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Scarf Pigtails

THE LOOK

In this hairstyle a scarf becomes a special feature. It sits like a headband across the top of your head and is then used as a section in each pigtail braid, helping to make your hair look thicker. Because the scarf can add color to your hair, it can be used to complement whatever you’re wearing. Straight or curly hair looks great in this style.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

A large rectangular scarf is easy to work into this style, but if you have a square scarf, simply fold it diagonally until you get a 2-inch-wide strip. The choice of scarf will transform the look of this braid. Pick a neutral tone for an elegant style or a bright, colorful scarf for a fun, flirty look.

TRY THIS

Pigtails not your thing? This style looks gorgeous with the braids pinned up at the nape of your neck. Fold the braid up, tucking the ends under, and pin in place. Pin the second braid over the top of the first for a beautiful braided updo.

Top : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Jessica Tran.
Bottom : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.

HOW TO GET IT SCARF PIGTAILS

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Scarf
  • Hair elastics

1). Brush and loosely part your hair. Place the scarf around the back of your neck, and bring it up like a headband.

2). Twist the ends of the scarf around each other to form a turbanstyle knot.

3). Bring the ends of your scarf down on either side and make sure they’re about the same length as your hair. Secure one side of your hair and one end of the scarf with a hair elastic (this helps keep the tension in the scarf and stops the knot from moving as you braid the other side).

4). The scarf will form one of the three sections of the regular braid. Split the rest of your hair in two and use the scarf as the center section, then just weave the two hair sections and the scarf into a regular braid and secure with a clear elastic.

5). Repeat on the other side.

TOP TIP : If your hair is very long, you may not need to put the scarf around the back of your head to do the first headband piece. Instead, you could place the scarf over your head, trailing the ends down on either side as part of the pigtails. You want the ends of the scarf to be about level with the ends of your hair.

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