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9 Best Middle Part Hairstyles for Men

Before you book your next haircut appointment, it’s time you consider if the middle part hairstyle is for you. Making a fierce comeback, middle part hair for men is what textured bangs are for women, and this is the year to get it done. There are plenty of ways one can execute the curtain hairstyle depending on your length, thickness and hair type. We’re here to give you all the info, tips and the best ways that you can rock the infamous middle part hairstyle.

Best Middle Part Hair Styles for Men

With the help of our resident barber and men’s stylist expert, Nick Hall, we’ve collated a list of the best middle part hairstyles for men, based on styling, care and maintenance. This list of options focuses on different hair types and textures, so no matter your hair density, you will find a haircut that suits your face and the style you’re after. Here are the best middle part hairstyles for men.

Daniel G Frank with middle part undercut | Image: Danielgfrank/Instagram
Daniel G Frank with middle part undercut | Image: Danielgfrank/Instagram

1. Middle Part Undercut

  • Length: Short
  • Styling: Minimal
  • Product: Sea-salt spray, matte clay

The middle part undercut is a more high-end, sharp version of the classic middle part hairstyle. It’s short and sleek, with a long fringe and closely cut underneath on the sides. The hairstyle emphasises the curtain fringe and makes it the main feature, which is what it truly deserves. In this style, the hair on the top greatly exceeds the length of the hair on the sides and the is no definitive blend when split down the middle. Definitely a more modern take on the men’s middle part style, this one is growing in popularity.

Model with short hair Curtains hairstyle for men | Image: Pinterest
Model with short curtains hairstyle for men | Image: Pinterest

2. Short Hair Curtains

  • Length: Short
  • Styling: Minimal
  • Product: Sea-salt spray, matte paste

This is the perfect hairstyle if you’re looking for something low-maintenance. Your hair will need to be fairly short around the sides to ensure the curtain fringe is visible. To style this look properly, it’s best to have a styling product on hand to hold the hair into place. We recommend scissor-cutting the sides to aid in natural fall around the edges. This ultimately gives a more balancer and rounder shape, which can help to accentuate the jaw and cheekbones. Just remember to leave a little extra length on the fringe, as this will ultimately add some much-needed weight to balance out the longer sections of the cut.

Jared Leto with long hair curtains hairstyle | Image: Getty Images
Jared Leto with long hair curtains hairstyle | Image: Getty Images

3. Long Hair Curtains

  • Length: Long
  • Styling: Blow-dry, frequent combing
  • Product: Sea-salt spray, styling cream

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. For those with follicles cultivated over many years, long hair curtains are among the most versatile of the middle part hairstyles. As long hair naturally falls into a middle part, it’s also easy to manage. The long hair curtain haircut also works with any hair type, whether it’s curly, straight or wavy, just remember to visit the hairdresser for regular maintenance. Trimming dead ends and running a treatment product through the year every six months will ensure that you maintain a certain level of health in your hair, particularly if you are outside in the sun a lot. Get it right and you’re on your way. No matter the hair type, you’ll look sexy and stylish with this trendy cut.

Charles Melton with men's wavy styling middle part hairstyle | Image: Netflix
Charles Melton with men’s wavy styling middle part hairstyle | Image: Netflix

4. Middle Part with Wavy Styling

  • Length: Short/Mid
  • Styling: Moderate, blow dry
  • Product: Sea-salt spray, texture paste

Perhaps the most perfect hair combo to exist- waves and a middle parting. If you’re lucky enough to have naturally wavy hair, you’d be silly not to embrace your waves with the curtain fringe. The middle parting is the best way to enhance and work with your luscious waves. The look is also perfect for shaping the face as it provides a natural contrast between the jawline and cheek bones.

Model Chad Hurst with men's middle part hairstyle with faded sides | Image: Instagram
Model Chad Hurst with men’s middle part hairstyle with faded sides | Image: Instagram

5. Middle Part with Faded Sides

  • Length: Short
  • Styling: Minimal
  • Product: Matte clay, pomade

For a more modern take on the 90s classic, the curtain haircut with faded sides is the way to go. You can get many different tapered fades and whichever you decide to go with, the faded sides will contrast beautifully with the middle-parted curtains. Your barber will know the best type of fade that will work best with your hair type and face shape, so be sure to consult them ver how high-up to take the initial guide line. For example, a round face shape may benefit from a low wedge fae, while an oval fae shape might be best suited to a high taper.

Model with men's blunt cut middle part hairstyle | Image: Tori Gill Barbering
Model with men’s blunt cut middle part hairstyle | Image: Tori Gill Barbering

6. Blunt Cut Middle Part

  • Length: Short
  • Styling: Minimal
  • Product: Matte paste, texture powder

The ideal haircut for a classy, finished look. The blunt cut middle part is versatile and fashionable and one of our favourite middle part hairstyles. This type of parting shapes any face beautifully. It looks best with straight hair so we recommend those with curls or waves to opt for another look, or if you’re still keen on it, you can straighten your hair if you also want to rock a blunt cut middle part.

Model with men's messy curtains middle part hairstyle | Image: Pinterest
Model with men’s messy curtains middle part hairstyle | Image: Pinterest

7. Messy Curtains

  • Length: Short/mid
  • Styling: Blow dry
  • Product: Sea-salt spray, texture powder

Shaggy and sexy, messy curtains will transport you right back to the 70s. If you have curly or wavy hair, we think this is the best option to fully embrace your wild side and your wild hair. If you do have this hair type, we suggest keeping the curtain fringe long for added texture and bounce. The messy hair is really making a comeback and the messy curtain fringe is the perfect combination of two re-emerging trends. So, if you want to be sitting at the very top of the trendy ladder, asking your barber for messy curtains is a good way to get there.

Model with men's middle part slicked Eboy haircut | Image: Pinterest
Model with men’s middle part slicked Eboy haircut | Image: Pinterest

8. Slicked Eboy Haircut

  • Length: Short/mid
  • Styling: Moderate
  • Product: Water, pomade

The Eboy haircut is a slicked back version of the classic curtain fringe and has become a huge trend since the rise of TikTok and we love to see it! All you need is a defined middle part and a curtain fringe, keeping the rest of your hair fairly slicked back. The best thing about this trendy haircut is that you can sport it no matter your hair type, as the Eboy version of curtain fringe is more textured, relaxed and uneven.

Model with men's middle part hairstyle long straight curtains | Image: iStock
Model with men’s middle part hairstyle long straight curtains | Image: iStock

9. Long Straight Curtains

  • Length: Long
  • Styling: Blow-dry, frequent combing
  • Product: Sea-salt spray, styling cream

The OG look for the middle part hairstyle is long straight curtains. This hairstyle works so well because long hair naturally lends itself to a middle part, meaning there is minimal effort required, which is a bonus. Long hair curtains emanate a sleek and fashionable look. It also looks great whether you have thick straight hair or thin straight hair. Better yet, when you’re not feeling the curtain you can easily sweep it aside.

Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest

What is the Curtain Haircut?

The curtain haircut is a long fringe parted in the middle, or sometimes on the side. The middle parting resembles a curtain, hence the name. We love this hairstyle because it’s super versatile and perfectly complements various hair types and face shapes.

When it comes to styling a middle part for men, you need to have a firm grasp on what is in fashion. The unique hairstyle blends both short and long elements, meaning you can take from each and fuse them into one style. For example, you may want to borrow the taper fade element from the short end of the spectrum, and keep the nape and temple sections of the hair extremely short before graduating them up in length. Conversely, you may go with a typically longer style, where the hair is all pushed back and loosely styled into a middle part to add character and increase texture. Whatever the case, the middle part hairstyle for men is making a serious comeback.

Why is the Style Coming Back?

Like all things in fashion, hairstyles are cyclical. In the early 1920s, the curtains hairstyle was seen as a dapper and modern approach to men’s grooming, particularly when combined with slick products and pomade. While the style did die down throughout the middle part of the 20th century, it began to make a resurgence in the 1990s, thanks to popular fashion and baggy clothing trends.

Led by musicians and pop-culture icons, the middle part was a major stylistic choice of the times, however, it quickly fell into obscurity at the turn of the millennium. In recent years, the comeback of ’90s fashion, such as oversized clothing, bum bags and baggy jeans is seeing more and more people turn to the era for grooming choices as well.

The middle part hairstyle is coming back in line with the resurgence of 90s fashion and appreciation of 90s culture. The hairstyle characterised a generation of 90s heartthrobs like Leonardo DiCaprio and our new love affair with everything 90s means the hairstyles are also back- and we’re happy about it!

How to Ask for Curtains

First and foremost, you need to have a decent amount of hair on top of your head. For the most part, middle part styles for men involve an element of combing the hair back, so depending on your hair texture, this may involve a fair amount of growth. Finer hair has a tendency to fall, so in this case, it may require you to grow your hair far longer.

From a basic perspective, the longer hair on top is contrasted by short hair on the back and sides. If you prefer the sides a little longer, ask for a scissor-cut middle part. This form is generally longer on the sides, giving you enough hair to tuck behind your ear. For those who prefer a sharper look, a taper fade or fade middle-part will be best suited. Set your lowest mark with the clippers (#0, #1 etc) and then have the hairdresser blend upwards into the longer top section.

Middle Part Hairstyle Inspiration

Looking for a little inspiration for your next haircut? Check out some of the most common and stylish men’s middle part haircuts below.

Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Middle part hairstyles for men | Image: Pinterest
Chris Hemsworth with a middle part hairstyle | Image: Getty Images
Chris Hemsworth with a middle part hairstyle | Image: Getty Images
Slicked middle part hairstyle | Image: John Simpson
Slicked middle part hairstyle | Image: John Simpson
David Beckham with a long middle part hairstyle | Image: Harry How/Getty Images
David Beckham with a long middle part hairstyle | Image: Harry How/Getty Images
Chase Hudson's middle part | Image: Instagram
Chase Hudson’s middle part | Image: Instagram
Timothée Chalamet at the Sydney premiere of Netflix film, The King | Image: Netflix
Timothée Chalamet at the Sydney premiere of Netflix film, The King | Image: Netflix
Liam Hemsworth rocking a middle part at the Kids Choice Awards in 2015 | Image: Rex
Liam Hemsworth rocking a middle part at the Kids Choice Awards in 2015 | Image: Rex
Brad Pitt with a middle part hairstyle | Image: JStone/Shutterstock
Brad Pitt with a middle part hairstyle | Image: JStone/Shutterstock
David Beckham with a middle part haircut | Image: Instagram
David Beckham with a middle part haircut | Image: Instagram

If you’re looking for more inspiration, want to know which barbers are best in different cities or dealing with hair loss issues, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guides to alternative styles and lengths.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Middle Part Hairstyles for Men

When it comes to choosing the best curly and wavy hairstyles for men, it’s simple. We know hair better than anyone, and our Editor-in-Chief, Nick Hall, is a qualified barber and men’s stylist. He holds a Cert III in Barbering and has personally chosen every haircut on this list with the help of the wider editorial team.

Middle Part Hairstyles FAQs

How do you style men’s curtains haircuts?

There are plenty of ways to style men’s curtains haircuts. Our favourite ways to style this haircut are with an undercut or a fade. Use styling product for extra hold and style.

How do I ask my barber for curtains?

Ask your barber for a middle part haircut, and you’ll be rocking a trendy, curtain haircut that suits your hair type and face shape.

What is an Eboy haircut?

An Eboy haircut is a middle part hair cut with long bangs that Eboy’s are making trendy
through their rise in popularity as a youth subculture on TikTok.


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Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in content marketing, lifestyle, architecture and travel coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has worked with Universal Magazines, various leading digital marketing agencies and The Local Project.