New year, new part, new you. If you've been stuck in a hair-rut for a while, parting your hair down the middle is a quick-fix solution that will refresh your look until your next appointment at the salon. Popular in the 70s, the middle part has made a recurring comeback over the years, and 2016 is no exception. Read on
Despite its popularity, some people are hesitant to embrace the middle part as they feel that it puts their face and features on display too much. Oval and round face shapes are thought to look best with a middle part, but in reality all face shapes can pull it off. The trick is to first part your hair completely down the middle and see how you feel. If you don't find it flattering, move it slightly off center to soften the style.
How you style the rest of your hair will complete the look
The hairstyle you choose to wear with the middle part will determine the overall feel of the final look. A bit of movement in the hair – think curled ends and lots of volume - help keep the middle part modern and chic, and take away from the severity of the part.
Depending on your personality and your mood, there are two different looks that are great to pair with a middle part. The first one has a romantic boho vibe to it. Start off by parting your hair in the middle. Next, create big waves in your hair and then finish everything off by tying half of it up into a hun.
The second is for when you want to look sleek and serious. Straighten freshly washed hair and then apply oil or shine wax, like Mythic Oil to tame any flyaways and hold the style in place. Create your middle part and then leave your hair as is, or tie it back into a low pony or low bun.
One thing to keep in mind about a middle part is that there are no set 'rules'. You can use a tail comb to create a well-defined line, or you can simply part your hair down the middle and then let your hair fall in place by itself – natural is beautiful as well!