Try This Now: Deep Side Part

Deep side parts dominated the Spring 2013 runways, from the pin-straight locks at Hervé Léger to the pulled-back updos at Yigal Azrouël. They’re an easy way to change up your look with minimal effort—plus, they’re super-flattering. “A side part helps balance and complement all face shapes—it softens harsh angles and draws attention away from any asymmetry in your features,” says Jenevieve Perry, a Prieto Select hair stylist at the Gansevoort Hotel. Before you splurge on that drastic cut and color you’ve been contemplating, try this quick change.

Step 1: Prep

Your hair type will determine what styling products you’ll need for your statement part. “Thicker hair has more weight, so it tends to hold a deep side part more easily,” says Perry. If your locks are abundant, smooth on a few drops of a light serum like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue, which tames frizz and adds pliability. To avoid the greased-down look, start applying serum on the underside of your hair, working your way forward and up. If your hair is fine, spray on a volumizing mist like LiQWd’s Professional Volumizing Catalyst to add structure and body, but make sure you don’t overload on products.

Step 2: Part

The key to achieving a deep side part that stays put? You want to work with your natural part, not against it. Find your natural part by pulling your hair back from the crown. Gather the hair into a loose poof, and note where it starts to separate. “Most people have a natural part that’s slightly off to the left or right, so you want to bring more hair in that direction,” Perry explains. To create your deep side part, take a fine-tooth comb and find the highest point of your eyebrow. That’s where you want the line of your part to fall.

Step 3: Finish

For ultra-sleek locks, you should run a flat iron through your freshly parted strands. Keep your hair organized into sections with a clip. Perry recommends working with sections that are no wider than the diameter of your iron. Take a front section of hair from the more voluminous side of your part. Instead of pulling it straight down, angle the piece so it falls parallel to where you want it to rest, bending your wrist as you run the iron from roots to ends (use a bobby pin or claw to secure the hair if necessary). Continue to flat iron the remaining sections, and set the style with a light misting of a flexible hold hairspray like Oscar Blandi’s Lacca. Leave your hair loose, or tie back into a low pony.

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