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5 Imaginative Ways to Part Your Hair

Mila Kunis sleek straight hair with middle part

Part With Your Routine with the Most Popular Parts of the Season!

It’s an easy habit to part your hair the same way day after day, but mixing up your part can be a fun way to change up your style without going to the salon for a haircut or change of hair color. Whether you’re going for sophisticated, bohemian, sexy, or flirty, a part can be a great way to emphasize your style. Mix up your style and keep people guessing by trying out these 5 imaginative ways to part your hair.

The Middle Part

Mila Kunis didn’t just snag the hottie Ashton Kutcher, on the red carpet she’s snagging a gorgeous and classic hairstyle emphasized by a clean middle part. To keep it sleek, try copying Mila’s straight shiny hair. To create a softer look, compliment the middle part with waves. For a part that is nice and clean, try using the long end of a rat tail to create perfect definition.

Blonde Highlights and a dramatic side part haristyle

The Deep Side Part

Nothing says sophistication like a deep side part. Dramatic side parts were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week and are projected to be a major trend for Spring 2013. You can either wear your hair down for a more casual look, or add some elegance paired with a clean low pony tail. To get an idea of where to begin the part, use the highest point of your eyebrow as a gage.

Ashley Benson, messy part, loose waves, bold lip

The Messy Part

The “bedhead” is totally in this Spring and Summer. A messy part is a great way to compliment casual waves, rough texture, or an undone updo. Also, if you’re in desperate need of a root retouch, a messy part can help disguise those pesky roots. To recreate, place the long tip of a rat tail comb in the front where you want the part to start, and draw a squiggly line, then lift the comb straight up and let your hair fall to either side.

Sandra Bullock long bob with diagonal side part

The Diagonal Part

Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston are both known for loving the diagonal part. Why? Instead of a straight part on the side or down the middle that can divide your face, the diagonal can appear softer with your facial features. It’s also a great option when wearing a hairstyle with more volume. To duplicate, take the long tip of a rat tail comb and place it on the side you want the part to start, drawing a diagonal line toward the center of your head. For more glamour, comb the crown area back and tease.

Blake Lively long blonde waves, zig zag part, and braids

The Zig Zag Part

Many of us remember ten years ago, when the perfectly drawn, zig zag part was super vogue. Today the zig zag part is still popular in a softer and less defined style. Blake Lively’s relaxed, bohemian hair is complimented well by a more subtle zig zag part. To recreate, place the long end tip of the rat tail comb at the front of your head and make “Z” shape movements back and forth until you reach the back; then, raise it straight up and let hair fall to either side. Don’t worry about making the “Z’s” perfectly symmetrical. You change your shoes and your purses, and if you’re anything like me, you change your haircut or hair color at least twice a year . . . so why not change up your part? Defy your “natural part” and switch up your look with one of these sexy hairstyles!

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

 

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Add Some Drama: The Super Deep Side Part

short hair with deep side part

Jump Into The Deep End This Summer!

Sometimes a new look can be as easy as changing your part. A hot twist on any summer look is the deep side part. Whether you’re going for something professional for the office, or a hot summer style for a night out, a dramatic side part is a fresh and easy way to add drama to your look.

Get the Part

  1. After towel drying, comb your hair back from your forehead.
  2. Use the top tooth of your comb to draw a line starting at the arch of one eyebrow.
  3. Divide hair to either side and comb in place.
  4. If you wear bangs, divide them and comb to the side as well.
  5. Apply a smoothing serum to avoid fly-aways and set your style.
  6. Dry in place either naturally or with a blowdryer.
  7. Complete your style with a high shine finishing spray.

Must-Have Products:

  • Finishing Spray- Schwartzkopf Smooth Operator Smoothing Hairspray ($10)
  • Smoothing Serum- Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops ($14)
  • Thermal Spray-  Paul Mitchell

Act the Part:

The key to this style is keeping hair smooth and chic. This look is especially flattering on oblong and round face shapes, but can work on anyone. Pair your part with a chic pony, a low bun, or pin straight style.

sleek pony with side part

 The Professional Pony

After creating your part, make sure your hair is ultra smooth and straight. Collect hair at the nape of your neck and tie into a ponytail. Take an inch thick strip of hair from the pony and wrap around the base of the pony. Secure with a bobby pin right below the elastic.

Debra Messing deep side part with low bun

 The Sexy  Bun

Comb and smooth parted hair, and collect at the nape of your neck. Tie securely with an elastic to create a ponytail. Twist the tail and wrap around the base of the pony. Secure with bobby pins around the outside of the bun. (Stick one end of the bobby pin into the bun, and the other into the ponytail’s base.) If you want a relaxed look, pinch bun to loosen and add texture and pull out wispy pieces in front.

deep side part with sleek straight hair runway style

 Pin Straight Style

Divide hair into three sections (one on each side and one in the back), keeping the side part you created earlier. Working from the bottom up, spray one inch partings with thermal spray, and flat iron section from root to ends. Take extra care to smooth hair at the part line for extra polish.

You don’t have to visit the salon to change up your look. So dive into the deep end this summer with a super deep side part for a fun change of style.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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