How To Wear It: A Sexy Side Part

October 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm , by

The easiest/quickest/most affordable way to add oomph to your ‘do without doing anything drastic (i.e. cut and color) is to switch the position of your part—if it’s in the middle, move it to the side; if it’s on the right, move it to the left; etc. “Aside from the inherent chicness that side parts provide—think of a hat placed on your head with a tilt—side parts can actually provide balance to a client’s features,” says Jason Low, senior stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City. Side part curious? Here’s how to slice it.

If you have long hair…

A zig-zag part helps separate long hair and prevents it from looking flat, says Gerard Touroul, a stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City.

If you have an updo…

For chignons and fancy buns, backcomb the hair around the part and at the crown of your head, says Gerard. “Proportions play a big role with updo styles.”

If you have short hair…

Give your side part texture with a bit of pomade but don’t overdo it or else it will look too greasy, says Gerard.


If you’re looking to try out a side part and are finding it a challenge (stupid cowlick!), you might need to train your roots. Here’s how: With damp hair, part your hair exactly where you want it to be. As you blowdry comb each side of the line, drying the roots into their new direction. “Working with hair is very similar to working with wax. You need heat and some manipulation to form a new shape. As it cools, it will adapt to its new form,” says Low. “The dampness in the beginning almost acts as a ‘reset’ button.”


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