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. A men’s middle part hairstyle 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.
The good news? You don’t really have to be any of the above stereotypes (bless their hearts) to pull off the super-simple men’s middle part hairstyle. And as for the bad news… well, there really isn’t any—we actually can’t think of a place or occasion where this look can’t be worn.
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?
How to Create a Simple Men's Middle Part Hairstyle
Remove your hair elastic.
Keep that ponytail for another time. Gently remove your hair tie and brush hair out to remove any tangles. Better yet, 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.
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.
Spread the hair paste between your palms to warm it up, as well as help you apply it more evenly throughout your hair.
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.
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.
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!
In case you were wondering, there are a lot of ways you can style around medium to long hair (yes, without looking like you made an effort, because ain’t nobody got time for that). Feel free to click on over for a list of our favorite summer-friendly looks for long hair.