Issue 115
Center Parting
Hairstylist Björn Krischker teaches us
how to take our hairstyle to the center
stage like Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Everybody loves it, because centre parting is a young way to style your hair and it goes with every fashion style. When you think of iconic people who love wearing a center parting, it isn‘t dull at all. I‘m thinking of Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Farrah Fawcett, and Gwyneth Paltrow. There are a lot of 70's and 90's inspiration at the moment - decades that have celebrated and focused on the center parting. This season, we saw all kinds of center partings at the fashion shows of John Rocha, Narciso Rodriguez, Paul & Joe, Saint Laurent and Zadig&Voltaire as well as the Versace ad campaign.

Center parted looks have always been there and will always be. If you have a rounder shaped face, the middle parting is perfect for you. With hair that falls below the chin, a centre parting will elongate your face by framing it at the sides. A classic oval shaped face is also made for center parted styles. It‘s not only about parting your hair in the center! It‘s about what you do with the rest and how you style the lengths. It‘s about shapes, texture and the length of your hair. Play with different looks, e.g. wavy or straight, loose or tight ponytails and create the character you want to be whether it is beach babe or red carpet queen.


Photography by Daniel Nadel / Kayte Ellis Agency; hair and art direction by Bjørn Krischker / Frank Agency using PHYTO; styling by Fiona Downie / Frank Agency; makeup by Kenneth Soh / Frank Agency using Guerlain (makeup) & Bodhi&Birch (skincare); nails by Sophie Harris-Greenslade using OPI; model: Alek Alexeyeva / Storm. Opening image: roll neck by American Apparel; jumper by Filles a Papa.
Words by Carrie Lau
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To achieve the look, Mr. Krischker suggests always prepping the hair to apply styling products evenly.
“It‘s not only about parting your hair in the center! It‘s about what you do with the rest and how you style the lengths.”

EAST-LONDON-BASED GERMAN SESSION HAIRSTYLIST BJÖRN KRISCHKER’S CLIENTS INCLUDE MODELS JODIE KIDD AND PORTIA FREEMAN AS WELL AS MUSICIANS ALANIS MORISSETTE AND LORDE.


Step 1

IS IT FOR ME?

Check your hair line and direction of growth to see if your face shape suits a center parting, e.g. do I have a widows peak or is my hair growing sideways? If so, a center parting wouldn‘t last.

Step 2

GET IT STRAIGHT

t is essential to get the parting straight, not wonky. Use your nose as a point of orientation to find the perfect starting point for the parting.

Step 3

HAIR MAINTENANCE

Hair maintenance is very important for beautiful and healthy hair – always apply heat protective first before using straighteners or tongs. To protect your hair even more, buy hair tools with different heat settings to find a temperature that‘s right for your hair.

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