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Where to Part Your Hair, According to Your Face Shape

...and hair texture!
Where to Part Your Hair, According to Your Face Shape
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...and hair texture!

When it comes to hairstyling, every snip and color can change how you look. But even the most simple styling, like knowing where to part your hair, can make the most difference. The perfect placement can balance your features out and frame your face better.

Celebrity hairstylist Mark Rosales shares a simple rule of thumb: "People whose facial features are symmetrical generally look fine with central hair parts, while those who have unusual or asymmetrical features look better with side parts in their hairstyles." Below are his tips on how to determine the best hair parting according to two basic face shapes:

IMAGE Janinna Santos

IMAGE Janinna Santos

 

If you have a round face, you can pull off a center and deep side parts to show an illusion of length around your face. This also highlights symmetry while elongating and balancing your features.

IMAGE Janinna Santos

IMAGE Janinna Santos

 

If you have a square-shaped face, your jawlines create strong, defined lines that can be softened by "[styling] your hair in an off-center parting, so that the line-of-focus is drawn away from the center of the face." Likewise, those who bear this face shape should opt for side parting with side-swept bangs as "any bangs that are cut too straight-across will only serve to emphasize the same angles in the jawline, which is exactly what you're trying to soften."

IMAGE Janinna Santos

 

Hair texture also comes into play when you're trying to figure out how to part your hair. Mark explains that if your hair lacks volume, "the easiest way to give limp strands some oomph is to draw a deep side part to lift the roots."

IMAGE Janinna Santos

 

Meanwhile, if your have thick tresses, you can "balance the voluminous texture by positioning the part a half-inch off the center of your face."

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