“How do you part your hair?” is what every hairdresser asks (or should ask) prior to cutting or coloring your mane. And for a good reason—how you part your hair has a direct impact on the color application, cutting strategy, and the overall look of your mane.
Whether you typically part your hair to the left, right, or center is important, but guess what? So is changing up your part every once in a while! Switching up your part can totally change the way your hair frames your face, can give your mane some much-needed volume, and may reduce the strain on your scalp from parting your hair the same way day after day. Creating a new part may sound simple but if you want to do it the right way, you’ve got to train your mane.
Here’s what she had to say!
Why You Should Retrain Your Part
King is a big fan of changing up your part every once in a while.
“Changing a part up can give you a new look almost instantaneously—it adds volume, and can give your original part a break from breakage and thinning,” she explains.
Though, she stresses, “Training the hair is the key here.”
But don’t be intimidated. Training your hair may sound like a big job, but all it requires is a few minutes each day, and a little bit of patience.
First things first, you must speak with your stylist.
“Always talk to your hairdresser first to make sure your color is placed correctly for your new part and your haircut also reflects the new part,” the stylist says.
Nothing would be worse than opting for a new side part only to see a bunch of grays, uneven highlights, or overgrown roots. Your stylist applies your color based on the part you have while you’re there, so if you’re changing it, you may need a color refresh first!
How To Train Your Part
Hoping to try a new part, but can’t get your mane to cooperate? To retrain your hair to fall how you want it to naturally, King suggests these simple steps:
- Part your hair while it’s wet, right after getting out of the shower or shampooing.
- Blow dry accordingly. The heat will help your hair settle in its new direction as it molds and reshapes your part.
- If you’re not fully ready to commit to a brand new part, try new styles that switch your part for the day rather than completely abandon your natural part—like a parted low pony, or a new barrette to clip your hair to the opposite side.
The best part of switching up your part? It’s not permanent! Unlike a bold new cut or adventurous color switch, this is something you can do, and undo, from the comfort of your own bathroom!
Interested in personalized advice about how to train your new part, or how to rock a new look? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.