Fashion’s favorite new hair part is a study in symmetry

center_part_hair_trendBesides obvious themes like lots of braids and no-makeup makeup, one trend was glaring during the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion weeks: center-parted hair. Symmetrically split manes were the look of the season, from Dior in Paris to Christopher Kane in London to Alice & Olivia, Honor, Zimmermann and Adam Selman in New York. And that doesn’t even begin to cover it.

“People used to associate a middle part with a hippie vibe,” says lead hairstylist Holli Smith for beauty.com, who created slightly grungy surfy hair at the latter show. “That’s changed. What’s best about a center part is it’s clean and graphic. It grounds a look so the girl still has a little order to her if the rest is casual—it’s not hippie.”

Seconds Schwarzkopf lead stylist Michael Duenas at Alice & Olivia, “Center parts are coming back in full effect. Side parts are really being seen as more sissy and pretty, while center parts are a modern-day type of thing.” He likened the strong style to the ‘60s women’s rights movement. A woman who wears a center part, he says, knows who she is. “It’s strong, firm and flattering to everyone’s face, as long as it’s draped forward. Plus, you get to hide any recessions in the hairline.”

Says Redken‘s Rodney Cutler at Zimmerman, “A center part gives a little drama. To the side is softer; center is more runway.” Additionally, the overall feel can be affected by how precise the part is. “We’re in an age of effortless fashion,” says Smith. “Making a clean or messy center part will change a girl from looking sophisticated to cool.”

Of course whether the locks are left loose and relaxed or pulled tight and slick also makes a difference. The feel at Tadashi Shoji, where Cutler created braided low buns, and Houghton, where ponytails were sleek and smooth, was one of refinement. Conversely, pulled-apart ponies at Honor felt a little playful, and Dior’s straight and soft ‘do was just plain pretty.

Bottom line: It’s time to open your mind to a new place to part. All it takes is a comb and an open mind to create a very new, modern—and yes, temporary—look.

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