Featuring a distinctive line, a hard part appears contemporary and on-trend. On top of that, it’s simple to partner a hard part with a variety of hairstyles. So, whether you’re looking to add more character to your hair or just wanting a neat and polish look, these hard part haircuts will inspire your next barber visit.
What is a Hard Part?
A hard part is a type of shaved part. Also known as a razor part, the cut features a clean line shaved down to the scalp with a trimmer or razor. Hard parts are traditionally worn on the side and can work with a wide variety of hairstyles. While useful for creating sharp definition, hard parts require regular maintenance to staying looking neat and polished.
Hard Part vs Soft Part
When it comes to parting your hair, there are two primary methods: the traditional soft part and the more modern hard part. Unlike soft hair parts, which are combed or brushed to separate sections, a hard part is shaved into place. As such, it offers more definition and contrast. However, it also takes time to grow out should you wish to change up your style.
Hard Part Haircuts
1. Hard Part + Fade
One of the most stylish ways to wear a hard part is to partner it with a fade. By combining a sharp, hard part with a fade, you’ll instantly be able to create a clean and polished look that’s also contemporary and exciting.
2. Hard Part + Comb Over
A comb over is a classic style that’s perfect for gents who like a polished look. However, a standard comb over can seem a little plain at times, so why not make it more exciting with a hard part?
3. Hard Part + High Fade
If you’re after a haircut that’s clean, sharp, and minimal, a high fade with a hard part makes a fantastic option. Featuring a shaved part and sides that quickly taper, this look appears neat and polished.
4. Hard Part + Quiff
One of the great things about a hard part is that you can partner it with almost any hairstyle on top. A quiff is an excellent option. You can even wear it styled slightly to the side to accentuate your part further.
5. Hard Part + High Fade + Quiff
For those who like a bold and fashion-forward appearance, partnering a hard part with other unique style elements can be ideal. One such option is to combine a hard part with a high fade on the sides and a quiff on top.
6. Hard Part + Short Hair
Short hair is practical but can also be a little dull. So, if you want to add more character to your cropped haircut, why not consider opting for a hard part? The subtle yet eye-catching line will instantly take your look to a new level.
7. Hard Part + Pompadour
Pompadours have been dominating men’s hair trends in recent years and look set to continue. To give this on-trend look a fashionable new twist, try adding a hard part. The shaved line will impressively emphasize this full style even further.
8. Hard Part + Undercut
Although an undercut already features a contrast between its long top and short sides, a hard part can further highlight its varying lengths. Additionally, if your hair is particularly long on top, it will also provide clear direction for styling it to one side.
9. Hard Part + Buzz Cut
Are you after the definition of a side part but prefer a cropped length? A buzz cut with a hard part is the solution to your problem. As hard parts are shaved in, your hair only needs to be a couple of millimeters to create a visible contrast.
10. Hard Part + Curly Hair
Never struggle to keep your wild curls tamed and neat again. By adding a hard part to your curly hair, you’ll be able to part your hair easily every day and give shape to your mane. For further polish, you can also add an undercut.
11. Hard Part + Afro
Hard parts can be perfect for gents with an afro Due to the thickness and texture of afro hair, creating a defined soft part can be seriously challenging. So, a hard part is often a smarter option.
12. Hard Part with Line Up
For a daring take on the hard part, consider asking your barber for a line up. The style can either feature two shaved lines that are right next to one another, further apart, or on opposite sides of the head.
13. Hard Part + Crew Cut
Adding a hard part is an excellent way to give a crew cut a modern twist. Want to take things further? You can opt for an angled line for a bolder appearance and buzzed sides for further contrast.
14. Hard Part + Comb Over + Fade
In need of a haircut that can take you from the office to the bar with ease? A hard part comb over with a fade is the ideal option. Sleek and smart yet contemporary and cool, this cut is a perfect balance of practicality and style.
15. Hard Part + Beard
Hard parts can be seriously striking, particularly on gents with medium or long hair. As such, adding a beard can be an excellent way to balance out the contrast and keep attention on your face, rather than your scalp.
16. Hard Part + Mohawk
If you have a mohawk, chances are you love a daring haircut. So, why not take your style a step further by adding a hard part? The combination will appear even edgier than your usual gravity-defying look as well as entirely on-trend.
17. Hard Part + Pompadour + Fade
As men become more experimental with their hair, more unique and stylish looks emerge. One such example is the hard part pompadour with fade, which is not only highly fashionable but also ideal for almost any occasion.
18. Hard Part + Pompadour + Undercut
19. Hard Part + Curly Quiff
You can show off your voluminous curls while also keeping them in check with a hard part and curly quiff. While the quiff will showcase your naturally thick and textural locks, the shaved line will add definition and shape.
20. Hard Part + Disconnected Undercut
A disconnected undercut hairstyle features shaved sides and back with a longer length on top. By adding a hard part to the look, you can further enhance the cut’s eye-catching contrast.
21. Hard Part + Forward-Swept Style
For gents with long face shapes, tall hairstyles, such as pompadours and quiffs, can often be unflattering. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t rock a hard part. Instead, just choose styles that better suit your bone structure, such as a comb over or forward-swept look.
22. Hard Part + Low Fade
For a look that’s as sleek as it is edgy, consider opting for a hard part with low fade. But, make sure you visit an experienced barber to nail the style.
23. Hard Part + Man Bun
There’s no limit to the different hairstyles that can suit a hard part. Even the man bun pairs well with a modern razor part.
24. Hard Part + Taper Fade
Not all hard part hairstyles have to be daring and different. Gents that prefer a more simple and minimalistic look can always opt for a classic short haircut with a thin hard part and a taper fade.
25. Hard Part + Long Hair
26. Hard Part + Wet Hairstyle
27. Low Hard Part
While most hard parts begin at the corner of the forehead and then follow the natural curve of the head back, you can mix things up for a unique look. A low hard part, for example, can create a more individualistic appearance, especially when viewed from the side.
28. Thin Hard Part
For a subtle take on the hard part trend, ask your barber for a thin shaved line. Doing so will allow you to create definition while still maintaining the classical appearance of a soft part.
29. Wide Hard Part
Want your part to look bold and eye-catching? Opt for a wide hard part. But, be sure to visit an experienced barber for the cut. Any mistakes, accidents, or unevenness will be highly noticeable.
30. Boys’ Hard Part
It’s not just gents that can look great with a hard part. Boys can also pull off this on-trend look. All you need to decide is how bold to make it. For a subtle look, opt for a thin hard part or, for a more eye-catching appearance, make it thicker.
How to Make a Hard Part
Is hard part still in style?
A hard part is very much on-trend and is a style element that can be combined with an array of other haircuts such as undercuts, quiffs, comb overs, pompadours, fades, and even eyebrow slits. Plus, it works with all hair textures because it’s shaved into the style, eliminating variations that can occur with different textures.
Should you get a hard part?
Hard parts are a great idea if you’re looking for a bold feature for your hairstyle. Because it’s a single element of a haircut and works so well with most styles, it can suit pretty much any face shape. The only thing to keep in mind is that you really should get it done at the barber for such a precision feature. It also requires regular maintenance to keep it looking sharp, so if you’re a DIY kind of guy, then a different style might be a better option.
How do you get rid of a hard part?
Just like growing out any length of hair, growing out a hard part is bound to get a bit awkward. There’s not a lot you can do other than bear with it for a few weeks. You can try moving your part slightly higher and using the hair above it to hide the regrowth. Alternatively, getting a shorter style cut on top can lessen the amount of time it takes for both sections to match up again. Lastly, you can use stronger hold hair products to try to smooth the section down and keep it in line with the rest of your style.
Taylah Brewer holds a bachelor's degree in fashion and business and is a skilled writer with several years of experience in the world of online content creation and copywriting. She is passionate about fashion, beauty, and all things lifestyle-related and has been writing for The Trend Spotter since 2016. She currently works as the Head of Digital & Ecommerce at White & Co.
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