While I am not a fan of the classic hairstyles for men, I do have to say that they really are suitable hairstyles for just about any man. Among all the classic hair styles for us guys, the side part is, without a doubt, the most popular men’s hairstyle. And it’s for a reason.
You can pretty much side part any kind of men’s haircut. From a neat taper haircut in the likes of a businessman haircut to the hip and clean Ivy League haircut; you just can go wrong with parting your hair. Because a side part encompasses the styling of the hair to the left or to the right (in a perpendicular fashion to the parted line), this particular hairstyle acts as the parent hairstyle for derivative styles such as the side fringe, messy top, quiff and even the slicked back hairstyle. Thus, it’s in your benefit to be able to give yourself an epically-parted style.
The main things to take into account when wanting to get a side part hairstyle are the length of the hair and the hair products to use.
With regards to the styling of the side part, it’s actually very intuitive and most men were taught how to part their hair when they were kids. Simply visualize going from either of the sides of the forehead (i.e. temple) right till the back of the top of the head. The line should be as straight as possible, and you can choose whichever temple you want for our side part. Do bear in mind, however, that, in some countries (most notably Spanish-speaking countries), parting your hair to the left (i.e. the line at the right temple) is a sign of being gay and being interested in meeting up with someone. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but just beware of your side parting if you happen to go to Colombia or any other Spanish-speaking contry!
A side part should be performed at a hair length ranging from short to medium length. While a side part can still be achieved on long hair, I suggest that you opt for a middle part or slick back for your lengthy tresses instead of the side parting as the latter can be a bit annoying to keep still and secured.
A classic side part also works best on tapered sides and back. Simply ask your barber or hairdresser for a taper haircut, and tell him whether you want a shears-only haircut or clipper-over-shears cut. Don’t ask for a clipper taper only as then you’d move on to a fade haircut, and a side part tends to not look very good with a fade.
As for the hair on the top of your head, it’s short hair that yields the best results as the longer the hair is, the messier it gets and the less formal it gets. The only exception to this is if you’re going to wear your side part laying low on the scalp. Such as style can be achieved with a strong-hold pomade (see the next point) and will look classic and formal at any length withing the short to medium length range.
The great thing about a side part is that you’re free to use pretty much any hair product you like. However, the best hair products to use for a side part are a hair pomade, a styling wax, hair mousse and hair gel. Another great thing of the side part is that the same hair products that you use to style it can be used for just about any other men’s hairstyle. So by buying hair products for your side part, you’re also getting a great bang for your buck as you can use those products for many more male hairstyles.
For a classic look with the hair parted flat, go with a pomade. The pomade must have a strong hold and you’re better off choosing a water-based pomade instead of an oil-based pomade as the latter can easily create a big greasy chaos on your hair. Water-based pomades work great for classic hairstyles for men, including the slicked back hair style.
For a more modern look, go with either a styling wax or with hair gel. A modern side part has the hair parted with some volume (as much as you want), which is achieved by parting your hair with your fingers and by using a hair dryer. To use the hair dryer, simply point it to your hair and blow warm air to the hair as you style your side part with your fingers.
For men with curly hair, a hair mousse is the best hair product for your curly side part. It goes without saying that you must style your curls with your fingers only and not with a regular comb. You can, however, use a wide-tooth comb to lay your curls on your scalp so that they are ready to be parted to the side with your fingers.
The side part is the quintessential men’s hairstyle. It has been used for decades and it even was at its popularity Everest in the 1930s and 1940s. Back then, only really oily pomades existed, so men could only part their hair with low-laying flat hairstyles (and thus why such a hairstyle is deemed a classic hairstyle).
Nowadays, the range of hair products that you have available is huge, so you can pretty much customize your side part as you wish. Likewise, these days we have plenty of skilled barbers and hairdressers in every medium-sized city, so you certainly can be picky when choosing a skilled barber or hairdresser to cut you a great haircut for your side part hairstyle. Not to mention that you are reading this blog of mine, which is against the generic BS that abounds in the men’s hair field and that you also have available my bestselling book on men’s hair, The Men’s Hair Book, which is a 260-plus-pages book covering absolutely all you need to have awesome hair, be it classic or modern or whatever.