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20 Side Part Hairstyles for Every Hair Length

Ditch your heavy makeup contouring with these sleek, sexy iterations.

Side part hairstyles are everywhere this season. Changing your hair part is one of the easiest #HairHacks known to literally switch up your look in seconds. If you’ve been finding that your day-to-day hairstyle has been looking a bit flat lately, or that you’re jonesing for a new look but aren’t ready to commit to a cut just yet, side part hairstyles can offer just the right new boost to your current ’do.

Perfect for the gun-shy and the regular style switcher-upper alike, a side-parted style is also a clever way to minimize a large forehead, and also has a chic, glam vibe that’s perfect for the evening. Sleek, classy, easy to recreate, and nearly universally flattering—what else can’t a side-part do? Scroll on for our fave side part hairstyles for every hair length:

1. Ballerina Bun

ballerina bun side part hairstyles
Nothing we don’t love about this all-occasion winner.

A classic for a reason, this neat, chic chignon works both on and off the barre. The deep side part adds a touch of edge to an otherwise classic style. Use a comb to create a sharp line like this one!

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2. Box-Braided

box-braided side part hairstyles
Affix a chunky French braid from your partline downwards towards the ear.

This oh-so-meta look is ideal for those sporting a protective hairstyle, such as box braids or twists. It adds extra visual interest to an already cool style and allows you to change up your perspective every time you redo your braids.

3. Long Pixie

side part hairstyles pixie
Create your part right above where the arch of your eyebrow is.

Let the hair on your thicker part fall over one eye for a flirty feel. This edgy side part style has a bohemian feel to it and is one of our favorite ways to get in on a messier hairstyle option.

4. Gym Bun

gym bun side part hairstyles
Create a French braid on your fringe and just work downwards, securing the ends with an elastic, before bunning everything up.

Ain’t nothing getting in your way while you’re wearing this snug braided bun. Make sure to secure the bun portion of the style on the side of your head opposite your side part for balance!

5. Sleek Pony

sleek pony side part hairstyles
Use the end of a rattail or fishtail comb to create a sharp, precise part. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another classic that’s stood the test of time—and red carpets everywhere—is the sleek, gelled, side-parted ponytail. This unexpected side part sets this style apart and gives it some major visual interest.

6. Curly Braided Bun

side part hairstyles curly braided bun
The trick lies in pancaking the links for more heft and thickness.

Texture as far as the eye can see! This curly side bun is a pretty hairstyle to sport during outdoor events and other romantic fêtes. Make sure to use your fingers to pancake this braid and spread it apart to recreate this voluminous look.

7. Curly Side Fishtail Braid

curly side fishtail braid side part hairstyles
Use your fingers to part your hair for a more natural feel.

Naturalistas and those with curly hair can enjoy this textured version of a side fishtail braid with ease. In the case of this hairstyle, the side part softens the style and adds to the bohemian vibe.

8. Diagonal Fringe

diagonal frige side part hairstyles
Bisect your fringe with a graphic part.

Rev up that regular side part by using your fishtail comb to create a diagonal part line on your hairline instead. This allows you to create a more dynamic shape with your hairstyle in seconds.

9. Finger Waves

finger waves side part hairstyles
Zigzag some duckbill clips down the hairline to hold the shape.

The 1920s Flapper trademark gets revamped for modern times with more volumized curls (and a smoky eye!). Styles like these depend on an edgy side part style. The side part adds an immediate feeling of structure to the look!

10. Side Fishtail Bun

side fishtail bun side part hairstyles
Highlights provide added dimension to a braided bun.

No lazy brunch buns here: This polished, girly iteration is one of the side part hairstyles we’re saving for special occasions. Coil a fishtail braid around the base of the style and use bobby pins to secure the bun in place.

11. Gelled Lob

gelled lob side part hairstyles
Leave the rest of your hair product-free for contrast. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Appropriate the season’s hottest product placement with a gelled side lob. A dime-sized amount of TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Gel combed through just the part line recreates the look.

12. Half-Braided Updo

side part hairstyles braided half updo
Tie it off above the ear with a neutral-colored elastic.

Equal parts are pretty and functional, a half-braided updo also gives us a bit of a charming 1990s throwback. Once again, use your fingers to loosen up the braid to create this bohemian vibe.

13. Matted Ponytail

matted punytail side part hairstyles
If your hair is relatively straight and tangle-free, you can even skip the comb with this look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This short ponytail (or “punytail”) is further streetified thanks to an on-trend matte finish. Try using Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte to achieve this slightly texturized effect.

14. Ring Braids

ring braids
We love the juxtaposition of a textured pony with a smooth base. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A pulled-apart Dutch braid is further stylized by the addition of graphic metallic rings—an ultra-modern foil for a simple, sleek side-parted fringe. Use a comb to slick down the top of your style to recreate this two-part sleek and messy look.

15. Skinny Accent Braids

skinny accent braids side part hairstyles
Mimic the effect of a side-shaven undercut with tiny little plaits. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Speaking of modern, we can’t help but obsess over these clever little accent braids, which mimic the effect of a side-shave without the commitment. These tiny braids will draw extra attention to your sleek side part.

16. Sleek Bob

sleek bob side part hairstyles
Pair with a bold red lip and you’re done for the day. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A shine spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Spray, helps give a classic bob some extra gleam. This shine spray takes your look from basic to sleek and edgy in literal seconds.

17. Angled Combover

angled combover side part hairstyles
For an even more ridged texture, use a wide-toothed comb. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Creating a side part needn’t always mean hair needs to lie flat. Recreate this fresh ’90s-inspired hairstyle by combing upwards and away from the face instead of lying the teeth down as you part your hair.

18. Chin-Length Angled Bob

chin-length angled bob side part hairstyles
Side part hairstyles: The trick is keeping the ends curled under!

Fans of the 2010 asymmetrical cut, this ones for you! Use a comb to create a sharp side part where the style starts to transition from short to long. This will draw the eye to the asymmetry of your style every time!

19. Twisted Fringe

twisted fringe side part hairstyles
A bit of texture on short hair adds some visual interest. Photo credit: Dvora

Those with super-short bobs can still partake in the trend: Simply twist your hairline away from your face and secure over one ear with a bobby pin. Use two bobby pins locked together in an X shape to really secure the twist.

20. Waterfall Bun

waterfall bun side part hairstyles
Keep the plait a bit chubby for a high-contrast texture. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Creating a French weave on your part line downwards results in a folksy, basket-bottom appearance. Learn how to do a full waterfall braid. This look allows you to keep your hair away from your face without relying on a classic simple bun.

Are you thinking about trying out one of these side part hairstyles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!

 

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