edge, try this slightly longer version. To beef up your ponytail, you can add some knotless box braids towards the center. Black is a classic color, but this style goes well with any color. Embellish your edges with these swirly laid baby hairs.
17. Infinity Stitch Feed-In Ponytail
These feed-in braids are so beautiful that they should last forever, just like their beautiful infinity design. It transforms the simple high ponytail into an exquisite display of braiding skills. If you can pull this off yourself, bravo! If not, your stylist will love the challenge. You don’t even need a hair scrunchie; just use the long strands to form a structured ponytail base.
18. 90s Zig-Zag Feed-In Braids Ponytail
The 90s will always be a decade worth remembering, and one key trend from that time is the zig-zag part. It was on every red carpet, and now you can rock it. The thin braids seamlessly slip into the larger ones, creating this forked shape that appears throughout the style. Mix in a little blonde to add an extra layer of beauty and flair.
19. Big Fishtail Feed-In Braids Ponytail
You’ll have the catch of the week with this gigantic fishtail braid. Keep the feed-in simple and let the ponytail steer the style by going for a chunkier, no-stitch option. The hair that you incorporate into each braid will become the fuel for this large fishtail. Keep the flyaways at bay with alcohol-free mousse.
20. Standard Feed-In Braids Ponytail
These medium-sized, standard braids might look plain, but they’re an excellent foundation for anyone who loves hair accessories. You can go for a simple braiding pattern and double the length for a classy, ballroom-ready look, or add some seriously blingy hair clips, strings, beads and jewels.
21. Woven Heart Feed-In Braids Ponytail
This might be a style for kids, but you can be fully grown and still want to rock a sweet love heart. The woven string detail on the side became a significant festival trend during the early 2010s, and you can see why. It’s adorable and festive. You could change out the strings for special holidays or rock your favorite colors all year round.
22. Afro Puff Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Try this perfect afro puff if you’ve got tighter curls and want to stay close to your authentic texture. It’s a fun, quick DIY option that will have you glam and ready to go in 30 minutes or less. Part your hair down the middle, use your favorite gel, and braid two lines down each side. You can create your own bun with some fluffy kinky hair or buy a premade bun online.
23. Pear-Shaped Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Pear-shaped braids might look basic, but they add a soft, curvy feminine touch to frame your face. You want to keep the leading shape at the center so that it can mimic a blossoming flower throughout your head. If you want a ponytail as thick as this one, add some individual braids at the center.
24. Super Twist Bun Braids Ponytail
Big twists always create a sense of opulence, structure and royalty. If that’s your goal, this giant twisted bun is for you. The hair starts off as a three-strand braid before branching into a twist. Since most of your hair is located at the center, it won’t be too heavy, so you don’t have to worry about that.
25. Mini-Stitch Slim Braid Ponytail
If you’ve already tried a jumbo look, go on the opposite side of the spectrum with these painstakingly small stitch braids. They’re so small that you can barely see them, but the variation they create in each line is worth it. If you want the look to pop, go for a caramel or dark brown braid color.
26. Bold Ghana Braid Ponytail
Ghana braids can be traced back thousands of years, and they’ve been a staple in the braiding community thanks to their boldness, structure and beauty. Today, you can wear them with pride as a feed-in ponytail style. Alternative the size by incorporating a slim braid in between each large section.
27. Red Twister Feed-in Braids Ponytail
There’s a red tornado coming your way, and it’s pretty fabulous. This swirly lemonade braid pattern is perfect for a high ponytail showing its curves and sinews. Going red on one side highlights the darker elements while drawing the eye to your good side, which is every side.
28. Fuschia Flow Feed-In Braids Ponytail
This style is for your inner wild child. Start with black, then as you reach the ponytail, incorporate the colored hair extensions to create a strong contrast between the base and ends. Pick a simple wave pattern and let the ends do the talking.
29. Medium Caramel Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Black is a classic, and brown can be subtle, but something about caramel makes it the perfect neutral color for this feed-in braids ponytail. The simple mixture of all three natural colors creates an understated glam worth trying.
30. Simple Heart Kids Feed-In Ponytail
Keep love at the center with this sweet heart-shaped braided ponytail. You can mix some colors within the extensions or go for the traditional black look. Let your child pick out their own metallic cuffs. They can develop a cute design like this one or go for a completely random pattern unique to them.
31. Wave Queen Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Start with a stitched braid in the center, going straight back. This is your gauge for the rest of the style. Create this eye formation by gradually parting each section with a slight outward curve. You can add your weave of choice to the ponytail, but a loose wave will add the right amount of texture and movement.
32. Simple Eye Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Sometimes it’s good to stick to the basics. That’s the vibe with this single-eye-stitch pattern. You can add some length to your own hair by incorporating tape-ins, micro links or wefted bundles to the back of your head. Then, strengthen that hair and hold it up in a ponytail for a red-carpet-ready look.
33. Two-Toned Diamante Braid Ponytail
Get the best of both trends with this two-toned, bedazzled edges combination. You don’t have to worry about matching your roots with your hair extensions. Just pick your favorite color, attach the hair and braid your ponytail. You can attach the diamonds between each swirl with some eyelash glue. It won’t give our edges any problems if it’s safe enough for your eyes.
34. Colored Curls Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Curls are a fun option for kids, and you can bring the energy with these colored Coi Leray-inspired ends. You can buy a pre-colored rainbow extension pack and mix them throughout the hair. Try a vibrant rainbow ribbon and some cute colored string for a summer day to tie things off.
35. Coiled Bang Feed-In Braids Ponytail
It’s time to accept your crown and become braided royalty with these coiled bangs. Keep the back simple and to the point. Interestingly enough, these aren’t as complex as you think. Simply attach some knotless braids at the front, and shape them into a spiral. You can pin them to your scalp with bobby pins. That’s it!
36. Spider Web Stitch Ponytail
We love an undercut, but this web pattern would make your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man jealous. Think again if you thought feed-in plats were off-limits to those with undercuts. With this fabulous pattern, you can break the hair rules with these structured stitch braids and cement your status as a black widow. It’s best to trust such an intricate design with your barber. You wouldn’t want to mess things up and have to hide your hair for weeks until it grows back.
37. Reverse Bang Feed In Braids Ponytail
There are so many creative ways to make bangs, and this reverse braid is a creative alternative to the traditional option. It’s also super simple. Just braid the rest of your hair, leaving a large triangle part in the middle. Once you’ve finished the regular braids, split the triangle part in two and braid downwards. It might take a while for your hands to get used to the movement, but you’ll get it.
38. Braided Silk Feed-In Ponytail
This style is perfect for anybody with super long, silky soft hair. You have to braid six simple feed-ins and let the hair hang loose in a ponytail. It’s a quick solution to any bad hair day, and it can be achieved in 15 minutes if you’re used to braiding your own hair. You can straighten the ends for an ultra-silky finish.
39. Wavy Baby Hairs Feed-In Braids Ponytail
It’s all about the baby hairs, baby! This look is strictly for baby hair lovers who get their hair braided to let their edges shine. Baby hairs have become a subculture of their own, and you can celebrate that with these eccentric edges. All you need to do is braid three stitch braids, separating each with a small section of hair. Then, tie it into a top knot and go to town with your edges. Swirls, swoops and wispy strands are all welcome.
40. Side Stitch Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Calm down if you want to try a feed-in braids ponytail at home, but you’re freaking out about your lack of braiding skills. You can start small with this simple side stitch. Just pre-section 2-3 inches of hair on each side, and use some gel to slick back the rest of your hair. Then, slowly stitch and braid each side, tucking the ends into your topknot. There you have it, your first feed-in braid ponytail!
41. Pink x Caramel Feed-In Braids Ponytail
This caramel, pink fusion is for you for the bold boss on the go. It’s hard to imagine two colors going so well together. The brown picks up on the warmth of the pink and vice versa. You should pick a simple pattern and allow the colors to stand out independently.
42. Diamond Patterned Braid Ponytail
From one perfect ponytail to the next, it’s time to marvel at this geometric wonder. This is definitely one for the professionals. It’s the result of a lot of measuring and mathematics that comes with years of experience. You want to focus on the pattern, so don’t go too wild with hair color. A simple white ombre at the ends is more than enough.
43. Red Volcano Stitch Ponytail
This red hot volcano is ready to explode! You’ll look like a dragon-slaying warrior with this lava cascading down your hair. The two chunky Viking braid-inspired feed-ins at the side will offset the vibrant ponytail and create variation when paired next to smaller braids. Add a few plain hair rings on each braid to mimic a knight’s chain-link armor, and you’re ready to ride into battle.
44. Elevated Mohawk Feed-In Ponytail
Rock out with your mohawk out! Mohawks have long been synonymous with heavy metal and mosh pits, but they can quickly transform into an elegant look fit for an evening party or first date. You can wear the ends loose and long or wrap them into a snail bun and increase the style’s versatility. Sleep on your side to keep the center raised, and use an extra-strong hold hairspray.
45. Raised Kids Goddess Braid Ponytail
Structured braids aren’t just for adults. With these large, raised goddess braids, you can keep your kids neat and in style. Stick to black, or go for a dark purple if your child wants more variety in their look. You shouldn’t bother with intricate baby hairs, as kids play all day, so they’ll probably get messed up. Keep it basic.
46. Minimalistic Stitch Braid Ponytail
This ponytail is the best introduction if you’re new to the minimalism trend. It’s a futuristic, sleek style that plays on straight lines and negative space to create a cohesive, clean feed-in braids ponytail. You want your hair to be as straight as possible, so pre-stretch and flat iron it if needed. Keep the heat around 350 degrees Fahrenheit and only pass the iron on it once to keep your strands strong.
47. Alternating Claws Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Looking for a way to elevate your stitch braid? Try this interlocking, alternating claw pattern. The balance of large and small braids lined up toward the center creates different levels and dimensions to an otherwise flat style. It also creates an optical illusion where the hair looks plain from the front but intricate from the top. Keep the baby hairs simple, and go for a neutral color like blonde, black, brown or caramel to create a look that works for all occasions.
48. Thin Lined Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Strong yet understated, these thin-lined braids are an excellent transitional style for anyone who wants to grow their hair out. You don’t have to have super long hair, and you won’t be sitting in the salon chair for hours either. They’re fuss-free and strong enough to adapt to any situation. You can go weeks without worrying about your hair, and after you take them down, wait a week and reinstall them again.
49. Three-Pronged Feed-In Braids Ponytail
If you’re still getting your feet wet when it comes to feed-in braid ponytails, try this three-pronged design. It’s a fork-like pattern that creates variety at the front without overloading your senses. You can add some Fulani influence with the forward braids and manipulate your edges for a strong finish.
50. Flat Beaded Feed-In Braids Ponytail
These super flat feed-in braids lay so close to your scalp that they look all-natural. You’ll need a steady hand and thinly parted hair extensions to accomplish this. You don’t want any bulk, so add extensions after every few rows, and save the length for the ponytail. Since the hair is so thin and light, you can afford to be heavy-handed with the beads. 3-to-4 beads on each braid should do it.
51. Goddess Mountain Feed In Braids Ponytail
This highly elevated mountain braid celebrates the versatility and moldability of textured hair while highlighting an elegant take on the ponytail. After all, a bun is a ponytail’s cousin. If you have a high-end party to attend, this braid mountain is a great styling option. Tying the ponytail into a bun will make for easier maintenance. All you need is some bobby pins and elastic ties. Top the look off with some hair pearls and a smile.
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52. Poetic Justice Ghana Braids Ponytail
Even Janet Jackson would be envious of this poetic justice ponytail. It’s simple yet oh so satisfying. If you want to stay true to the character inspiration, go for black extensions, and make sure the braids are no thinner than your pointer finger. That will give you the bulk that’s synonymous with PJ braids.
53. Sweet Waves Stitch Braids Ponytail
There’s nothing like a sweet stitch braid to kick off your feed-in journey. Use a loose body wave for the ponytail and create a structured base with the feed-in ends. You can add some product to your ponytail, but keep it minimal. You wouldn’t want to weigh down the curls with heavy oils and moisturizers. A little sheen spray should do the trick.
54. Twin-Plait Feed-In Braids Ponytail
Hit symmetry goals with this double trouble twin set. Each braid perfectly aligns with its partner, creating a solid section that blends seamlessly into the mid-level bun at the back. If you look closely, you’ll see that each section pulls hair from the opposing end, so no hair is caught between the braids. You’ll need a lot of gel or edge control for this style, so keep the sections secured with mousse and barber strips.
Prep yourself for your feed-in braids takeover with these simple answers to some common questions.
Where Do Feed-In Braids Come From?
Feed-In braids, much like other popular braiding techniques, originate from Africa, specifically the West African and Sahel regions. Nations like Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Namibia and Sudan birthed most of the braiding patterns you see on this list today. You can follow the history of feed-in braids back thousands of years and see how they have evolved and improved. These braids were used to communicate a person’s social status, age, tribe, faith, and more back in the day. They were also a really cool way to express artistic creativity. They still are.
Today, modern stylists take inspiration from these formative styles to create their own varied versions of the traditional feed-in braid.
How Long Do Feed-In Braids Last?
They’re beautiful, but do they last? The answer is yes. Feed-in braids last longer than most cornrow styles due to their installation method. Instead of using one hair extension throughout the entire braid, feed-ins incorporate several more minor extensions, building on the hair’s base until the desired size is achieved. Knotless braids use the feed-in method, so they’re twice as comfortable as the knotted version. They also last thrice as long and don’t pull your hair. If you take good care of your hair and follow our maintenance tips below, your feed-ins should last 3 weeks.
Does Feed-In Braids Work On All Hair Textures?
Feed-in braids, and especially the stitch braid version, are a style envied by anyone who loves looking good. But you might feel left out if you rarely see your texture represented in these styles. So do feed-in braids work for every texture? Yes, they do. The trick lies in how they’re installed. Each hair texture will need a different level of care and attention. If your hair is bone-straight or loosely curled, you won’t have to do any pre-stretching and can get away with a light gel product while braiding.
If your hair is on the thicker side and has exceptionally tight curls, you’ll need to pre-stretch your hair. You’ll also need an extra hold gel or edge control and some mousse to mold your hair. Grip your hair while braiding, but don’t pull at it. Be gentle. There’s no reason why curly girls should avoid feed-ins, so go ahead!
Can You Do A Feed-In Braid Ponytail With Short Hair?
You can still rock a feed-in ponytail if you’ve got short hair, like, three inches short. It sounds crazy, but braiding styles cater best to people who want to grow their hair. It’s a great way to keep your tresses hidden and let them grow. So if you’ve got super short hair, get on the feed-in braids train and ride your way to super long locs.
Pro-tip, section off the middle part of your ponytail and add box braids. It will release the tension that often builds up at your crown. If you want extra comfort, go for a low ponytail. You can add box braids at the nape and tie them into a bun.
Are Feed-In Braids Good For Your Scalp?
Feed-In braids are often seen as a comfortable alternative to the traditional cornrow. When installed correctly, you should feel little to no tension on your scalp. You should also be able to oil and moisturize your roots whenever necessary, so no tightness is allowed. If you combine that with high-quality extensions, your scalp should be happy and ready to go.
There is one caveat. If your scalp is prone to inflammation and irritation, you might want to try something light and free, like knotless braids. Feed-In lines might restrict your scalp’s ability to breathe, and you could get a pretty rough case of dandruff in the end. So sensitive scalps that experience psoriasis or eczema need styles that allow them to aerate.
How Do You Maintain A Ponytail Braid?
You can take most maintenance tips from box braids, apply them to your feed-in ponytail, and get some brilliant results. Start with freshly cleansed hair. You’ll be putting a lot of product during the braiding process, so don’t add any after your wash and blow-dry it. Once your braids are in, keep them wrapped under a silk scarf at night. You can go the extra mile by covering your hair during a workout and oiling your scalp every week. If you see any flyaways at your ends, cut them off with scissors every week to keep things fresh.
Scalp care is essential for any braided style. You should rely heavily on scalp serums that cool itching or irritation while delivering moisture and shine for feed-ins. Apply this every few days, massaging your roots as you go along.
Get Your Own Feed-In Braids Ponytail!
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