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Part of a healthy hair routine is changing where you part your hair. If you are like most of us, our part is not usually part of our daily getting ready routine. It’s a good idea to focus on your part and change your hairstyle occasionally. There are so many new and on-trend hairstyles to try and we’re here to help you find a few that you will love.
Maybe it’s a natural center part for a less is more style. Or maybe a striking side part with a slicked-back ponytail is a look you long for. If you are not sure how to create a new part that is as flattering and fabulous as can be, take a look at some stylish ideas to inspire you. Let’s get this hair party started.
What is The Middle Part
We love the old saying, Let’s meet somewhere in the middle. This goes for our lovely locks too, So what is your middle part? A middle part is a natural line that appears in your hair, usually right above the center of your face. A middle part provides balance and beautifully frames your face.
It’s easy to find your middle part. Get your favorite comb or brush and step in front of the mirror. Simply brush your hair back away from your face, and it will naturally appear most likely close to the center. Or you can take your index finger and place it at the tip of your nose.
Next, slide your finger up the center over your forehead until you touch your hairline. This should mark your middle part. Some guys’ and gals’ middle parts are exactly in the middle if not a bit off-center. Some are known to have their middle parts interrupted by a cowlick or a widow’s peak, but that’s totally ok. It is what makes you beautifully unique!
Is it Healthy to Change Your Hair Part?
As we all know our hair is our crowning glory. Whether your hair is thin, thick, long short, curly, straight, fine, frizzy, you should change that part from time to time. Just like taking great care of your lovely locks, how you treat your scalp is essential to growing a healthy head of hair.
Believe it or not, if your hair falls in the same place day after day, year after year, some of your hair isn’t given the opportunity to breathe. In addition, if your part is in the same place all the time, and you blow dry and heat style the same hair, over-processing could damage the same places. Occasionally changing where your part is, is healthy and makes your hair happy. Here’s a plus. Trying out a new hairstyle looks good on you.
Is it Possible to Change Your Hair Parting Any Way You Like?
Your natural middle or slightly to the right or left middle part might be hard to part with. It is possible to change your hair part with a little tender loving comb and care. As a fashionista, you can change your looks and your part as much as you change your mind. That said, here’s a tip for capturing a new part. With wet or damp hair, take a comb and create a part wherever you want it.
Try this trick before going to bed and allow your hair to air dry. Repeat this routine for about a week, and you will “train” your new part to appear. Or, if you want your new part right now, while your hair is wet, create your new part, apply styling gel and slowly blow-dry your hair. Then apply hair spray to secure the part. Let’s brush up on the different parts to play with.
Center Part Naturally Balances Face
A center part for most folks is in the middle of your face. A center or middle part is a natural line that appears in your hair. This style is a classic and chic style that looks great on every face shape. A Center part naturally adds symmetry and elongates your face making it look thinner. If your center part does not naturally appear for you, create one and enjoy this timeless style.
Curly, coarse, thick hair tips
A center part provides balance and creates a less voluminous or puffy style. It’s easiest to do when your hair is wet or damp. Take a comb and start at the tip of your nose and trace straight up between the eyes until you reach your hairline. This is the center of your face. Use the comb to create a line and separate your hair from left to right. Voilà, you are now centered. Apply a styling gel or serum evenly, blow dry or allow to air dry. Some may need to use bobby pins or barrettes depending on the thickness of your tresses.
Straight, fine, thin hair tips
A center part provides balance and a sleeker style for those with thin, fine hair. A center part is the best part for concealing very thin hair or hair loss. Take a comb, brush, or your fingers, and smooth back your hair. Allow the hair to naturally fall from side to side. This is usually where your center part appears. You can also bend over and allow your hair to fall in front of your face.
Quickly stand back up straight and flip your hair. Your natural part will appear. Apply a styling gel or mousse to wet hair to secure the part. Apply hair spray to dry hair. Style with a flat iron for a straight look or pull back in a ponytail or bun for a classic style.
Side Part Creates A Chic Volume
A side part is an eye-catching style that is flattering on everyone. Similar to creating a middle part, create a line by separating your hair on either the left or right side of your face. Go for a subtle side part and part your hair only slightly off-center. Apply your favorite hair gel, and serum and allow it to dry. Secure the style with hair spray. A side part is flattering on all face and hair types because it softens your features beautifully. If you are blessed with a cowlick or receding hairline a side part will help your hair flow and conceal it. If you have a large forehead, a side part makes it appear smaller.
Curly, coarse, thick hair tips
If your hair type is curly, coarse, or thick, the easiest way to create a side part is when your hair is wet or damp. Take a comb or your finger and create a line by separating your hair. Depending on the thickness and weight of your hair you may need bobby pins or a hair clip to hold it. Apply hair product and dry. Remove bobby pins and use hair spray to maintain the style.
Thin, Fine Straight Hair
If your hair is thin and fine and doesn’t hold curls or waves well, a side part will add volume. Simply use a comb or your fingers and create a line in your hair. Use hair products that add volume and texture to your hair. You can create a side part on wet or dry hair. Apply hair spray to hold the style.
Deep Side Part Kicks Things Up
If you are not ready to commit to a new hairstyle and want to easily and instantly kick things up a notch try a deep side part. Simply parting your hair lower than a regular side part offers a dramatic look and instantly creates more volume and texture.
If your hair is color treated a deep side part will enhance the different shades adding dimension. Whether you wear your tousles down or pull them back in a chic pony or messy bun.
Slight Part Is Subtly Off Center
If you feel that a middle or side part is too severe for your look, a slight part, a part that is just a touch off center either to the right or left might be for you. Slight parts are flattering on most guys and gals, especially those with a cowlick or uneven hairline.
The easiest way to create a slight part is using a comb or your fingers, section the hair away from the middle but not too far or else you will create a side part. Use a light hair spray or gel to keep the part in place.
Zig Zag Part Adds Edgy Drama
Zig Zag parts were all the rage in the early 2000s. This throwback is created by designing a part that is a series of z shapes like zig-zags. This is a stand-out style and one that is as eye-catching as it is dramatic. It’s easiest to create when your hair is wet or damp.
Use the pointed tail of a comb and draw zig-zag shapes onto the scalp either wide shapes or tight ones based on the look you are going for. For a really chic look, use hair gel or a smoothing product to define the lines.
Messy Part Casual and Cool
A messy part is just as it implies… it looks messy and goes in many directions. Some folks think this casual and cool hairstyle goes along with the growing oversized clothing fashion trend. A messy part makes you appear like you didn’t try very hard, but the opposite is actually true.
To get a messy part, start with hair that isn’t squeaky clean. Apply your favorite hair mousse or gel and run your fingers through the area of your hair where you would like your messy part to fall. The more product the better to achieve the loose, separated, uncombed messy look.
How Do You Get Rid of (Correct) Middle Hair Parting?
One of the most effective ways to get rid of a natural middle hair part, is to part your hair in another area. Since your hair naturally wants to part in the same place over and over, you have to style it differently. Wet your hair comb or brush your hair on the opposite side of your natural part.
Apply a hair product like gel or mousse and blow dry using a paddle brush or fine teeth comb to get closer to the scalp. Continually brush the hair over the natural part. The heat from the blow dryer helps redirect the hair. This will create a new hair growth pattern.
When you have curly hair
Curly hair poses some challenges in getting rid of your middle part. If you have curly locks, you probably are aware that one side of your hair is curlier than the other. In order to correct the middle part use your fingers to separate an inch or so of hair and flip it over to the opposite side.
Another effective tip is to create a subtle zig-zag part from the front of your hairline to the back to create more volume. Or when you are in the shower, after shampooing and conditioning. As you rinse, flip your wet hair back and forth while running your fingers through your hair away from the natural part. Then brush out the tangles, blow dry using a diffuser to soften your curls.
When you have wavy hair
Wavy hair is not quite curly and not quite straight and changing up the middle part takes a bit of time and patience. First, if you have a center part that is as straight as a pin, and it goes right down the center of your scalp, simply flipping some of the hair on either side over to the other will instantly cameo this line of demarcation.
Be careful not to over brush your hair as it may go from wavy to frizzy. Use a hair product that is moisturizing to keep your strands from straying. If your hair is processed, and you use blow dryers and heat irons, make sure to treat your hair with plenty of conditioners and leave-ins. The healthier your waves are the more likely your part will change directions.
When you have coily hair
Coily hair, hair that is somewhere between curly and wavy is dryer and needs TLC to correct a center part. First, shampoo your coils with a very gentle, very moisturizing shampoo. It is advisable to use a pre-conditioner prior to shampooing. Hair oil will also provide additional moisturizing. Always style your hair when it is damp. Using a comb or your fingers trace a line to create a part away from the center. Or you may opt for a flattering protective style like braids or twists that are designed not to change every day. This promotes natural hair growth.
How Long Does It Take To Change Your Hair Part?
There is no tried or true time for changing a hair part. It will certainly vary from person to person and how devoted you are to the process. If you stick to the same routine every day for approximately a week, your part will begin to change from the center to the new location.
Can you change your hair part permanently?
Your center part is something that is part of you and cannot be permanently changed. Your part can be retrained with time and consistency and is something you have total control over. Changing the location of your part adds volume, allows your scalp to breathe, and gives you a fresh new look.
Is it necessary to change your hair parting often?
Changing your part often results in a healthier happy head of hair and scalp. The longer you keep the same hair part, the more it is worn down causing breakage and other damage.