Author Archives: John Walter

About John Walter

A long long time ago when I was just 19, I discovered the effects of changing my hair part from right to left. The strength of the change - in my case from a social misfit to "Joe Popular" was amazing, and not only that, when I looked around, it was happening to others. The Hair Part Theory was the result of researching the effects and putting it into a more scientific framework and language. My sister Catherine Walter was instrumental in getting my vague handwaving theories into a great paper, including a slew of statistics to illustrate just how many leaders we have that are hair parters! A few years after discovering the Hair Part Theory, I discovered, or more accurately re-discovered a true image mirror - and recognized myself at a deep level. The full story is elsewhere on this blog (link coming), but suffice to say that the True Mirror (the trade name of my perfect version), reflects your hair part the way it actually is, and you can see exactly what you are matters!

Hair Part Theory – John Walter video

Attached is a video made by John Walter to illustrate his understanding of the Hair Part theory as well as the True Mirror that shows exactly what the side hair part looks like

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American Newspaper Editors Hair Parts 1885

Saw this interesting and illustrative picture on Wikipedia of the top newspaper editors in 1885, and the way their hair parts break down is pretty startling – mainly because I was under the impression that the side hair part was … Continue reading

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Bruce Willis’ smirk deconstructed to illustrate the True Mirror experience

Re: True Mirrors The companion story about the Hair Part Theory is how 3 years after discovering the effects of hair parting in my own experience, I had another epiphany in front of the mirror – I saw myself for … Continue reading

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Esquire write-up on Hair Part Theory

From the April 2015 Esquire:

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New Geico Commercial

The right hair part on men is often used in advertisements to reinforce a negative impression of the man in question. The latest is the Geico Commercial: From the website, this description: A father and son are hanging out, … Continue reading

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Hair Parts of the British Prime Ministers

David Cameron switched his hair part some time back. BBC ran a story about it that included the Hair Part Theory: The other Prime Ministers seemed to have stayed the same throughout their careers:  Heres a few others: Margaret Thatcher: … Continue reading

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Hair Parts in Glamour Magazine

A recent article in Glamour magazine entitled “All Signs Point to the Fact That THIS Is How You Need to Be Wearing Your Hair” makes the case that the strong side hair part is “in” like never before. It always … Continue reading

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New Hair Parting Survey

RadioLab just re-aired the great episode about Symmetry which included the Hair Part Theory and the True Mirror (, and also just put out great new survey up about hair parts. Take the survey, and also read the comments!

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Tide and Dad Star “The Princess Dress”

One of the most useful uses of the Hair Part Theory is to both create commercials and/or explain their effectivness. The latest one is the charming Dad explaining about how is daughter will not wear anything other than her Princess … Continue reading

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Lincoln – right or left?

One of the surprising elements of the feature about the Hair Part Theory done on the NPR Radiolab show (, was that a big picture of Lincoln was shown to the live audience and then flipped to show him with … Continue reading

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