Hi! Well I’m not sure if I should show you this…it’s not strictly a “pleat” as such, more of a topknot. But, what the bleep,let’s keep this strictly between you and me, but why not? I was quite chuffed with this, not tried a topknot before.I love my shiny new Stonebridge hair sticks with it! But I think I’ll go a do a proper pleat too. Just to be sure.