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Pastureland Pigtails

A recurring hairstyle I’ve donned since my miniature maverick days on the farm in the ’80s has been pigtails for sure. I adore one or multiple even now. Slap some satin ribbons and rhinestoned barrettes around them, and we’re talkin’ haute hair — of hayfield standards, of course.

For my history-lovin’ hairstylists and beauty industry cowhands, the word “pigtail” goes as far back as the early 1600s. At the time, it described a twist of chewing tobacco. Lol. Well, that twist actually resembled a pig’s curly tail. Throughout time the pigtail’s popularity has combed over the heads of soldiers, sailors and now primarily girls and women.

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