Tutorial: How To Do a Trendy Men’s Middle Part Hairstyle

Bringing grungy back, and in the best way possible with the men's middle part.

There will always be a place in our hearts for a simple, almost grungy mid-length look, if not for its casual, over-the-eyes rumple, then for its sheer, unapologetically ’90s vibe. The middle part hair look for men has been a classic for decades, beloved by angsty singer-songwriters, lovable burnouts, and rakish skaterbois the world over. Why? Because it’s a no-brainer, and as long as you keep your strands clean and grease-free, it’s literally the definition of a wash-and-wear look.

Scroll on to see how he styles his own longish hair and transform it from a messy ponytail to a sleek, heartthrob-worthy men’s middle part hairstyle in, like, 2 minutes. Because, as our grungy forefathers will attest to, anything more is just too much, you know?

Step 1

Start on clean hair.

Start on clean, freshly washed hair, preferably with a moisturizing shampoo so you get a bit of softness and sheen. We like AXE Max Hydrate 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner for just this purpose.

remove pony before creating a men's middle part hairstyle
Step 2

Take a swipe of paste.

A hair paste gives that matte, not-too-polished, texturized finish that’s basically the hallmark of this men’s middle part hairstyle. We like the bedhead feel we see from using AXE Urban Messy Look: Flexible Paste. Take a finger-swipe amount from your trusty tin.

use paste for a men's middle part hairstyle
Step 3

Apply to strands.

Spread the hair paste between your palms to warm it up, as well as help you apply it more evenly throughout your hair.

rub product for a men's middle part hairstyle
Step 4

Go to town.

Rumple the paste all throughout, raking it through your entire head. Make sure that there aren’t any knots or tangles, or clumps of product in your men’s middle part hairstyle.

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Step 5

Part your hair.

Using a comb or your fingers, create your center part. Don’t stress if it’s not super straight or precise; a bit of a diffused part looks more natural.

part your men's middle part hairstyle
Step 6


You’re done! If you want more texture, run any leftover paste onto your lengths and ends (avoid the root, as it tends to get greasy quicker). You can also power-dry with a blowdryer for a fuller men’s middle part hairstyle. But for the most part, you’re free to step out the door at this point. High five!

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Are you thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over at @AllThingsHairUS!

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