Let’s be honest: All those beautifully pinned updos are great to look at, but when you’re rushing to get ready in the morning, chances are you’re not going to spend thirty minutes pinning and teasing. But just because you chose to press the snooze button doesn’t mean you can’t sport some rockin’ locks that day. Rather than simply pulling your hair back in a pony and calling it good, why not grab a couple of bobby pins and trying one of these updated options that still have all the ease of a ponytail, but with a fashionable kick.


1. V-Shaped Pony: This sleek spin on a twisted pony is not only runway appropriate, but suitable for everyday wear. Rock this option for a perfect day-to-night style. (via Modern Salon)


2. Segmented Ponytail: This style is super easy, but packs a very big punch. Falling somewhere in between a pony and a braid, this punk-inspired ‘do is a bold, yet stunning choice. (via Brit + Co)


3. Deconstructed Pony: The perfect messy ponytail is a fickle thing. When you try you can never seem to get it quite right and when you don’t care at all, it looks perfect. Follow this how-to for a tousled pony that will work every time. (via Wit and Delight)


4. Inside-Out Ponytail: Even if you’re pressed for time, you can still give your pony a quick update with this trick. Tie your hair back into a low pony, then loosen it a little to create a hole in between the pony and the head. Finally, feed the ponytail through the hole from the top down. (via Pop Sugar)


5. Topsy Tail: If the punk pony is a little too wild for you, here’s a similar but slightly more elegant option. (via Camille Styles)


6. Simply Twisted: For all you short-haired folks out there, this one is for you. To get this simple twisted style, all you have to do is pull the hair back into a low pony, leaving out two chunks on each side in front. Then twist and pin those sections into the base of the pony. (via The Beauty Department)


7. Cross n’ Wrap: Tied and twisted to perfection. This look is even complete with a piece of hair wrapped around the base of the pony to stealthily conceal the rubber band. (via Brit + Co)


8. Triple Twisted: If the simple twist wasn’t enough for you, create this pony that’s three times as exciting. (via Refinery29)


9. Fishtail Braid Pony: If you can’t decided between a braid, ponytail or twist, why choose? Have it all with this extravagant style. (via Sidewalk Ready)


10. Sleek Parted Pony: Class up a basic t-shirt with this ‘do or rock it with a cocktail dress – it’ll look great with either one. (via A Cup of Jo)


11. Totally Twisted: This look is knotty in all the right ways. It’s hard to tell where one twist ends and another one begins, but that’s kind of the beauty of this style. (via Brit + Co)


12. Ponyfish: Skip the messy side fishtail and opt for this more dramatic option. Fasten your hair in a high pony and fishtail away. Easy as that. (via Free People)


13. Boho Ponytail: We just might be drooling a little bit over this beautiful tail. A little bit messy, but totally classy, this is definitely one to bookmark. (via 100 Layer Cake)


14. Dutch Pony: Unlike the basic braided side pony, this option braids both sides in an inside-out french braid. The end result looks almost like a braided heart that transitions into a ponytail. (via Barefoot Blonde)


15. Extra Long Pony: Looking for some extra length? This optical illusion pony will do just the trick. Actually two ponytails, the second one gets covered up by the first, making your hair look just like Rapunzel’s. (via Promise Tangeman)

What’s your go-to up-do? Share your favorite style (and maybe tutorial) with us in the comments below.