How a Long Strip of Hair Helps Me Perfectly Side Part My Curly Bob

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

If you notice a section of hair that's about an inch longer than the rest on the left side of my face, I swear my hairstylist didn't make a mistake. (And before you even think about it, no, I'm not trying to make a forward rattail a thing, either.) It's just me accidentally revealing the secret to the best haircut of my life. That long strip of hair helps create an amazing deep, side-part look.

Okay, let me rewind a bit. Back in 2017, I said goodbye to more than a foot of my waist-length waves in favor of a lob. Since then I've gotten my hair cut shorter and shorter into a chin-grazing bob. Without the extra weight, my curls now spring to their truest potential (yay!), but I'd always have a chunk of hair sticking out on the right side of my head that resembled the profile of one of the statues on Easter Island (nay!) when I'd side part my hair. Middle parts stress me out, so I'd hide my chunk away by tying my hair in a half-up bun. You can kind of see the weird layer in the selfie, below.

"Leaving the front corner of a bob on the side the hair parts helps pull the extra weight down that results from having a deep, side part," Soto further explains. "I also feel just that extra bit of length in front helps elongate the jawline without creating a dramatic angled bob."

If you have curly hair and want to remedy your own chunky side part, Soto recommends asking your stylist to create a slight angle just in the front and remove weight without layering. "If the front bit is layered, it will only contribute to the weight of a deep, side part, isolated to one area around the face, often closing the face shape up rather than elongating," she explains. "It's important to stress you don't want an angled bob — just that bit of angle in the 'bangs area.'"

Linda de Zeeuw, a stylist at Rob Peetoom Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, also stresses that you should make it clear to your stylist that you part your hair on the side and don't want layers. When I had visited her for a haircut I told her I wanted a blunt bob and that did the trick.

For those who have naturally straight hair (or straighten it often), this trick will still work for you. "It helps pull weight down and create length around the face and jawline, regardless of texture," Soto says.

As for styling, I take a pretty simple route. After washing my hair with Carol's Daughter Coco Crème Curl Quenching Shampoo and Conditioner, I rake Curls So So Def Vitamin C Curl Defining Jelly or Amika Curl Corps Enhancing Gel through my hair before letting it air-dry. If my curls look deflated or straighter in some areas the second (or third day), I refresh my hair by spritzing it with a bottle filled with water and a hefty amount of Davines Love Curl Controller. Then I go about my day without worrying that my hair looks like an ancient monolithic head.

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