We all know that one of the most stylish men this world has ever seen is a well-dressed New York City ad exec named Don Draper. Who cares that he’s a work of fiction? That sleek, slick, side-parted hair is 100% fact and 100% handsome.
Of course, he’s not the only one to rock one of the most stylish side part hairstyles. Plenty of real-life gentlemen have owned the look and updated it for the 21st century (David Beckham comes to mind). What we’re loving about the side part right now is its versatility. It looks great on the red carpet, but you don’t have to be a movie star to make it work. It’s a style that looks equally as good in the office as it does at black tie events, so no matter your location or income bracket, it’s a sharp and wearable ‘do.
How to get the side-part happening
To steal the style, start with the cut. The back and sides should be shorter than the top, but not in a drastically trendy way. This is not the time for a fade or shapes artfully buzzed into your temples.
When you’ve nailed the haircut, it’s time to pick up some products. The tools you’ll need will depend on the type of hair you have and the look you’re going for. For thin or normal hair, a pomade offers both shine and pliability. For thick to medium hair, a gel may be better able to tame your tougher locks.
To style your side part, apply the product of your choice evenly throughout damp hair after a shower. Find your natural part by brushing your hair forward, shaking your head lightly, and noticing where the hair starts to separate. Then simply comb the sides down, and push the front slightly back and over to the side (or up, back, and over to the side, if you want a higher quiff). Job done, you handsome devil.
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For the perfect part you’ll need a comb and some good quality product. Keep two products handy at home: 1 shiny and the other more matte. This way you can alternate between a more casual, relaxed look during the day and a shine for the evening. For a more relaxed feel once you’ve combed the hair, run your fingers through it to break it up a bit and introduce a little texture. Try mixing both products together to make a blend that suits you for any occasion.