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Center Part Hairstyles

Are you feeling bored with your hair but not ready for a big change in color or cut? Changing up your part is an instant makeover! In the spring we saw a huge revival of center part hairstyles. This forever mod style is back and better than ever! 

center part middle part gwyneth paltrow hair Gwyneth, the official spokeswoman of the center part

The center part has a bit of a bad rep. While researching this post, I found that lots of bloggers and commenters think this style only works for celebs and models with perfectly shaped faces. On the other hand, people often associate a center part with a stuffy librarian. Not true! This look can work for you. Here are five great tips to consider when trying a center part:

1. Symmetry: If you have a slightly crooked nose or somewhat unaligned eyes (like me), a severe straight-down-the-middle part can have a tendency to highlight what you don't want to highlight. Instead, go for a part that's just a wee bit off to the middle. You'll still get the same effect but with more flattering results.

2. Softer styles: If you're dead set on going for exactly in the center but are worried about it being too extreme, just create a smaller part instead, which looks a bit softer. You can also try starting your part in the middle at the hairline, and veer slightly off-center to the side as you work your way back. Another trick? Still part your hair down the middle, but use your fingers to create a not-too-perfectly-straight part you'd get from a comb.

Olivia Palermo hair olvia palermo braid Olivia Palermo's side braid softens the part

3. Widow's peak: If you have a widow's peak, a middle part can work for you too. You don't have to fight the natural parting of your hair, but you can coerce it to lie flat by combing damp hair tautly with a brush, followed by a blow dryer to set.

4. From boho to sleek: Middle parts on long hair create a bohemian, laid-back vibe. To transform the look into a sleek nighttime style, break out the flat-iron to create straight locks. Keep your makeup clean and simple so as to not compete with your more severe hairstyle.

5. Do it up: If you're considering wearing your hair back, take some inspiration from Cameron, who wore this loose, slightly off-center part with a wavy ponytail. For something more formal, slick your hair back into a tight bun to showcase your center part.

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Center parts are all over Hollywood! Beauties like Elizabeth Banks and Miranda Kerr are stunning examples of how great this style can look.

How do you wear your part? Share your style photos with us!

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