Sometimes all you need to switch up your style is a simple part change. Here, Thomas Dunkin, Sebastian Professional Stylist Design Team Member tells you how to divide and conquer your part for a quick new 'do.
Cobie Smulders Sloppy Side Part: FAIL
Smulders' side part works against her for a few reasons. First, it's a little too straight, making the style look too hard. "When you choose to do a low side part, you're better off using your fingers instead of a comb," says Dunkin. "If your part is too precise, it comes off looking less feminine and more structured."
Smulders part is also straight, another side-sweep don't, according to Dunkin. "A straight part makes your hair look unnatural, but also like you have a comb-over, rather than a distinct part," he says."
Camilla Belle's Sexy Side Part: SCORE
To get a stunning side part like Belle's, Dunkin says to start parting at an angle, starting at the front of the face and aiming your finger back towards the crown of the head. To get a sleeker look, rather than a loose, effortless part, take a tip from Belle and use a flexible gel or polish (we like Wella Professionals Mirror Polish, $13) to smooth hair back on both sides of the part.
Also, keep length at the front your hair to let your style sweep down. "When there's length at the front, you can bring the hair down across your forehead to get a soft look that balances out a severe part," says Dunkin.