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(top left and right:IMAXTREE, bottom: Getty Images)

Just last week I wrote about my lifelong love of pigtails, and then days later I start seeing braided pigtails all over the runway. I’m thrilled this look is back in fashion, but I’m even more excited that the stylists for Creatures of The Wind, Sally Lapointe, and Baja East have come up with fresh, whimsical variations of this simple style. Best of all, these three looks are easy to recreate at home. Click the notes to learn more about each one. ––  Laura Martin

Baja East: (top left) Dividing the hair into four sections by splitting forehead to nape and just in front of each ear. Braid each section individually, spraying hair liberally with healing oil before styling to keep braids sleek and polished. Use firm tension to achieve a smooth surface.

Sally Lapointe: (top right) Part hair forehead to nape and then divide vertically just in front of each ear, leaving front section loose. Mist all hair liberally with hydro mist. Pull back sections into sleek ponytails, then comb front sections in smooth ribbons across the center line, securing into opposite side ponytail with a clear hairband. Braid all hair tightly, securing ends with small elastic bands.

Creatures of the Wind: (bottom) Spray hair liberally with hydro mist and pull into two ponytails at the tops of the ears. Divide out a section from each tail and wrap around the base, covering the hair band. Secure with bobby pins. Braid each tail, folding one end under the other to create a unified U-shape. Mist complete look with shine spray.

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  @LarMarStyle


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