Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Get Used To Changing Your Hair Parting

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]
Two months ago, I went to the hair salon and cut off a good 6 inches off my tired-looking hair. My hairstylist suggested changing my parting, because a) I have never changed it before and b) my existing parting was making my hair look really flat.
The first week was a nightmare. I kept running my fingers through my hair in the direction I’d been used to, which messed up my new parting. My fringe kept flipping back to its original parting, so I worked that crazy lady look for quite some time.
However, hairstylists often recommend changing your hair parting every 3 to 6 months. It can be somewhat of a bother, but here’s why you should change your parting more often:
Prevents bald spots on your scalp
If you’ve had the same parting since forever, you’ll notice that the hair around the area is thinner, and your scalp is darker. A clean parting allows the sun’s rays to reach your scalp directly, and prolonged exposure can cause the hair to thin out.
Keeps you looking fresh all the time
A tiny change in hair parting can make a big difference. Try different styles to match your mood or your outfit. For instance, if you’re wearing something grunge-inspired, do an extreme side parting and pin up the sides to create a fake undercut.

How to make your new parting stay put
Part hair while it’s still damp
If you haven’t changed your parting in years, the best way to do it is while your hair is still damp from a shower. Create the parting you want, and secure with pins so they don’t fall back into place. When dry, remove the pins and you’re good to go.
Blowdry to secure the new parting
If you have a hair dryer, even better. The heat helps stubborn hair conform easier to the direction of your new parting. Blast with cool air to finish. This will help hold the style, and add more shine to your hair.
Use hair wax or pins to keep flyaways in check
Prevent those baby hairs from sticking out by finger-combing a tiny bit of hair wax through your fringe, in the direction of your new parting. Strong-hold wax for short hair (ie. the boyfriend’s) works better than soft waxes meant for long hair. Cute bobby pins also do the trick if you don’t have short strands of baby hair.

Show your best side!
Middle part: recommended for oval and heart-shaped faces as it adds length to your face. Avoid if you have a long, angular face – it makes your face look even longer.
Side part: best for square and long faces because it makes your face shape appear softer.
Extreme side part: if you have a round face, a deep side parting helps draw attention away from the roundness by slimming down the sides and adding length to your face!
Diagonal part: adds volume at the back, especially if done in an opposite direction from your usual parting. The effect is also softer than a stark, clean parting in a straight line.

However, when in doubt…
We recommend opting for a side parting. As kindly demonstrated by Alexa Chung, Selena Gomez and Blake Lively, despite having different face shapes, a side parting is often more flattering and youthful-looking than a middle parting.

Have fun experimenting with your new look!

(Images: graziadaily.co.uk, eehaircut.com, styleguru.com, cosmopolitan.co.uk, blogs.sheknows.com, thehairstyler.com, shortfacts.com, thesmallthingsblog.com, allure.com, pinterest.com)

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