Pigtails are one of those hairstyles that instantly takes your mind back to third grade. But, you can totally rock pigtails as an adult and we’re here to deliver three ways to do just that!

Now, if only we could invent a new more grown up word for this pretty and playful hairstyle ;)

Segmented Pigtails

1. Separate your hair into two sections. The part does not need to have that perfect line separating the two. The messy look helps add a little sophistication to this look.

2. Place a small elastic into the first section leaving out a small section of hair along the perimeter of your face.

3. Use your fingers to gently pull out some of the hairs to create more shape and to help create the undone look.

4. Add another elastic around 1 ½” to 2” below the first elastic.

5. Pull the section in between the two elastics apart to create a small poof. It is totally okay if some of the hairs even fall out completely.

6. Add as many of these sections as you can and continue poofing them out until you reach the ends of your hair.

7. Repeat on the opposite side.

8. Use a teasing comb or brush to back comb the section of hair you left out.

9. Smooth the hair back and secure in a small pomp with a couple bobby pins. Give a once over with hair spray to keep everything in place.

Pigtail Buns

1. Separate hair into two sections.

2. Twist one section.

3. Now wrap the twist into a knotted-looking messy bun.

4. Secure with a couple bobby pins.

5. Repeat on the other side.

6. Use a brush or comb to gently cover the line separating the two sections in the back of your head.

7. Pin back a couple strands of hair from the front to add another level of dimension in this look.

Messy Dutch Pigtails

1. Separate hair into two sections.

2. Starting on one side of your head pick up a smaller section from the top and begin a Dutch braid, braiding the hair underneath each other as opposed to over.

3. Start to pick up smaller pieces of hair and incorporate it into the Dutch braid.

4. When you get to the part in the back when you cannot add any more hair, begin a traditional braid until you get to the ends of your hair and secure with an elastic.

5. Gently pull the braid apart to loosen, giving it some volume and texture.

6. Repeat this process on the other side.

How you do update styles from your childhood? Talk to us in the comments below.