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What Are Twintails(Pigtails)?
“Twintails” are a common name for a hairstyle where, long hair is parted in the middle or possibly set high on the head and hangs down over both the shoulders.
In the past, these pigtails were usually called “futatsu yui” (“two ties”) by mothers who would do the hair of their very young daughters. The point was that they would be placed high over the temples of their daughters, who were of one-digit ages, which distinguished it from hairstyles that were braided below the ears.
Nowadays, those memories have faded away, and now it’s recognized as a new type of up-do for female models and others who are out of their teens
Suddenly, There’s Even an “Association” For Twintail Awareness!
In recent years, the popularity of pigtails have surged to such heights that in 2012 an association was created to promote the hairstyle.
There’s even free websites where you can download pictures of high schoolers in pigtails!
It’s named “Fundamentally Twintails 2013”!!
Produced and directed by Fundamentally Twintails halcana/F=h-shi, the photos of “Fundamentally Twintails” have been released. (Published in 2013/8/22 GIGAZINE)
In “Fundamentally Twintails 2013,” the definition of pigtails is properly defined. According to them:
1. There are two bunches of hair, bilaterally symmetrical and hanging down
2. The length of the two bunches (the tips of the hair) hang down below the shoulders
3. The place where the hair is tied should be above the ears
These are the three general rules of pigtails. Hairstyles that do not fulfill these three are a different hairstyles. Because we’re fundamentalists~
Examples of Practical Uses of Twintails
Now, I want to see the practical use of twintails in pictures edited by the society. Now, for the sake of convenience, in this article twintails are defined as two bunches of hair hanging down bilaterally and symmetrically.
▼High School Girls and Twintails
If high school girls wear twintails, they become cuter than anything!
▼Talents and Twintails
Of course, there also many talents and models who wear twintails.
▼College Students and Twintails
There are also a lot of girls on Japanese college campuses with twintails.
▼Cosplay and Twintails
Cosplay and twintails are also unbearably cute.