The A List Love Braid Pigtails – Here’s Why They’re Hot Right Now

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by Daniela Morosini |
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Braid pigtails probably bring up some of the following phrases in your mind: schoolgirl, juvenile and Pippi Longstocking. Well, this year, braid pigtails are getting a new lease of life, thanks to the A List.

First Alexa Chung, ever the early adopter and perennial style icon, rocked her mid-length hair in baby braids, secured with ribbon bows. Then, over Christmas, Kim Kardashian West sported impossibly long, impossibly glossy French braided pigtails (with daughter North in a identical mummy-and-me style, natch). And so, a trend was born.

The pigtail braid was everywhere at fashion week, worn in a boxy, sporty style by A-listers like Karlie Kloss and celebrity royalty like Harper Beckham - mummy Victoria's cute snap of the four-year-old's braids was the most popular post on Instagram during New York Fashion Week. Looks like the humble plait has some serious social media clout...

The beauty of the modern pigtail is that it can be worn so many ways. If you're an insouciant Alexa, you can wear your 'tails unfussy and with plenty of cool, matte texture. If you're a glamour puss like Kim, you can amp up the shine factor and go for French braiding to give the look a more polished feel.

Want to try the trend? We're all for it - we recommend using some texturising spray (can't say better than Bumble & bumble's Surf Infusion Spray, £21.50) on weekend, unwashed hair, using a slick of Redken Braid Aid 03, £19 to tame flyaways and go for a loose style. When you're ready to be braver, try working two French braids (read our guide here) into pigtails and pull them tight and taut for a glossy look.

2015 might have been about the hun, but 2016 could very well be the year of the pigtail.

READ MORE: How To Master The French Braid

READ MORE: What On Earth Is The 'Hun'?


Celebrity Pigtails

Alexa Chung1 of 7

Alexa Chung

On anyone else, this couldn't work. Ribbons? On pigtails? Over the age of 12? But on Alexa, it's just oh-so-chic.

Charli XCX2 of 7

Charli XCX

Charli's directional 'do shows that plaits don't have to be girly. Her style's equal parts provocative and punky, and we seriously rate it.

Gwen Stefani3 of 7

Gwen Stefani

ONLY Gwen. Only Gwen. It's bonkers, but totally brilliant. Hats off!

Jess Glynne4 of 7

Jess Glynne

We love this fun, youthful look on Jess. It's super cute and a great daytime style.

Leigh Anne Pinnock5 of 7

Leigh Anne Pinnock

This is a true braid bonanza. From those slicked-back plaits up top, to the rope-like twists flying free, Leigh Anne's look is seriously cool.

Leona Lewis6 of 7

Leona Lewis

We love these chunky braids on Leona - her thick, luscious hair is perfect for this style.

Rita Ora7 of 7

Rita Ora

This could be a contender for our favourite braided style ever. Hair supremo Chris Colls whipped up this pretty yet gritty style for Rita, complete with beads and pearls. See you in Hobbycraft.

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