Leave it to Bella Hadid to nail one of the summer’s biggest hair trends like it’s NBD. The model, who loves experimenting with trends from the past and present, posted her take on the TikTok-approved pony braid to Instagram Stories, where she posted a snapshot of herself riding in the backseat of a car. In the selfie, Hadid poses in minimal makeup (or maybe none at all) to show some love for her friend Hailey Bieber’s brand, Rhode — but it’s her braided pony we can’t stop thinking about. (Well, OK, her flawless skin and pale bleached brows are great, too.)
Hadid’s pony braid is the perfect match for her low-key look; she’s probably en route to a shoot or heading to the airport, and the pony braid style is both simple enough to DIY to keep your hair off your face and your neck on hot days while being a step up from the basic ponytail or messy topknot. Her bangs are pushed away from her forehead and center-parted with a few pieces falling out from the braid for an undone twist on the popular style.
The pony braid isn’t anything new or groundbreaking, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. The look is a classic that can take you from childhood to the workday; it’s that versatile. You can slick it back and braid tightly for a sleeker look or take a cue from Hadid and pull out a few pieces for a more casual, beachy vibe.