How to Tell on Which Side to Part Your Hair

By Hilary White

In the 1978 film "Superman," the main character, Clark Kent, parted his hair on the right, while his alter ego, Superman, parted it on the left. History attests that internationally known political figures seemingly can't switch where they divide their 'do without widespread analysis: Former President Jimmy Carter famously switched his part from right to left, while onetime Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got attention when she changed hers from left to right. Take some time to look closely at your hair growth and facial features to figure out which side is the right side for you.

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George Clooney prefers the left at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.

Check Your Cowlick

Check your cowlick to find which side works best. Look at the back of your head where your hair forms a spiral to note the direction of your hair growth. If your cowlick spins in a clockwise direction, the part should be on the left, according to barber Miles Elliot in "Men's Health." Counterclockwise swirls indicate that a right part works best. If you have a double cowlick, you can go either way.

Create Facial Symmetry

Create facial symmetry with your part. Most faces are not perfectly symmetrical, so identify which of your features vary slightly. Whether it's your nose, eyes, lips or cheeks, determine on which half of your face these appear smaller and part your hair on the same side. A center part calls attention to facial irregularity, so choose a deep or off-center side part to give the illusion of symmetry.

Go au Naturel

Discover the part that nature gave you. Whether your hair is curly, wavy or stick-straight, you can find your natural part by wetting your hair and combing it forward from the crown. Wait a few moments, and your natural part will appear where your hair separates the most.