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Hair Confessions: I Have No Idea Which Way To Part My Hair

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Like a new dark brown hair color or a fresh haircut, changing up your hair part can make all the difference for your look. It’s also one of the fastest (and easiest) ways to give shape and definition to your face, but how do you know which hair part is best for you? We went straight to the pros for answers! 

Lena LaMonaco, Matrix artistic educator, breaks down everything you need to know about how to part your hair, no matter your face shape or hair type. 

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How do you know which side to part your hair?

Identify where your part naturally falls.

Whether your hair parts in the middle or on the left or right side of your face, finding out where your hair naturally falls makes it easier to switch it up. 

“When deciding on where to part your hair one of the very first things you need to do is identify which way your hair falls naturally,” LaMonaco says. “You can do this by brushing your hair all the way back when it’s wet and give it a little bump at the crown. How it falls when you let it go is where your natural part is.”. 

Now, you can use your natural hairline as a guide when you’re creating any hair part. 

Keep your face shape in mind.

When you head to the salon for a new haircut, identifying your face shape is essential for finding a chop that flatters you—and your hair part is just as important! Keep scrolling for LaMonaco’s favorite hair parts for every face shape. 

Good hair day by @hairbyelm.

The Best Hair Part For Heart-Shaped Faces

If you have a narrow chin, prominent cheekbones, and a wide forehead, you have a heart-shaped face. To soften your features, LaMonaco recommends a diagonal part. 

“A diagonal part allows for the eye to travel on an angle away from the face. This can allow for the face to look my symmetrical and hide things like a widow’s peak if that’s something the client is concerned about.”

Now that you have a diagonal part, show it off with a hairstyle like a sleek bun or ponytail

Good hair day by @hairbyashleyann_.

The Best Hair Part For Round Face Shapes

If you have a round face, the key is to find a hair part that elongates your features. According to LaMonaco, that’s what a middle part does best. 

“The middle part will give you the illusion of length and extend the face, which is what a round shape needs,” the stylist says. 

Wear your middle part sleek and straight or style flipped out ends for a look with a bit of vintage flair. If you’re using heat to create either look, be sure to use a heat protectant like Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Iron Tamer Heat Styling Lotion. This lotion protects hair against high heat damage for an easier, gentler heat styling process.

Good hair day by @chrisgreenehair.

The Best Hair Part For Oval Face Shapes

Listen up, oval-faced girls—any hair part suits you, so it can be hard to decide which one you want to try next. According to LaMonaco, however, hair parts for long faces are all about how you style them. 

“An oval face is ideally the shape we would all love to have...However, sometimes if someone is self-conscious about it, side-swept or curtain bangs incorporated into the haircut with any kind of parting is a good way to go,” LaMonaco says. 

We love fringe looks with a bit of texture, so we recommend investing in a texturizing spray like Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray. The product gives finish and hold with an airy texture that allows targeted action to hold volume and windswept looks.

Good hair day by @minkimcolorist.

The Best Hair Part For Square Face Shapes

Your strong jawline is the focal point of your face, so you should consider a hair part that brings softness to your pronounced features. For square face shape, LaMonaco recommends a deep side part

“A deep side part takes away from the harsh lines in the jaw and gives you a modern and current parting,” LaMonaco says. 

Pay attention to your hair type. 

Now that you’ve got the perfect part for your face shape, let’s talk hair types. Whether you’re dealing with fine, thick, or oily hair, making an easy switch to a different hair part can seriously enhance the look of your strands. Keep scrolling to find out which hair part best suits your hair type. 

Good hair day by @thefaithfulblonde.

The Best Hair Part For Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, you’re probably all stocked up on volumizing shampoo and styling products—but have you considered changing your hair part? Parting your hair to the side can give your strands the illusion of thickness and volume.

We recommend the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter to give your mane additional body and volume. 

The Best Hair Part For Thick Hair

Having thick, luscious locks is great, but it can be challenging to know what to do with all of it sometimes. If you have thick strands, try a middle part to give balance to your mane. 

Good hair day by @sadiejcre8s.

The Best Hair Part For Oily Hair

Center parts can emphasize how flat and lifeless oily hair can be, which is why we suggest creating a side part for an instant volume boost! If you’re looking for a stylish way to keep your oily strands away from your face, pin them back with an on-trend hair clip or bobby pins

Good hair day by @dianna_nordichairconcept.

The Best Hair Part For Gray Hair

As your strands start to gray, you’ll want to call attention away from your crown. A deep side part can help to conceal graying strands. You can also use a root touch up product like L'Oréal Professionnel’s Instant Root Fix Hair Touch Up Professional Root Concealer to hide your grays until your next salon visit. 

Good hair day by @al_alexander.

The Best Hair Part For Curly Hair

Any hair part looks good on natural curls, but if you’ve tried them all, it’s time to get creative! Show off a zig-zag part with cornrows to take your look to the next level. 

With LaMonaco's expert advice, you'll be able to find the hair part that works best for you!

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