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How to Part Your Hair Like a K-Celebrity, According to a Korean Hairstylist

There's more to it than choosing between a side or a middle part!
How to Part Your Hair Like a K-Celebrity, According to a Korean Hairstylist
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There's more to it than choosing between a side or a middle part!

Where you part your hair makes as much of a difference to your face as, say, your eyebrows. These two are responsible for framing your mug, highlighting your best features and letting the rest take a backseat. But next to knowing which parting suits your face the best, it's how you execute these styles that make your locks (and you!) look its best.

In a video for Allure Korea, Korean celebrity hairstylist Kim Ju-Young shares the secrets that K-celebs swear by for hair that's parted to photo-ready perfection. Read her tips below!

1. Highlight your best angle with a side part.

"The side part looks very effortless, and it can make your face look different depending on how and where you add volume to," says Ju-Young. You can choose between a 6:4 parting and a 7:3 side parting (see the photos below for reference!), and make sure your parting opens up the part of your face with more striking features. For example, if your left side has more defined contours or your eyes look sharper there, that's where your parting should be.

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A 6:4 hair parting as seen on Sunmi.
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What a 7:3 parting looks like on Han So Hee.
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2. Middle parts are best for round faces.

The hairstylist says that a middle part makes a round-shaped face look longer and slimmer. But if you want to rock a side part, she says you should focus on adding volume to your hair to compensate, but avoid doing so on the sides (like by your ears) since that'll make your mug look wider.

3. Add and reduce volume according to the shape of your head.

Ju-Young stresses that volume is key for a flawless hair parting. She has a neat trick for finding out exactly where you need some: Touch your head, and feel for the parts that are more hollow and more protruding. According to her, you should add volume where your head feels follow, and flatten the hair where your head has bumps.

4. Obscure your parting for a subtle slimming effect.

K-celebs love a "blurred" hair parting as much as they do a blurred lip. Ju-Young shares that it's because an obscured part can make the face look smaller, not to mention it just looks more effortless. She demonstrated two types of obscured parting: the zigzag part and the curved hair parting. See them below!

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Zigzag parting
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Curved hair parting
PHOTO BY Youtube/Allure Korea

5. Try "goddess bangs" to frame a wide forehead.

If your forehead is wide horizontally, the hairstylist recommends adding volume in front of your forehead and letting it fall to the side. She calls this "goddess-like bangs," and female celebrities like Jun Ji Hyun and Han So Hee have been seen wearing this exact style.

"Goddess bangs" as seen on Jun Ji Hyun and Han So Hee.
PHOTO BY Youtube/Allure Korea
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Watch the video below for the full "goddess bangs" tutorial and more tips from Ju-Young!

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