Styling your side-part haircut: Our top tips

Jeanette | 28 April 2016
A picture of a well-groomed man on a suit looking aside

Perfect your side part haircut with our top tips.

When it comes finding a hairdo for formal functions or smart events, the handsome side-part haircut ranks highly in most people’s books. The signature look of Mad Men‘s Don Draper and the go-to hairstyle of many an A-list celebrity for red carpet events, we think it’s safe to say: the side-part haircut really is the epitome of dapper. And the best thing about it is that it’s practically foolproof – or at least it will be once you’ve been acquainted with our nifty styling tips!

So, if you want find out how to nail the sleek side-part, read on for four practical tips and hacks – and don’t forget to hit play on the video (above) to see it in action.

Top tips for styling your side-part haircut


Tip 1: Pick your good side

Is it your left side or your right side? Which ever it is, we know that everyone has a side they prefer more. So figure out yours and make sure you position your side-parting on the side you like best – or just follow your hair’s natural parting for ease of styling!

Tip 2: Invest in a hairdryer

Why not try blowdrying your side-part haircut? There are many benefits to using a gentle blast of heat on your ‘do: firstly, it can give your hair a lift, making it look thicker and fuller-bodied, and secondly, it can help promote a sleeker finish. Just remember to take the attachments out of the box and use them. By using the nozzle attachment, you’ll be able to better control and direct the air from the hairdryer so that it has a smoothing effect, rather than just blowing your hair around.

Tip 3: Pick the right hair product

Do you know the difference between hair clay, wax, pomade and paste? It’s easy to get confused by all the names, especially when so many people use the terms interchangeably. Hint: the difference lies in the finish and hold strength. To perfectly style your side-part haircut, we recommend using a wax, like the Lynx Signature Clean Cut Look Definition Wax (£4.29*) to get that neatly groomed look. Take a small scoop of the product using your index finger and rub it in between your palms, before raking it through your hair. Want a strong and long-lasting hold? Try applying the wax to towel-dried locks and leave to dry naturally.

Tip 4: Use a comb

Using a comb to style your hairdo sounds pretty obvious, right? But you’d be surprised how many people try to freestyle their side-part haircut using just their hands! So if you’re after a neat, slick aesthetic, then a comb is crucial. Using just the tip of your comb, create the parting on your ‘good’ side, then sweep your hair to the opposite side using the entire length of the comb afterwards. Easy-peasy.