Want to try a centre parting but worried about ‘flat’ hair? Dylan Bradshaw on how to achieve sleek volume at home

The minimalist centre parting trend of the season isn’t going anywhere, so you may as well learn how to perfect it yourself this party season.


Middle partings and terrible fringes that your mum cut herself were all the rage growing up in the 1990s.

As soon as I was old enough to make my own hair decisions, I grew out that awful fringe that only covered one inch of the middle of my forehead and parted my hair at the side all throughout my teens.

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But seeing influencers like Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie and Gigi Hadid rock sleek centre partings on the red carpet this season has made me want to throw back to my 1990s self, albeit a little more sophisticated.

Hair stylist Dylan Bradshaw says the key to achieving this look is to keep the root sleek, but add texture towards your lengths and ends.

"I definitely think hair at the moment has gotten a lot more simplistic, but it remains textured with a more natural feel," he says. "We're seeing hair that is groomed but still has that sightly distressed look.

"The centre parting has been a massive story this year, weighing down the centre point of the hair but leaving texture and movement through the rest."

Dylan says it’s now easier than ever to achieve a voluminous look at home, with the help of the Dyson Airwrap Styler.

The new hair styler, available now, was launched for the every woman rather than professionals.

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Dyson changed the hair game when it launched its Supersonic hairdryer in 2016. With the Airwrap Styler it has built on this innovative technology, allowing us to dry and style our hair at the same time.

With six interchangeable tools, and through the Coanda effect, the Airwrap uses air instead of extreme heat to dry and style, causing less damage.

"The Airwrap is to give you more texture and volume, or you can use it smooth with volume. But the whole idea is to give you more movement," says Dylan.

Dylan uses the Airwrap in his own salon in Dublin. "It’s great for root lift. It’s for women that feel that they just can’t get that oomph into their hair. It was invented for a consumer, not a professional. It’s one of those products you can really work with from the start."

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So how do we achieve the perfect on-trend centre parting, with texture at the end, at home ourselves?

It’s all about prep and root lift, says Dylan, a global ambassador for Dyson Airwrap Styler.

"Prep your hair with a memory product, like a mousse. Dry the hair off with the blow-drying attachment on the Dyson Airwrap, and bring it up to about 80% dry and then leave a little moisture in it.

"Take small sections of the hair, and use the 30ml barrel over it.

"After you’ve curled the hair, you can use the brush attachment which is basically like the hard brush, just put a tiny bit of gel onto the root, or you can put a bit of a heavier product like a wax, and comb that through as if you’re drying it in. That will pull the root a little straighter while leaving texture on the end," says Dylan.

So there you have it, as easy as prepping the hair with a little product and dry and styling at the same time to perfect your voluminous party look.

The Dyson Airwrap Styler is available in stores now, and online.

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Dylan Bradshaw is offering a free one-on-one lesson with your new Airwrap if you purchase one in the salon.

The Dyson Airwrap and Dyson Supersonic are available from Dyson.ie. Or find out more in store at Dyson locations in Dundrum Town Centre, Swords Pavillions or Stephens Green, Liffey Valley and Mahon Point shopping centres. Also available in Brown Thomas and Arnotts department stores.

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