The center part is one of those trends that never disappears. "The center part is natural—it gives off the sense that your hair just falls that way and you're not trying too hard," says John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh, who's known for styling the coifs of A-listers like Rose Bryne, Ashley Olsen and Gwyneth Paltrow. And the best part (no pun intended)? There's more than one way to style center parts. Here are three.
#1 Down with loose waves
If you have naturally wavy hair, apply a frizz-fighting serum like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum Original formula to soaking wet hair and blow dry with a diffuser or let it air dry. If you have straight hair, shower before bed and apply mousse on damp hair from roots to ends for extra hold. Part your hair in the center and create a braid on each side. In the morning, take out the braids and run your fingers through your hair to create loose waves. Add a spritz of dry shampoo to your roots for extra volume.
#2 In a chingnon
"If you part your hair in the center and pull it back into a chignon, you instantly look neat and pulled together," Josh remarks. To get the look, part your hair down the center and blow dry it straight. Tie your strands into a low ponytail and then take the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie into a loose bun. Secure the 'do with bobby pins that match your hair color.
#3 Smooth and straight
"I gave Gwyneth Paltrow smooth, straight hair for the Oscars in 2001 and loved the sleekness," Josh commented. To pull this off without looking too retro, this look should be done on shoulder length or shorter. Help eliminate frizz and protect your strands from hot tools by using a heat protectant like Dove Advanced Care Intense Damage Therapy Heat Shield Styling Spray on damp hair. Blow dry straight, then lock in the smoothness with a flat iron. If you still notice fly-aways, run a bit of finishing cream throughout your hair.