Day 22: The Zig-Zag Part {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Two: The Zig-Zag Part
Skill To Learn: Angular Parting With A Comb
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Time Commitment: 3 Minutes + Style
What You Need: Gel, Comb + Style Tools

For Day Twenty-Two of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s learn the Zig-Zag Part!  If you learned the basics of parting way back when we started, then this should be relatively easy to master, but it is yet another way to add flair to the styles we are learning.  This fun, little trick can be done on a full, center or side parting and can be any size from micro-zigs to jumbo-zags!  You can incorporate the zig-zag when your tresses are down, half up with crossed bobbies, pulled into two buns or braided.   Take a look:


The actual parting is really easy to do if you have become proficient with your comb.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Getting Started.  Use the ‘nose’ of the fine tooth end on wet hair.  With the comb slightly tilted, just run the nose firmly against the scalp in the zig zag pattern.  When you get to your crown, separate one side of the hair while the comb holds the other.  Then use the comb to pull the other side’s hair perpendicular to the part.  You can grab hair here and there to clean it up if you need to. 
  • The Fine Print.  With a smaller, tighter pattern, you should be able to just zig-zag-zig-zag with the comb and then separate the hair, but with a fat pattern, you will need to cut one line at a time. 
  • The Basketweave Illusion.  Once you have your part sliced out, if you comb the hair to the back of your head, the hair will cover the partings and create the illusion of an inverted basketweave.  (See third picture below)
  • Just Zig, No Zag.  Blind zig zagging can be difficult to keep clean.  If you are doing a style that requires a full part from nose to nape, you can cheat and only do the zig zag on the top part.  Once you get that separated, just place the comb where you left off and continue your part in a straight line to the nape. 


 Have fun with this, and I would love to see pictures of how you are using the skills you have learned in the last three weeks!  Find me on facebook (over in the right column) and shoot me a picture.  I’ll put together an album 🙂

Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 


About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

Posted on January 22, 2012, in beauty, hair tutorials and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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