Hairstyle Refresh: Hair Part Ideas
By Kate on 12 April 2011
A great way to refresh your look without drastically cutting your hair, adding bangs or resorting to an expensive hair color can be as simple as switching your hair part.
While changing your hair part might not seem like it could make a huge difference to your look, the position of your part can actually influence the shape of your face and the way your hair sits or styles, so this low fuss option is definitely worth trying! For ideas, check out these hair parts...
Middle Hair Part
A middle or center hair parting is an easy option that will open up the face and show off your features. Those with an oval or round face shape will suit a middle part, but other, longer face shapes may find a centered middle part too elongating. If that's you, then try placing your middle hair part slightly off centre instead for a much more flattering finish.
Side Hair Part
A side hair part is not only a flattering option for most face shapes, it is also very versatile and goes great with practically any type of hairstyle.
A side part can be added to either your left or right side (depending on your own preference and natural parting) and will give you different results based on where the part is placed. For example, a deep side part will create instant root lift and hair volume.
If you like a style that's full of interest and adds a bit of spice then a zigzag part could be just what you're looking for!
Zigzag parts are great for hiding regrowth and will add hair texture and definition to short hairstyles. Add one as middle or side part and team it with an updo, a ponytail or a down style for a look with bite.
Hair Parts and Bangs
If you have bangs then you can still refresh your look and make the most of your bangs by parting your hair where it naturally parts. This will allow your bangs to sit properly without too much hair styling effort involved. As a general rule though, team a center part with block, blunt or full bangs and a side part with side-swept bangs.
We hope these hair part ideas are just want you need to refresh your hairstyle.
One final hair tip... if you want to switch hair parts but your hair isn't being cooperative, use hair styling products, your blow-dryer or hair straightener and hair pins to move and keep your hair strands in place. Soon, your hair will get used to the new part position and it should then stay there naturally!
To see how you’d look with any of the hair parts seen in this article, click on each image to try the virtual hairstyles on your own photo. If you'd like to learn how to style any of these hair parts then check out our hairstyle blog Hair Style Makeover: Hair Parts for styling instructions.