Centre parts: naff or not?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Permalink

You know I like to tackle the hard questions here on my blog. And I share insightful analyses into important and topical issues. Like world peace and stuff.

And by stuff, I mean hairstyles. Or more specifically ‘where one parts their hair’.

Now this wasn’t an issue a couple of years ago, with my hair just centimetres long… as per my banner pic. However, you may have noticed – from the new pic in the right hand sidebar – I’m letting my hair grow – at least until I’m sufficiently bored to cut it all off again.

When it was last this long I visited my beloved and expensive trendy hairdresser. I complained that, even though I’ve been parting my hair on the side since adulthood (yes, for just a few years!), it naturally falls into a centre part. Which is kinda annoying.

“What if I start parting my hair in the middle?”  I casually asked one day.

Her response was… “Over my dead body.”  Or similar.

I had the impression it was most definitely a bit naff to part long hair in the middle. At least as an adult. So I dutifully continued to fight the gravitational pull of my centre part and kept my hair parted to the side.

However… it occurs to me that supermodels and the like do it all of the time. Part their hair in the middle, that is!

So now I wonder if it was a: you’ve-got-a-fat-face-do-NOT-part-your-hair-in-the-middle comment rather than a centre-parts-are-SO-1970s comment. I’m just not sure.

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Source: hairrocks.com.au

So now my hair’s growing and again naturally settling into a middle part, so I’m making use of the amazing technology at my fingertips to ask….

Long straight hair with a centre part: naff or not?

 

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

27 Comments
  • Jo
    September 30, 2014

    This is one of those larger questions in life that I’ve found myself contemplating…my verdict? I try to part at the sides….

  • Lee-Anne
    September 30, 2014

    Oh Debs, I do adore these weighty issues 😉 Your post is FASCINATING as I never before knew how controversial centre parts were/are. To think that all my youth I was uncool! (I’m horrified in retrospect). I now have a fringe and behind that fringe lurks a centre part. I’ve always worn centre parts and until I cut my fringe I was blissfully unaware just how much I breached haute coiffure. And to make it worse, I have a fat face. How will I face the world??

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      I grew up with a middle part as well. Definitely acceptable as a youngster I’d say. But – the fringe… it hides all kinds of secrets! I hate having stuff on my face (I get very hot) otherwise I think I’d go the fringe option – also hide those wrinkles (ahem – worry lines!).

      Deb

  • coloursofsunset
    September 30, 2014

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, I’d have said NO DO NOT CENTER PART! But lately, my part has been gravitating towards the middle. I think I’m letting it because my hair is so thing when I side part one side looks nice and full, the other side looks very thin. To each their own I guess. You can train your hair to stay in a side part if you really want to. Maybe you should take pics of it and let us decide! 🙂 -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Argh! Getting advice from the world wide web is one thing, but letting the public vote?! (I’ve watched enough reality TV to know there’s no way I’m trusting the public!!!)

      😉

      • coloursofsunset
        October 1, 2014

        LOL fair enough. In your profile pic it’s side parted and looks lovely, for what its worth 🙂

  • Me
    September 30, 2014

    I have always been a side part girl – now I’m a side part older lady – mainly because to try to get my hair to part in the middle is a mission I’m not prepared to tackle every day I leave my hair down. If I do part it in the middle – the ‘bits’ that normally go to the side are so high and bouffy I spend ages and a huge amount of product trying to get it to lie flat to ‘match’ the other side. It’s just easier to stay with a side parting – having said that, I’m sure that side parts don’t sure everyone so maybe you are good to go with a middle parting !!!!! (Really no answer from me after all that !!)
    Have a wonderful day !
    Me xox

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Hee hee… I’m the opposite. Mine sits easily in the centre but never on the side – plus I never can part it on the same place on the side so that probably doesn’t help!

  • Pinky Poinker
    September 30, 2014

    You don’t have a fat face as far as I can see in your photo. I reckon you could rock a centre part. I can’t. A hairdresser once told me. “You can’t have a centre part because you’ll draw attention to your big nose.”

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Oh I think I have one of those as well…. (big nose – or at least a funny-shaped one). PS. I haven’t seen that many pictures of you but your nose doesn’t look big!

  • Char
    September 30, 2014

    When I was growing up only the tough girls had centre parts. That feeling has followed me through life and I’ll always go side.

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Oh…. I was a centre-parter as a kid and I was nice. I swear!!!! Although I was a bit of a Jamie Summers (Bionic Woman) wannabe so I used to casually push my hair back as if there was no part at all!

  • Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    September 30, 2014

    I say go the centre part Deb! I love the look and used to have it when my hair was really long. Now I’ve gone short and am going shorter.
    I say have a go at anything, you can always change it. And with your lovely smile, you can carry off anything you choose x

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      You’re so sweet. I’m paranoid my teeth aren’t very white any more so try not to smile in pics at the moment!

  • Vanessa
    September 30, 2014

    I don’t get a choice where my part is – my hair is as stubborn as I am and cannot be convinced to part anywhere else.

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Mine’s a bit the same. Even when I part it on the side there’s a gap in the middle. Plus I’ve got a widow’s peak, or cowlick or something which is problematic.

  • Rebecca Stephens (@LighterMum)
    September 30, 2014

    I’m sure it depends on what looks best. Side part looks best on me. Though my hairdresser the other day chastised me for doing a ‘straight’ part instead of a ‘zig zag’ part, which apparently looks better. Seems I can’t win…

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Oh yes, isn’t the zig zag part good it your roots are showing? I seem to recall that one – makes the regrowth less obvious from memory! 🙂

  • Tegan Churchill
    September 30, 2014

    My hair is almost always in a pony tail or messy bun so I have no part. On the rare occasion that it’s down though I have a centre part. I say pfft to the ‘fashion’.

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      Fashion, schmashon.

      PS. That’s really hard to say!

  • Satu Hattula (@bodycapable)
    September 30, 2014

    I’m also voting for side parting. You should not underestimate the importance of hair-related stuff in women’s life. 🙂 I have never really had long hair because my hair is so thin and it looks like rat’s tail if I let it grow. My major current hair issue is the fact I’m already grey and I’m tired of coloring the roots all the time… but I don’t think I would look good in grey/white hair.

    BTW: You hair looks fabulous in the profile pic!

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      That was just after the hairdresser appointment Satu, so it’s all ‘done’. I have been going a bit darker though. I saw a picture of myself with fairly blonde hair and decided I was a bit old to be TOO blonde!

  • middleagedmama1
    September 30, 2014

    I think it depends on the face that the hair is framing, AND what sort of hair you have. I don’t think I’ve ever had a centre part in my life – I have a long face, and very fine lank hair. With a centre part I just look like a 70’s hippy reject 😉

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

    • Debbish
      September 30, 2014

      I think the fatness of my face is the main issue – which is probably shape-related as well. All of the middle-part supermodels have waif-like faces I guess!

  • hugzillablog
    October 2, 2014

    Ahem. I have a centre-part. That should give you a clue to what my answer might be…

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