Side Part Haircuts for Men
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Side parts are universal, popular and timeless. It can be a great way to add some style and highlight a part of your face.
You can go through the essentials of side part haircuts for men below and how to get and style one and which styles to opt for.

What Is the Side Part Haircut

A side part haircut generally involves cutting your hair in a way that parts your hair into two distinct parts through a visible line.
In this cut one part is left longer than the other, which is cut shorter to add a visible contrast as well as a unique style to your hair.

Ideally the sides are cut slightly, while the hair itself should appear evenly graded or leveled to achieve a clean look.

It can be best if you have long and thick hair to pull off this cut, but the number of options with this style can also make this the world’s best hairstyle for balding men!

50 Most Popular Side Part Hairstyles for Men

Classic Side Part

Create a side part on one side of your hair and sweep the hair over to the opposite side. The hair on the side of the part will then stay down on its own.

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Side Part Wavy Hair and Low Fade

Part your hair on the side and sweep the hair over to the other side. Use your fingers and some gel or pomade to add a wavy texture to it to compliment the low fade on the other side.

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Side Part and Volume

Create a side part and sweep your hair over to the other side. Use some gel or shampoo to give it some height and volume for a unique look.

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Side Part and Pompadour

A pompadour can neatly keep your long hair on one side while also adding some volume to your hair.
The side part can help maintain this along with some products.

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Side Part and Disconnected Undercut

If you want to go for a cool and attractive look you can make your side part while creating a fade on the sides.
Sweep the top of your hair to the other side of your part.

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Side Part and Afro

If you already have an afro in place adding a side part can be elegant and stylish.

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Side Part and Quiff

Add a side part and add some fade to the sides. Take the top portion, sweep it over and style it to the front.

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Hard Part and Burst Fade

Create a hard part on the side (use a razor if you must) and slick your hair back while adding a gradual fade to create a subversive look.

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Side Part and Fauxhawk

After you make a side part and deal with the sides you can take the top, sweep it over and style the front upwards, similar to a mohawk.

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Side Part with Curly Hair

If you have naturally curly or wavy hair you can use your side part to highlight your curls while also creating a neat yet unique look.

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Hard Part and Slicked Back

Create a hard part and take the rest of your hair to slick it to slightly pointed backward. Use gel or pomade to hold it in place.

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Side Part and Long Hair

You can make it more voluminous and attractive if you have long hair by adding a soft or slightly deeper side part.

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Side Part and Asymmetrical Fringe

Create an asymmetrical fringe using the top portion of your hair and slick it outwards, with the other end having a side part.

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Side Part and High Fade

Create a fade on the sides by starting it high up from your side part and making it graded. You can then add some waves or volume to the top of your hair.

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Side Part and Slick Back

Create a subtle side part and slick the rest of your hair back to go old school. This can work well for short or medium hair lengths.

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Side Part and Straight Hair

A side part with some straight hair slicked to the side can give you a sophisticated look.

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With your side part in place, you can slick your short or medium-sized hair on either side of the part for a neat and refined look.

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Soft Part

A soft part is not distinctly visible yet creates a division. You can then style the rest of your hair based on your preferences.
This can particularly look good with messy or wavy hair.

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Side Part and Thick Hair

If you have thick hair, you can use a side part to your advantage by slicking it up and holding it in place.
You can also apply some wax or gel to create depth and maintain the overall shape.

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Side Part and Skin Fade

You can create a gradation on your sides by keeping your hair extremely short and nearly bald at the ends.
You can then sweep your hair overusing a side part.

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Different Face Shapes For This Style

Make sure you account for your face shape while deciding on the side part haircut to get for yourself.
You can go through some face shapes below and their considerations below.


A square face shape can work well with multiple styles due to its symmetry.


This is a versatile face shape and long as you avoid styles that are too compact and stiff.


Keep your side part lower than usual and angle it slightly to provide some sharpness to your face.


Keep the cut loose and slightly messy while adding some volume to the top.


Keep the side part low and ensure that the style is compact enough.


Add some depth to the top part of your hair to prevent your forehead from being emphasized too much.


Add some volume to the top and the fade while also parting your hair at an angle.

How to Get One  

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Step 1 – Grow out your hair

Ideally, you will need up to four inches of hair at the top to get a good haircut and style. If you cannot manage this, you can opt for some cleaner and simpler styles with shorter hair.

Step 2 – Choose a style

Make sure you have some references for the style you want. You can also determine whether you want a hard or soft part and which side you want it on. You should also figure out the extent of the fade or undercut if any.

Take your face shape and your other professional and personal requirements into account as well.

Step 3 – Clip the sides

Use some premium hair clippers to clip your hair in sections so that you can trim them one after the other.
After clipping, you can use a razor for sensitive skin to create a fade.

Beard scissors could be a great option as well or you could go for regular trimmers and scissors.

Step 4 – Ask your stylist

If you are not too confident about doing this yourself, go to a stylist and ask them for help. They can also help you decide which style would look good on you.

How to Style It 

Step 1 – Prepare your hair

Wash your hair and dry it out well but not entirely, so that you can style it easily.

Make sure you decide on the kind of part you want with as much care and caution as you would give to picking an aromatic men body spray or using hair removal cream for men or picking from a wide range of skincare products for men.

You will also need a good hair product to keep your hair in place.

Step 2 – Use a fine comb

A comb that has fine and minute teeth can work well since it can create a neater parting while also helping you deal with stray hair that might get left behind. Use this comb to sweep your hair across one side while carefully forming the side part.

You can use a beard comb that lasts for a long time since this usually has good teeth.

Step 3 – Use a hairdryer

A hairdryer can help you maintain some cleanliness and tidiness in the part while also giving your hair some volume if this is the style you are going for.

Step 4 – Add some finishing

Clean up the part once again to add some final touches. Run your fingers through the style to create the look you want while also adding some additional hair products to keep the hair in place.

Hair Products

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You will need the following hair products for a side part haircut. Just as you would take time to decide on chest hair removal or choose a bar soap suitable for your skin type, taking care to opt for good hair products is also equally important.

These should all be suitable for the kind of hair that you have.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Before you part and style your hair, you will need to wash it with shampoo and conditioner to prepare it and maintain its health.


Hair wax can provide some texture to your hair while making it easier for you to style and handle.


If you want a neat, sleek and glossy look for your hair, then pomade can help you achieve this.


Clay can be a great choice to maintain your hair’s natural texture and quality, especially if you are aiming for messier or more casual side part hairstyles.


Through this guide you now have all the relevant information you need to figure out what a side part haircut is for men, what styles you can opt for, how you can get and style one and more. You can now go ahead and pick an option that works for you and get styling!

Make sure you pick a good stylist to help you get the perfect side part haircut.


FAQ About Side Part Haircut for Men
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What is a side-part haircut called?

A side-part haircut is often referred to as a comb-over, although it can also fit the criteria of standard cuts.
If you want fades or undercuts, make sure you have a plan or a reference picture so your barber or stylist can get a clearer idea.

Which side part is most attractive?

Which side part is most attractive will depend on you and your hair. Make sure you take your face shape, hair texture, hair length, and preferences into account while deciding this. You can also pick from the aforementioned styles for some attractive options.

What side should men’s hair be parted?

Men’s hair should be parted depending on how the hair grows. Use your cowlick as a reference point if it is clockwise, then part your hair to the left and the right if it is anti-clockwise. However, feel free to experiment a bit as well.

How long should your hair be for a side part?

Ideally, the topmost portion of your hair should be around two to four inches to get a good enough side part.
This can also give you access to several options.

However, if you have shorter hair, you can still pull off a side part well by choosing the right hairstyle.

How do you ask your barber for a side part?

You can tell your barber that you want a regular or professional haircut. Ensure you emphasize that you want a side part by informing which side you want to part your hair and which style you want to go with. Carry some references for better clarity and results.

What is a side-part fade?

A side part fade cuts the hair at the sides and the back relatively short while leaving the hair at the top longer to create a contrast.
You can then make a side part of this haircut by opting for a style that suits you best.

How do you cut men’s side-part haircuts?

This hairstyle typically involves creating a defined part on one side of the head and cutting the hair to a desired length.

The process may also include blending the sides and back of the hair for a seamless finish.

Proper tools such as scissors and a comb are essential for achieving a precise and clean cut.

It is important to carefully section the hair and pay attention to detail to achieve the desired look. 

How do you style a side part?

This involves combing the hair toward the chosen part and using a styling product to keep it in place.

Additionally, one can create a more defined side part using a comb or brush to create a clean line.

With practice and the right tools, mastering the art of styling a side part is achievable for anyone looking to achieve a polished and put-together look.


Michele Antunes

About the author: Michele Antunes

Michele Meesh Antunes is the lady of the Beardoholic writers team and a genius when it comes to hair and beard styles that suit any face shape. She’s been a barber for years now and, no matter your personal style, she knows exactly what beard, hairstyle and length suit you. She brings the women’s perspective on beards, beard care, haircuts and hairstyles and male grooming.

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