Thursday, 23 June 2011

Stars are flipping for the latest style in hair, a deep side part that's casual and adaptable

Celebrities and the cool girls who want to look like them are sporting a new, but familiar, look in hair -- the deep side part.

A part that’s an inch or two farther to the side may seem insignificant, but the way in which celebs such as Jessica Alba, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart are doing it certainly makes a statement that’s casual, flirty and reminiscent of a 1980s Valley girl.

Alba in particular has been wearing a deep side part with a starting point that sometimes looks to be near her ear. The part gives the hair that’s flipped over to the other side of her head some volume and a wave that appears to be waiting to get teased, curled and sprayed as was in vogue through the early ’90s.

Lively and Stewart are also eschewing the typical middle-parted, L.A. boho hair and are going for something edgier in Stewart’s case, and evocative of Veronica Lake in Lively’s version.
"They’re giving us a retro glamour that’s less formal than finger waves," says celebrity hairstylist Scott Cunha, who styles Nicole Richie and Lucy Hale. "The part is deep to the side but the rest is loose, wavy and a little undone."

He recommends using the arch of the eyebrow as a good marker of where to start a deep side part. "You don’t want it over as far your ear," Cunha says. Use a comb to make a clean part and rub a little volumizing mousse through the hair to give it some wave and body. Otherwise a deep side part plus flat hair will leave you looking like a trendy drowned rat.

Lively’s hair with its deep side part always manages to look lovely and elegant. Her long, strawberry blond locks are generally parted deeply at one side, so that about two-thirds of it cascades down the side for a modern-day, more laid-back version of Lake’s famous ’do.

On the other end of the spectrum, Stewart’s take on the trend is edgy and definitely a little rock ’n’ roll. She showed up to the recent MTV Movie Awards with a deep side part and tons of body in her hair. "I loved her look at the MTV Movie Awards," Cunha says. "She really got the whole thing right."

Source: Los Angeles Times