Battle of the Ponytails: 2016 American Music Awards Edition

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director
Yahoo Beauty

Who doesn’t love a good ponytail? No matter the occasion — whether it’s for a black-tie event or Sunday brunch with the girls — a pony always works. At the 2016 American Music Awards, there were a couple of celebrities who went with this classic hairstyle and they looked freakin’ fantastic. But which star’s ‘do stood out from the rest? Let’s take a closer look at all the perfect ponytails at the AMAs.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande whips her pony on the 2016 American Music Awards red carpet. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the hot young pop star to switch up her usual ponytail — and she finally did it! Celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton gave Grande an “edgy, modern twist” by adding subtle cornrows at the crown of her high pony. For a “high-gloss finish,” he used Color Wow Pop & Lock High Gloss Shellac ($18).

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson lets down her hair at the 2016 American Music Awards. (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Ahhh, sookie sookie, Cookie! Err, we mean Taraji. The Empire star gave off Rapunzel vibes on the AMAs red carpet with her long and wavy ponytail. With her locks slicked back and center-parted, the actress also got to show off her incredible matte aubergine lipstick.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum’s ponytail appeal at the 2016 American Music Awards. (Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

The supermodel played it smart in the style department and paired her printed metallic jumpsuit with a simple ponytail, bronzy makeup and nude lipstick. The gilded color of her ensemble made her blond hair seem even brighter.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)

Here’s another model pony moment at the AMAs. Kloss worked all her angles with a sleek, high pony adorned with a thick black band. The contrast between her ponytail holder and blond hair is so on point!

Ciara

Ciara
Ciara does a messy pony at the 2016 American Music Awards. (Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Not only did Ciara turn heads with her maternity style, but the singer also wowed us with a tousled ponytail hairstyle. Mizani global artistic director César DeLeön Ramirêz said in a release that his “vision was a long, messy ponytail with a ’70s-inspired fringe.” To keep Ciara’s hair smooth, he used Mizani Thermasmooth System along with a GHD blow dryer.

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