Side hairstyles with partings: Switch up your look for 2018

All Things Hair | 16 January 2017

Switch up your look, without opting for the chop!


Looking for side hairstyles for 2018? While last year was all about whimsical flirtation with softness, layering, and natural colours, it seems that 2018 is set to be more about subtlety. So, instead of switching up your locks entirely with a drastic chop, you should consider experimenting with hair partings and placement, in order to create a daring and dramatic look!

Not convinced? Well, once you lay eyes on the 4 celeb-inspired looks we found for you, you’re sure to make a side hairstyle your go-to look for the season! So what are you waiting for? Just click through our gallery above, or scroll down to see the great ‘dos we’ve got in store for you.

4 Side hairstyles with partings to try


Gigi Hadid with side parted hairstyle
Side hairstyles: The down side-parted ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The down side-parted ‘do

One of the most famed people taking the ‘straight-hair with parting’ approach is Gigi Hadid. This girl knows what works and often lets her locks flow free on her off-duty days, as well as on the red carpet. Of course, every now and then, even a supermodel can’t fight the need to go fierce – which is when Gigi breaks the mould and rocks out with her ultra sleek sense of style!

Editor’s tip: Want to recreate this look at home? Then use a little of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Oil Nourishing Treatment and finish with the VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairpray, to create wet look hair without gel.

Sophia Bush with sleek side parting
Side hairstyles: The side parted updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The side parted updo

Want a style that will enable you to exude confidence and sophistication? Then a side parted updo is unrivalled in both these style traits! Strutting along the red carpet, Sophia Bush proved just this when she slicked back her mid-length hair into an unassuming ponytail.

Editor’s tip: If you want to make Sophia’s style your new go-to look, simple apply a few pumps of the VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray to your tresses and pull your strands back. Then, using a comb, create a neat side parting and tie your hair into a high ponytail, for a red carpet-ready ‘do!

Side hairstyles Melissa Grimmon with side bun
Side hairstyles: The side bun. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The side bun

Another way to embrace the side hairstyle trend, is to opt for a side bun, which combines the sleek powers a parting and an updo! But instead of tightly pulling all your tresses back in to a neat pony or ballerina bun, keep things loose and wear your bun low.

Melissa Grimmond knows that the key to the side bun is all in the shine, so invest in a good hair serum. We especially heart the TIGI S-Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum, for getting ultra glossy tresses!

Keira Knightly with loose waves and side parting
Side hairstyles: The romantic side parting. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The romantic side parting

If we haven’t managed to convert you to the wonders that are side partings, know that these looks also pair nicely when wearing your tresses down! Think big and bouncy hair that is given more volume with a side-swept parting, and look to Keira Knightley and Kate Middleton for inspiration, who nail this look again and again.

To get this look, comb wet hair into a middle parting, before applying some TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse and gently blow-drying. Once dry, switch your parting over to the side and secure with a firm hold hairspray, like the TIGI S-Factor Vivacious Hairspray.


Enjoyed our 4 fab side hairstyles with partings article? Then don’t forget to head over to our Hairstyles and Haircuts page, where you’ll be treated a whole new world of styling ideas and expert advice!

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