Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trend-Filled Thursdays: The Side Part

Emmy Rossum, red carpet, side part, hairForget parting your hair down the middle. At Fall 2008 Fashion Week, the side part was all the rage. Seen everywhere from Akris to Donna Karan, models strutted down the runway with their tresses pulled to one side. It's even trickled down to celebrities, with gals like Emmy Rossum, Rachel Bilson and getting in on the act. And whether you're going for a sleek updo or wavy, flowy locks, this style can work for you! Center parts tend to make the face look a bit wider, while the side part can elongate your puss and sleeken your entire do. Read on to see tons of pictures that will inspire you ... and for tips on how to create the looks yourself!


Rachel Bilson, red carpet, side part, hairRachel Bilson rocking a semi-undone look
Emma Watson, Cartier International Polo Day, red carpet, side part, hairEmma Watson going the super-pretty route at Cartier International Polo Day
Aquascutum, fashion week, fashion show, side part, hairon the runway at Aquascutum
Akris, fashion show, Fashion Week, side part, hairon the runway at Akris

These looks may seem tough to pull off, but never fear! They are a lot simpler than they appear. Whether you want to look super-polished or a little more rough and tumble, a French twist or a bun will reign the look in just so. Here's how to create it from start to finish.

Frederic Fekkai, Sheer Shine Glossing Mist, glossing mist, shine, shiny hair, Frederic Fekkai glossing mist, gloss, glossy hair1) Using a wide-toothed comb, pull a wide chunk -- at least two inches -- over to the side. Either side works, just decide which one looks better for your face!
2) Pull the remaining tresses into a low bun or French twist and secure with bobby pins.
3) Spritz a shine spray like Frederic Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist ($22.50 at over your entire head, concentrating especially on the front part that you've left out of the updo.
4) Pull just a bit at the updo to make it a bit more textured and give it a tousled, slightly messy look.
5) Voila! An easy-to-create, side-parted updo!


Alberta Ferretti, Fashion Week, fashion show, side part, hairon the runway at Alberta Ferretti
Amy Adams, red carpet, Louis Vuitton, side part, hairAmy Adams showing some side-parted curls at a Louis Vuitton event
Antonio Berardi, Fashion Week, fashion show, side part, hairon the runway at Antonio Berardi
Badgley Mischka, fashion show, Fashion Week, side part, hairon the runway at Badgley Mischka
Daryl K and Kerrigan, Fashion Week, fashion show, side part, hairon the runway at Daryl K and Kerrigan

Whether you're going for straight and sleek or a bit more tousled and undone, this look is so super-sexy. And just like the looks above, they are fairly simple to accomplish. Here's how you can get the look.

T3, T3 Bespoke Labs, T3 hairdryer, T3 blowdryer, T3 hair dryer, T3 blow dryer, blowdryer, blow dryer, hairdryer, hair dryer, Featherweight Dryer, T3 Featherweight Dryer
1) A good blowout is key here! And you can accomplish that at home. Using a blowdryer like the T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Dryer ($200 at, your locks will fall effortlessly into this style. If you're looking to make your tresses pin-straight, use a round brush to pull each strand out to its fullest. For a more undone look, you'll want to curl your round brush around each strand as you blow them out to create a bit of a wave.
2) Use a wide-toothed comb to part your hair down the side. As in the above looks, pick the side that looks better for your face!
Jonathan Product Silky Dirt Shine and Define Creme, Jonathan Product, shiny hair, shine cream3) For the straight look, finish with a shine serum like Jonathan Product Silky Dirt Shine & Define Creme ($28 at, which will infuse your locks with a ton of shine.
Phyto Curl Defining Spray, curl spray, Phyto4) The more undone look needs a bit of tousle! Phyto Curl Defining Spray ($26 at, a styling mist with moisturizing passion flower extract, will do just that.

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