Fashion and Modesty

small suggestion; big difference.

First of all, let me give you some background on me.

I am a hairstylist.

Something I figured out right after hairstyling is that I had managed to turn my hobby into my profession. It is a blessing and a curse all at the same time. But, I suppose I can’t complain: I love my job. How many people can say that? If you could see inside my head during my mid- to late teens, you would have seen how I would break down the shape of a hairstyle, make up techniques, and general assessment of fashion. I wanted to know how to create a stacked bob and what tool to use to make textured edges.

Needless to say, I have been working in the field of hairstyling for over two and a half years — which doesn’t sound like a very long time, but my personal expertise (I think) is not just cutting/coloring/styling, but to educate my clients on why certain looks are more flattering than others.


Here is my first of, hopefully, many tips for you.

Why Shouldn’t I Part My Hair In The Middle?

Good question.

This is my answer:
Do you like your nose? If you love your nose and want to bring attention to it, than you can part your hair in the middle.

The human eye picks up details and general shapes and concepts more than we understand. Lets say you free-hand draw a circle. (Now, I am assuming that you don’t draw a perfect circle.) Now draw a line right down the middle of it. What do you notice more about the circle now that you have a line down the middle? Most likely, the answer is that it is more asymmetrical. It makes the imperfection of the circle more obvious.

In the same way, when you part your hair in the middle, inadvertently you are drawing a line down an imperfect circle. Your face – unless you are one of the few women in the world with a perfectly symmetrical face – isn’t perfectly even. One eye might be smaller than the other, your nose might be crooked, your ears might be slightly off balance… the list goes on.

So, when you part your hair down the middle, it is both drawing attention to your nose and also showing off the imbalance of your features. Neither of which I would suggest.

Which Side Should I Part My Hair To?

Quite honestly, I would have to see your head. And since I am not going to ask you all to post pictures of yourselves, I am going to say this: generally there is one side that you may find has a cowlick/whirl near your hairline. Otherwise, experiment! Try one side and then try the other side. Check and see. If you want some extra volume, part it on the side of the cowlick so that it creates height. If you want a smooth part – especially if you want side bangs – part it on the other side.

An Example:




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  1. Cool post Beans!


    Posted by Ryan | July 8, 2008, 8:40 pm
  2. This is a very fun post! I would love to see more from Carina on this subject. I was told I shouldn’t part my hair in the middle because of my round face, and I have parted on either side depending on what I wanted my hair to do (like you suggested). But I never really knew why. This is GREAT! More more more! (and congratultions by the way ;-) )

    Posted by Angela | July 9, 2008, 6:28 am
  3. I love this!

    Posted by Danica | July 9, 2008, 6:52 am
  4. Great post! Now, how about some advice on good but reasonably priced shampoo’s????

    Posted by Michelle | July 9, 2008, 12:30 pm
  5. Wow! Never thought of that! Thanks… I’ll definitely be looking forward to more tips from you, Carina!

    Posted by Keila | July 9, 2008, 3:19 pm
  6. I second Michelle’s question!

    Also, is there really a difference in the reasonably priced ($4-6 a bottle) shampoos that are geared for curly, straight, color-treated, etc. hair? I’m thinking of Herbal Essence, Garnier Fructis, Pantene – those brands. Are they just the same shampoo packaged differently? I’d love to hear your opinion!

    Posted by Jackie Card | July 10, 2008, 3:59 am
  7. Love it. I second or third all the questions above.

    Posted by Angela Agans | July 10, 2008, 8:47 am
  8. Great post Carina. Not all of us are as stylish and cool as you so it helps to have someone helping us to be the best we can. Thanks and I look forward to more tips because I can us ALL the advice you have…..


    Posted by Michelle Perez | July 10, 2008, 7:02 pm