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How To Part Hair - Parting Your Hair Secrets


Hair experts agree to disagree on the best ways to do just about everything with hair. Two different hair stylists could look at the same face and disagree whether it was round or square. This is because the hair business, even though based on extensive study of hair, is full of humans who all have their own opinions.

Which brings up the question, is there a right way or a wrong way to part your hair? Although it depends on who you talk to, my opinion is no. The right way to part your hair should be directly tied to the person parting their hair and what makes them feel comfortable.

Are there technical reasons for parting hair a specific direction? Of course there is. Those technical reasons are tied to the following issues:

1. Face shape 2. Head size 3. Hair type, texture, condition 4. Hair profile and shape (straight, curly, wavy) 5. Dealing with hair challenges (cowlicks, whirls) 6. Root location 7. Current fashion 8. Styling challenges

Whether you do your own research to determine the best hair part for yourself or work with your trusted hairdresser or not is your own decision. Sometimes you may want to throw all the theories to the wind and just part your hair the way you would like to wear it.

Even better, why not try on a lot of different parts to see which one you feel most comfortable with and that you like in the mirror.

Step By Step Instructions For Parting Hair

My mother initially parted my hair when I was a young child. I used to watch her every day until one day she handed me the comb and told me it was my turn to do my hair. She showed me how to part my hair the way she did it. Eventually I watched my hairstylist part it and usually let them create the part they thought would look best. Over the years I have settled into a few parts that I like best for my own hair and face type.

Hair can be parted either wet or dry although many people find it easier to part hair after it has been washed and detangled since dry hair may be fluffier.

Although you can use the end of a tail comb, you can also use the bottom edge of a regular comb to navigated the parting through your tresses. You may or may not benefit from a mirror.

1. Use a boar's bristle brush and while bending over slightly at the neck, brush all of your hair foreward towards your face.

2. Position the tail or end of your comb at the top center point of your head near the crown.

3. Place one hand on your head as an anchor and guide and then carefully glide the tail of the comb from the back of the crown towards the hairline in front. You can experiment with either a center, left or right side part.

4. Don't worry if the part if precision perfect or if it is completely straight. The key is to practice finding the part you feel most comfortable with. Continue to practice parting your hair starting at different base points on the back of the head and utilizing more or less hair with each part.

Keep in mind that everyone will part their hair differently. Hairdressers will also part your hair differently than you do because when they are working on your head they will be standing behind you or in front of you.


Be prepared to experiment with various hair cuts, chemical treatments, hair care and styling products until you achieve the right volumizing balance for your own strands.

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