Before I begin any sheital cut, I discuss with my client where the sheital part should be. Most clients have a preference as to which side they are most comfortable wearing their part but don’t know what type of part or where to part their sheital in order to flatter their facial features. A flattering part for your face shape has the ability to slenderize your face, pop cheekbones, soften sharp angles and detract attention from large or uneven features.
If your face is round, a middle or deep side part will give the illusion of length and create symmetry around your face. Be careful not to cut too many layers around your face, add just enough to make the appearance of a slimmer face. A square face will work best with a soft side-swept part and bangs, which add softness to the bone structure. Too deep of a side part will do the opposite and accentuate the square angles in the face. Those with a heart-shaped face should try a deep side part to break up the chin line and soften the cheek bones, which tend to be pointy in heart-shaped faces. A side part will complement the diamond-shaped face’s strong cheek bones and pointy bone structure. Those with a diamond-shaped face need to stay away from short bangs and middle parts. Diamond-shaped faces also tend to have smaller foreheads and therefore hair that is too long will overshadow their face. A middle part, which helps to add an illusion of roundness, is best for oblong faces. Bangs also complement the oblong face as it helps to shorten the look of the long face. A haircut with layers and angles around the face bring out cheek bones and strong jaw lines. An oval face can of course wear any type of part or style.
Other factors to consider before deciding where to part your hair:
*Thinning hair: If your hair is thinning, chances are it is thinning more in the area that you part your hair. Therefore, change your part to the other side so that your hair appears thicker and with more volume.
- Asymmetrical nose: Those with a slanted nose look best with an asymmetrical, off-centered part, as it attracts the eye away from the nose. Stay away from symmetrical styles as they accentuate the fact that the face is not even.
- Close-set eyes: For eyes that appear close together, a diagonal side part with height in the front is advisable. This style gives the illusion of a larger face and makes the eyes appear more proportional. Lightning the hair at the corner of the eyes will give the additional illusion of width.
When parting a sheital be sure to keep in mind:
- The largest skin top on a sheital measures 4 x 5, which means deep side parts are not recommended since you will be able to see the netting on the cap.
- Severe and straight parts on sheitals tend to make a more wiggy look, therefore a less defined part or more of a zigzag part is preferred.
- Keeping the part in the same spot will over time cause thinning in that area. The easiest and cheapest way to fix this is to slightly move the part over or change sides completely.
- If you blend your own hair into your wig—change up where you part you hair so you don’t experience thinning of the hair in that area. Also to avoid seeing “the sheital line” (where the sheital starts) do not line up the part in you hair exactly where the part in the sheital is; rather, switch one of them over a bit for a more natural and blended look.
By Sari Friedbauer
Sari Friedbauer, the owner of Sari’s Wigs, is a licensed hairdresser and cosmetologist, as well as a certified wig maker. She can be reached for consults at 201-694-5319.