How to Part Thick Hair

Thick hair should be parted while it is still wet so that the strands adopt the new shape.
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Thick, voluminous hair graces the crowns of actresses and celebs such as Eva Mendes and Kim Kardashian. These thick manes also mean extra styling work -- particularly if you don't want your hair to look bulky or excessive. Before creating any part, careful consideration of your face shape and where you want your part to sit will help to create the most natural shape for those lustrous, thick locks. And, of course, a touch of styling product helps to pull the look together for lasting hold and a smooth part.

  • Smoothing shampoo and conditioner
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Natural-bristle brush
  • Heat protectant
  • Hair dryer
  • Round brush
  • Medium-hold hairspray

1 Playing it Smooth With Your Usual Part

2 Wash

Wash and condition your hair as you normally would. Smoothing shampoo and conditioner will help thicker hair strands to lie smoothly. Towel dry so that the hair is thoroughly damp but not dripping. Wet hair is easier to shape and part because the hair proteins have not set in place yet.

3 Take the tip

Take the tip of the fine-tooth comb and place it at the top of your head where your part naturally falls. Draw a line from that point on your forehead back to the crown of your head, creating the line and depth of the part you want. It might take a few passes with the comb to draw the ideal line and angle you desire. Smooth out any hair strands that move from one side of your head to the other as you draw the part into place.

4 Bristle brush

Brush out the parted hair very gently with a natural-bristle brush to smooth the hair shafts and encourage the hairs to sit comfortably in the parted position.

5 And finish off

Dry and style your hair as you normally would, and finish off with a bit of medium-hold hairspray to help those thick locks stay in place.

6 Playing the Part and Going for Something New

7 Dry your hair

Wash, condition and towel dry your hair as you would if you were keeping your original part.

8 Examine the shape of your face in the mirror

Examine the shape of your face in the mirror before creating a new part. Longer, oval faces can look great with a center or side; heart-shaped, square and round faces often look good with a side part.

9 Place a fine-tooth comb

Place a fine-tooth comb at the top of your forehead where you want the new part to begin and pull the comb back to the crown of your head to create a smooth line. Make a couple of passes with the comb. Smooth out hairs that move from one side of the head to the other as you draw the new part.

10 Spritz your hair with a heat protectant

Spritz your hair with a heat protectant to keep hair safe while styling. Separate a 1-inch-wide section of hair at the base of the thicker side of the part, if applicable. If you created a center part, start on either side of the part. Place the round brush underneath the 1-inch section of hair.

11 Turn your hair dryer

Turn your hair dryer on to a warm setting and direct the warm air down over the hair captured by the brush. Pull the brush down towards the tips of your hair following along with the hair dryer.

12 Repeat the blow-drying process

Repeat the blow-drying process with 1-inch-wide sections of hair until all of the hair near your part has been smoothed down and encouraged to sit naturally in the new position.

13 Spritz

Spritz over the top of your hair with a medium-hold hairspray to keep your thick locks from moving or shifting out of the new position. It will take a couple days for those tresses to settle into their new placement.

  • Avoid over-brushing wet hair to minimize breaking hair strands.
  • Get creative with your part and try out different placements to change your hairstyle without going to the salon.

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.