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Parting Your Hair: For the Right Look, Choose the Left

An important part of any hairstyle is knowing where to part it. Check out Groupon's guide to help you tell the stylist how you want to look.

Beyond keeping hair out of your eyes or providing easy access to your brain's escape hatch, the way you part your hair can reflect how the world perceives you?and how you perceive yourself. How to part it depends largely on the shape of your face. Here are a few basic guidelines to finding the right method:

Heart: With their wider cheekbones and glowing foreheads, heart-shaped faces radiate with either a side or diagonal part. However, if you have longer hair, a middle part may help to balance out your prominent cheeks.

Square: The trick with a square-shaped face is to soften its features. A deep-side part or diagonal part allows hair to fall gently over any sharp angles, rounding them out. In this case, it?s best to begin the part right above the arch of one eyebrow.

Circle: A slightly diagonal part that stretches from the middle of the forehead to the back of the hair lends a dramatic curtain effect to circle-shaped faces, enhancing and elongating the features on the side with the greater exposure.

Oval: Oval-shaped faces have it toughest of all, since they're doomed to be able to pull off any look they want. The choices are virtually infinite. Part it down the middle or down either side. Don?t part it at all. Part it six times?the world is your oyster cracker. However, many stylists would recommend a middle part, since side parts already suit the shapes above.

The decision of where to part the hair, however, isn't completely cosmetic. Some people theorize, for example, that a left part indicates someone with strong leadership skills. This theory earned some cred during the 2000 U.S. presidential election, when left-parting George W. Bush defeated right-parting Al Gore. Even comic books lend it some credence, as the unassuming Clark Kent switches his part from the right to the left when he becomes the all-powerful Superman. Still, it could be just a coincidence?many successful leaders part their hair on the right or not at all, and either way, the decision is not always up for debate; a cowlick, for instance, is nearly impossible to tame, often forcing you to adapt your style to suit it.

Whichever part you choose, heed these words: even if the person you see in the mirror seems meek, the world may still see you as powerful. As posited in an episode of NPR's Radiolab, humans tend to favor the version of themselves they see in the mirror, but others will always see them as the opposite image. Our perception of ourselves is inherently flawed. Therefore, if you like the way your hair looks parted to the left, you may want to actually part it to the right, even?and perhaps especially?if it looks strange in the mirror.

319 Fulford Ave
Bel Air,
MD
US

Bright-pink, flowery wallpaper greets guests at the reception desk of Bang! The Salon, establishing the cheery vibe that pervades each styling station. As they clip locks amid decorative greenery, the stylists encourage their clients to unwind; they believe that relaxation is a key component of every service, from color and keratin treatments to waxing. They draw from a catalog of L'Oréal products to fashion new 'dos and recommend Série Expert formulas for haircare between appointments instead of constantly delivering updo tips via walkie-talkie. The staff’s considerate demeanor affects those outside of the salon as well. When they cut 8–10 inches of hair at one time, they offer to send the strands to the Locks of Love organization.

132 N Tollgate Rd
Bel Air,
MD
US

Bella Amici Salon's stylists maintain certifications as Schwarzkopf color specialists and have expertise in Redken color chemistry, Dream Catchers hair extensions, and Bio Ionic hair retexturizing. They also cleanse and condition with products such as Bamboo by Alterna. In addition to their hairstyling services, Bella Amici's crew tends to guests with spa treatments such as body wraps, massages, nail care, and facials.

The salon resembles a friend's apartment, with its eclectic furniture, hardwood floors, and the photo that hangs above a candle-topped mantle giving it a feel that is both modern and homey.

624 S Main St
Bel Air,
MD
US

The artwork at Split Endz Family Salon hangs purposefully askew, lending the decor the same funky touch that characterizes the salon’s looks. The styling team stays abreast of the latest coloring, cutting, and styling trends to ensure they can whip up a traditional updo or classic bob just as deftly as they can paint hair with electric blue streaks. As stylists coif clients, the onsite play area keeps kids amused with colorful toys to keep them from giving unsolicited advice on the ideal length of their mom's layers.

5 Bel Air South Pkwy
Bel Air,
MD
US

As the salon's name suggests, Endless Summer Salon & Tan's staff wants to help their patrons maintain a sun-kissed silhouette all year round. To achieve that look without the sun's help, guests can hop into a standup or flat UV bed, or opt for UV-free tanning. Guests can bronze their bodies with a self-operated Mystic Tan booth or a custom airbrush glow from a trained technician, who effortlessly makes the sun's work look like a cheap imitation.

In addition to beautifying their bodies in the tanning salon, guests can transform in the hair salon, which buzzes with the blow-dryers of a trio of stylists. They update manes with products from Wella and Redken along with naturally derived elixirs from Aveda and Moroccanoil. In the spa, aestheticians groom skinscapes with waxing, and nail technicians reinforce manicures with no-chip gel polish, preparing hands to finger-walk down the hand-modeling catwalk.

60 N College Ave
Newark,
DE
US

Salon Jalore's menu of services is far-reaching, ranging from haircutting and coloring to makeup and bridal services. The classic Salon Jalore facial is a 60-minute sojourn into cleansing steam and skin pampering, whereas the hand and foot scrubs use sea salts and massage to rejuvenate the skin and revive the extremities. Massage therapists also offer raindrop massage, reiki, and reflexology, as well as prenatal and sports massages.

1541 New London Rd
Landenberg,
PA
US