Braids and pigtails? Yes, you can pull them off long after grade school. If you're looking for an easy way to add edge to your look, this sporty but super-trendy look is for you. Hairstylist Kathleen Pothast shows us how to get a fun and flirty style you can take everywhere from a concert, to the gym, to late night drinks with friends.
Follow these steps:
1. Prep your hair with a texturizing spray. Part your hair down the middle from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Clip off one side so it's easier to work with.
2. Grab three strands, starting at the crown, from whichever pigtail you're starting on. Do a Dutch braid (a reversed French braid—moving the strands under, not over. See our Dutch braid tutorial here.)
3. Braid to the nape of your neck and secure the hair with a small elastic. Repeat steps 2-3 on the other side.
4. Use a texture powder and "pancake" the braids to make them appear bigger and more lived-in. Pancaking is a method of gently pulling at the strands of a braid to give it more width and volume. We used Kevin Murphy Powder.Puff Volumising Powder, $47.
5. Take a small section of hair from each pigtail end and wrap it around the base of the elastic to hide it. Secure with a bobby pin and spray lightly with hairspray.
6. You can add loose curls to the ends of your hair for a more polished look, or leave them natural for a free-spirited, laidback vibe.
And that's it. Easy, fun, and definitely on-trend.