The hard part is a modern spin on an age old classic — the side part (The Side Part Haircut: a Classic Style for Gentlemen). The side part divides your hair into two sections, along either of the natural ridges at the top corners of your head.

While the side part typically involves styling the hair on either side of the ‘part’ in opposite directions, the hard part trims the hair right down to the scalp. Typically, the sides are left quite short with this cut, while the top is kept at a moderate length. This gives your facial features an incredible amount of definition, hence its popularity with all those who sport sharp face shapes.

You might also hear this cut referred to as the “razor line” or “side part line”, describing the final appearance of the hard parting.

How to get the Hard Part

The hard part isn’t really a great cut to do at home (all the less so after a few drinks!), even with the help of a friend. This is because the actual parting requires that the hair be shaved right down to the skin, which is very risky — one small movement and the only fix could be trimming all your hair off!

As for the barber/hairdresser route, simply go in and ask for a ‘hard part’, or any of the other names mentioned above. If there’s any confusion, you can always show your hairdresser a photo of the final look you’re trying to achieve.

As for the length of the hair, feel free to choose whatever you want, or ask your barber for suggestions. The Haircut Inspiration is always a great place to find different cut ideas, so do your research first!

The rest is quite simple — just try to sit still when your hairdresser is hard at work on the parting…

How to style the Hard Part

As you’ve surely guessed by now, the ‘hard part’ isn’t really a haircut on it’s own, but more the name given to styles involving that clean, sexy parting. As such, there are no requirements or strict guides for styling a hard part.

The most common route — and a fool proof one at that — is simply styling your long-ish top hair away from the parting with your hair product of choice (e.g. a gel or pomade). Your sides shouldn’t really be long enough to warrant any styling, so just try to even out any tufts that may form.

Another popular alternative is combing all of your top hair back, while still letting the sides run with their natural grain.

Styles/Cuts for the Hard Part

Of course, everyone knows that you’re free to do whatever you want with your hair — but that isn’t really too useful when looking for tried and tested styles. Here are a few suggestions for haircuts or hairstyles that can be coupled with a hard part:

We’ve collected a few images of hard part haircuts and styles that really work, in our honest opinion. Take a look below and you’ll save yourself some time searching for inspiration for this particular effect.

The Perfectly Twisted Top with Thin Hard Parted Fade
@horatiuthebarber
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The Perfectly Twisted Top with Thin Hard Parted Fade

Tapered High fade and Hard Part
@hayden_cassidy
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Tapered High fade and Hard Part

Elongated Strands
@mattjbarbers
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Elongated Strands

Side Hard Part
@hayden_cassidy
4/36

Side Hard Part

hairstyles for men with round faces
@blackfishbry
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Invisible but Low Key Thin Part with Wavy Top

Vivid Hard Part with Side Swept
@urednistvo.pricesk.robert
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Vivid Hard Part with Side Swept

hard part
@paul_barbercode
7/36

Informal Version of Regulation Cut

Hard Part + Mid Skin Fade
Hard Part + Mid Skin Fade, by @ambarberia
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Hard Part + Mid Skin Fade

Disconnected Hard Side Part with Taper Fade
@ambarberia
9/36

Taper Faded Side Swept

Strictly Gelled Hard Part
@cuttyfresh
10/36

Strictly Gelled Hard Part

Blonde Side Swept with Fade
@mattjbarbers
11/36

Blonde Side Swept with Fade

Inverted Elephant Trunk with Faded Sides
@r.braid
12/36

Inverted Elephant Trunk with Faded Sides

Layers with Hard Part
@tonisaura_barbershop
13/36

Layers with Hard Part

Fine Part with Side Comb Quiff
@cutsbyerick
14/36

Fine Part with Side Comb Quiff

Sober Pompadour with Hard Part
@tonisaura_barbershop
15/36

Sober Pompadour with Hard Part

Side Swept Hard Part
@paul_barbercode
16/36

Clean Side Swept with Skin Fade

Brushed Back Undercut
@cartersupplyco
17/36

Hard Part Brushed Back Undercut

Pushed Back Quiff with Temple Fade
@criztofferson
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Pushed Back Quiff with Temple Fade

Undercut Hard Part with Tapered Sides
@peteyrock_thebarber
19/36

Undercut Hard Part with Tapered Sides

Classic Taper Fade with Mild Line Up
@russ_thebarber
20/36

Classic Taper Fade with Mild Line Up

Skin Fade Hard Part
@mikeyyyyyyy_
21/36

Skin Fade Hard Part

hard part
@hairbyharley
22/36

Slicked

SIde Swept Taper Fade
@pjsbarbershop
23/36

SIde Swept Taper Fade

hard part
@mens_hair
24/36

Hart Part + Side Swept

Hard Part Line Up
source
25/36

Line up Light Fade

hard part
@mens.haircuts/Instagram
26/36

Drop Fade Hart Part

hard part
@alan_beak
27/36

Hart Part + Texture

Razor Part Loosely Styled Pompadour
@z_ramsey
29/36

Razor Part Loosely Styled Pompadour

hard part
@rio_black_rose
30/36

Hart Part + Neat Comb Over

hard part
@louiedidit
31/36

Extended Hart Part

Hard Part Slicked Back
Credits: Braid Barbers
32/36

Business Style

hard part
@mattjbarbers
33/36

Hart Part + Quiff

hard part
@mattjbarbers
34/36

Hart Part + Pompadour

hard part
@mattjbarbers
35/36

Military Hart Part

Taper Faded Side Brushed Line Up
@mr_fineline
36/36

Hart Part + Taper Fade