How to Create Perfect Pigtails

July 27, 2014

We get asked for short hairstyles so often, that we decided to film one for you all this week.

{One problem for our lack of shorty styles on CGH is that without extra hair, many of our hairstyles may not work on short hair. We also only have one daughter, Rylan, with short hair, and she doesn’t particularly enjoy her hair being done as much as the other girls. We have to respect that.}

How to Get Perfect Pigtails

We cut Rylan’s hair about four months ago, and she hasn’t appeared in any tutorials since then. Though she was never a first for volunteering to film, Rylan did actually volunteer after I made this adorable hairstyle on myself!

Today we are going to show you how to Create Perfect Pigtails!

How to Get Perfect Pigtails

Contrary to what some may think, pigtails are not just for little girls. I have been wearing pigtails for years, and I get compliments on them all the time. Some may say that they are  for younger girls, but I love them. My girls love them.

There are a few tricks I have learned, that I will teach you today, that will help you get a more beautiful, mature look to this everyday style!

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This technique works wonderfully with straight or curly hair, short hair or long hair. In fact, adding subtle curls to the pigtails on Day 2 is different enough, but equally as beautiful!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side in the front {whichever side you favor}…
  2. With the front part offset, now part into two even sections, directly down the back {yes we only wanted the front part offset}…
  3. Pull one section of hair out of way for now by securing it with an elastic…
  4. Now, on the side you will work on first, take a small top section and flip it over to other side of head out of the way…
  5. Now begin to tease the hair gently with a rat-tail comb {I usually only tease in a few areas near the top of the head for added volume. You can tease a lot or a little depending on your preference}…
  6. Make sure that when teasing, you run the comb only in a downward motion along the hair shaft. Not up, down, up, down, etc.
  7. Now bring the top, flipped section back over and use it to hide any teasing you created {you do this by gently running the comb over just the surface to smooth things out}…
  8. Pull out a few wispy strands in the front, near the ear and eye brow, to frame the face and soften the look {If you have really short hair, feel free to pull more hair out around near the ear area}…
  9. Then, swoop the hair back and carefully gather it right behind ear, and secure with an elastic…
  10. To make the style look more mature, feel free to tug up on a few sections above the elastic, above the teasing, to add a volume/bump {Your pigtails should be full and fun, not flat and boring}…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 on the other side of the head.
  12. Spritz with hairspray {if desired}…
  13. Add any ribbons, bows, headbands, or other accessories to your liking {also if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these pigtails! Would you wear them?

Happy Hairstyling!

My girls are huge readers, and have been ever since they were four! This week they uploaded a book review to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! They review both “It All Started With an Apple“, by Ashley Winters, and “Defy” Sarah B. Larson! To see the review, feel free to click below:

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Easter Hairstyles: Bunny-Ear Pigtails

April 02, 2010

* Note from Mindy: Don’t forget to check our Easter Hairstyles post for some cute styles for this weekend!

We received a request for “Bunny Ears” on Facebook after we posted the Egg Tails Hairstyle the other day.  I laughed it off for a second, but this morning decided to give it an honest try!  I have seen people do this hair style with braids, so I decided to more for a pixie-like bunny look (smaller ears)…

Items Needed: 4 ponytail rubber bands, two small rubber bands, 4 “large” bobby pins, Got2be blasting freeze spray, 2 Easter colored ribbons.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

You can make the ears longer so that they flop down more, as desired, so that there is not much loose hair hanging down.  If you do this, you will certainly want to braid the hair so that the loop will hold.  Here is the video tutorial.

Happy Easter!

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Valentine's Day Hairstyles: Heart Pigtails

January 25, 2010

Heart Pigtails (LuvPiggies)

Here is another fun video depiction of a Valentine’s Day hairstyle seen previously on this site. Many of you have requested this to see exactly how to recreate the heart shape of the pigtail in a video format. (For a quick look at the photo tutorial first, please visit Heart Attack.)

This style can work on almost any hair length, and looks super cute on short hair like my daughter’s A-line bob below…

Items Needed:  Brush/comb, 2 rubber bands, 2 clips (Valentines Day themed, prefered), spray bottle, pomade.

Time Requirement: Less than 2-3 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

Now, to view the video, click below…


To view video on YouTube, click LuvPiggies.

Check back again over the next few weeks for more cute Valentine’s Day videos and new holiday hairstyles! Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Hairstyle Video: French Braids #1

May 18, 2009

I receive quite a few emails from this blog, and it is hard to find time to answer them all, but one of the most common requests I am asked is to provide a detailed French Braid instruction.

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Honestly, the French Braid is one of the most difficult braids to explain “step-by-step” and really must be shown in person for one to get the whole idea. So, given your requests and the fact that I couldn’t possibly show all of you how to do this in person… here is a video we filmed over the weekend with instructions on how to create a French Braid (and “K” in her soccer uniform).

The braid style I used was one posted quite a while back called Double-French Braids w/ Messy Flips, which also uses the Zig-Zag part. Please do review the links above and then watch the following video tutorial:

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

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Click to watch video, or click here to view on YouTube.

I hope this clip helps! The “A, B, & C” stranding (with the B strand always in the middle, and that you add hair to strands A & C as you braid down) is the key to successful French Braiding. As mentioned in the video, it really takes practice. This French Braid style is a very cute hairstyle that holds well and makes for an equally cute Second-Day ‘Do with a few accessories!

Good luck, and Happy Hairdoing!

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Easter Hairstyles | Egg-Tails

April 10, 2009

Do any of you remember the “Bun Hawk” my husband proposed? Well these “Egg-Tails” are another one of my husbands creations. He really does come up with some funky stuff!

I recognize that this probably isn’t the hairstyle you are going to take your DD to Church with on Easter Sunday, but I think it would be really fun for Friday at school or even Saturday morning’s Easter Egg hunts!

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Items Needed: 10 small elastics, 6 rubber bands, 2 ribbons, 4 plastic Easter eggs (this number may vary depending on the length of your DD’s hair). To help hold the eggs, you may wish to use Got2b Blasting Freeze Spray (available at Walmart or Target).

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes.

Skill Level: Hard

To begin I did a zig-zag part on the top and then a straight part down the back. You don’t have to do the zig zag, but do part the hair into two equal parts down the back…

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Gather hair into ponytails and secure with rubber bands. Take the hair from one ponytail and divide it evenly into five parts. About 1-2 inches down the hair strand, add an elastic. This keeps the hair pulled together so you can see the eggs better and also adds a little grip on the egg. Continue adding elastics until all five pieces have one elastic each…

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Now about another inch down the hair add a rubber band. Be aware that you may have to slide the rubber band down a little to fit the egg in, but it so much easier to add the egg after the rubber band (you may also find that using the tiny rubber bands that have that “eraser” texture will hold the eggs easier rather than the slick ones)…

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Now add the egg, spacing hair pieces evenly around the egg. (Be aware that smaller eggs will not work… they fall out too often.)  Once you feel like the egg is secure, tighten down the hair by pulling the rubber band as tight against the egg as possible. Repeat these steps for additional eggs (if you can fit them) all the way down the ponytail.  You may wish to use Got2b Blasting Freeze Spray (available at Walmart or Target) one the eggs are in… this is a very effective hairspray that will help the little “baskets” to keep their shape.  Once you spray, use a hairdryer on low heat on the egg just until the baket becomes stiff)…

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In my DD’s case we only got two eggs in…

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Repeat these steps on the other ponytail.

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Add some ribbons at the top, and you will now have this! I guarantee you will get lots of comments on this one!!

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If you have access to the smaller plastic Easter eggs (ones that fit maybe 5-6 jelly beans), you could fit maybe 3-4 eggs per ponytail, but I couldn’t find them anywhere this year!

HAPPY EASTER!!!

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