10 Pigtail Hairstyles to Try in 2021

Two ways to rock pigtails like an adult.

When you think of pigtails your mind probably takes a trip down memory lane. You instantly think about how this hairstyle was a favorite of yours when you were 10. Today, you probably wouldn’t think to style your hair into that kiddie hairstyle, but, we may be able to change your mind because (along with a number of 90s inspired trends), pigtails are back with a vengeance! Yup, you heard us right. Pigtails are back! However, there is a way that this hairstyle can be worn to ensure a less juvenile look and feel.

In order to keep this hairstyle fresh, modern and, well, adult, style them in a more fashionable way. And of course, complement your hairstyle with an on-trend outfit to match. Take a look at 10 modern and grown-up ways to wear pigtails in 2021:

1. Low Pigtails

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Neat and simple way to rock the low pigtail look.

Simple is often best when it comes to throwback trends. We love this classic low pigtails look and how easy it is to create. Add a sophisticated spin to this pigtails style by wrapped a 1-inch strand of hair around the base of each pigtail. This will add a polished finish to the look and a bit of a more grown-up spin!

2. Undone Low Pigtails

redhead woman wearing low pigtail ponytails
Create cute low pigtail ponytails with a mussed-up texture. Add long bangs to frame the face and soften up the look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Loosen up the look for a more undone and easy finish. This look is messy and chic, and effortless in that coveted off-duty model way. Add some extra texture to your style by finishing off the look with a mist of Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

3. High Pigtails

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Style your pigtails at the top of your head for some major height!

Add some height to your classic pigtails style by wearing your pigtails higher up on your head. Prep your strands by washing them with a volumizing wash and care system like TRESemmé Full Fiber Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.

4. Undone Fishtail Braided Pigtails

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Try this undone fishtail style for a more laidback look.

Recreating this look is all about using your fingers to pancake the braids to create a completely undone chic finished look. Pull a few pieces of hair out around your face and really work the braids as you pull them apart to add texture and movement.

5. Zig-Zag Part

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Consider this funky zig zag style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Take it way back to the 90s with a zig-zag part. Use a comb to create a zig-zag part that starts at the top of your head at your hairline and goes all the way down to the nape of your neck. Use clear hair ties to secure the pigtails to ensure that all of the focus remains on the zig-zag feature.

6. French Braid Pigtails

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Start your style in French braids and extend them into regular pigtails.

This combination-style begins as French braids and ends as regular pigtails. Consider this hybrid look for a workout class or a casual day of running errands.

7. Braided Pigtails

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Comb your strands down into a smooth braided pigtail style.

Comb your strands down before braiding them in this multi-dimensional braided pigtails style. Start with a 5-strand braid, secure the braid halfway, and finish the look with a classic 3-strand. This is another hybrid style that gives a visually unexpected twist.

8. Twisted Pigtails

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Flip your pigtails through themselves for a cool twisted look.

This style only looks complicated but it’s actually super easy to create. Start by securing your low pigtails with thin hair ties and then flip each one through the base to created this twisted finish.

9. Dutch Braids

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Consider combining two trends in one with this combination style.

This look is as Insta-worthy as it gets! These pop-up 3D Dutch braids add a trendy element to your look and work overtime to show off your highlights too!

10. Accessorize

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Accessorize your pigtails with a handful of charms.

When in doubt, accessorize! These beautiful braids feature tiny charms scattered throughout that add a dose of personality to a classic style.

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