How to Create Perfect Pigtails

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!

Little girl sitting on a lawn chair outside

Little girl with pigtails sitting outside

Woman standing by the pool outside smiling

To have your own recreations of this hairstyle appear in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPerfectPigtails

Little girl with pigtails sitting outside

Little girl with pigtails sitting outside

Little girl with pigtails sitting outside

Portrait of a woman standing outside by the pool in a white shirt and pigtails

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!


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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  1. Dear Mindy how did you get those songs on the backround of your videos?I would like to know if foyu could post a video on how to do that and if there is anything we must do like ask the artist permission for example.Pls anser. Mutch love Linda.

  2. This is awesome! I always feel like you don’t do many videos on Rylan so great that we get to see her again. 🙂
    Can you possibly do a video on how to do a french twist? Thanks so much!!

  3. Beautiful! Love Rylan’s name – our daughter (almost 11) loves wearing pigtails, and I was a little worried that she was getting “too old” for them as I’ve thought them a “little girl” hairstyle. I stand corrected and will share the video with her. 😀 Thanks!!

  4. I am trying to find the bread you do that leaves a heart shape. Can you send me the link,my granddaughter is in a wedding. Next month and I would love to try this on her. Thank you,for your help.

    You are very gifted

  5. I just wanted to leave you a quick note…

    My daughter is a huge fan of both your blog and Brooklyn and Bailey’s YouTube channel. She was at EFY last week and she bumped into your girls. She was so excited! I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your girls and how sweet and gracious they were towards my daughter! They were so friendly and happy and let her take a picture with them (of course). 🙂

    I just wanted to commend you on raising amazing daughters who are beautiful inside and out. They made my daughter’s whole day!

    1. So sweet, Carrie! We always teach them that here is nothing spectacular about us, that we are a family just everyone else who happens to love hairstyling. They’ve been amazing daughters, and we can only hope they continue to make great choices in the future. My girls told me of all the youth who came up to them at EFY, and said that everyone was so nice to them. They were nervous being away from home for the first time alone. Please tell your daughter that my girls loved meeting her, and may see her again! Thanks to you, Carrie, for being such a wonderful mother that is invested in her children’s success. I can tell! Hugs to all of you! xoxo

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