We can all admit that at times we can be a tad trepidatious when it comes to changing our hair, cautiously taking a calculated color upgrade or losing a couple of inches now and then. It’s no surprise then that when we fancy a seasonal update, we often find ourselves asking, “but what shall I change?”. You might have noticed our feeds brimming full of fresh, face-framing centre partings recently but if like some of us you’ve had a strict side parting for years, migrating your hair over to a center part can be an audacious task. But fear not, help is at hand as we asked our stylists for some guidance on commonly asked questions about how to wear a centre parting along with some of our most favorite styles.
Why should I consider a centre parting?
With the return of the 90s (it feels like we’ve been saying that since 2017) the center part is yet another throwback that 2019 is set to embrace. Changing your hair’s parting fits the description of a subtle hair update perfectly, which is great news for all you hair commitment phobes. A style that is versatile enough to part thick hair, thin hair and even curly hair, the only thing you’ll need to consider is your face shape before you play with your parting. If you just can’t get used to it, all you need to do is flip your hair back over to your original side.
Will it suit my face shape?
Typically, center partings suit oval or heart shaped faces and if hair around the face falls below the jawline, it will often give the appearance of length and an elongated face. However, it’s not all doom and gloom as our stylists advised that depending on the cut and whether you wear it slightly off centred, a stylist can make a centre part suit most face shapes.
Ever wondered how Sarah Jessica Parker, Georgia May Jagger and Jennifer Aniston managed to pull off their center partings? The key to making the center parting work, whilst avoiding ‘why the long face’ jibes, is to cut into your hair to give it some shape, a bit like choppy 70s layering – this widens the appearance of your face where needed.
Our stylists also advise that if you’re cutting an outgrown fringe, try trimming it to above the cheekbones instead to open up your face, giving the illusion it’s not as long. Clever color placement akin to hair contouring is also a nifty little trick our colorists have up their sleeve. Just let them know you’re changing your parting and they’ll color your hair so that it frames your face perfectly, whilst considering your new centre part.
How do I wear a center parting?
As well as all the variations of curling and crimping you can do to create the perfect disco fever ‘do, our stylists also suggest teaming your centre parting with a low pony. A simple, easy-to-do style, great for a night out, is the perfect way to showcase your new centre parting. You could even create some soft waves with with your favorite curling tong or backcomb it softly for a bit of texture. You can opt for a sleek, Kim K inspired, insanely smooth centre parting or more of a wispy, delicate looking centre part, but either way, don’t be fooled into thinking a centre part can only be worn one way. (Scroll to the bottom to uncover some of our most favourite celeb and runway hairstyles we think will be all the the #centerparting hair inspo you’ll need this season.)
The key to this minimal look is in creating an immaculately straight line and according to our stylists this can be easily achieved on freshly washed hair – no greasy hair allowed ladies – we’re talking smooth not stringy. If your hair is prone to frizz, apply Designline’s Olive Oil Evoo Lite leave in conditioner whilst the hair is still wet, as it’ll protect against dryness and damage that you can get from heat styling so this’ll keep you hair nice ‘n’ smooth and shiny. Take a small comb and draw a straight line from the front of the hairline to the back. To ensure there are no strays – which might be tricky the first couple of times as your hair won’t be used to sitting in a different position – blow dry each side of the hair with the nozzle pointing downwards.
How do I maintain a center parting?
If you’ve worn a side parting for a long time, you’ll find that your hair naturally falls that way which means it’ll need retraining whenever you blow-dry. It also takes a bit of getting used to in the mirror – for a small change it makes a big impact, but that’s what we wanted, no? You’ll also need to continuously wear your hair in a center parting if you want your hair to take up its new shape. If you keep hopping between a center part and a side part, at least in the beginning stages of trying to make a center parting work, you’ll find it difficult to maintain its shape, particularly if you have thick hair.
Try it out for yourself
Remember, no two center partings are alike. It’s just a question of how your stylist creates your parting as well as how the rest of the hair is styled. We’ve pulled together a range of looks, from off center and ‘inexact’ partings paired with messy-chic styles to super straight partings with a wet look. We also have one or two alternatives that you’ve probably never seen before…
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