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As a hairdresser of over fifteen years, I feel like my favorite hairstyle should be something technically impressive and sophisticated: a classic French twist, intricate basket weave, or perfectly executed finger wave. But the truth is, in my mind, no style holds a candle to the simple allure of a pair of pigtails. They keep hair close to my face, which feels like I’m wearing it down, but also controlled like I’m wearing it up. When I was a little girl, this style allowed me to admire my favorite baubled hair bands. Now, pigtails are my solution to weird bedhead, disguising flat roots, and giving curls an extra day of wear.  I simple can’t get enough. Click through to see more of my favorite examples. –– Laura Martin   Image 2-13-16 at 3.23 PM (1)

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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