How to Part Your Hair to Best Flatter Your Face Shape

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
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It’s important to know how to part your hair. The way you part your hair helps to bring out certain features of your face. Different parts strengthen or soften different features, and it can be so impactful that changing hair parts can be as powerful or even more powerful than changing your haircut.

Most people have a really strong and defined natural part, and finding that natural part can be really easy but finding the part that looks the best might not be.

Today, we’re going to talk about how to change your hair part in different ways and how those looks can have an impact on your face. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Brush or comb
  • Hairdryer

How to part your hair

How to part your hair

Start with towel-dried but wet hair. Take a wide-tooth comb or a brush and brush your hair all the way back. 

How to find your hair part

Take your hand, place it in the center of your head and push forward. Nine times out of ten, your hair will part itself where it wants to go. This is because of your hair’s natural growth pattern.

Your natural part’s gonna be flattering and it’s going to sit well, but it might not be overly exciting. That’s because it’s your everyday look. This isn’t bad, but I recommend experimenting with some different parts. You may be surprised by what you discover. Here’s how to do that.

How to change your hair part

How to change your hair part

When you’re blow-drying your hair, you want to subsection the entire middle section out and blow dry that section back. What you don’t want to do is blow dry your part into your hair when you’re experimenting with different parts.

A lot of people’s part is set in their hair because of their growth pattern. If you blow dry it so you part your hair, the part is going to be so ingrained in the hair, you’re not going to be able to change it. To get around that, just blow dry the entire section backward so you can manipulate it later.

Parting hair in the middle

The middle part

The middle part is a super popular part for 2022, and you’ll either love or hate this on your face.

One word of caution is that you have a very strong growth pattern in the front of the hair so you have a strong cowlick that wants to go up and over, sometimes a middle part isn’t a part that’s going to work for you. If you don’t have that, then give it a try.

This is a low vertical volume hair part. If you’re someone that feels more beautiful with a lift in the hair, this may not be the part for you. It also tends to expand horizontally, so certain hair textures don’t always work with it. 

Middle part for thick, curly hair

Clients with thick, curly hair typically don’t love middle parts because it can widen the face and make the hair look triangular. 

How to style middle part hair

The middle part does bring out the cheekbones really well which looks really good on people with pronounced or high cheekbones. If you like it but feel it isn’t super flattering, you can go slightly off-center. This will give the middle part vibe with a less harsh edge.

Parting hair to the side

The side part

This is a part that most people like to wear. There are a few different ways you can do a side part. Most people have a natural side part. You can also do a deep side part, which is achieved by going deeper from your natural part and bringing it over, or you could do the opposite side of your natural part.

Let’s start with the deep side part. This is going to throw a lot of hair over to one side, and give you a lot of volume. That’s because you’re essentially layering this side without doing any cutting. This is very cool because you get loads of movement and body on that side. 

I think this part looks amazing on people with round faces because you’re creating height and you’re elongating the face. I also really like this part on people with strong jawlines and contoured faces, because it opens up one side of the face a lot.

How parting hair emphasizes symmetry

If you don’t have a symmetrical face, the middle part will draw an invisible line through the center of your face and you can really see how asymmetrical your face is. With a side part, you don’t get that line. 

This is also a great option for people with curly hair because it can balance the volume, so you get tons of vertical lift.

Opposite side part

The opposite side part

Here’s the opposite side part. This goes against a lot of people’s instincts but it may surprise you. You’ll get a ton of volume that doesn’t collapse because it’s based on the growth pattern and not what’s blow-dried in.

Zig-zag part

The zig-zag part

This one isn’t talked a lot about, but I think it’s going to make a comeback. You can do this in the middle or on the side, and think it’s cool if you have the confidence to pull it off because it disorganizes the root, so it’s a good way to camouflage overgrown roots when you take away that sharp line from the part. It also tends to give a lot of volume.

How to part your hair to flatter your face shape

Now you know how to part your hair in a way that flatters you and helps you reach some of your hair goals. Let me know which part is your favorite!

Suggested materials:
  • Brush or comb
  • Hairdryer

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