It’s been in vogue since time immemorial, and if you were thinking of parting ways with the style — think again. The middle parting has evolved over the years to fall between the realm of safe and super risqué.
With red carpet and runways being taken over by myriad versions of the hairdo, we re-visit and explore ways to carry off the parting. To tame wavy hair, a middle part can help divide the volume and make you look less mane-heavy. Do this by gathering the two parts in a high ponytail or even a loose, low bun if the length of your hair allows it.
If you usually do a side-part, the hair naturally tends to fall that way. In this case, a tail comb or even your fingers can do the trick. To finish off your look and to keep loose strands to a minimum, invest in a good hairspray.
If you have that sexy number ready for a glamorous night out, balance your look with a soft, romantic do which frames your face. Deepika Padukone (right) is often seen sporting the breezy middle part. If you have ombre or dip dyed hair, you can accessorise with a pastel coloured, thin halo band. Easiest way to re-visit the chic 70’s.
Vidya poses for the camera in her Sabyasachi lehenga. (Reuters Photo)
Of twists and some turns
If you are doing a vintage-inspired look, take a cue from Sonam Kapoor’s (above) updo. The low bun gives an instant retro touch to the hair and the fierceness of the middle parting makes for a modern contrast. If you too have long hair, experiment with soft twists or victory rolls. Take a thick strand of your hair that falls just behind your ear, roll it up entirely till it looks like a dual-stranded braid and pin to the back of your head. You can also do Grecian style Heidi braids that put a lid on your parting.
Glossy and super slick
To some, the slick, pulled back hair with a striking parting in the middle, looks painful and frigid. But, actors Vidya Balan and Anushka Sharma carry off the hair like pros. By sporting elaborate jhumkas and filling up the forehead with a dainty bindi, the look is well supported. You can rock this part with a floor-grazing anarkali or a sheer, soft hued sari.
From the piercing beauty of late Austro-American actor Hedy Lamarr to the kohl rimmed elegance of very own bong beauty, Sharmila Tagore — centre parting has been an essential part of style evolution. When the uplifted beehive hair was complemented with a sharp, short middle parting in the front, the look attracted oodles of class. The side braid also played a vital part when it came to the styling of our Bollywood divas of the 60s and 70s, and coupled with the parting, the look gained an iconic stature. In the west, the trend also had it’s own growth which evolved from the fuss-free, ash brown parted locks of late rock icon Janis Joplin to today’s ramp favourites like Cara Delevingne, who keep it straight and parted.