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Bouffant Pigtails

THE LOOK

This is a chic way to wear pigtails—without being mistaken for a little girl! The teased crown creates height and volume, and the twisted back adds detail to low pigtails. This grown-up version of a childhood favorite is great for a day by the beach or for catching up with friends. Audrey Hepburn immortalized this style in 1961 in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This movie was the inspiration for all the styles in this chapter, and it popularized the beehive as a major hair trend.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

A flower or jeweled clip can be pinned at the twist at the back for extra detail. Large sunglasses and breakfast at Tiffany’s are a must!

TRY THIS

Audrey wore this style with short bangs, and side-parted front layers are in keeping with the retro style. Braid your pigtails and pin into a chignon at the nape of your neck for a chic upstyle.

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Top : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Sophia Phan.
Bottom : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Patricia Almario.

HOW TO GET IT

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • 2 hair elastics

1). Start by backcombing the top section of hair at the crown of your head to create the bouffant shape.

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2). Next, gently comb it back and smooth over the top layer of hair.

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3). Take a section of hair from above each ear and twist the sections over at the back, and use a bobby pin vertically to pin in place. This will support the bouffant and keep the volume in your hair. Repeat with another twist if necessary.

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4). Split your hair into two sections to form the pigtails. Secure each pigtail with an elastic.

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5). Take a section of hair from the underside of the pigtail and wrap it around the hair elastic to cover it. Pin in place with a bobby pin underneath.

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TOP TIP

Prep your hair for extra volume before starting this style. Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and apply mousse to towel-dried hair before blow-drying.

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