Milla Jovovich wore the look to the Chanel haute couture show. January Jones, Kate Mara, Kerry Washington, Elisabeth Moss and many more showed it off at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. And Penélope Cruz most recently donned it at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Twice Born. Indeed, the deep side part is becoming a hairstyling must-have. If the 2013 spring runways are any indication, the look will only become more of a trend in the coming months.
Designers sent out many interpretations of the deep side part, from severe and low to slick and glossed to loose and rumpled. Here are five of the best versions, and the secrets to making these gorgeous splits stick.
THE SOFT SIDE Seen at: Derek Lam's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: It’s easy, it’s modern and it’s flattering. The parted mane at Derek Lam is so attainable, anyone can do it. And that’s the point, according to hairstylist Orlando Pita. “This is a modern woman with no references to the past,” he says of the look’s mood. The side part is slightly imperfect, drawn after working in texture through the lengths and roots via volumizing spray and mousse. To coax out a lived-in yet not worked-on feel, Pita smooths flyaways along the part with a hair cream and randomly curls and straightens the lengths for a slightly deconstructed feel.
Key product: Phyto Phyto 7 Daily Hydrating Botanical Cream seals flyaways while giving the side part a lived-in look.
THE SLICKER Seen at: Michael Kors's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show
Why you want it: This style will get you noticed without being too over the top. The look is hyperglossed to perfection with a hint of androgyny, thanks to a very deep side part. Pita flatirons tresses into a stick-straight sheet, etches a deep side part, spritzes roots to ends with hair spray and blasts the style with heat to amp up shine. He further refines the graphic side part by pulling back the sides using an interesting slight of hand: in the back, a hook elastic clamps to two hidden mini ponytails.
Key product: T3 Control Heat-Seeking Hair Spray imparts shine and hold, and is the only product Pita used from his bag of tricks.
THE DEEP DIVIDE Seen at: Rodarte
Why you want it: If you’ve always thought about shaving your head, but aren’t willing to commit to the razor, this take on the trend will do just fine. At Rodarte, hairstylist Odile Gilbert fakes a buzzed undercut that is perfect for showing off the ornate ear cuff. She crafts an extreme combover with a part that begins as low as the ear, the lengths sliding over the crown to create an edgy optical illusion.
Key product:Kérastase Elixir Ultime The Imperial keeps hair shiny, manageable and tight to the head.
THE MYSTERIOUS SIDE SWEEP Seen at: Jonathan Saunders
Why you want it: A come-hither hairstyle if ever there was one, this side part with unwound waves that fall over one eye serves up the right amount of mystery. At Jonathan Saunders, hairstylist Paul Hanlon musses hair with texturizing spray, scrunching and separating strands for a sexy disheveled attitude. But it’s the last step to this style that serves up the slink: Hanlon sweeps and sculpts a loose left side part, carefully placing it just so over the eye.
Key product:Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk directs the parting without feeling heavy.
THE OFF-CENTER WISP Seen at: Akris
Why you want it: Deep side parts can read as severe, but pulling out a few wisps helps to soften the look for everyday wear. At Akris, hairstylist Guido Palau partitions the hair into the favored deep side divide and pulls the lengths into a sleek, minimal, low ponytail. He then loosens pieces around the hairline as a finishing touch. “The wisps we pull out around the face do make the style feel newer,” he says.
Key product: Applied at the roots and hairline only, Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam adds texture, allowing for easier directional styling and a pinch of hold.