The side parting is the classic cut from the 1940's, the movie stars & celebrities of era would likely be rocking it, but it's still as stylish and fashionable in 2017 as it was back then.
However, with the cut there are several different ways to rock it, and put your own spin on the classic 1940's cut! We're going to look at how to style a side parting, and then the different variations on the cut that you can achieve!
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HOW TO STYLE A SIDE PARTING
1. Wash your hair with warm water.
2. Use a comb to separate the parting at your parting line, whether natural or shaved in as a hard part. For easier styling we'd recommend a hard part and having your parting line shaved in!
3. Blow dry your hair up and away from the parting. And blow dry the parting side down into shape. Use a medium heat and speed setting on your hairdryer.
4. Apply a small bit of product into the hair when damp (almost at the point where it's dry), either use a pre-styling product or a tiny bit of your normal styling product. This will just help to give it a bit more lift and hold. Then continue to dry until no longer wet.
5. Now that the hair is dry, shape your hair into place using your comb or brush of choice. Make sure that the hair is separated at the parting!
6. Use some more product, a small amount preferably, depending on your hair type. A pomade is best for achieving the side parting look! Work the pomade through the hair for your desired look, either a neat or textured finish.
7. Et voila you should have a beautifully shaped side parting. If you need to go over again with a comb or brush and little more product just for the finishing touches as not in your desired shape then go ahead!
CLASSIC SIDE PARTING HAIRCUTS - 1940'S HAIR
If you want to do the side parting like they did in the 1940's then these are the sort of styles you want to go for. Something that keeps it relatively medium length with the sides a little bit shorter. The major movie stars of the day wouldn't have gone overly short on the back and sides.
For results like the 40's use a hair pomade to style.
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SHORT SIDE PARTING HAIRCUTS
Over the past year or so the fade has become a huge part of barbering and styling haircuts, so naturally the classic side parting has had a shorter revamp. With a lot of these styles it will start with a 0-1 fade on the back and sides. With these the top is kept relatively short.
As with the classic side parting, these are best styled with a hair pomade.
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HARD PART SIDE PARTING HAIRCUTS
A hard part is basically the line of your side parting being shaved in with a razor. The hard part in your side parting makes the hair a lot easier to style after you've had it cut. This creates a clear separation between the top and the side of your hair, meaning you're less likely to get stray hairs. Ask your barber for a hard part or for the parting to be shaved in, they will know what you mean by both!
Best styled with a pomade.
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MEDIUM LENGTH SIDE PARTING HAIRCUTS
For these medium length side parting haircuts, the hair on top has been kept relatively long. Leaving a lot to play with and giving more volume to the hair. If you're not inclined to go short with your hair then these are a great option for still getting that side parting. Not all modern side parting cuts have to have a 0 fade on the back & sides or be short on top!
For a medium length cut a pomade will still do the job, but if you want more texture in your hair, like some of the below, then we'd suggest using a Clay or Paste.
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Hopefully this has helped you to get some hairstyle inspiration for your desired side parting haircut! It's a relatively easy style to maintain and style, especially if you have a hard part, but also at the same time a very smart, timeless & classic look for all occasions.