Changing your hair part is a well-known #HairHack 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 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
1. Ballerina Bun
A classic for a reason, this neat, chic chignon works both on and off the barre.
2. Beach Waves
Give a bit of structure to a surf-and-turf look with a parted hairline.
3. Blunt Bob
Nothing spells modern-day chic more than a crisp bob.
This oh-so-meta look is ideal for those sporting a protective hairstyle, such as box braids or twists.
5. Long Pixie
Let the hair on your thicker part fall over one eye for a flirty feel.
6. Gym Bun
Ain’t nothing getting in your way while you’re wearing this snug braided bun.
7. Sleek Pony
Another classic that’s stood the test of time—and red carpets everywhere—is the sleek, gelled, side-parted ponytail.
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.
9. Curly Side Fishtail Braid
10. Diagonal Fringe
Rev up that regular side-part by using your fishtail comb to create a diagonal part line on your hairline instead.
11. Finger Waves
The 1920s Flapper trademark gets revamped for modern times with more volumized curls (and a smoky eye!).
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.
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.
14. Half-Braided Updo
Equal parts pretty and functional, a half-braided updo also gives us a bit of a charming 1990s throwback.
A cool side part edges up the rounded shape of this perfectly cut crop.
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.
17. Parted Waves
Another wildly popular—and highly democratic—look is a side-parted wavy hairstyle, which flatters almost all face shapes.
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.
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.
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.
21. Sleek Bob
A shine spray, like S Factor by TIGI Smoothing Lusterizer, helps give a classic bob some extra gleam.
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.
23. Chin-Length Angled Bob
Fans of the 2010 asymmetrical cut, this one’s for you!
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.
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.
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.
27. Wavy Bob
And if all else fails, trust a messy bob to always, always save the day.