DIY Hair: Finding your part

December 5, 2013

finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hey guys! This is Aya from Strawberry Koi with another hair tutorial! This one seems overly simple, but it’s often taken for granted… sort of like how eyebrows were in the ’90s (hello Drew Barrymore!). The part in your hair can enhance or downplay your features, so experimenting and “finding your part” is actually essential to playing up your natural beauty. (If you have bangs/fringe, you can still experiment with parting your hair just behind them… it still counts)

finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog
finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. You should find your part before drying/blow-drying your hair. This is because it’s difficult to achieve a desired shape once it’s dried and styled itself. before parting, brush it all backward to create a little volume and a sort of “blank slate” to work with.

2. Use a “rat-tail” comb for what’s next. I don’t suppose this is truly necessary, but it’s fast, and it creates a beautiful and clean part in your hair.

3. THE MIDDLE PART. Part your hair in the middle, and see what you think. I’m not a big fan of middle parts because it’s hard to make the sides of the hair hang symmetrically. With that said, some people pull it off VERY WELL. Those people usually have long beautiful hair, and a slightly taller forehead. If you’re like me and have a short forehead, thick bangs, and/or short hair… most likely, this part is not for you. It can make a person look plain and frumpy… so just beware. If you are determined to do it anyway, just make sure to give your forehead a little room to breath by blow-drying your hair away from your face to build a little volume, so the hair stands up and away from your hairline a bit.

4. THE SIDE PART. The side part is pretty universally flattering, and most common to see. I started my side part here with a rather deep angle, because technically, you should part your hair at a tilted angle using the pupil of your eye as a guide. You can also use your rat tail comb as a guide – just hold it in front of your eye and tilt it slightly to see where the part should be from the stick of the comb. In most cases, this creates a very sultry look and frames the face nicely.

5. THE SIDE PART (2). This is a slightly shallower side part, coming up at a straight line from my tear-duct area. Although it breaks the “rules,” I find this to be my perfect part. The reason why is, my bang area is so full that it looks like a lot of hair hanging against one side of my face compared to the other side… It’s definitely something to consider when you are experimenting for what best works for your face.

6. I switched sides! Yep, we all have a side we favor, and mine is my left. But sometimes you just don’t even realize how flattering the other side can be… so just try it and see. Maybe even for a day or two! For me, I choose my left because the right side of my hairline is a little harsher (more square), so I’ll stick with parting it on the left to show off my “best side.”

finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog
finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog

What’s your favorite way to part your hair, and why?

Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)

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  • I love this. I played with my parts a lot in high school to figure out what was best for me, luckily I can pretty much do any part depending on my mood and length of my bangs. This is really important, because some ladies just don’t know what to do with it. Love it!

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