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The Easy And Right Way To Do A Deep Side Part

05 October 2018
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Jessie Amato

Editorial Assistant

For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.


If you’re anything like us, you constantly scour social media looking for the trendiest (and easiest) hairstyles to try. Middle parts have captured the hearts of our favorite beauty influencers and celebrity fashion icons. With photos of middle parts flooding the internet, it’s easy to forget about an insanely doable hairstyle that’s flattering on almost everyone: a deep side part.

A deep side part is no average side-swept bang since it starts much farther to the side. Instead of allowing your hair to part on its own, you’ll create a deeper division starting about a half-inch to the side of where your hair naturally parts. Switching to a deep side part can instantly take your hairstyle from dull to dramatic, but what’s the best way to create the look?

We’re sounding off about the exact technique you need to know to create a deep side part the right way. We’ll even share some of our favorite styles that are trending right now. Whether you have long dark brown hair or short dirty blonde strands, there’s a deep side part hairstyle that’s perfect for you.

Is a deep side part for everyone?

Hairstyles and cuts that flatter every hair type are few and far between. However, a deep side part benefits just about any type of hair by creating instant volume and body at the top of your head.

If you have thin or fine hair, opt for a deep side part to help create and maintain volume. We recommend using a volumizing spray such as the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Root Spray or voluminous hold and to provide body and fullness to the hair from the root.

How do you style a deep side part?

Choose the right side to add the part.

Almost everyone has a so-called “good” side. Knowing which one it is doesn’t just come in handy for taking photos—making the right decision about where to part your hair can highlight your facial features and make or break any style. If you’re unsure which side works best for you, consult with your stylist before making any changes to your ‘do.

Use the proper tools.

For a softer part, simply creating the line with your fingers should do the trick. However, a more defined part requires a bit more attention to detail. You may need to call in some of your trusted styling tools for help on this one.

To style a sharp part, start with damp hair and use a rat tail comb to form the part, flipping the bulk of your strands to one side. Use a blow dryer on a medium setting, aiming directly at the top of your head to hold the part in place and create definition. Tame flyaways and frizz by applying a small amount of smoothing serum such as Matrix Biolage SmoothProof Hair Serum.

Pick a style that shows off your part.

Finally convinced that it’s time to try a deep side part? There are a ton of trendy ways to wear the look. If you need help deciding on deep side part hairstyle, keep scrolling for some of our favorites. From super short cuts to voluminous blowouts, you’re sure to be inspired.

Textured Bob

Glass hair bobs may be Instagram’s latest obsession, but we’re still all about texture. To get the look, gather a 1-inch curling iron, heat protectant spray, and a light hold hairspray.

Be sure to spray a heat protectant throughout your strands before you begin styling your hair. We recommend the Redken Iron Shape 11 Heat Protectant Spray. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine and reduce frizz.

Take 1-inch sections of hair and wrap each around the curling iron to create texture and movement. Once you’ve curled each section, gently tousle your hair and finish off the look with a few spritzes of hairspray.

Loose Curls

Loose curls work for just about any occasion. Whether you’re getting ready for date night or headed to work, loose curls pair perfectly with a deep side part.

For this style, you’re going to need a 2-inch curling iron, a wide-tooth comb, and some hairspray. Take a 2-inch section of hair and wrap it around the curling iron to form your first curl. Pro tip: Alternate the direction you wrap each strand around the wand to create a more natural final look.

Once you’ve curled your entire mane, use a wide tooth comb to brush out each curl gently. Complete the look with a light spritz of hairspray like the L'Oréal Professionnel Techni.Art Infinium 3.

Natural Volume

If you’ve been blessed with gorgeous, thick curls, maintaining volume may not be an issue for you. Still, even with all that natural body, you may be looking to take your hair to the next level. Switch up your part and use a small amount of Mizani Lived-In Texture Creation Cream to support texture, body and dimension in any style.

Pin Straight

When paired with a deep side part, pin straight hair can make just as big a statement as voluminous, curly styles . With the help of a flat iron and a bit of smoothing serum, this sleek, pin straight look can be yours in minutes.

To achieve ultra-straight hair, section off the top half of your hair and clamp your flat iron onto a one-inch segment from the lower half. Work from the bottom of your hair up until you’ve straightened your entire mane. Complete the look by running a dime-sized amount of shine serum like the Pureology Smooth Perfection Smoothing Serum throughout your mane, avoiding your roots.

Lob

A lob is the perfect cut for everyday women on-the-go. The chop is low maintenance and ideal for anyone looking to go a bit shorter—without the commitment of a traditional bob. Next time you head to the salon, ask your stylist for a lob with a deep side part.

Shaved Side Pixie

Looking to add an edgy touch to your deep side parted pixie? While most undercuts are shaved into the back of the head, we love the look of a pixie with a shaved side.

Side Swept Fishtail Pony

From sleek and sophisticated to messy and textured, low ponytail hairstyles are among the most versatile. If you’re looking for a romantic take on the low ponytail, opt for a side swept fishtail braid.

To begin, take a small segment from the front of your head and divide it into two pieces. Twist the two pieces of hair around each other in the same direction. Continue until you reach just below your ear and hold the section in place using a bobby pin. Pull the rest of your hair to the side and form a fishtail braid. Once you’ve completed the braid, hold it in place with a hair tie and a light spritz of hairspray.

Grunge Waves

Grunge hairstyles have dominated red carpets this year. We’ve seen runway-ready grunge looks ranging from messy low ponytails to slicked back and wet. If you're looking to try the trend for yourself but can't imagine parting with your beloved deep side part, try a grunge waves hairstyle.

To create grunge waves, spray Redken Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray Wax throughout damp hair. This medium-control wax aerosol hair spray provides texture and gives hair a tousled look with body and dimension. Gently scrunch your strands to create waves and let your hair air dry.

Now that you’re a deep side part pro, it’s time to give one of these stunning looks a try!

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