The side part haircut is one of the few styles that has survived the test of time. It dates all the way back to the 1910s (and possibly before), and you can still see it on thousands and thousands of heads today.

Why has it lasted so long? Well, it’s a particularly versatile haircut. It’s nice for both casual and formal situations, and it’s an ideal haircut for an office job or workplace. It also doesn’t take too much to style, and with a little work in the morning, you’ll have a dapper cut ready to go.

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What Is The Side Part Haircut?

As its name implies, the side part haircut relies on a side part. But there’s more to it than that. The top and sides are cut in a traditional fashion to give the side part haircut its all-around timeless look. The result is a short, neat style.

The side part works best with thicker hair, though it is possible to style with finer hair. Like the comb over and other short cuts, it best suits square and oval face shapes.

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How To Get The Side Part Haircut

While the haircut is widely known as the “side part haircut,” many barbers and stylists know it by different names. These include the businessman haircut and a traditional cut with a side part. Because it goes by so many names, we recommend bringing in a picture to show your barber or stylist.

To help further, here are the finer details of the side part haircut so you can specify exactly what you want.

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About 2 to 4 inches of hair on top is best for this cut. The longer the hair, the more volume your hair will have. The sides should be clipped with a razor on a setting anywhere from #3 to #6. You’ll also want a taper or fade on the sides as well as a tapered neckline.

If you’d like, you can also ask your barber or stylist to give you a hard part, which is a shaved line that creates a clearly defined part. This makes the hairstyle more noticeable and contrasts the top with the sides.

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How To Style The Side Part Haircut

The side part requires a good quality pomade. Suavecito Original Hold and Layrite Original are two of our favorites. Apply the product to towel-dried, slightly damp hair. If you want a shiny, slicked-back look, use a generous amount (one quarter-sized scoop with your finger).

Next, choose a point on the back of your head either on the left or right. You’re going to comb all of your hair to this point. To do so, comb your hair away from your part and backward as well. (If your hair is on the shorter side and you have trouble combing it backward, simply comb it away from your part.)

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Once you’ve combed all of that hair back, comb the sides downward. If you want, you can use a little hairspray to fix the style in place, and you’re finished styling the side part haircut.

Experiment with different amounts of pomade and different ways to style this cut. The side part is a versatile cut, and you can play around with it to see what suits your personal style best.

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Ed Westwick's Ear Tuck

The side part is a classic, simple style, and Ed Westwick’s side part exemplifies those qualities. Combed back and tucked behind the ear, this side part is classy yet relaxed.

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Ryan Reynolds Side Part with Undercut

For a refined look, you can’t go wrong by combining two of the most popular contemporary hairstyles: the side part and the undercut.

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George Clooney’s side part

This longer side part style gives the hair a thicker, fuller appearance, but it’s still defined thanks to the prominent part.

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Brad Pitts Classic Side Part

Want a really simple style? Try this one out. You can achieve this look by simply combing the hair in opposite directions, using the part as a divider.

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Chris Pine Side Part with Beard

While most parts are usually very noticeable, they can also be more subtle. Here, Chris Pine’s hair is parted only slightly, and there’s no visible part line. This tends to make the hair look thicker.

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Classic Gentleman Longer Side Part

This gentleman’s cut is a classic for a reason. The elegant side part and neatly styled hair give the wearer a very sharp and sophisticated appearance.

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Wavy Side Part

Wavy haired guys can also wear side parts well. A mild part, as shown here, can be used to change the direction of the hair and provide additional texture.

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Andrew Garfield medium length side part with hair brushed back
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Part with Hair Brushed Back

Parts can be used with other styling techniques to produce excellent results. This haircut uses both brushed back hair in the front and apart on the side for a smart yet slightly messy look.

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Side Part with Curly Hair and Beard
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Side Part with Curly Hair and Beard

If you have curly hair, check out this side part variation. A prominent part is used to help keep the sides tidy, and the hair on the other side and in front is allowed to naturally spring up and out.

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Wavy Long Fringe

Here’s a style for hair that is naturally very wavy. The side part helps to draw all the attention to the long, flowing fringe in front.

Slick Swept Zero Fade Hard Part
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Slick Swept Zero Fade Hard Part

This haircut takes a retro style and brings it into the present day with some striking updates. The hard part is something you didn’t see in the 1950s, but it adds undeniable swagger to this haircut.

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Side Swept with Part

It’s hard to go wrong with side swept hair. In this example, you can see how a side part adds a fashionable touch to the side-swept style.

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High volume

Here’s a unique way of styling a side part. Instead of using the part to divide the hair, you can use it to frame a high volume look like the one shown here.

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Natural Soft Part

This gentle and gradual part gives the hair a casual appearance that’s ideal if you prefer a more laid-back style.

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Ivy League Fade

This is one of the Ivy League’s countless variations. Featuring a high fade and thin side part, this style is an excellent choice for a formal look.

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Comb Over with High Side Part

Creating a part higher up on the head can help to add length to the face and draw focus to the hair on top.

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Ewan McGregor’s Side Part

This messy side part style is a loose and casual look that’s great for all hair types. It also requires minimal styling; you can simply brush it into place.

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Hard Part with Taper
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Hard Part with Taper

While this is a simple style, it packs a punch. The hard part is a bold twist on this otherwise classic haircut, and the taper keeps everything neat.

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Side Part Swept Back

Looking for a shorter hairstyle? This short collegiate cut is a good low maintenance option that features a drop fade and hard part.

Clean Taper Fade
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Clean Taper Fade

On the top, this style is a classic gentleman’s haircut. However, the fade on the sides brings this look into the present day. Finally, a prominent part provides a dramatic effect.

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Classic Side Part

If you like to keep your hair medium length but want something that looks classy and suave, this side part style might be the one for you.

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Soft Part

A subtle part can be achieved by simply combing the hair into opposite directions. This is a good option if you have thin or fine hair.

Classic Tapered Side Part
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Classic Tapered Blonde Hair

This style achieves an asymmetrical effect by using a blended side part to transition from the short sides into the higher volume top.

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Side Part with Pompadour

The pompadour and the side part have always gone hand in hand. This pairing is timeless and is still a great choice today.

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Flowy Side Part with Faded Undercut

This side part style is different from most of the looks we’ve showcased. Instead of the part separating the short and long hair, it separates two sections of longer hair, while the undercut delineates between the short and long parts.

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Benjamin McKenzie's Side part and Brush-Back

Benjamin is growing younger every day and this is what this picture shows. This classic thin-haired side part is marvelous where the sides are trimmed and tapered all neat. The top is side swayed with a part between sides. Notice that the side part is slightly higher than normal, that’s McKenzie’s panache.

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Bill Skarsgard’s Natural Part
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Bill Skarsgard's Natural Part and Medium Crop

Can Bill be any up top than this? The hair is so on fleek with its long thin hair on top and tapered on sides. The side part is almost a mid-part but it is slightly on the lower side. Since there is no facial hair, the attention goes all to the style on top. This is both genius and sharp.

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Hard Part Side Swept Blonde
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Hard Part Taper Fade Blonde

A very subtle side part with perfectly combed side brush. Moreover, the sharp and carved line ups with sides being neatly mid faded to temple fade. All of this is makes up a very formal and classic hairstyle and this one is perfectly balanced with a stubble beard. It makes it look like a whole.

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Minty Cool Top with Sharp Side Part

Who said side parts can only be that formal and retro hairstyle? Here’s an example that one can make almost anything poppy and bling. The side is sharp mid faded with line ups fading too. Moreover, the most obvious part is the mint dye that shouts fashion!

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Skin fade pompadour

This is the classic take on side part with a thin hair pompadour with sides being neatly taper faded. This fade can also fall under high fade and one can see there is no lineup. That being said the pompadour on top makes it adds girth and life. Moreover, this is almost James Bond, no?

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Zachary Quinto Business Part

Zachary has this nice pocky textured hair that sticks out and side part makes it perfect for him. The sides are tapered straight up with top being side brushed. Moreover, the thick hair texture makes it look strong and dominant and the beard does the job of balancing the lower face.

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Mini Pompadour
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Side Part + Mini Pompadour

There is no single hair strand that is not knowing what to do. Everything is just perfect here with the top being small and slim pompadour almost a slicked back. The sides are mid faded with line ups faded in between as well. All of that with temple fade that blends into beard makes it a very balancing style.

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Side Brushed with Shorter Sides

Having thin yet fizzy hair is not always bad and here’s the example. All you need is some nice hair products to help stay hair in a bunch and BOOM! The side part here is obvious as the top is longer and sides are nicely tapered. Not much is going on other than that but see the line ups? They are in shape.

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Long Taper Haircut With Side Part

This is what classic looks like, dense, thin side part and side-swept with extreme precision. Moreover, there is no taper on the sides or the neckline but still, it is perfectly controlled. The top can be quiffed or a classic pompadour does the job just fine.

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Classic Side Part

James Bond is that you? This is the classic 90’s cut with sides being less in volume yet not layered by tapering. The top is a blend between side-swept and pompadour, usually, you get that look with some hair wax and hand strokes, not too hard to do but looks dashing nonetheless.

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Wavy Natural Side Part
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Wavy Natural Side Part

Who says thin hair is a problem, look at it here, there’s absolutely one cannot do with thin hair. The classic side part with the volume on top with sides being tapered is the way to go. This one also has some golden shiny dye that pulls the focus on the top. So much to learn from, isn’t it?

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Neat Side Swept with Thick Texture
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Neat Side Swept with Thick Texture

This is one step closer to the classic Steve Jobs look, black turtle neck is the way to go. Moreover, the side part is so strong and dense. Now that’s what thick hair gives you, although don’t forget to brush sides a little so it looks controlled and at last, some hair wax makes it all stick together.

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Side Part Plus Slicked Back Plus Too Cool

This is hands down the real-life Joker! The classic side part with slicked-back top is the perfect recipe. Also, the hair is thin so this style makes is look totally in control and some hair wax never fails to help. Keeping it all together is the key to this style.

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Simple Side Part with Shorter Sides

Welcome to the retro land of panache with a subtle side part with side-swept. Moreover, the sides are tapered slightly or so. The receding hairline makes it even better with the slight push back of the hair. The temple is not faded yet tapered.

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Regulation Cut Look Alike

There are so many things to discuss here so let’s start with the thick side part with mid fade. The sides are undercut tapered to make it look balanced on the sides. The top, however, is side swept with a slightly pushed back texture. The hair products do justice to the style to keep it intact.

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Side Brush with Thin Part

The modern side part is quite a new one and it has everything one needs. The sides are mid faded with the top being pocky yet side sweep. The line up is faded with a temple faded too, moreover, it is all blended into beard to make it look balanced.

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Thin Hair with Tapered Sides

There is nothing better than thin hair being pushed back with quite some puff. Moreover, the sides are mid faded yet slightly dropped. Next up the side tapered with layers to make it look thick yet not too shabby. The hair wax with a dry look makes the difference.

Natural Side Part and Scissor Crop
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Natural Side Part and Scissor Crop

A haircut like this celebrates the simplicity of the classics with a natural part and a taper that ends pretty close to the skin giving the hair more separation by playing with the lengths.

Pompadour with Side Part with Temple Taper
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Pompadour with Side Part with Temple Taper

Hard part, tapered sides, sharp line ups and what else could one ask for at first place. The classy thick hair side part with that fluffy pompadour makes it perfect. Moreover, the temples are not faded for a reason so as to make it look like what a gentleman would look like.

Side Part Can Also Be Longer with Ear Tuck
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Side Part Can Also Be Longer with Ear Tuck

Who said side part had to be classic the one we know, but here we are with these longer strands all straightened up for that perfect turn. Moreover, the ear tuck just adds that perfect touch and the way you have it with a slight taper to reduce the slight volume off the sides.

Mid Fade and Deep Side Part
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Burst Fade and Deep Side Part

This very clear part, a subtle hard part is a star detail for a haircut that looks so classical. The burst skin fade brings out just the right amount of crisp for it.

Long Regulation
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Long Regulation

A little bit more on the regulation inspired haircuts this one keeps it a little longer and adds a simple but effective natural side part.