Selena deep side parted hair LACMA film and art Gala 2014

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As somebody whose face shape can’t pull off that sexy hippie middle part thing, I’ve always been a big fan of the side part. And yet, when I saw Selena Gomez‘s hair over the weekend, I was struck by just how much I disliked it. Did Selena’s side part go too far? (That sort of sounds like her side part wore blackface or made fun of somebody’s dead relative or something, but you know what I mean.) I argue that yes, it did, and it didn’t even need to be offensive to do so.

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Selena attended the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles wearing a gorgeous, sparkly Gucci gown that fit her like a glove. The wide silver straps work wonderfully with the low neckline, while the simple belted waist gives it a perfectly soft hourglass silhouette. But then this hair happened:

Selena deep side parted hair LACMA film and art Gala 2014 2(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com)

It’s not horrifying, per se, but it’s just…a lot. Girl, what were you (and your stylist) thinking here? Instead of looking like an elegant accompaniment to this absolutely stunning and grownup gown, this hairstyle looks like it was done by a middle schooler trying to hide her dandruff at the school dance.

Side parts–including very deep ones–can look elegant provided there is some shape to the look. Adding waves or curls, or even just a bit of definition, to this look would have made it several times better, but instead it just weighs down her features, completely detracting from them. Her eye isn’t covered in a sexy or mysterious way; it just looks like she can’t actually keep her hair out of her face. And because of the amount of product in her hair and the way one side looks flat while the other looks weighed down, it comes off as greasy, too.

In any case, if you’re debating doing a deep side part, just be sure to add some shape to your face and take it easy on the styling products–this will keep the look polished and glamorous rather than clunky and overwhelming.