30 Epic Side Part Hairstyles To Inspire Men Of All Ages

Good hair, don't care.

The side-part hairstyle has been around for years, but it was catapulted into the spotlight of men everywhere with the arrival of Mad Men’s Don Draper. Showing us how to look as slick and suave as humanly possible in the business setting, the side-part hairstyle was key to his success.

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 love about the side part hairstyle 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.

How To Ask Your Barber For A Side-Part?

The side part hairstyle is quite literally defined by the side parting. However, how you cut and style the rest of your hair is entirely down to you. While a classic side part would call for similar length hair everywhere, modern interpretations have introduced features such as fades.

When you’ve nailed the side part 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.

It doesn’t matter too much if you have straight or curly hair, as both can be tamed. Straight hair has the advantage of being controlled by a comb or brush much easier, however.

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.

Expert Tips

Chris Kapetanov @ Preen Salon

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.

Side Part Hairstyles FAQ

How long should your hair be for a side part?

You need about two to four inches hair on top for a successful side part. The longer the hair, the more volume you will have.

What side should I part my hair on?

It depends. If you hair moves in a clockwise circle, a part on the left is the best. If counterclockwise, it should be on the right. Make sure to keep your side part as close to the ear as possible.

What products to use to create a side part?

For your side part, you can secure it in place using gel for a wet-look finish. If you prefer a more matte texture, pomade is your best bet.

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