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Cost
$ $ $ $ $
Difficulty
• • • • •
Time
10 mins

Braids, Buns, and Twists!
Frame your face with these sweet pigtails, which begin with a Dutch plait (see page 44) at the top and at ear level combine with the rest of your hair to finish in a basic plait. By stretching out the plaits, you’ll emphasise their shape. To keep the look modern, leave the plaits slightly messy and a little softer, with some loose layers at the front.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH
Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?
No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?
No

ACCESSORIES
Keep this hairstyle simple and modern by leaving off the bows and ribbons. Less is more when you’re wearing pigtails.

TRY THIS
If pigtails aren’t your thing, you can easily convert this daytime hairstyle into a more sophisticated look by pinning them up. Fold and cross the pigtails over and pin them at the nape of your neck for an elegant upstyle.

Photography
Top: Hairstyling, photography and modelling by Alison Titus.
Bottom left: Hairstyling, photography and modelling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom right: Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modelling by Adeline Er.

Posted by Aurum Press Published See Aurum Press's 73 projects » © 2018 Christina Butcher / Apple Press · Reproduced with permission. · Braids, Buns & Twists - Step-by-step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles by Christina Butcher. Published by Apple Press, £14.99.
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  • How to style a braid / plait. Pigtail Plaits - Step 1
    Step 1

    Loosely split your hair down the middle into two equal bunches.


  • How to style a braid / plait. Pigtail Plaits - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take a 2.5cm section of hair near your parting and start a Dutch plait along your hairline.


    Dutch Plait
    Start by taking a section of hair at the top of your head and splitting it into three equal pieces. Begin plaiting by taking the left piece under the middle piece and the right piece under the left (now middle) piece.


    Bring the left piece under the middle again, and add in a small section of hair from the left side.


    Continue on the right, bringing the right piece under, and adding in a small section of hair from the right-hand side. This way you’ll keep forming a reverse plait, but adding in sections of hair underneath as you go.


    Continue down the back of your head, adding in equal sections of hair to your plait.


    Once all your hair is added, finish in a reverse plait and secure the end with a hair band.

  • How to style a braid / plait. Pigtail Plaits - Step 3
    Step 3

    Continue down to your ear, adding in hair from both sides as you plait.


  • How to style a braid / plait. Pigtail Plaits - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once you pass your ear, add in the rest of your hair and continue in a regular plait to finish the pigtail. Use a clear hair band to secure the end of the plait.


  • How to style a braid / plait. Pigtail Plaits - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat on the other side. When you’re done, stretch out each plait to emphasise their shape.

    TOP TIP
    To create a seamless transition from the Dutch plait to the regular plait at your ear, take the Dutch plait as one section. Split the rest of your hair in two to make up the other two sections of the plait. If you have a fringe, you can leave it loose or add it into the Dutch plait.

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