Retro looking businessman with hard part haircut going through the town dressed in formal wear, checking the time.

What’s the hard part haircut?: Defining this top men’s hair trend

Combining classic hairstyles with modern styles can give you an edgy look!

The hard part haircut took on major news coverage in recent years, what with the classic side parted hairstyle getting a modern touch. The top men’s hair trend is defined by a singular detail that brings the retro hairstyle to contemporary times: a shaved line down your usual part, sectioning your hair from a very close skin fade.

The hands of young barber making haircut of attractive bearded man in barbershop doing a hard part haircut
Hard part haircut: classic and unobtrusive, but detailed. Credit: iStock

Oftentimes the hard part haircut is combined with other men’s hairstyles

A classic pompadour, a slicked parted style, or tousled brushed back look. This is typically categorized for men with longer hair, but even short trimmed Ivy League haircuts can be paired with the signature taper fade.

Editor’s Tip: Don’t be afraid to pick up a bottle of TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray and spritz it on your pomp or mohawk. Its made especially for keeping your look from day to night, so you can rest assured you only need to spray it on once.

Hipster client visiting barber shop. The hands of young barber making the cut of beard for a hard part haircut
The shaved line is a defining component of the hard part haircut. Credi: iStock

The shaved line is another particularity. Unlike undercuts, the shaved line must be above the temple. Its more accurate distinction would be a disconnected undercut — a clear line to disconnect the shaved part from the rest of the hairstyle. So, while undercuts usually blend into a fade, the disconnected undercut literally separates two sides of the hair, often one part being shorter than the other.

Editor’s Tip: For easier styling, slick on some TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men. Its got moderate hold that allows styling throughout the day, without the stiffness (and commitment, if you’ve got an aversion to that!) of hairspray. The hair wax for men is great for tousled, bedhead looks but can also give you a professional, polished style.

Styling with hair wax for men to create the hard part haircut
Style the hard part haircut with hair wax or putty. Credit: Shutterstock

Styling the hard part haircut is easy. After getting your barber to draw that shaved line down your scalp, The hairstyle is easy to maintain, taking 10 minutes or less on an everyday basis.

Editor’s Tip: It’s important to use the right shampoo, especially one that will keep unsightly dandruff away from your scalp (which will be exposed because of the skin fade of this hairstyle). The formulation of the Clear Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men activates the scalp’s natural protective layer, making sure there aren’t any visible flakes with regular use.