Pigtails were probably one of your first hairstyles. This may make them seem childish, but they don’t have to be. They’re an easy, pretty way to keep your hair under control while still getting the face-framing effects of wearing hair down. Brigitte Bardot loved pigtails, so does Alexa Chung, and their paired ponytails certainly don’t immature. So what’s the secret? How do you get pigtails that feel sexy instead of silly? Click the notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

Step: Start with clean, dry hair. Divide hair in down the center with fingers, not a comb, to create a diffused part. Use a flat paddle brush to tease roots lightly. Then smooth out the top surface.

Step: With minimal tension, pull each side into a low pigtail that sits just behind the ear. This placement will settle the hair over the shoulder, so it falls around the face. Secure with a small hair band.

Step: Mist ends of pigtail with refresh and comb through, wrap each tail around a curling wand or iron for a few seconds to unify. If desired, add bows or barrette’s to base to embellish.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.


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