If your everyday hairstyle is starting to feel a little too boring, you may want to consider changing up your part. We know it sounds like nothing, but changing the direction of your hair can seriously revamp your vibe and give you a total hairstyle refresh. So, if you’re not quite ready to chop it all off or try out a trendy hair color, stay tuned because we spoke with professional hairstylist and Artistic Design Director of Kérastase Paris, Nina Dimachki. Ahead, she shares her top three tips for training your hair to part differently.
Hair Tip #1: Apply Gel to Your Roots
The key to getting your new part to stay put? Hair gel — and lots of it. “Apply a strong gel at the root area when the hair is wet to hold the new direction of hair,” says Dimachki. We like Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Gel for a strong yet pliable hold that will keep stubborn cowlicks from popping up.
Hair Tip #2: Direct Your Part With Heat
After applying gel, Dimachki advises using medium tension and blow drying the root area with a fine-toothed comb in the new direction you want your hair to part. “Just make sure to blow dry the cowlick or bang area first, before it begins to air dry,” she says. The gel you applied to this area will help hold your hair in place as you style. And as always, be sure to apply a heat protectant like the Kérastase Paris Résistance Extentioniste Thermique Blow Dry Primer throughout your hair before blow drying.
Hair Tip #3: Style As Usual
Once your hair is dry, you can style with hot tools or products as normal — and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Dimachki says, “If your hair is fine, changing your part can give it more volume and make it appear thicker.” Training your hair to naturally fall in a different direction may take some time, though. “It's a good idea to give yourself a few days to get adjusted to the new parting,” Dimachki adds.