Want to Change Your Natural Part? Here’s How

November 06, 2020
Faith Xue
By: Faith Xue | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
How to Change Your Natural Part for a Total Hair Refresh
If your everyday hairstyle is starting to feel a little boring, you may want to consider changing up your part. We know it sounds like nothing, but swapping out your side part for a middle part or even moving it just off center can seriously revamp your vibe. But getting your hair to lay flat in a new direction can be tricky. That’s why we turned to professional hairstylist and artistic director of Kérastase Paris Nina Dimachki for some expert tips on training your hair.

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 the Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel for a strong yet pliable hold that will keep stubborn cowlicks from popping up. It’s especially useful if you have coarse or curly hair. 

Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel

Hair Tip #2: Direct Your Part With Heat 

After applying gel, Dimachki advises using medium tension and blow-drying the root area while using 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. 

Kérastase Paris Résistance Extentioniste Thermique Blow Dry Primer

Hair Tip #3: Style As Usual

Once your hair is dry, you can style with hot tools or products as normal. And while all hair types can switch up their part, those with thinner hair can expect to see the biggest change. “If your hair is fine, changing your part can give it more volume and make it appear thicker, ” says Dimachki. While you’ll be able to rock your new part right off the bat, it may take a few days to train your hair to fall naturally in a new direction. “It's a good idea to give yourself a few days to get adjusted to the new parting.” 

Photo: Jasmine Burnside

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