Pigtail hairstyles for grown-ups - easy updo ideas

/ 02.14.2014
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Long gone are the days when pigtails were considered only wearable by little girls or Britney Spears lookalikes. With a few very grown-up adjustments, pigtails have been taking the fashion world - and consequently the street style world, too - by storm in recent years. Only this week did the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 see models hitting the runway with Million Dollar Baby style pigtails that were anything but childish!

Even so, pigtails remain an ultra girly hairstyle that is at once youthful, practical and easy to achieve. The big question is: should grown-ups wear them?

Young at heart

We all miss things from when we were kids so, maybe pigtails are a good way to keep in touch with the child within! There's just something so very playful about them. With twice the movement of a ponytail, there are all kinds of different ways to wear this look without looking like a 10-year-old version of yourself.

Top tip - The lower the pigtails, the more grown-up they appear!

Braids: Whether you prefer a fishtail, rope or regular braiding techniques, ponytails work really well with pretty plaits. Unlike the Marc by Marc Jacobs models, try a looser, mussed look for a softer finish if you don't want your pigtails to seem too severe.

Waves: To add a little sunshine to any look, why not style your hair in relaxed waves before securing into low pigtails? Blow-dry your hair in several twisted sections, after applying Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and finger-comb to get a tousled effect. Re-spray and scrunch for added hold.

Sleek: Low pigtails with a super smooth, sleek finish are perhaps the least childlike way to wear this look. Run a flat iron through your hair, after applying Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, for an ultra-polished look.

Volumized: Last, but by no means least, there are XXL bunches. A high-volume approach to pigtails can be a lot of fun but still retain a mature feel when secured low, just below the ears. However, if you want to indulge with ribbons, flowers or any other accessories for a super girly weekend look, who are we to stop you?

After all that, will you be trying pigtails now that you're all grown up?

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