Ask any hairstylist how you can switch up your current look without cutting or coloring your hair and they’ll probably tell you to change your part. It’s true that a new part can instantly transform your hairstyle, knowing exactly where it should fall isn’t totally effortless.
When it comes to side parts, a lot of factors come into play such as how deep you want it, along with your hair line and if you have any cowlicks. “When I’m with a client and we decide to do a side part the major things that dictate which side we’re going to part their hair on are very simple: which side it parts on easier, which side of their face they like showing off more, and which side they feel more comfortable parting it on,” says L.A.-based hairstylist Chris Green. “Face shape doesn’t enter the equation much, but hairline and cow licks definitely do! You want to work with what you’ve got. Sometimes the hair doesn’t want to part to one side, or wants to only part on a certain side. Don’t fight nature, just try and go with the flow. One side usually works better than the other.”
Once you have your side part set, the biggest challenge is training your hair so that it fall naturally. To make the transition easier, Green recommends making the part on damp hair. A bit of styling product can help, too. He suggests using a non-sticky gel on damp hair and then blow-drying it. We love Pantene Pro-V’s Extra Strong Hold Hair Gel ($5; ). “The product and heat from the blow dryer will help keep your part in place,” he says.