Hair Part Theory – Discover the surprise!

Welcome to the blog for the Hair Part Theory, the surprisingly accurate predictor of behavior and personality first described by siblings John and Catherine Walter in their original paper the Hair Part Theory .

What we have found is that while the theory is both controversial and quite bizarre, when it does apply, it can properly illuminate and gives some good explanations for completely unusual personality types.

This blog is dedicated to pointing out the figures in public life that part their hair on the right side, otherwise known as “right parters”. Because the theory posits that when you part on the right, you emphasize the right brain, you are usually seen as atypical, mysterious, and yes, quite often bizarre.

Every day we see more and more examples, so the best way to put this up is the blog that shows pictures and examples…

Important: please note that the Hair Part Theory is best understood as a potential bias – its not always present, and occurs at different degrees. Especially in regards to the right hair part – the main similarity between each person is that they just are so different than everyone else, including other right hair parters!

Read on!

15 thoughts on “Hair Part Theory – Discover the surprise!

  1. optikalwinter says:

    I have a natural right part that cannot be changed (believe me ive tried) because I have a whorl at the back, on the right, that grows counter clockwise thus forcing me to part my hair on the right, as I have no left part.

    I find this theory offensive to me as a man because it insinuates that I am, cannot be, and will never be percieved, as masculine. As well as such that I will always be viewed with apprehension and negativity.

    This is especially gloomy considering that I desire to be an actor and as such will never be chosen for typically leading male roles as according to the article I will be condemmed to portraying nothing but nerds, gays and villains. And that is of course assuming that I CAN get into acting because as you say the right part is viewed with scrutiny, scorn, and mistrust, denotes lack of confidence, assertiveness, authority, and masculinity.

    I have also tried parting my hair to the right for several years and noticed absolutely NO change in my social interactions. So it really just might be a “theory” after all.

    What say you to this?

    • John Walter says:

      I am sorry to hear that the theory is offensive to you and that you rightly point out that the choice of words we used is so negative. There are plenty of positives on the right side as well: sensitive, deep, heartfelt, genuine, caring, warm, complex, creative, unique, profound. The issue remains however that the right hair part on men is distinctly atypical, and as such could be a negative or a positive. It is rarely neutral. But in terms of acting, yes, a lot of quite unusual characters are cast with or from right parting men, especially if you look at commercials, where the impression must be made in less than 5 or 10 seconds. But at the same time, some of the biggest Hollywood stars and movie idols are men with right hair parts, such as Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Tom Cruise (oops, theres the atypical one again). It seems to follow that if you are tall and handsome, the right part can work tremendously in your favor.

      Regarding your social interactions, the point of the hair part theory is that either side part signals a particular set of stereotypical character traits, and just like any stereotype, there can be exceptions and places where it doesn’t fit. But in my testing, it fits a whole lot more times than when it doesn’t. My own personal experience was that it made a huge difference right away, and even better, when i decided on no part at all, i found that to be the best – i would prefer that my hair doesn’t bias an interaction before i even do or say anything.

      thank you for your comment, and i hope that my response has been helpful

      • optikalwinter says:

        Thank you for replying to my post, i found what you said indeed helpful. I did not mean the word offensive as strongly as It probably came across, it was simply for lack of a better word.

        In any case I did a little expirementing, using reversing mirrors and taking photos of myself to see what other people see and actually I look quite good with a right hair part. Because this whole time I was using left hair part which I thought looked great until I realized that It only looks that way in a normal mirror. I cannot have a neutral part as my hair grows a natural pompadour which looks quite silly on me to be honest, so I have to keep my hair either left or right. Which is a shame really because I dont want my acting career to be determined on something as trivial as which side my hair is parted…oh well.

        My apologies for the vitriolic comment (if it came across as such)

        Maybe there is some truth to that theory after all, because I was indeed reacting out of emotion. So its possible.

        Anyways please take it easy, im going to buy one of em newfangled reverse mirrors for personal use now after what I discovered haha

  2. usaproofread says:

    I’ve got two theories. Maybe when one parts her hair on her natural hair part, she looks best or strongest, and when parting her hair to the side that’s unnatural, she looks unusual or, even, weaker.

    My second theory is that maybe the hair part looks best on the side of the face that looks more attractive, because it opens up and shows off that side of the face, making the person look more attractive.

    Lol interesting! Eh, I don’t believe this stuff too much anyways. I think there is good in any which way one parts her hair lol! That’s what’s fun about it.

    • John Walter says:

      It is possible. I just think that regardless of the positive quality of the appearance, you are still sending out strong left or right brain signals. Left is logic, masculine, assertive, visible. Right parts are softer, more feeling, feminine, receptive. No part is more balanced – or will let you do what you want without a constant bias from your hair signal.

  3. m says:

    Hello, there!

    I was wondering what it means when the person has NO hair part?

    I’m a woman, and I tend to part my hair on the left.
    But I also like it with no part, either.

    Thank you!


    • John Walter says:

      The left part on women is very common and works for them pretty well…it is the dominant, assertive side of you (aka masculine), which works in this society.

      However, i have seen a lot of women who always part on the left have more problems with appearing feminine enough…see how much grief Hilary Clinton gets for it.

      Im a big fan of no part, because you then get to be whatever you want to project, your hair is not sending a signal out. Barring that, then switching is better than just staying with one side or the other. Wear the left part for a business meeting, wear the right part for a hot date. Or if you need those feminine wiles at work to get something done, try the right part – it might work, especially if you are doing it consciously. If you need to get that relationship heading in a different direction, use the left part energy.

      if you never parted on the right, as a woman, you might be stunned to see how easy it is for you to get things just cause you are a woman, vs the left part. Try it and see… would love to hear back!

  4. Steve says:

    So what does this say about all the left parters who look in the mirror and give themselves a right part everyday? Aren’t they the true right parters in this scenario?

    • John Walter says:

      It’s actually a very interesting question – because I had limited experience when I switched my hair part from right to left (about 4 months), there was a sense that I took the “good” version out to the real world and buried the “bad” version in the mirror. But I had to confront that person every day. For a long time I ignored the apparent conflict and confusion, but after about 4 months I couldn’t take it anymore, which is when I switched to the middle part, and then eventually no part, which I think is simply much better and stronger – both sides of me get represented, I’m not emphasizing one at the expense of the other.

      When it comes to someone who has the left part their whole life, I believe that they get generally positive reinforcement from the world because the left is the logical, rational, and more easily understandable side, and the person in the mirror has it on the right, which is more mysterious and unusual…but only the viewer sees it. The left part dominates. In contrast, for a guy, wearing a right part can be highly challenging in real life from everyone, and only the single mirror image says “what’s up with that, things are fine”

      It’s a weird thing to try and figure out, but also because the mirror messes with more than just hair parts – our eyes get flipped too, and most of our natural expressions don’t look right…so we don’t really express to ourselves the way we do with the world. This was the genesis of the True Mirror being such a significant experience. Because even after I flipped my hair to the center and sort of neutralized the difference in the physical being between mirror and self, my eyes became more and more sensitive to the fact that something was still wrong. When I first saw myself in a true reflection mirror (two mirrors at right angles in a bathroom), I immediately recognized myself – “there you are” was the first thing I said, and a lot of this dichotomy between me and my mirror image just disappeared. It was pretty stunning experience
      So your question has a number of answers, many of them conjecture, because our relationships to ourselves in any mirror is always suspect – it’s an odd distortion, and no two people will have exactly the same effects from this distortion. In general though, I don’t believe it’s a good thing at all, which is why I now make optically perfect True Mirrors (  Thanks for your interest!

  5. Ralph Deloria says:

    Hello! Can I just ask, how the hell did you change your part? I mean as someone who right parts, is right handed and has a counterclockwise hair whorl and cowlick, how do I part on my left without it looking messy.

    Also, as a fairly handsome man who isn’t that bad with logic (good at math and science) should this really be a concern?

    • John Walter says:

      Hi Ralph,
      First off, my hair also will naturally part on the right (hence my discovery of the effect in the first place). I usually can train it to be a no part (which is better than left even), simply by putting some goop in my hair when wet to hold it. Its fairly short too. You might need to have your hair cut in the alternate style to have it at least be cut properly. but goop usually works. i like a small amount of Moroccan Argan Oil, seems to blend in pretty well and not feel like anything afterwards.

      Secondly, the right hair part can be a challenge for most guys, but if you are good looking it can be a lot easier. Its just that there’s a lot of place it still doesnt work – in the “playground of life”, where you might not get the respect you deserve, or the normal relations…there’s often something just a little bit off with a guy with a right part…no offense!

      • Ralph Deloria says:

        Thank you, hopefully with enough gunk I can switch/remove, although I’m debating whether or not this is necessary as I’m far from ugly (this is not intended as bragging and is taken from the opinions of others).

        May I also state that there are many successful, masculine and iconice men with right parts such as Clint Eastwood.

      • John Walter says:

        Experiment with it – if you can change it, then go out and gauge your response from everyday interactions (from both people you know and with strangers), just see if your interactions feel different. the theory says that they will be more productive and conducive in certain areas. then again, they may be less so in others. I remember one guy that i told this too seemed to lose some of his charm and uniqueness and looked more boring with it on the left. This is why i tend to advise to not part at all – let both sides of your nature come out and work with that result for the best productivity.

        Regardless, experiment with both and see what happens!

        And yes, there are many examples of famous, successful and masculine men with right hair parts. The explanation is that often they are exceptional characters, often handsome and tall or large, so they have a lot going for them regardless of their hair. Having the right hair part makes them softer and more accessible, and along with the other qualities makes for a winning combination. Unfortunately for most of us, we don’t have that kind of talent and looks, so the right hair part is more of a handicap.

  6. Rhodes says:

    This theory is complete and utter rubbish. It’s like the scientology of hair science. Good luck selling your $1,000 mirrors by taking advantage of peoples insecurities, Dr. Walter.

    • John Walter says:

      Dear Rhodes,
      I wouldn’t say complete and utter. There may be holes in the theory and exceptions you can find, but so many more times the theory is spot on. Its a bias on every interaction, but still not a necessary nor sufficient condition for any type or behavior. Yet it still has very high correlations where it does match. Its like body language…a position of crossed arms and legs is meant to be saying “I’m closed to your idea, or I’m protecting myself”, and often is, but could also be that it is simply more physically comfortable. The question is, can the theory provide illumination on behaviors, and would changing the hair part make a difference?

      RE the True Mirror, a lot of people see tremendous value in clearing up the distortion of the regular mirror, not just on physical appearance, but on personal communication that works better in it. For you, this is not important…so be it. Hair parts are quite different in the backwards mirror than forwards, so at least being able to see what you are projecting to others can be useful information.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s