How to wear pigtails without a partline (and hide any regrowth)

by Hair Romance on December 18, 2013 · 28 comments

in Tutorials

Hair Romance - Tutorial for pigtails without a partline

When you think of pigtails, you immediately think of a childish hairstyle that has no business being on an adult.

To some extent that’s true. Depending on where you position your pigtails and how you style them, they can have a certain immaturity that doesn’t fit well with grown-ups.

However, there is a way to make pigtails not only a cool, age appropriate style, but also to make them extremely handy too. Ladies, I give you pigtails without a part.

Hair Romance - pigtails without a part

The best thing about these pigtails is that, because of where you bring the hair in from, they completely hide any regrowth. So if you want to wear your hair up but are afraid of that tell-tale tide mark, use this style and you’re covered!

I don’t wear pigtails very often, but this variation has made me add them to my everyday hairstyle wardrobe.

Hair Romance - Hairstyle tutorial for pigtails without a part

Hairstyle Tutorial – Pigtails without a part

Hair Romance - Hair tutorial for pigtails without a part


The trick to this style is creating a hidden part that goes across the back of your head, with a slight diagonal line.

  1. Brush all your hair back to remove any knots.
  2. Decide if you want any part at the front of your hair. I’ve got a vert short part on my right side, but you can have a centre or side part.
  3. Divide your hair into two equal sections by creating a part that goes across the back of your head. Make sure you have enough hair to cover the start of this part with the hair that sweeps down to the pigtails.
  4. Use small clear hair elastics to secure your pigtails. I like to position them low on the the nape of my neck for a slightly retro ponytail look.

Hair Romance - Tutorial for pigtails without a part

Are you a fan of pigtails? How do you wear yours?

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy December 18, 2013 at 4:02 am

Oh, I like that! Not something you can wear to work, but nice for casual days.


Hair Romance December 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Stacey! Yes, one for a weekend picnic for sure (well, that’s where I wore it last week!) I think this covered part is a great trick for braided styles too x


Chantel December 18, 2013 at 5:43 am

Nice. Thanks for the tutorial.


Hair Romance December 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Chantel! xx


Catherine December 18, 2013 at 6:56 am

oh this is clever! its kind of like a normal half up/half down but to the side! ingenious!


Hair Romance December 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Yes, that’s a great description Catherine! x


Kirsten December 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Thank you so much for this! My boyfriend thinks pigtails are adorable but I have a tough time making them look a little more ‘young lady’ instead of ‘little girl.’


Hair Romance December 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Thanks Kirsten! Give these a try and let me know how you go x


Maggie December 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

May I also recommend looking at Audrey Hepburn’s pigtails in Breakfat At Tiffany’s? It’s the first time I saw “classy” pigtails and loved them. I’m a big fan of these too. Can’t wait to try.


Hair Romance December 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Oh yes, I LOVE that style Maggie! I included it in my hairstyle book. I should do a tutorial here too xx


Jill Will Run December 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I saw this image pinned and had to re-pin it… while the pigtails are cute and I will have to try them, it’s the hair color that caught my eye. I’ve wanted to do something really fun and daring with my hair color for a long time…. (we’ll estimate at least 17 years?) and I love this. Now I have real inspiration, I just need to get up the nerve to actually do it! (I guess check back in with me in another 17 years!)


Hair Romance December 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks Jill! It’s only semi permanent colour so you should try it :)


Melody December 22, 2013 at 1:03 am

LOVE this look, trying it today.

I love the color too, I’ve been growing my hair out so I can do something similar.


Hair Romance December 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

Thanks Melody! Ooh have fun with your new hair colour xx


Bee December 24, 2013 at 5:30 am

Saw the link from Jill Will Run- came over because I love the color too! (I like the no-part pigtails, as well, and will have to try them, just not with the clear elastics. I have way too much hair for that).

I wish I could do a color like that. Such is the lament of the black-haired girls.


Hair Romance December 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for clicking over Bee! I am still thinking about your awesome ice cube trick for running you shared – so intrigued!


Amber December 24, 2013 at 5:56 am

I’m in love with this hair style! Definitely sending this to my stylist for my January appointment!


Amber December 24, 2013 at 5:57 am

I meant color. The style is great, but the color is amazing!


Hair Romance December 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Amber! My colourist is awesome – I just let him do what he wants (I go to Stevie at Stevie English Hair)


Danielle December 25, 2013 at 1:32 am

LOVE the color!!! Pigtails are great too, but that color is gorgeous. Might need to try it!


Hair Romance December 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Danielle! My hairdresser is the best ( I go to Stevie at Stevie English Hair)


BigAshDog December 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

What I love best about this is how I won’t have to get my geometry perfect. I can NEVER seem to get a center part straight all the way back for traditional pigtails on my girls.


Hair Romance December 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thank you, definitely a bonus with this style. I am hopeless and making a neat part for pigtails too


Loren December 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I barely found your site today…been on it all day! Anyway, had to try one of the many styles that I liked, and this is what I ended up wearing! I love it! Got compliments all day, even from my grandma!


Hair Romance December 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Thanks so much Loren! xxx


Abby January 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

To be honest, am not really a fan of pigtails. But this trick really does make it seem like a glam hairstyle even. Or it’s just that it may be works for this wonderful hair colour of yours!


Maria January 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I love this….so cute and easy! It would even be great for my girls. I can never get a straight part. I also love your color. Do you know what color your stylist used?


Hair Romance January 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Maria! I believe they use Original & Mineral colour, and Pravana colour for the brights :)


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