How to Get the Perfect Side Parting

This classic hairstyle has been around since the 40s, yet still remains one of the easiest, and stylish looks a man can rock. Whether you want a traditional finish or are looking to change things up with a modern iteration – there’s something for everyone. Here’s how to get the perfect side part.

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How to Part Your Hair for Men

Wondering how to get yourself a side parting styled do? First things first, the beef of the work lies in the cut. While it’s possible to create side hairstyles without a specific cut, for the perfect parting (complete with hard part) you’ll need to explain to your barbers exactly what you’re going for.

Know which side you plan on parting, and explain to them how much volume, etc. you’d like. Before finishing, ask for a hard part – this means they’ll blade down the parting in your hair making things much easier for you when it comes to styling.

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Classic Men’s Hairstyles

How to Do a Side Parting

  1. Use a fine-toothed comb to create a parting on one side of your hair or follow the hard parting that your barber has cut in. Pull the bulk of your hair across to one side, going back if you want to create a side parting with a quiff.
  2. Blow dry your hair up and away whilst combing to create definition in the parting.
  3. One your hair is dry, continue to use the comb to neaten the parting and reinforce the separation.
  4. Finish by taking a pea sized amount of wax and work it through your hair for a textured or neat look. Add some hairspray if you want some extra hold.


What Product to Use

Using the right product is imperative to getting a defined parting. As always, there are a plethora of options out there making it difficult decide which works best. We’d recommend going for a wax or gel that isn’t too greasy, presuming that you’re not going for a slicker look – in which case, grease em’ up!


Wax is a probably the most versatile product you can use on your hair. Allowing you to manipulate your style into an abundance of different looks, it’s perfect for creating a side parting haircut. Whether you want a more relaxed and textured look or a sleeker neat style, wax can be easily applied to towel or blow dried hair.



Although clay is similar to wax, it’s dry texture means it will give your hair a more rough, textured and natural style. Apply a pea-sized amount of clay to towel-dry hair and work it into the position you want. Clay isn’t good if you’re going for a slick parting, but looks great if you want a more unrefined look.


Shampoo & Conditioner

There are a plethora of hair products you can use for creating a part in haircut, but it all starts with a good quality shampoo and conditioner. A general rule regardless of your desired style, a decent shampoo and conditioner will make a world of difference in keep your hair looking its best – invest, trust us.


Haircuts with Side Parts

There are few haircuts that have stood the test of time like the side parting. The iconic style has been prevalent for decades now, dipping in and out of fashion while always holding one firm foot in the door. Whether your hair’s long, short or mid-length, a simple men’s hair part can be perfect for you. Check out some stylish iterations of the cut below.

Long Hair Side Parting

Side part hairstyles for men don’t just look great on guys with short thick hair, but can work for any style including longer styles. Opting for a hard part will help to keep styling to a minimum and products like a grooming creme and a quality hairdryer will help keep things in place.


Hard Part Haircut

The hard part has been around for a long time now and can be added to any number of classic hairstyles for men. While it works well with a plethora of hairstyles, you’ll tend to see a hard parting defining the contrast between shorter sides and a more voluminous top. As it’s done with a blade, you really need to visit a professional to achieve this look.

Curly Hair Side Parting

If you’ve got curly hair then a men’s hair parting can be the perfect addition, adding extra definition and contrast to your look. While it can be trickier to establish a defined parting with curly hair, especially if you’ve not had one cut in by a barber, it’s still doable. Just be sure to establish the parting while hair is still wet and your products haven’t dried in.

Celebrities with Side Partings

As this classic cut is so simple, it’s no surprise that so many celebrities have given it a whirl at one point or another. If you still need some inspiration for your parting style, then check out some of the looks below. Be careful to take the shape of your face into consideration, as something that looks good on someone else might not look good on you.

Zac Efron Side Parting

Since Zac ditched the High School Musical look, he’s been rocking the side parting so well you can’t deny it’s a match made in heaven. He shows how easy it is to change up your style, going from a wavy look to a more messed up matte finish with ease. Keeping his parting from left to right he follows the natural flow of his hair.

Justin Timberlake Side Parting

Is there a hairstyle that doesn’t suit Justin? This man can even sport cornrows and still be considered a style icon. Changing from hard part to a softer side parting, he shows how easy this style can be.

Skrillex Side Parting

He’s a bit of a wild card when it comes to side partings but he definitely has a unique approach to the look. Wearing the side parting with a buzzed side definitely takes some serious confidence to pull off. But if this is your kind of style, it’s always worth experimenting!

How to Get the Perfect Side Parting

  • Invest in a variety of hair products to work out which give your the desired look.
  • Men’s hair parts best with a comb, however, you may need to play around with a brush – particularly for longer styles.
  • Getting a barber to blade cut the parting in will save you a LOT of work.
  • Do your research to find the best cut for your head shape, be sure to take your hairdresser’s opinion into consideration.
  • You can get a side parting if you have curly hair.
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On That Note

If you’re thinking about a side part hair cut don’t wait around, it’s one of the easiest, and most iconic hairstyles around aftera all. Once you’ve got the style down, maintaining a side parting is relatively easy so it’s great for guys who don’t want to spend too much time taming their barnet.  We’ve moved on a lot from the 1940s but this style remains a timeless classic, doesn’t that say enough?


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