A go-to ponytail replacement: The braided knot. Split your hair down the middle like you are going to do pigtails. Braid each section back, away from your face. Take each braided section and tie into a knot. Pin into place as well as any loose ends.
Knot your average pony. **I tried this in my own hair... even though I have lots of long, thick hair, this style made me look like I had none! Seriously... I lost seven inches off the length of my pony tail :( Check out my "French Knotted Pony" for a variation I made... leaves more length and fullness in your pony tail, and makes for a super cool look!