How to Figure Out Where to Part Your Hair
Consider the side part, a la Olivia Munn, the hair equivalent of a one-size-fits-all tee. Just about any face shape can pull it off, and it puts your very best brow on display. Is it just us, or does one always end up better than the other? "I think the side part is universally flattering, and there's an edgy, fun vibe about it," Reis says. "If you have a stronger brow, part your hair to show that off as more of the face is exposed on that side."
In the case that a deep side part looks too severe, Reis recommends a diagonal option. Section your hair toward the back in a diagonal line so that as it reaches your crown, the part ends up more or less in the center. You still get the carefree side-swept effect in the front, but both sides of the head are evenly balanced in the back.
With blunt bangs like Kerry Washington's, you can certainly experiment with a side part, but naturally, the hair tends to fall in the center. "It's kind of that three-point system, and leaving the part in the middle will make your hair look balanced at each side," Reis explains. "Parts are more apparent if you have a free forehead, but if you have bangs covering it, your part won't be seen."
A super-precise center part like Kim Kardashian's is considered classic, and gives off a clean, polished effect, although they work best on faces that are more or less symmetrical. "It can be the least forgiving if there are any uneven areas on the face, as it can call attention to them, and on long faces, it can exaggerate the shape," Reis explains.
How To Perfectly Tease Your Hair
One thing’s for sure—Southern girls love big hair. And they know how to rock timeless looks that never go out of style. Sometimes you would love for your hair to have a little more body, and there are a few simple steps you can take to get it. Give your hair a glam pick-me-up for that special event you have coming up or just for your everyday look. This effortless yet elegant look is sure to impress. The Birmingham-based bloggers at Irrelephant show you the best way to tease your hair. Follow this tutorial for lifted roots that last.
Start by sectioning your hair at the crown of your head. Take a small section of hair, and spray it with medium-hold hairspray, from root to tip. Using a fine-toothed comb, push the hair down to the scalp three times. This will give the roots more lift and add to your hair’s overall volume. Repeat this step two more times with sections ending at the crown. Once you’re down, flip the hair back into place, and gently smooth out the tease with a comb. Next, move on to the front of your hair. Take a section of the left side of your hair, spray it with hair spray, and tease. Repeat this step with two more sections, or however much volume you desire on that side. Flip it back into place, and gently smooth it out with a comb. Move on to the right section of your hair. Take a portion, spray it, and tease. Repeat this step with two more sections, or however much volume you desire on that side. Flip the hair back into place, and gently smooth it with a comb. Finish off the look with hairspray. And you’re ready to go! For added volume, we recommend these products. This perfectly tousled, blown-out look will carry you from day to night.
If you want to go for a center part, but don't want to call attention to an uneven area, try sectioning your hair slightly away from the middle as Blake Lively did, but not so far that it ends up veering into side part territory. "It throws the eye off, so nothing looks out of balance, but gives off the illusion of a center part," says Reis. "This is sometimes the best option if you have a cowlick in the front, and it is also less severe than dividing hair in the middle."