How The Part In Your Hair Affects Your Overall Appearance

Hairstyles affect the way we look more than most people think, and anyone who's ever gotten a bad haircut knows how easy it is for a  hairstyle to make us look older, heavier or less attractive.

A radical hairstyle can make you look totally hip while an outdated hairstyle can make you look like a bit of a kook, but all it really takes to radically alter our appearance is a part in a different place.

Refinery29 enlisted hairstylist Paul Warren to help demonstrate the power of the part on six of their staffers, and these parting shots prove going middle or side makes a huge difference.

Paul offers this advice on how to find your natural part, and why we should play with our hair:

"Comb back your wet hair with your fingers, and then push forward with your palm at the crown of your head," Warren instructs. "Your hair will split where it naturally falls."

"I don't think face shapes really matter anymore," Warren says. "The [face-shape guide] was a nice rubric, but when you take that away you just get so much more room to play. It's just what looks good on you, whatever you're comfortable with, and whatever you can rock."

See Changing Hair Part Before And After Photos here


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Lucky you! My grandfather was bald (bird's nest) and I never liked him so that sort of baldness was anathema to me. He and my Nana lived with us 6 months out of every year. How I viewed bald people was a direct correlation to how I viewed my grandfather.
I am sooo grateful that my husband (who's father had the same male pattern baldness as MY grandfather) still has a glorious full head of hair. Vain? Shallow? Maybe, but having a nasty grandparent can shape how you want to live with a spouse...
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The angle of your head and shoulders can also change a lot of how people will interpret your appearance from a photo. The change of posture between photos probably has just as strong as an effect a the hair parting. A good photographer could probably even swap which part goes with which perceived attributes if they tried to.
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I remember as a young boy having a hair part on the left side. Later, maybe around junior high I went to a crew cut style with no part that I use somewhat to this day. One thung I'm glad for is good genes from my maternal Grandfather that has me at age 77 with a full head of white hair.
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