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For the longest time, I never really did much with Mei’s hair. She wakes up with the worst bedhead — we’re talking a big rat’s nest in the back and even dousing it with detangler wasn’t good enough on some days. At most, I’d get her hair brushed before heading out the door and maybe put in a bow to look like I put in some effort. 😆 But, I’ve recently learned how to do messy pigtail buns and am so excited to share the easy step-by-step tutorial with you!
Thankfully I found myself a new hair brush that has changed the detangling process and Mei actually asks me to do her hair every morning now! Her favorite hair style is definitely the messy pigtail buns and fortunately it’s a look that I can finish in 2 minutes. She gets compliments on them all the time and they’re also the perfect for keeping her hair out of her face for school! Scroll to the end for a step-by-step video tutorial — enjoy!
Recommended Supplies For Styling Girls’ Hair
Tangle Teezer Original | rat tail comb | hair bows
mini bobby pins (great for kids!) | mini elastic hair ties (not shown)
About a month ago, I was turned onto the Tangle Teezer and wow, it has been a game changer! With over 22,000 reviews on Amazon and 4.6/5 stars, I feel like I’ve been living under a rock since I didn’t know about this amazing hair brush. I’ve used the Wet Brush in the past personally that has been good for detangling my hair personally, but the difference with the Tangle Teezer is that it’s the easiest to use on knotted hair (no tugging!), plus it really boosts the shine! Either way, it’s super affordable and definitely worth a shot if you and/or your little ones deal with major bedhead in the mornings!
Other essentials I’ve found include a rat tail comb as they’re super handy not only for getting that separated part, but also just for cleanly picking up hair for braiding. I also LOVE these mini hair bows from Amazon as they come in the cutest prints and are super affordable too!
The steps for messy pigtail buns is super straight-forward:
- Using a rat tail comb, evenly split the hair down a center part all the way down the back. Use a hair tie to section off the half you’re not working on to prevent it from interfering.
- Tie each half into a high pigtail, only pulling the hair halfway through the hair tie on the last loop.
- Wrap the tail end of the pigtail around the base, securing it with a bobby pin.
- Split the top pigtail loop in half and use another hair tie to wrap it around the pigtail.
- Pull out and slightly loosen pieces of each bun as preferred.
- Accessorize with a mini hair bow.
And done! I recorded a short video explaining the process and hopefully this will help show the different steps mentioned above.
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Any other mamas struggle with brushing their kids’ hair? 🙋🏻♀️ This girl wakes up with serious bedhead and I always feel bad tugging to get the knots out! I picked up the @tangleteazerus Original hairbrush 💜 a few weeks ago and wow, Mei actually asks me to do her hair in the mornings now! 🙌🏻 The difference is in the flexible two-tier patented teeth technology — check out my video to see it in action as well as a super easy tutorial for messy pigtail buns! 🎀 #PowersInTheTeeth #ad
hair bows | Target girls denim jacket | Pippa & Julia Star Rainbow dress
Give this look a try! Messy pigtail buns have become our go-to hairstyle for those mornings when I’m still half asleep and rushing the kids out the door for school. It’s perfect for keeping their hair out of their face, plus it looks especially cute on little girls!
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Let me know if you’d be interested in more easy hairstyles like this!
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Have you done messy pigtail buns before? Let me know in a comment below!
Aww. Super cute! And super easy to do. The bows are the like the cherry on the top.
The Joyous Living says
your daughter’s buns are so cute!! i love the bows you chose.
Ashley t says
What a cute hairstyle and she is so adorable.
Everything is so cute about this post. How adorable is little Mei!
Aliceee Traveler says
Oh my God! You have a small princess with lovely hair. You did a great job my dear 😍
Rose Ann Sales says
This style is so cute. And I love the accessories you use for her.
Gervin Khan says
That looks nice, your little girl is so cute and adorable! The hairstyle suits her well.
Cristina Petrini says
As a child I always loved having my hair styled and this idea is super kawaii and easy to finish with lots of fun barrettes!
Nikki Wayne says
She’s so adorable and I love that style,easy to make.
Those are adorable. I had no idea it would be that easy to do, honestly.
I wish I’d had a tutorial like this on those rare days when I had to do something with my daughter’s hair. Things did not go well…
Aww. That is the cutest. I used to put my daughters’ hair up like this all the time. I still do from time to time.
Mosaics Lab says
These are so so cute!!! I wish i had a daughter, I would have done the same 100%
Gosh how i miss when my momma used to make my hair like that!
Makes me want to have a kid so i can do this myself ahah
Am I crazy for wanting to try these out for myself? They’re so cute and playful! I just don’t think my hair is quite long enough ahah!
She is adorable in those pigtails! I wish we had that brush when I was a kid, would have made getting my hair brushed out much more enjoyable experience (sorry, mom!) 😀 Thanks for sharing!
Matt Taylor says
Such a cute hairstyle! I have always liked it. If I ever have a girl, definitely doing this.
Her hair looks so cute! I just love those adorable little bows! I kind of want them for myself haha!
Aw! She looks so cute! I love the tangle teezer!
Toni Dash says
This is so fun and adorable!! Girls will surely enjoy this! Such a cute gift idea, too!
Lisa Autumn says
OMG this is so cute!
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Kevin Brotac says
I have always enjoyed the time I spent combing my girls hair, I am not the best at it but we always have fun! Time to get some new hairstyle tips for going back to school!
Lucy Clarke says
Oh how adorable! Can’t wait to try this out on my little one.
Kuntala Bhattacharya says
So cute and sweet she looks. Hope I had a girl along with my son. Will show the post to my sis in law, she has a littke daughter.
Iris Findlay says
She’s absolutely adorable! I used to love this style when I was a little girl.
Jennifer Prince says
This is so cute! I love the little collection of bows, too.
aww what a lil cutie pie!
Sara | mshealthesteem.com says
This is such an adorable hairstyle! Too cute <3
I love all the hair ties! It’s so fun and stylish! 🙂
Marie Phillips says
This is so cute. I miss doing this. My youngest daughter turned 19 last week. I don’t think she would let me do this, but I bet she would let me do an elegant up-do!
Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland says
Such an adorable hair style. When my niece gets older I’ll have to do this in her hair!
Shilpa Bindlish says
Aww! what a cutie pie she is! And this hairstyle made her look adorable.
Sarah M says
I am often wondering for a new hairstyle for my daughter and thank you for sharing this hairstyle. I am gonna try this soon on her 😀
Aww this hair style is so cute! I love the tangle comb. Might need to get it!
Renata Feyen says
My granddaughter also loves bows and pony tails – I am gonna have to show her the picture 🙂
So cute! I love the ribbons and the cute little buns. Plus she looks so happy with the hairstyle.
This is one of the most adorable things I’ve seen. Pigtails bun is a creative idea.
Yanitza Ninett says
The bow are very pretty and this hairstyle looks super cute! My niece will totally love this.
So fun! She looks adorable!
Omg she is so sweet! I love this kind of hairstyle and the way you take care of her 🙂
How stinkin’ cute is this hair-do!! I am loving the pigtail buns and the bows!
Adaleta Avdic says
This is the cutest tutorial of all, and makes me want a little one to do a cute hair look for. Also she is the cutest!
Melanie williams says
Aw my gosh what a pretty young lady and those messy pigtail buns look super sweet and cute x
Sarah Lindner says
She is such a cutie and the buns look adorable on her! xoxo, Sarah
she is so so cute and this is the cutest little hair style! good job mama!
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Aww she looks so cute!
What a cute hairstyle! I love a good messy bun.
She is too cute!! I don’t have a toddler but I will definitely be trying this out on my own hair 😉
Monidipa Dutta says
She is so adorable…
And these pigtail buns reminded me of my mum. She used to tie my hair like this!
So so cute! I can’t wait for Charlotte to have enough hair to fun stuff with! Someday haha
That detangler brush could be a life saver! This could help in a lot in the hair styling process!
This is so adorable! Cute hair ties or any hair accessories make any hairstyle so much better.
emman damian says
I love using ribbons for pigtails for my niece. She likes it. She looks cute on it.
Gaica DC San says
She is so cute and too adorable. My little girl would def love these too.
My daughter loves to wear her hair like this too! What a great tutorial
So cute girl with cute smiling face 🙂
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