by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
There was some fascinating research involving where you part (or don’t part) your hair and according to this study, where you part (or don’t part) your hair reveals a lot about you!
These are the results, according to the Hair Part Theory:
Left Hair Part: Exuding confidence, you are logical, organized and have a take-charge attitude. A left hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, which is associated with masculinity.
Right Hair Part: You inspire friendship and convey the message that you are nurturing, fun-loving and reliable. A right hair part draws unconscious attention to the right side of the brain, which controls activities traditionally associated with femininity.
Center Hair Part or Bald: Unshakable, balanced and grounded, your part signals grace and poise. When there is a center part, no part or baldness, the subconscious associations are more balanced or neutral, with neither cranial hemisphere’s activities given more importance in the assessment.
What many of us fail to notice when watching any given movie (or anything on television or in the theater) is how roles are typecast in order to portray a specific image.
One of the examples stated involves Christopher Reeves’ role in Superman. As mild-mannered Clark Kent, his hair is parted on the right but as Superman, his hair is parted on the left. Many of us never even noticed this! Clark Kent’s right hair part inspires friendship and conveys the message that he is nurturing, fun-loving and reliable. Superman’s left hair part says that he exudes confidence, he is logical, organized and has a take-charge attitude.
It would be interesting to study how hair parts affect the way politicians lean, e.g. does the politician lean to the left wing or to the right with a particular hair part?
A few more thoughts on the Hair Part Theory:
The theory seems to apply more to men because they usually part their hair the same way their whole life. The theory also applies to women, but to a lesser degree, because women might change their hair styles many times.
A man who parts his hair on the right and wants acceptance in a traditionally male role is at risk, the theory goes, because he sends a mixed message when he emphasizes the right, or feminine, side of the brain.
A woman who parts her hair on the left and wants acceptance in a traditionally male role – business, for example, or politics – will be taken more seriously than a woman with a right part.
We tend to prefer a certain look for ourselves without really knowing or understanding why we do what we do. In the case of hair parts, the underlying reasons may be more unconscious versus having a hairstyle that is aesthetically pleasing.
And for the record, mine is parted down the middle which makes sense because I am a “Triple Libra”… I’m all about balance.
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