How changing the part in your hair can make you 453 times sexier.

Tue, 8 September 2009 4:46PM

I met up with an ol’ hair stylist friend of mine last week, Dario Cotroneo (who owns Cut salon in Darlinghurst and is a massively in demand session stylist and who has just created this great new-gen flat hair roller system called Mycurl, which I will blog on real soon) and he taught me all kinds of interesting things about my face and the way I part my hair.

Dario is specialises in hair psychology and also knows a great deal about face shapes, and when you think about it, you would hope your hair dresser would have a bit of a (or ideally a whopping great) idea about these things, because how your hair is cut and styled should be tremendously dependent on them.

Dario talked about many interesting things, but today I’m mostly interested in helping you suss out which side of your face is most attractive, (“stronger”) and from there, where to part your hair.

“Understanding asymmetry in your face is the key to great hair,” says Dario. “The face has a different expression; one side of your face is stronger than the other.. Your stronger side is your photogenic side.”

When he showed me on my face in the mirror, I immediately thought of those friends I have who only ever show one side of their face in photos. (Like my friend Mariah Carey, for example.) They seem to have figured out which was their photogenic or ‘strong’ side ages ago. Me? No idea. I usually just face the camera and smile.

‘You WHAT?’ said Dario, even though he didn’t, and I am just pretending to create some dramatic tension in this narrative.

Then he proceeded to show me the angles of my face and which was my stronger side. It seemed to be the one that had a sharper cheekbone and jawline. “To find out which is your stronger side,” said Dario, “pull all of your hair back and up and look for one side of your face to be square in the jaw line area, (stronger) and the other to be more curved (softer).”

But it’s not always about being strong.

How To Suss if You Should Be Soft of Strong:

“It really depends on how you’re feeling, and what you’re wearing. For instance, if you have a very fashion forward outfit on, or have put a lot of make up on and it looks very strong, (like all that fun ’80s makeup we love right now here at PRIMPED) then part your hair on your softer side to balance your look,” says Dario. ” This also pushes the eye back, resulting in a softer look.”

When we flipped my fringe over to my irregular, never-part-it-on-that-side, soft side I saw exactly what he meant. My face didn’t look so… well, strong. Angular. I didn’t like it, to be honest. (Plus there were a band of rogue cowlicks causing me massive grief).

I realised that even though I pretend I am not a lovo in photos who always makes sure she is on her flattering face angle, I prefer NOT to put this side of my face forward.

Then there is the strong side.

“If you are wearing little to no makeup and it looks very soft then part your hair on the stronger side to balance your look,” says Dario. “This will push your eyes forward, resulting in a much stronger look.” According to Dario, this is the style men find the most attractive on women because by having one eye partially covered, you draw all the attention to your lovely angular cheekbone and your strong jawline and your lips. How about that!

Here is my strong side, which is the side my hair falls on naturally, and which I much prefer.

Can you see any difference? I can. My softer side looks puffier, I reckon. This side better.

But as I said to Dario, my preferred part is actually the middle. A flat-bang centre part. With curls.

“Oh,” he said, and again, I might be making a lot of this up, “That’s fine… but generally speaking centre parts can make the nose look bigger, because all the focus falls onto it. And when you add curls that are up too high, give you way too much volume and make you look bigger than you actually are. Also, the hair is covering two-thirds of your face and all of your chin and neck, which makes you look less open and soft and feminine.”

And then I remembered some body language stuff I’d once learned from Alan Pease who writes all those books on male-female body language stuff: One of the most common and subconscious (that is, we do it when we like a guy and we don’t even realise we’re doing it) things women do to look more attractive to the opposite sex is to pull back the hair from one side of your neck, and tuck it behind your ear, so that you A) expose all that lovely neck skin and B) open up that whole area, which makes it – and you – look inviting.

Haven’t done my centre-part for a good week now.
As if I would when I can flip my part and suddenly be all alluring and cheekbony and photogenic and feminine and shit! Madness!

What’s your preferred part?
Will you try the strong-cheek, side part, neck sweep?
These birds did. With success, it would appear….

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  • Posted by: courtney // Tue, 8 September 2009 02:34pm

    I really can’t figure out my softer side and stronger side. I know my more photogenic side, so do I part it on that side? or my other side? Studying has fried my brain.
    Also, Zo, love your top! What brand is it?

  • Posted by: Maxine // Tue, 8 September 2009 03:20pm

    Now, this is the kind of stuff I like to read about! I’m heading over to the mirror right now to suss it all out!

  • Posted by: JessyT Newbie // Tue, 8 September 2009 05:54pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to get home and study in front of the mirror! If only I could whip out the mirror and camera at the office desk like you lucky ladies!

  • Posted by: Tiffany Newbie // Tue, 8 September 2009 10:45pm

    I must read Primped too much. I had a dream where I raided a store looking for MyCurl because I wanted in on Mad Men hair

  • Posted by: Tiffany Newbie // Tue, 8 September 2009 10:48pm

    Zo, I must be reading your blog too much. I had a dream in which I raided a department store looking for MyCurl. I just desperately wanted in on the Mad Men hair!

  • Posted by: theloveofpink // Wed, 9 September 2009 09:08am

    OMG! This adds a whole new dimension to my blatant left-side favouritism and my manic saturday-night diva photo demands ‘ONLY MY LEFT SIDE FOR CHRISSAKE!’ I am off to the work bathroom to investigate my soft side and strong side.

  • Posted by: tiger Enthusiast // Wed, 9 September 2009 10:21am

    I just changed my hair part this morning! I’ve been parting it on my left (my stronger side) for ages, but I’ve switched it to a centre part now. I just think it makes me look more balanced, more symetrical.

  • Posted by: natalie17 Newbie // Wed, 9 September 2009 10:42am

    I definitely see the difference… off to a mirror!

  • Posted by: gribbles Newbie // Wed, 9 September 2009 01:48pm

    Crap, my nervous habit is to tuck my hair behind my ear. I sure hope none of the old, crusty men I work with have read that book and think otherwise.

  • Posted by: Laura // Wed, 9 September 2009 03:18pm

    I just ordered the MyCurl last week, can’t wait for it to get here!

  • Posted by: Sarah // Fri, 13 November 2009 03:27pm

    ARGHHH!!! I spent all day today trying to find your blog on mycurl!!!! where is it???? someone please tell me, because keeping it to yourself is just plain cruel!

  • Posted by: SWrong Enthusiast // Tue, 16 February 2010 01:02pm

    bought MyCurl last week, used it on saturday. i’m still in hair heaven (it’s tuesday)!

  • Posted by: ojae Enthusiast // Wed, 17 March 2010 06:09pm

    wow, that’s amazing. you can definately tell the difference!
    unfortunately i have a blunt, straight fringe, so parting in the middle is all i can do (isn’t it….?) but when i had a side sweepy fringe I definately had one side i preferred to part on – just didn’t know why!

  • Posted by: David // Fri, 23 November 2012 09:19am

    It’s crazy how parting one’s hair differently can cause such a big change in one’s appearance .

    You should read the ‘hair part theory’ and the case of John Walter, he spent his whole life with his hair parted on the right, according to the theory, men who part their hair to the right are viewed as weak, cowardly and weird, whereas as men who part their hair on the left ( which is most men) are viewed as successful, confident and popular, anyway he changed his hair parting and after a weeks he claimed his interpersonal relationships changed dramatically, for the better.

    By the way your hair looks best parted on your strong side.

  • Posted by: Kasia // Wed, 20 February 2013 06:52am

    Ok, this article kinda sucks, not the article itself but I just switched my side part to the center, because I’ve never done it that way before (I’m 22 years old) in hopes of a different style. But I don’t want my face to look bigger… :(

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 02:09am

    Always good to mix things up a little :)

  • Posted by: Manon // Thu, 1 May 2014 09:16pm

    I like this article :) I always noticed I prefered my hair onto one side when it was long but didn’t know why :)

  • Posted by: Your Average Guy // Wed, 23 July 2014 10:52pm

    I looked up “hair bangs direction” after passing by graduate mugs at my university. Came across this website first, and it’s amazing how different a woman can look if they flip the hair part location. This Zoe Foster girl is also kind of hot. I don’t think hair part matters when you have the looks, lol

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 16 August 2014 07:05pm

    I have cowlicks also near my front part. I actually change the part in my hair every now and again. At the moment I have a fringe which I’ve recently got.

  • Posted by: Trish // Fri, 5 December 2014 04:50am

    This is sooooo great! So much is just corny opinion but this has substance. Love it!


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