More Than Skin Deep: How to part your hair

Dear Scott: I’m not sure which side I should part my hair on. It will go to either side, but how do I know which side looks best on me? Don’t men part their hair on the left, and women part their hair on the right side?


Answer: Here is a way to see the difference in the two sides of your face:

While looking in a mirror, take a comb and hold it vertically in front of your nose as a way to separate the two halves. You will be surprised to see the difference. One side is always higher, and the features are spaced farther apart than the other. Most people think the left side is their best side; typically the larger of the two. Not everyone is made this way, but it is the most common.

Sometimes the part, or direction of hair movement, should be on what is considered to be the least-favorable side, or the smaller half. Doing so raises and broadens the smaller side of the face to create balance and symmetry.

Although I have always believed gender hair-parting rules to be outdated, there seem to be some stigmas involved in the hair-parting decision.

Researching this part of your question, my perception of the importance of the parting of the hair has been altered by the Internet.

I now find myself scrutinizing news anchors, movie stars, Donald Trump and even myself in an effort to fully understand how a part in the hair could possibly make a difference, other than in appearance. This does not mean I believe in the information that follows, but you can decide.

It is said that a part on the left side draws an unconscious response from others to the left-side functions of the brain that are associated with masculinity, and the right-side part draws the attention to the side of the brain responsible for the more feminine characteristics.

A woman attempting to land a traditionally male-role career position would benefit from the hair being parted on the left. A man who parts his hair on the right might be perceived to be sending mixed messages about his sexuality and be problematic in interpersonal relationships. Also, people who part their hair in the middle, or without a part, may be perceived as middle-of-the-road type of personalities; bald, most likely, falls under this group.