There is a theory, called the Hair Part Theory, that suggests if you part your hair on the left side you will be more likable. While this may seem silly to some, there is actual science behind this theory, and a lot of examples that will make you wonder.
The Hair Part Theory suggests that, "The way a person parts their hair is related to many subconscious associations when assessed by others." Take Clark Kent, he's meek, unassuming and not confident, and a right parter. BUT, when he turns into Superman, his hair magically turns into a left part.
The theory goes on to explain that, "When a person puts a part in their hair, left or right, they are emphasizing the left or right cranial hemisphere functioning. Currently accepted knowledge of cranial hemisphere functioning is that the left hemisphere specializes in language, memories of words, math, logic, linear operations and activities traditionally attributed to masculinity in our culture. The right hemisphere specializes in visual processing, memories of pictures, musical perception and nonlinear tasks traditionally attributed to femininity in our culture. "
So when you see Superman you think masculine, and when you see Clark Kent, you're like, "That guy looks just like Superman, but with glasses."
We all loved Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, right? Well, of course he had his hair parted to the left, with that amazingly handsome face staring back at us on the screen. But does anyone remember a little known film he did where he departed from his hunk status and got a little, well, weird?
In 2007, Ryan Gosling stared in the critically acclaimed film Lars and the Real Girl where he played an uncharacteristically dark man who falls in love with a Real Doll. However, something that didn't make an appearance in the film? Gosling's left part. This could be a coincidence, or it could be that, according to the Hair Part Theory, people with their hair parted on the right are perceived as more emotional, feminine, and dorky.
This theory does in fact carry over to women. It describes that, "A woman who parts her hair on the left, and who is striving for positive assessment in a traditionally male role (for example, in business or politics) will be taken more seriously than a woman with a right part, who is emphasizing mental processes that are traditionally attributed to femininity." Case in point: Hillary Clinton.
While most left-parting women can be perceived as intense, go-getters, right parters are considered more feminine. The traits generally recognized as right brain traits, match up with what we in society perceive as "feminine."
What the theory basically suggests is that when someone looks at your face, their gaze is drawn to your part. They then, subconsciously, will assign personality traits to you that align with characteristics of the right or left hemisphere.
Need further proof? Think about all of the best presidents of our time.
However, out of the six president that were right side parters, three of them are widely considered to be our worst presidents. Andrew Johnson, pictured above, is among the dirty, dirty right-parting presidents.
Is every single person who parts their hair on the right a bad person? No. Is every single person who parts their hair on the left a good person? No. But does it add up to more than a coincidence that male left-parts are generally perceived as "good" because people subconsciously associate them with certain brain hemisphere traits? Probably.