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Wearable Nature: Messy Pigtails For Hiking

Today, I'm going to show you my new summer hairstyle in Wearable Nature: Messy Pigtails for Hiking!  I touched on it briefly in this natural look beauty tutorial.  Let's talk messy pigtails!

My daughter Chloe decided to put my hair in pigtails one day, while my hair was still damp.  It was hot out and we were about to go hiking in search of painted rocks, dinosaurs, and other cool stuff left by hikers.  We'll talk about this cool trend another time soon though!

After that, Chloe told me that it should be my new summer hairstyle for hiking or whatever.  I like it.  It's simple, it's messy and very fairy-like.  In some ways just like me!

Last summer my hair was really long and I snipped it off due to the diligence of the hot, humid Florida heat.  It was, by all accounts, a disaster.  This year, I'm trying to cope with the heat with new hairstyles instead.

DIY Messy Pigtails For Hiking

Ingredients:

  • Two regular-sized ponytail holders
  • A brush that matches your hair texture naturally
  • Damp, freshly washed hair works best, but in a pinch, you can use it with dry hair.
  • Hairspray (optional)
Instructions:

  1. Brush hair out thoroughly, then divide into two sections.  If you're doing this alone.  You may have to hold ponytails loosely until you can fix each side.  
  2. Make sure to set the ponytails low and separated far apart.  If you have a curl in the back of your head like I do, it may make the middle a little messier, but it works. Plus, it's cute!
  3. At this point, you can add hairspray which is totally optional.  I don't use it, but I know some people like it in their hair care arsenal.  
  4. Don't be afraid to go against the natural grain of your hair's shape and texture, like I did in the pictures.  Be bold!
Notes:  You can also add flowers to it if you like, just use this tutorial on wearing flowers in your hair.  Another way to stand out, use ponytail holders that have toys and trinkets on them like you did when you were a little girl.  Brings back some sweet childhood nostalgia, don't you think?  

Why This Works:  Keeps your hair separated, up, and off your back for the most part.  It keeps your neck open, light and airy.  Perfect for hiking and summer in general!

What's your favorite summer hairstyle?  Have you found a way to make it personalized?  Tell me all about it in the comments or leave me a link to your blog!

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