2020 is a year that we don’t want to spend too much time reflecting on. But if we’re strictly talking about beauty and fashion, one of the trends that surged last year was the waist-length ponytail braid. The Kardashian-Jenner clan wore the look on numerous occasions, brought to life by social media-famous hairstylist Chris Appleton. But it’s crucial to note that we can’t talk about the style without talking about Beyoncé, who’s been rocking it for years courtesy of her longtime hairstylist Neal Farinah. No matter where the über-long braided ponytail originates, it’s bound to remain a red carpet favorite in 2021.

As the world continues battling the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all quietly mastering the beauty techniques we usually save for the experts. We’ve shaped our brows to perfection, and some of us (guilty as charged) have even gone as far as trimming the ends of our parched strands. Since it doesn’t look like life will be *totally* back to normal for some time, it’s time to get experimental with your glam if you haven’t already. That means testing out some celeb-approved statement-eye-makeup and attempting to perfect the aforementioned waist-length ponytail braid—pics below for inspiration.


how Farinah created Beyoncé’s braided ponytail

In 2016, Farinah spoke to Cosmopolitan about Beyoncé’s ponytail, which the singer famously debuted on the Formation World Tour. “I wanted to make a statement and really embrace and celebrate the braided hair trend, so I just kept adding pieces of braided hair into her braided ponytail, and the more I started braiding it, the longer it got and the cooler it looked,” Farinah told the outlet. “It only took me five to 10 minutes to do.” To ensure that it wasn’t too heavy to perform, he “chose the lightest braids to weave in to make it super long.” If you want to recreate the look at home, GRAZIA loves this tutorial from hairstylist Makeba Lindsay.

how Appleton created kim kardashian’s braided ponytail:

In a TV appearance in July 2020, Appleton demonstrated how he uses ready-to-wear Glam Seamless Clip-In Hair Extensions for added length after prepping the hair with ColorWow Cult-Favorite Hairspray and a brush to smooth down the hair. The final step is to create a “simple tight braid. “If you’re braiding your hair on your own, position a mirror in the back of you and in front of you, and keep in mind that patience is key. More details below:

The takeaway? It’s about time to give the waist-length ponytail braid a try in 2021. It looks intimidating, but with some practice applying clip-in extensions, you’ll master the look in no-time.