Create ’90s Half Up Pigtails for Medium-Length Hair in 5 Steps

We’re throwing it back to the '90s with this cute pigtail hairdo that you can still wear and pull off today!

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Asian woman with '90s half up pigtails wearing a red sweater outdoors

Remember how you wore pigtails when you were in grade school? Almost every girl in your class had a similar hairstyle. Now that you’re all grown up, it’s fun to wear it once again and take a walk down memory lane. Rediscover how to make these gorgeous ‘90s half up pigtails and give it a modern twist. Watch this tutorial and nail the ‘do once again.

How to Create the ’90s Half Up Pigtails


Prep hair

Use hair products that keep your hair soft and easy to style like Sunsilk Smooth and Manageable Shampoo. It has five flower essences that make your hair smooth and fragrant all day.

'90s Half Up Pigtails: Girl wearing a red jacket is smiling and putting her hand on her collar ready to make her 90's half up pigtails

Protect hair from heat

Spray some heat protection on your hair before using heat-styling tools. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray to provide ample protection from heat and seal in shine while reducing frizz.

Asian girl wearing a red jacket is spraying heat protectant on her hair before creating her 90s half up pigtails

Curl one section at a time

Divide your hair into two vertical sections, clipping one section and leaving the other one down. Then, take a smaller section of hair and wrap it around the curling iron for a few seconds before taking another small section. After all the sections have been curled, unclip the other side and repeat the curling process.

90s half up pigtails: Asian girl wearing a red jacket is curling her hair for her '90s half up pigtails

Tie your hair

Make your ‘90s half up pigtails. Gather a small section of hair near your hairline on one side and tie it with an elastic. Do the same thing on the other side while making sure the pigtails are placed at the same height.

#HairHack: Give your hair a more natural look by using the pointy end of a tail comb to loosen some strands near your hairline. Let these strands fall and frame your face.

90s half up pigtails: Asian girl wearing a red jacket is tying her hair up for her '90s half up pigtails

Rock your '90s pigtails

Enjoy flaunting your #throwback look as you reminisce the good old days. You don’t necessarily have to go back to school to wear pigtails but you can definitely revisit your old haunts when you were a kid!

Asian woman with '90s half up pigtails wearing a red sweater outdoors

Other Pigtail-Inspired Hairstyles to Try

Find out how else you can wear this cute hairstyle.

1. Low Pigtails

girl wearing a white top and plaid skirt is tugging at her ribboned 90s pigtail
Look younger with this do! Credit: Shutterstock

Inject a childlike charm into your look by making low pigtails. Just divide your hair into two sections and tie each section with a clear elastic. Then, add a cute ribbon on each pigtail and run your fingers through your hair to make sure there are no tangles.

2. Twin Braids with Curled Bangs

Asian woman with twin braids hairstyle wearing a pink jumper and striped shirt
Twice the braid, twice the fun! Credit: Hariono Halim

Twin braids can turn ordinary pigtails into fabulous hairstyles. You can make them loose to exude a laidback vibe. You can even make them look fuller by pulling the sides of your braids to add volume. Then, finish off with curled bangs that seamlessly blend with your braids.

3. Messy Two Braids Hairstyle

Asian woman with messy two braids hairstyle wearing a denim dress
A little bit of mess adds charm to this already pretty hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

Enjoy a hairstyle that looks laidback. After making your twin braids, loosen some strands near your hairline to frame your face and give you a gentler look. It’s an unfailing hairstyle that’s perfect for summer.

4. High Pigtails

Asian woman with high '90s half up pigtails wearing a striped dress
You can also do this hairstyle to tie growing bangs. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This hairstyle is a nice variation to the ’90s half up pigtails. It’s perfect if you have bangs that you want to keep off your face. Just include them when you tie your hair and finish with a few spritzes of hairspray to keep all strands in place..

You don’t always have to create new hairstyles every time you want. Sometimes, it all comes from feeling good when you wear hairstyles that remind you of your childhood, like the 90s half up pigtails.