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How to Find (and Change) the Part in Your Hair

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Most people have natural parts in their hair, where the hair naturally falls on either side of their head. And while finding the natural part in your hair is surprisingly simple, finding the place where your part would look best isn't always as easy. Depending on your face shape, the style you want to achieve, and your hair's texture, you might want to consider changing up your part.

How to Find Your Natural Part

Start with towel-dried hair or dry hair. Brush or comb the hair forward and then shake your head to see where your hair naturally falls. Once you identify the place where each side of your hair parts, use a comb to create the perfect line using your natural hairline as a guide.

How to Create a Different Part

Middle parts and deep side parts are super trendy but don't always look natural for your hair. To create these looks, start by parting your wet hair where you want it to fall, so it dries in place.

Achieve a more natural look with your middle part and create a slightly off-center part—about half-an-inch on the left or the right of center. For a deep side part, start your part at the outer corner of the eye. Use a rattail comb, like the one from Harry Josh Pro Tools ($20), to create a line and part the hair on either side.

What Parts Look Best on Each Face Shape

Here are some tips on finding a part that best flatters and enhances your face shape:

  • Long or Oval: If you have a long or oval face shape like Beyoncé, try a super flattering side part. While trendy, middle parts can further elongate the face. Try parting your hair in line with the arch of your eyebrow.
  • Heart: If you have a heart-shaped face, like Reese Witherspoon's, then you can pull off a middle part which elongates the face.
  • Round and Square:  People with round and square face shapes, such as Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston, respectively, have a couple of options that work well for different reasons. A middle part helps soften the edges of a square face and helps sharpen the roundness of a round face. A deep side part gives more of an angle to a round face and softens the angles of a square face. 

What Parts Work Best With Various Hair Textures

Some parts work better than others with different hair textures.

  • Curly: Naturally curly hair looks best when it goes where it naturally wants to. So it's not mandatory to try and create a part with curly hair.
  • Thick: Straight or wavy hair with a lot of volume looks great with center parts, but remember to avoid centering it precisely in the middle of your head. You want your part off just a tiny bit to allow the thick hair to fall like sheets on both sides of the face.
  • Fine: If your hair tends to be on the thin side, try switching up the sides of your part to add body and oomph to the crown. When you switch your hair's part to the other side of your head, the roots will lift and give you more volume. 

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