Which side should men part their hair?

Such a great question!

With the popularity of  TV shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, more and more men are looking to add a bit more… shall I say, “sophistication” to their hairstyles. And why not? There comes a time in a man’s life that this decision has it’s perks both in the business world and the social arena. Besides, if you find the right barber, they can easily cut your hair to fit several hairstyle choices including this one!

The most common and might I say more “popular” place to part your hair is the on the left. Seen often as the choice for men like Clooney, DiCaprio, Sinatra and Clark Gable. But, there are quite a few men who have chose the right side… Dean Martin, Carey Grant, Tom Cruise.

So how do you decide? Easy, let nature decide it for you!

Men who have straight, wavy, or even curly hair typically have at least one “natural” part that they were born with. So here’s how you find it!

  • Wet your hair first
  • Comb hair from the top of your head  (starting from the crown) forward
  • Wait 5-7 seconds and observe which side of the hair separates the most. {Can’t see it? Re-comb}
  • Found it? That’s where your natural part is!

Some men will observe a separation on both sides. This means that they have two, so choose the most flattering of the sides. Also, there is nothing wrong with choosing to go “against nature” and creating a side part on the opposite side; especially if it highlights the more flattering side of your face!


Craig the Barber (19 Posts)

Craig the Barber is a licensed barber and men's grooming expert, with more than a decade of experience. He is the owner of The Grooming Concierge, and on-site grooming service in the Los Angeles area, where he works with some of Hollywood's hottest men. He is also the editor-in-chief of TheMensRoom.com, a men's grooming blog.

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  1. Some days I wish I wasn’t bald but today isn’t that day. :). All joking aside, this would have been great info back when I had hair to part. Great article.

  2. It also depends on whether you are right or left handed. It is natural to have the part on your left if you are right handed and on the right if you are left handed. It’s genetics.

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