Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

Emma Stone - The Help - UK premiere - October 2012

How often do you change how you part you hair? I mean, REALLY change it? For me it was almost never—based purely on the advice of one Kevin Murphy (yes, THE Kevin Murphy), who advised me during my last attempt to grow out my bangs that I should instead keep them, but angled and parted in the middle. (This served to only solidify my Sienna Miller hair obsession, BTW.)

Anyway, I wore my hair like this, faithfully, for a really long time—until too many weeks passed between bang trims and I was forced to change tactics. That’s how I rocked up at my hairdresser Bill Angst’s place with a deep side part. And he liked it so much that he pronounced it my New Look.

So now I’m not getting bang trims anymore—I’m growing them—and while this happens I’m officially on Team Deep Side Part. I think I’m in good company because Emma Stone and Kirsten Dunst are there with me too. But as you know, on the runways, the centre part still ruled for spring… and Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz are wearing it well. Come look at all the pics and then tell me which, um, side you’re on. (Get it?)

Emma Stone’s 1930s glam

Emma Stone The Help UK premiere October 2012 Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

I’ll take any excuse to post an Emma Stone photo, but these are especially gratifying—I know we’re not really talking about makeup today, but I can’t think of any other young celeb who does the bright lip thing so well. (It’s Revlon, by the way—Emma is their new global brand ambassador—and I raved about this very lipstick right here. The shade is Coral and you can buy it from Well.ca for $9.95 with free shipping in Canada and no minimum order. Coolness!)

Anyway, I sadly don’t have any specific intel or how-tos on the hair… but I DO think it’s a perfect example of the new, modern way to wear waves. I don’t think I need to mention for the 527th time how bored I am with those piecey, dropped-out flat iron curls that everyone wears. But I will, because those usually come with a centre part, see. Here, you could do the exact same type of curls, but just switching up the part—and pushing everything over one shoulder—gives it an entirely fresh look.

The other thing that is great about this style is that if you’re at that annoying in-between stage with your bangs (as I am), it’s a great way to disguise them.

Aside: please notice the nails:

Emma Stone The Help UK premiere October 2012 3 Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

Did I not say that matchy-matchy lips and nails are making a comeback? Well they are.

Kirsten Dunst’s elegant waves

Kirsten Dunst Bulgari eyewear launch October 2012 Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

I don’t think we’ve seen Kirsten look this good in a very long time. (She IS our Girl Hot poster child, after all, and that never really translates for the red carpet.) I did a double take when I saw her because the hair just makes her look so grown-up and polished. It’s a simple switch, but see how flattering it is? You get to show off your neck and cheekbones on one side, but then there is the mysterious dip over the other side to bring the seksi. It works! A quick tong with a curling iron and you can get that perfect wave at the front.

WANT.

But now let’s go check out the middle-part crew…

Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz The Arts Club London October 2012 Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

Oh HAI! Don’t mind us—we’re just being all glowy and shiny and famous.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s super-straight locks

Gwyneth Paltrow The Arts Club London October 2012 Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

In general, centre parts are a little harder to wear than side ones—because there’s less hair on your face to hide behind—but I think Gwyneth pulls this off well. It’s a simple look, very fresh, and in a way makes her look younger because it’s just so simple and un-styled. If I had one complaint, though (and you knew this was coming), it’s the ends of her hair. She always gets them cut in a very shattered sort of way. I understand this, because her hair is naturally quite thick and wavy and it probably removes a lot of the bulk. But then she proceeds to wear it straight anyway. I would love to see her with something a bit more blunt and crisp.

She also needs some eyebrow pencil. Moving on…

Cameron Diaz’s bendy layers

Cameron Diaz The Arts Club London October 2012 Celeb hair to copy tonight! Emma and Kirsten rock the deep side part, while Gwyn and Cam take the middle ground (which side are YOU on?)

Cammy looks pretty good here, even though we’ve already discussed how she’s perhaps not aging as well as some of her peers. I’m kinda digging the subtle Ombré (the only kind I think is in style now) with the middle part and flicky layers starting from the chin. Again, I think it might just make her look younger because it’s such a casual, unpolished look.

And that brings me to my final thought. (Cue: “I couldn’t help but wonder…”) I’m thinking that the deep side part is the way to go when you need to look grown-up and sophisticated… and the middle part is the road to take when you want to look more young and casual. Or is that an erroneous conclusion?

Tell me in the comments…

Do you always part your hair in the same spot, or do you mix it up?
Which of these celeb styles is your favourite?
Do you think a side part is more grown-up/sophisticated whereas a middle part is younger/more casual?

31 Comments

ana p
Friday, October 7/2011 at 3:42 pm

I’m a deep side part girl. Damn I love the middle part; but having an oval face and roman nose has deterred me from this. Personally, I think Gwyn should try it, I’m actually not digging her middle part anymore. Too boring on her simple ( and pretty) face. Kinda aging her.
Dear Sienna,
Can I have your look?
Thanks a bunch.
Ana

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:43 pm

Haha, I wrote that letter to Sienna too! I need to look into hair growth pills so I can make it happen faster.

Reply

Carmela
Friday, October 7/2011 at 3:43 pm

I’m inclined to agree with you that a side part does make for an easy, glamorous and sophisticated look. But I’m not sure about a centre part making you look more young and casual. I guess a lot of it has to do with the face shape, too. Being a square face, I find doing a centre part looks severe on me and not very flattering at all, so I’ve always sported a side part. I have been known to change the sides every so often for variety.

I love Emma Stone! She’s my biggest girl crush of the moment. Love her style and how she’s almost always on top of the latest trends. It looks so effortless how she makes runway fashion seem so wearable in real life! Green with envy.

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:44 pm

Ooh lucky that you can flip it around! I have a cowlick so my hair only wants to part on one side… even doing the middle takes extra work to flatten it down.

Reply

Audrey
Friday, October 7/2011 at 4:12 pm

Having a centered part should really only be done if you have a very symmetrical face, otherwise it unfortunately usually serves to emphasize the asymmetry.

Reply

Jenncharina
Friday, October 7/2011 at 4:13 pm

Deep side part for me since the centre part accentuates the roundness of my face. Damn my Asian Hello Kitty-ness!

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:45 pm

I like round faces! But yeah – side part is the way to go for sure.

Reply

Elaine K
Friday, October 7/2011 at 5:24 pm

Ah this post is so timely! I have literally just created my first ever ‘haircut folder’ on your advice Michelle! Elizabeth Olsen’s hair is to die for. I absolutely must learn how to copy it.
It’s mousy brownish without looking dull, it’s a bob but she doesn’t look 12, wavy but not flat-iron curly like you always mention. I want. (I do realised she’s gone blond right now but i really mean the photos of her from the nylon shoot) Does it help that she’s got amazing skin and beautiful looks like her sisters but without the ever-present smoky eyes and sulky pouts.

And NOW, after 10 years of side part/side bangs, I think I might be finally ready to try the centre parting. Maybe it is more grownup!!

Gwyneth’s hair is so boring. Yeah I looks nice, shiny, great colour but must it always be the same? I feel like she hides behind the straight curtain too much. Mix it up woman!

Aha don’t Gwyneth and Cam just scream ‘A-list and we know it’?! But seriously, did they get ready in the same house?! Exact same makeup- rosy cheeks, glowy skin, amazing lipstick and zero eyeshadow. Imagine us mortals wearing no eyeshadow/eyeliner knowing your picture will be taken! (Kate Middleton just did a little imaginary shudder there….)

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:48 pm

Totally agree re: Elizabeth Olsen – where have they been hiding her all these years?! No offense to her sisters but I like her look better. And yes, good point about the wavy texture… that might make the centre part easier to pull off vs. the Gwyneth curtains that kinda drag your face down.

Reply

QuiteLight
Friday, October 7/2011 at 6:30 pm

I’ve been messing around with my part for the last 2-3 years, deep-side part being my long-time fall-back, as that is what my hair does naturally. So I think of side part as casual (natural on me) and centre-part as higher maintenance (careful parting & blow drying).

But I like the centre part with my current blunt cut bangs. I just wish I could keep my blowdried do straight; when humidity hits it (e.g. morning fog) it goes all Gr. 4 bad-curly-bangs on me. Then only side-swept bangs can save me.

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:50 pm

Oh I know – I love the look of blunt cut bangs but they might be the most high maintenance thing evah. I knew someone who had one of those mini flat irons in her purse… always thought it was a bit much but for bangs maybe a good idea!

Reply

katie
Friday, October 7/2011 at 11:16 pm

I’ve always parted my hair in the middle, I’m not even sure I know how to side part, I’m not even kidding. It’s something I’d like to try I just need to figure out how to do it. I’m sure it’s not that hard and I’m just overcomplicating things lol.

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:52 pm

Yes go for it! It’ll be easier if you part it when wet – comb straight back and then choose where you want the part to be.

Reply

Tara D
Friday, October 7/2011 at 11:23 pm

My hair is noticeably finer on one side, and because of this I can’t do a center part. I switch which side I do my deep part on though almost every day.

Reply

Aly
Friday, October 7/2011 at 11:48 pm

I just for some reason find Emma’s face a little frightening. I think it might be her mouth. It is exceptionally thin and stretched out.

Reply

Melissa C
Saturday, October 8/2011 at 2:28 am

Another great post! I’m currently growing out my fringe (as us South Africans like to call it) too and what’s helpful about doing side partings – and being able to disguise the shorter hair with longer strands – is that you’re less tempted to trim it. And it’s more flattering for those with larger noses, myself included :)

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:55 pm

I’m with you Melissa! Growing mine out too and this def helps me resist the urge to trim.

Reply

Rose
Saturday, October 8/2011 at 8:14 pm

I favor the side part. I think it’s a tad more elegant and tends to be more flattering to most face shapes.

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 2:57 pm

Yes I agree with you… side part seems to work on most face shapes. A lot of people don’t go far enough to the side though – I think making it really dramatic is a fun change!

Reply

Sophia
Sunday, October 9/2011 at 12:41 am

I was a side part girl for a long long long time. At the end of last summer I went for an Abbey Lee inspired bob and bangs cut so I’ve moved to team centre-part. I sometimes do side part if my bangs have gone wonky and pin them off my face. I do miss the softness of a side part…I think it can be a lot more flattering because it doesn’t show any asymmetry in a person’s face. Centre parts without bangs are much less forgiving IMO.

Kirsten Dunst looks FAB. I think there is some funny colouring to the photo as she normally seems very pale and cool-skinned to me, which is maybe why her hair is looking yellow to me (could also be this monitor). Normally I’m not a fan of eyeliner all the way around but I love it here. Plus her dress and whole ensemble is gorge. She doesn’t look too done, especially with those roots coming in.

Gwyn and Cam look cool and caj (is that how you abbreviate casual??) – neither of them look like they’ve got a stitch of make up on, although I’m sure there is a little mascara or lip stuff. Totally agree re: eyebrow pencil on G. WhereTF are her brows.

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 3:00 pm

Very nice! I LOVE Abbey Lee so your hair must look amazing.

Reply

Gauri
Sunday, October 9/2011 at 3:35 am

To me, middle part always looks great!!

Reply

Kharina
Sunday, October 9/2011 at 4:45 pm

I’m a sideparter myself. Been this way for yonks and I may change the side a little more to the left or right, but it always remains on the side. It kinda helps to make my face less wide, which it currently is as I am fighting fat on my body and all over my face. Also, I find if I change my parting, I get a massive headache, as if my poor follicles can’t handle the change.

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 3:01 pm

Haha! I totally know what you mean, I’ve had follicle ache before too when I try weird stuff with my hair. :-)

Reply

Chris
Tuesday, October 11/2011 at 10:26 am

Do you have a suggestion for a really good flat iron? Mine just died this morning?!

Reply

Elaine K
Tuesday, October 11/2011 at 10:44 am

Chris- GHD are the leaders over here on the other side of the Atlantic by a long shot. They’re pricey but well worth it- mine are 8 years old and still going strong!

Reply

Chris
Tuesday, October 11/2011 at 11:11 am

thanks!!

Reply

marta
Thursday, October 13/2011 at 1:23 pm

Do we have to choose? I just part my hair differently depending on the ocassion and outfit…

Reply

martha
Sunday, October 23/2011 at 2:19 pm

michelle, do you have any recommendations for a good colorist in toronto? i’ve had bad luck in the past with colorists. I have really dark hair and I would like to get the color to look just like emma’s (red) hair. it’s gorgeous

Reply

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 23/2011 at 2:29 pm

Right now I got to Tony Chaar (his salon is just his name). Don’t be scared by his appearance :-) he actually does a really great job… I get a double process colour done there and for the first time in my life I’m 100% happy with my colour. I would highly recommend him – somehow he just gets it. I get compliments on my colour all the time as it’s a kind of unusual strawberry blonde. I’m sure he could handle the red that you’re after.

Otherwise, Luis at Hair on the Avenue is also excellent – but he’s more known for blondes.

Reply

martha
Sunday, October 23/2011 at 2:50 pm

Okay, i will make an appointment with Tony Chaar. Hopefully, it turns out well. Thanks!

Reply

Leave a Comment