Are You Parting Your Hair Right?

Are You Parting Your Hair  Right?
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Finding the best place for your part is probably the quickest (and freest) way to frame, shape, and flatter whatever hair texture you may have. So where do you fall?
If You Have
Fine, Flat Hair
The easiest way to give limp strands some oomph—besides clipping in a Bumpit—is to draw a deep side part to lift the roots, like Keira Knightley’s here.Three part lace closure, Start the part above the center of your iris and continue it diagonally back toward your crown, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. “This allows you to have fullness on one side while still creating an even distribution of hair,” he says.
If You Have
Thick, Straight Hair
Congratulations, you could probably star in a shampoo commercial! But even glossy, tumbling waves can creep into lopsided, pouf-y territory. Olivia Wilde and Selena Gomez balance their voluminous texture with flattering center parts. Just avoid positioning one dead center unless you’re genetically perfect—or nine. “It reveals all the asymmetry in your face,” says Hawkins, who recommends positioning the part a half-inch off, as Wilde does, to counteract this effect.
If You Have
Springy Curls
The best part about having wild curls is that they usually look their best when they are, Free Part Closure, in fact, wild. And if you feel like AnnaLynne McCord’s picture almost always pops up when talking about this hair texture, there’s a reason: She knows exactly how to wear intentionally undone curls. “Let them fall wherever they go,” says hairstylist Tommy Buckett, who thinks defined parts can look unnatural and severe with spiraled hair. “It looks more modern when they’re messy anyway.”
If You Have
A Hairline Cowlick
You can cut it, style it, and hide it all you want, but that cowlick isn’t going anywhere. And resistance is futile. “This is always a tough one,” says Buckett. “But you have to part hair the way the cowlick’s going.” This hides the section by blending it in. “Either that or you could cut bangs, but they would have to be heavy to weigh down the cowlick or completely cover it,” he says. (We’ve never actually seen Taylor Swift with a cowlick, but these bangs are the right idea.)
If You Have
Blunt Bangs
Because bangs frame the face so prominently, “all those rules of positioning go out the window,” says Hawkins. So if you’ve been itching to wear a perfectly centered part, now’s your chance. Lace Closure Middle Part. It will create versatility for the look, allowing it to be styled like a tousled, ’60s Brigitte Bardot; pin straight and chic; or softly curled like Kerry Washington’s.
If You Have
Side-Swept Bangs
Since it would just look weird to have bangs sweep from the right while the rest of your hair divides on the left, it’s best to form a part wherever your fringe naturally splits. You can mimic Emma Roberts’s swooping style by following this tip from Buckett: Position the part directly above the highest point on your eyebrow arch; it makes your eyes look lifted and flatters any face shape.
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