Experts Predict that Side Partings Will Sweep the Nation this Year

Experts have predicted that 2023 will see side partings sweep the nation with searches for “side parting hairstyles” up by 90% since the start of the year.

According to Neal & Wolf’s 100 Years of Hair report, side swept hair and the side fringe are some of the biggest trends of the century and in 2023, the style is being modernised with less structure and added texture to give more flow and bounce for that ‘I woke up like this’ look.

Laura Elliot, head of education at luxury haircare specialist Neal & Wolf explains, “The side parting is a look that’s synonymous with the 2000s and it’s set to make a big return this year with the likes of Maya Jama and Florence Pugh paving the way for more contemporary takes on the style. Side swept hair, partings and fringes work well with a variety of popular trends from relaxed bouncy face-framing layers to slick-back up dos.”

Laura continues, “Our salons are starting to see an uplift of customers asking for side styled cuts but here’s three key things to consider with your stylist to ensure you nail your side parting look in 2023.”

1. Are you wanting a deep side parting?

A deep side parting is proving to be a popular power look this year but it might not be for everyone. Laura comments, “A deeper side part, starting further along the eyebrow, is more suited to those who are committed to consistently styling their hair to one side. If you prefer to have flexibility and sweep the hair to either side or occasionally style from the middle, opt for a more subtle and off-centre part.”

2. Do you actually want side bangs?

Consider whether you want a fuller side fringe cutting in or some softer layers. Laura adds, “A fuller fringe that sits around eye level is most suited to shorter cuts like bobs and pixies as it can create the illusion of thicker hair and will frame the face perfectly. For longer hair, consider longer bangs that sit slightly lower around the cheek bone and below the ear to keep hair looking voluminous.”

3. How long should your layers be?

Think about the ways you like to style your hair and let your stylist know so that they can keep it in mind when adding layers. Laura says, “For example, if you know you like to slick all your hair back into a striking wet look then you should avoid shorter layers around the side-parting that will be harder to hold in place. If you prefer to have movement in your hair when wearing it down or styling wispy up do’s, shorter layers will provide more texture and depth to play with.”

Rachel Bartee

Rachel Bartee is a blogger and freelance writer dreaming of a tour round the world to write a story of her greatest life adventure. For the time being, she feels inspired by her daily yoga sessions and studies Interpersonal Relationships.