Now I’m sure you’ve seen pigs tied up outside of stores or fairs, waiting to feed them. I always thought that was the worst looking thing. Maybe that’s why this was my favorite picture of pigs.


This article is about the hair style. For the food, see Pork tail. For the connectors, see Fiber pigtail.

In the context of hairstyles, the usage of the term pigtail (or twin tail or twintail) shows considerable variation. The term may refer to a single braid, but is more frequently used in the plural ("pigtails") to refer to twin braids on opposite sides of the head. For some people, the term "pigtails" applies whether or not the hair is braided, (Source:

From the later 17th century through the 19th century, the term came to be applied to any braided ("plaited", in British parlance) hairstyle. The British army also adopted a single pigtail or "queue" as its standard dress for long hair. British barristers continue to wear a wig with pigtails as a way to hide the hairline in an attempt to provide basic anonymity.

Robert Louis Stevenson mentions "pigtail" referring to hair and then to "pigtail tobacco" in the first and fourth chapters of Treasure Island, respectively. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In some regions of China, traditional culture related the wearing of pigtails to a girl's marital status. A young, unmarried, Chinese girl would often wear two buns, or bundles of hair on either side of the head to display her availability to prospective husbands. This style of pigtails is sometimes referred to as "ox horns." However, when this girl would marry, the two pigtails, or buns, would be replaced with just one, thus indicating her marriage.

Today, pigtails remain popular, especially among youngsters. Adults may also wear pigtails from time to time. Hair pulled into pigtails is often braided, too. (Source: wonderopolis.org)


NO. Pigtails are tightly braided or plaited and look like a pig's tail. Hair gathered and allowed to hang loosely is a ponytail, whether singly at the back or one on each side. Most styles mistakenly called 'pigtails' are actually a double ponytail

The twisted tobacco leaves did resemble the curly tail of a pig, so they were called “pigtails.” Eventually, the term began to be used to describe hair braids that resembled the twisted tobacco leaves. Pigtails were very popular among soldiers and sailors in the 1700s.

Some people think pigtails and braids are two different hairstyles (and often, a single pony tail to be a third), but others just call them all pigtails. The word, an American invention, originally described a twisted piece of chewing tobacco that was thought to resemble a pig's curly tail. The hairstyle was first called pigtails in the mid-1700s. (Source: www.vocabulary.com)

If you want to incorporate a restorative element into your pigtail look, Sapong recommends a rich, yet lightweight conditioning treatment, such as French favorite Leonor Greyl Masque à L'Orchidée or Briogeo's Don’t Despair, Repair! treatment oil, to help nourish and strengthen hair. If you're hoping to wear it and go, considering finger-combing a styling product through before plaiting your hair. "You can braid it when it's wet and when you take it out, there's a lovely little texture to the hair as well," says Sapong. Another pro tip: Use thin, yet sturdy snag-free fasteners, like pro favorite Blax's elastics, which glide on the hair and won't pull or damage it. If you want to add an accent, he recommends adding an accessory like a grosgrain ribbon for a "flash of col

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