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How To Set In a Part for Men's Hairstyles

Lya Navarra

Author Lya Navarra


    “Setting In a Part”, what does that mean? It means we can ‘set’ the hair to create a part that will last all day with a little styling product, heat and tension. This technique is quick and easy, resulting in a polished look that can be easily taught to our guests to perform on their own at home.

    Tools of Choice:
    Styling Product of Choice:
    • Water
    • Redken For Men grip tight holding hair gel

    Keep in mind the importance for us to understand growth patterns. Although we can force the hair against natural growth directions with heat, tension, and styling product, we want the end result to look as natural as possible.

    Setting the High Side of the Part

    •  Mist the top of the hair with a little water
    • Come into the side of the hair you want to set the part into with the wide teeth of the cutting comb with your finger at the hairline
    • Arrange the ‘grains’ of the hair in the direction you want the part to live
    • Place your finger at the front hairline and carve in a pert that rotates slightly back toward the center of the head

    NOTE: You want to create a part that is not super straight; you want it to rotate a bit. Not even a ‘natural’ part will be straight. Rotating the comb back toward the center of the head will create a part that leaves a little more hair on the shallow side.

    • Place a small amount of grip tight into palms and emulsify
    • Work the product into the area above and below the part for hold and memory
    • Secure the shallow side of the part with the wide teeth end of the comb-hold the hair down with a little tension so the spine of the comb is just underneath the part
    • Pick up the blow dryer with attached nozzle and use the spine of the comb as your bridge
    • Rotate the dryer back and forth along the part directing the airflow just slightly above the part keeping tension on the shallow side with the comb

    NOTE: Don’t concentrate on one area. Keep the dryer moving so the scalp does not get too hot and occasionally move the dryer away from the area for cooling.

    • Come into the high side with the comb at intervals to smooth
    • Continue drying until the high side is completely dry

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    Setting the Shallow Side of the Part

    • Place the comb into the opposite hand
    • Secure the high side of the part with the wide teeth end of the comb-hold the hair down with a little tension so the spine of the comb is just above the part
    • Pick up the blow dryer with attached nozzle and use the spine of the comb as your bridge
    • Rotate the dryer back and forth along the part directing the airflow just slightly above the part keeping tension on the high side with the comb

    NOTE: Once again, keep the dryer moving and occasionally move it away for cooling.

    • Come into the shallow side with the comb at intervals to smooth
    • Continue drying until the shallow side is completely dry
    •  For this model we have allowed the shallow side to cascade forward for a natural look
    • The Grip tight product will add structure and definition to the hair during the blow dry without stiffness

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    This is how we do it! The combination of heat, tension from the comb and product gives us the control to ‘set’ in a part that will last all day. This technique will prove to be a winner for the classic, clean cuts we are seeing on men today and can also be used for short cuts on women who may prefer a clean looking part. Be sure to speak about the how, what, and why with your guest so they may re-create the look easily on their own.

     

    If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below!

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