By Toni Rasmussen
The classic hairstyle of pigtails does not directly come from the resemblance of a pig’s tail as one might assume. In the early 1600s, several tobacco leaves would be twisted together compactly and then cured. This was called a pigtail because of its similarities to a curly pig’s tail. In the later 1600s, a hair braid looked like the tobacco pigtail and thus started the name of the braided hairstyle. Since then, pigtails have also come to describe two pony tails on either side of the head that are not necessarily braided.
Michelle Tanner from Full House dons an evolved version of pig tails that doesn’t include braids.