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

Just Changing Your Part Can Completely Change Your Look

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Most people have natural parts in their hair, where the hair naturally falls. This article will help you find your natural part and teach you how to change it up.  Also find out what parts work best with various face shapes and hair textures. 

How to Find Your Natural Part

Start with towel-dried damp hair or dry hair. Brush or comb hair forward and then shake your head to see where your hair naturally 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 aren't natural. To create these, work with wet hair so it dries in place and use your facial features as a guide.

For a middle part, avoid a part that's exactly in the middle of your head. Aim for a part that's a half an inch or so on the left or the right.

For a deep side part, start your part at the outer corner of the eye. Use a rat-tail comb to create the part by spearing your new part with the rat-tail.

When creating a part, do so with wet hair so it dries in place.

What Parts Look Best on Face Shapes

Here are some tips on what parts look best by face shape:

  • Long or oval faces look best with a side part. Avoid middle parts which only elongate the face even more. Part hair in line with the arch of your eyebrow. See Best Hairstyles for Long Face Shapes: 20 Flattering Cuts.
  • Heart shaped faces look best with a middle part which will elongate the face.
  • Round and square faces:  You're lucky because you have two part options that work well with your face shapes. A middle part helps soften the edges of a square face and helps hide the roundness of a round face. A deep side part creates a much-needed angle to a round face and softens the angles of a square face. See 19 Hairstyles That Slim a Round Face Shape.
  • Prominent forehead and jutting chin:  Play down these features with a part that's just off-center, suggests Garren. Don't miss How to Downplay a High Forehead.

What Parts Work Best With Various Hair Textures

Some parts work better than others with different hair textures. Curly hair looks best when it goes where it naturally wants to. It's not optimal to try and create a part with curly hair.

Thick, straight hair or wavy hair looks great with center parts, but remember to avoid centering it exactly in the middle of your head. You want your part off just a tiny bit. This allows the thick hair to fall like sheets on both sides of the face.

For fine hair, try switching up sides of your part to add body and oomph to the crown.

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