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Things I Don’t Do: A Middle Part

By Glinda

A while ago, I pointed out that it seemed middle parts were making a comeback as seen on the runways at New York Fashion Week.  And indeed, along with the resurgence in 70’s influenced style, the middle part has found its way back onto the heads of women everywhere.

Well, not everywhere.

Because if there is one certainty I have in life, it is that I look horrific with a middle part.

Kudos to you blessed ones that can make it work, but I find that it is so severe looking that it usually makes the wearer look older.   Not having bangs in the first place can be a somewhat severe look as it is, and when you add a middle part, it can be a one way ticket to aged flower child if you aren’t careful.  I’m not saying it can’t look good, I’m just saying it is harder to pull off, especially if your hair is straight, long and one length.

I did sport a middle part back in the day, but that was in the actual 1970’s, and I was probably about eight and had little say about my hair at that time.  Thanks Mom, for the ugly memories! Yes, now I have Brooklyn Decker’s haircut, but one basic difference is that I part mine on the side.  Pssst, Brooklyn, it looks much better that way!

I know the middle part is supposed to go hand in hand with the latest bohemian-inspired looks, but the last time I looked even vaguely bohemian was when I dressed as a gypsy for Halloween in fifth grade.  Bohemian and Glinda don’t go together.  At all. 

Are you for or against middle parts?

P.S. Is it just me or does Fergie actually have some orange in her eyebrows up there?  Please tell me I’m imagining it.  Either way, girlfriend needs to use some different eyebrow powder, methinks.  Unless she is really digging the orange trend and then, uh, good for her?

2 Responses to “Things I Don’t Do: A Middle Part”

  1. aurumgirl Says:

    IMHO, I think the centre part is too severe for the majority of people. After the age of 10 or so, it really just forces the eye to focus on the features of the face in a way that changes the shape of the face and highlights any “imperfections”–Fergie’s face looks a little squat because of the way that centre line makes her hair “close her face in”. Looks cute on kids, though.

  2. Kimberly Says:

    Hate hate hate the middle part. It is flattering to maybe 10% of women, and then you really have to be rocking a flat-iron, or the 70’s look, to make it work. What I find surprising is how many women end up with center parts by default – they want long hair, they don’t want bangs, but then they pull it back into a ponytail every day and get stuck with the severe center part. I’ve always had bangs, but I have stick-straight hair, so I suppose bangs work better on me than on someone with curlier hair.

    Still, I work with some women whose ponytails and center parts seem pulled so tight that their head looks like it HAS to hurt.

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