Think about it: When was the last time you changed how you part your hair? If you can’t remember, then it was likely a very long time ago. While you might not give parted hair much thought, changing things up every once in a while can be a great way to create a new beauty look without having to hit the salon for a haircut or learn to master a new braid or updo technique. Not sure how to part your hair to flatter your hair texture and type? Below, we’re sharing five stylish ways to part your hair depending on your hair type.
1. MIDDLE PART
If you’ve been asking yourself which side you should part your hair on, maybe you’re thinking about this all wrong. Not everyone has to pick sides—you can part your hair in the middle. In fact, you can’t go wrong when you part your hair right down the center of your head, especially if you have thick hair. When you have thick hair, a middle part can help create some balance and prevent your hair from looking too poufy. Those with blunt bangs also look particularly gorgeous with middle parts.
The middle part was a signature look in the 1970s—and it screams chic. The good news is, it’s complementary to all face shapes, so you can rock a middle part whether you’ve got an oval, heart, or square-shaped face. Pair a middle part with super-sleek straight hair to really capture that ‘70s vibe. Shampoo and condition your hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner. Then, apply one to two pumps of the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-in-Serum on damp hair, distributing evenly. Blow-dry and flat iron your hair straight to achieve the perfect ‘70s-inspired hairstyle.
2. SIDE PART
Your hair likely naturally falls to one side—so embrace it and go with the flow! Whether your hair falls to the left or right, this is one flattering look. Curly hair types—from loose curls to tight ones—will love side parts, as the side part looks stunning when paired with natural texture. To play up your hair’s beautiful natural texture, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse while hair is damp. Then, use your fingers to create a side part, scrunch your hair, and let it air dry. Once your hair is fully dry, you’ll be able to show off your beautiful spirals!
3. DEEP SIDE PART
Want to amp up the drama? Then opt for a deep side part, which can help create the look of major volume. This parted hair look can be especially useful for those with thin or fine hair, but really, this part looks stunning on all hair types and textures since it exudes glamour.
To get the most out of this look, wash your hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner. Then, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to damp hair, distributing it evenly. Blow-dry hair with a round brush, and finish by flipping your hair over to one side to create a deep side part. If you have very curly hair, consider creating a deep side part and twisting your hair into an undone updo.
4. ZIG-ZAG PART
Probably the most fun of all hair parts is the zig-zag part. And as a bonus, it can actually help conceal overgrown roots! So, if you color your hair but haven’t had time to touch it up lately, then go ahead and try this part. Regardless of your hair texture or type, you can try a zig-zag part—just keep in mind that it may be easier to create if you have straight hair. That being said, it isn’t impossible to rock this type of part when you have very curly or textured hair.
An easy way to create zig-zag parted hair is with your fingers, moving sections of hair to each side until a zig-zag pattern appears. For those with curly hair, use a comb to create the zig-zag pattern. Once you’re done, spray on the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Strong Hold Hairspray to help lock everything in place.
Editor’s note: Want more tips for concealing roots? Here are 15 Root Cover-Up Tips to Try Until You Can Dye Your Hair Again.
5. DIAGONAL PART
A diagonal part can help slim the appearance of a wide face—and it looks particularly gorgeous when paired with a slicked-backed low bun. The diagonal part is very flattering on fine hair because it can help create the appearance of added volume. If you find that your hair tends to fall flat or limp throughout the day, you may want to consider trying this part.
Want to learn how to part hair on the diagonal? Start right above the end of your brow. Move diagonally inward, stopping once you reach the arch of your other brow. Smooth your hair back with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel, then wrap your mid-lengths and ends into a low bun, securing it with a clear elastic and bobby pins if needed. This hairstyle is also a great option for those with very curly hair, as it’s an easy way to pull your hair off your face.
There you go! Now you know how to part your hair in five different ways. For your next hairstyle lesson, head on over to our article, 5 Hairstyles That Make Thin Hair Look Thick.