25+ Sexy Side Part Hairstyles for Every Hair Length

Eunice Lucero | 03 November 2017
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Ditch your heavy makeup contouring with these sleek, sexy iterations.

Changing your hair part is a well-known way 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 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:

27 Fun (and Slimming!) Side Part Hairstyles for Every Hair Length

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

1. Ballerina Bun

A classic for a reason, this neat, chic chignon works both on and off the barre.

beach waves side part hairstyles
Use a comb to create your part for a tad bit of polish (just a tad!).

2. Beach Waves

Give a bit of structure to a surf-and-turf look with a parted hairline.

blunt bob side part hairstyles
Tuck the minor part behind one ear for added flair.

3. Blunt Bob

Nothing spells modern-day chic more than a crisp bob.

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

4. Box-Braided

This oh-so-meta look is ideal for those sporting a protective hairstyle, such as box braids or twists.

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

5. Long Pixie

Let the hair on your thicker part fall over one eye for a flirty feel.

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

6. Gym Bun

Ain’t nothing getting in your way while you’re wearing this snug braided bun.

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

7. Sleek Pony

Another classic that’s stood the test of time—and red carpets everywhere—is the sleek, gelled, side-parted ponytail.

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

8. Curly Braided Bun

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.

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

9. Curly Side Fishtail Braid

Naturalistas and those with curly hair can enjoy this textured version of a side fishtail braid with ease.

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

10. Diagonal Fringe

Rev up that regular side-part by using your fishtail comb to create a diagonal part line on your hairline instead.

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

11. Finger Waves

The 1920s Flapper trademark gets revamped for modern times with more volumized curls (and a smoky eye!).

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

12. Side Fishtail Bun

No lazy brunch buns here: This polished, girly iteration is one of the side part hairstyles we’re saving for special occasions.

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

13. Gelled Lob

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 partline recreates the look.

TRESemmé TRES TWO EXTRA FIRM CONTROL GEL
half-braided updo side part hairstyles
Tie it off above the ear with a neutral-colored elastic.

14. Half-Braided Updo

Equal parts pretty and functional, a half-braided updo also gives us a bit of a charming 1990s throwback.

boyish side part hairstyles
Blow-drying gives this cut a bit more volume and sex appeal.

15. Boyish

A cool side part edges up the rounded shape of this perfectly cut crop.

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

16. Matted Punytail

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.

BED HEAD BY TIGI MANIPULATOR MATTE CREAM
parted waves side part hairstyles
Ed’s tip: Use a closed flat iron to achieve chunkier curls!

17. Parted Waves

Another wildly popular—and highly democratic—look is a side-parted wavy hairstyle, which flatters almost all face shapes.

three-strand braid side part hairstyles
Easy enough to do during your morning commute.

18. Three-Strand Braid

Elevate your basic braid by fashioning it over one shoulder and combining it with a deep side part above the opposite ear.

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

19. Ring Braids

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.

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

20. Skinny Accent Braids

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.

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

21. Sleek Bob

A shine spray, like S Factor by TIGI Smoothing Lusterizer, helps give a classic bob some extra gleam.

S FACTOR by TIGI SMOOTHING LUSTERIZER
angled combover side part hairstyles
For an even more ridged texture, use a wider-toothed comb. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

22. Angled Combover

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.

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

23. Chin-Length Angled Bob

Fans of the 2010 asymmetrical cut, this one’s for you!

short angled bob
Blow-dry hair with a round brush to infuse a bit more body into this look.

24. Short Angled Bob

An elegant under-the-ear length was big in the late ’90s, and we still laud its appeal today, especially with an on-point color and crisp side parting.

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

25. Twisted Fringe

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.

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

26. Waterfall Bun

Creating a French weave on your partline downwards results in a folksy, basket-bottom appearance. Click here for a full waterfall braid tutorial.

wavy bob side part hairstyles
This mega-popular trend has serious staying power!

27. Wavy Bob

And if all else fails, trust a messy bob to always, always save the day.

Want more side part hairstyles to add to your repertoire? Check out these bang versions.