The 5 Best Pigtail Styles for Women

Updated on August 21, 2017
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Pigtails for Grown Ups?

Do you think that pigtails are just for little girls? It may surprise you, but this hairstyle can be a great look for women too. Pigtails may be just what you are looking for if you want to try something fun and different. In just a few minutes, you can have this fun new look for a weekend or a special event. Most adult women don't consider it an option because they don't want to appear too cutesy, but if you want to know how to wear pigtails and get away with it, this article is for you!

The Low-Styled Pigtail

If you look around at all the little girls with pigtails they are usually worn up high. Not all of them but most. The low pigtail style adds some class and maturity while minimizing the child like look. All you need is two hair bands. Just gather the tails to about your jaw line and use a hair tie to secure it. Some wear this look neat, others messy without even brushing out the hair no matter which you choose it's sure to look great.

Classy pigtails
Classy pigtails

Fish Tail Braids

This style is heavily trending and getting more popular all the time. Fish tail pigtails look complicated but they are pretty easy once you get the technique down. This style is worn by many adults including celebrities. The fishtail on its own is becoming a favorite worn by everyone. This is a great spin on braided pigtails and looks much more grown up. To create a fishtail braid you just separate your hair into two sections. Next you take a small piece of hair from the left and move it over to the right. Then you do the same with the right side moving a piece to the left. Repeat this process all the way down to get this awesome braid. To get this look with pigtails you just apply this technique to hair already separated into classic piggytails.

Fish tail pigtails
Fish tail pigtails

How to fishtail

curly pigtails
curly pigtails

Curly Tails

This style is fast and easy. It takes just minutes to create this look. Throw your hair into a couple of pigtails and then curl each tail into some loose curls. If you have naturally wavy hair this is the easiest pigtails hairstyle ever! It looks great for just about any occasion and can be worn by the young or more mature. This style is truly versatile.

Messy half braided pigtails
Messy half braided pigtails

Messy and Half-Braided

This style is simple and easy. A more relaxed look than the regular braided pigtails. You just separate you hair into the pigtails (without brushing) secure them with the hair ties. Then braid your hair about a third of the way down or to where ever you think looks best and secure the braid with another hair band. The look of the extra long tassels at the end of the braids looks gorgeous. This can even be done with a fishtail braid!

Pigtails with a bump
Pigtails with a bump

Pigtails With a Bump

Adding a bump is a great way to add some flare. This look can be used to add and elegant twist to the classic low pony. All it takes is you two hair bands and a bobby pin. Hair spray might also help keep the bump in place. This style is my favorite because can so easily add a little sixties retro to just about anything.

Fun styling pigtails
Fun styling pigtails

Are You Ready To Rock Your Own Pigtail Style?

You can mix and match just about any of these ideas and styles to find what works best for you. Some work best for relaxed everyday wear others look more intricate and work best with an elegant evening look. Dress it up with a favorite pair of earrings or an over sized flower. Be bold and have fun. Grown up girls can wear pigtails!

Do you think adults can get away with wearing pigtails?

  • 94% Yes
  • 6% No way!
84 people have voted in this poll.

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        Kim Evans 8 months ago

        I think its okay for woman to wear pigtails isn't it?You see I wear them all the time and I am 49 years old age shouldn't matter I am confident strong woman and find something feminine about wearing pigtails

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        Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

        I would never think to try pig tails on my own but your ideas are inspiring! I can't wait to try it.

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        vibesites 4 years ago from United States

        First to vote and first to comment! I love all the examples of "grown-up" pigtails you featured here. I haven't tried pigtails since becoming an adult but will try these different styles. Thanks for sharing! :)