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Guy with a side parting.

Style Story


Military Style. Modern Twist.

The side part haircut is a military-inspired hairstyle and a true classic that’s super-easy to maintain. Push it to one side for 1920s, Prohibition-style sophistication. Or wear it slightly messed up for a more modern look.

Sleek as this look is, pulling it off at all depends on getting your parting right. Don’t fret: it’s easy when you know how. The trick is to look for your cowlick. That’s the spiral of hair at the back of your head. 

If hair from the spiral moves clockwise, part left. If it’s counter-clockwise, part right. There. Told you it was easy. 

How it Began

The History

The side part started out as a cut for formal military events. Then Prohibition came, and the style took on a new distinction. The side part was a symbol of sophistication, even in the era’s speakeasies and back street distilleries. 

A guy with a side parting.

Side partings have been style staple for years. If your hair doesn’t part easily, get your barber to shave a parting in.  

Kieron Webb - The London Barber

Learn The Fundamentals

How to

Learn the Fundamentals

  • 01


    While your hair is wet, take a comb and create a hard parting on one side.

  • 02


    Blow-dry your hair in one direction. Smooth it over with a comb as it dries.

  • 03


    Rake Axe Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade through the hair, continuing in the same direction.

  • 04


    Smooth down any wispy bits of hair with your comb. Done and dusted.