A One-Second Makeover {Parting Your Hair} – Cup of Jo


Carly here!

My youngest just turned one, and so I am finally turning the corner on “the year of zero time to get ready.” I feel like a baby’s first year is usually fairly unpredictable, and “getting ready in the morning” often looks more like dry shampoo and a ponytail than full make-up and spiral curls. Most of my beauty regimen (if you can call it that, when it’s a cumulative 15 minutes) is performed in the car, at red lights. My children aren’t even confused anymore when we reach our destination and they stay strapped in their car seats for ten minutes as they watch mommy apply her eye makeup. Sorry, kids. You are just much easier to manage strapped in a five-point harness.

It is this reality that make blog posts that promise “How to Give Yourself a One-Second Makeover” so appealing to me. Makeovers? I don’t have time for that. One-second? – Why that’s exactly the amount of time I can afford. In fact, that is precisely the amount of time I have each morning before Parker (the baby) crawls into the bathroom after me and starts emptying the contents of my bathroom vanity.

Here is our one-second makeover idea from Cup of Jo.

How to Give Yourself a One-Second Makeover

Did you know that one of the quickest (and most dramatic) ways to change your look is to change the way you part your hair? We didn’t understand the power of parts until recently, when Vanessa Alcala, a hairstylist at Marie Robinson Salon in Manhattan, let us in on the secret. Take a look…

Above, our friend Hayley Nichols wears her everyday side part. “A lot of women part their hair on auto-pilot,” says Vanessa, “but if you’ve been doing it the same way for years, changing your part can update your whole look.” Here are her three tips:
1. Go Far Right or Far Left
Vanessa says women who part their hair on the side usually approach it too conservatively. A side part can look meh if it isn’t far enough over. Instead of combing your hair into a side part when it’s wet and then blow drying around the part you created, try blow drying your hair until it’s at least 50 percent dry – working in all directions – before creating your part. Rake and lift your hands through your hair to find a natural part that’s emphatically on the side. If you’re wondering which side is best for you, Vanessa says to try both and then choose the side that gives your hair the best volume.
2. Don’t Be Too Centered
If you’ve tried a center part before but felt it looked too severe, give it another try, but this time create your part a little to the left or right of center. As with side parts, don’t create the part until you’ve dried your hair at least halfway and then use your fingers to lift and separate the hair before letting it fall on its own, creating as natural a middle part as possible. “Don’t be too contrived about finding a middle part,” Vanessa says. “Your natural middle part is rarely ever dead center.”
{Photos and words property of Cup of Jo.}

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