How much do you think about the way you part your hair? If you're anything like us, not a whole lot: You have your go-to side (or middle), you arrange your strands that way while drying them, and that's that.
But you might be underestimating just how much switching things up can transform your look. The way you position your hair creates different optical illusions for your bone structure, whether it's giving your cheeks a more sculpted look, emphasising the arch of your eyebrows, or downplaying a wide forehead. All this, and you never have to encounter a scalpel, a contouring palette, or your wallet, for that matter.
Need further proof? See some of our favourite celebs demonstrate the major difference between a centre part, an off-centre part, and a deep side part below.
Exhibit A: our favorite hair chameleon, Rihanna. Notice how she plays with not only the positioning but also the styling of each part. Stopping the centre part in the middle of the crown makes for a bohemian look, while that off-centre part is practically nonexistent—the ultimate lazy-girl dream.
But our favorite has to be that sleek, severe, and hella-chic side part. Get the same kind of definition by sectioning off your hair with a pin-tail comb (try Head Jog Pin Tail Comb, £2), which will give you a nice sharp line. Finish it off with Kenra's Shine Spray (£24).
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Ellie Goulding often wears her hair down, but that doesn't mean it's not versatile. Here the singer shows that the same collarbone crop can be many different things. On the left it's edgy, thanks to a piecey quiff and plenty of gel. Try Bed Head by Tigi Manipulator (£12) to re-create the look. In the centre she keeps things natural, letting the hair fall into a not-too-perfect centre part that is super flattering. On the right she has gone a bit more directional with a sleek side parting.
We rarely see this street style star without her centre part, not that we can blame her—it's super flattering to her defined cheekbones and jawline. But she also looks quite lovely on those rare occasions when she opts for a look that's more askew.
True to her laid-back vibe, the model opts to change things up with a beachy swoop rather than a severe line. Hold the look in place while still maintaining that bouncy texture with a flexible pomade, like Bumble and bumble's Semisumo (£22). Simply apply a coating to your hands and tousle your hair to one side.
Jenner is another centre-part devotee—in fact, we really only see the model switch it up for the runway. But while we love her signature look, we're really feeling the zigzagged look she sported for the Michael Kors Fall '15 presentation.
The actress and recording artist never fails to impress us with her ever-changing locks, but her centre-parted bob at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere in December was just perfect in its elegant simplicity. If you're opting for the same look, keep flyaways at bay with just a couple of drops of Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue (£12).
Looks like EmRata read up on the most universally flattering spot to part your hair—just above the arch of your eyebrow, as demonstrated above in the middle picture.
Which transformation do you think is most noteworthy? What's your favourite way to part your hair? Sound off in the comments below!