It is all too easy to get stuck in a rut with a comfortable hairstyle. A style that doesn’t raise too many eyebrows and doesn’t require frequent trips to the barber, or maybe one that even falls into place without a brush. But, if you are ready to make the jump and spice things up in the hair department, ask your barber for a hard-part hairstyle next time you pay a visit to his chair. 

A hard part is a simple addition to almost any hairstyle. The haircut focuses on creating a more prominent hair part by shaving it in place with a razor. Choosing this style gives you the freedom to update your favorite hairstyle by adding a new dimension of polish to it.

If you are considering a new men’s hairstyle, have a look at these profoundly smart ways to incorporate a hard part haircut into your next cut.

1. Military Hard Part Haircut

This style is no longer only for G.I.s, many men now seek this polished and put-together look. The hard part doesn’t exceed 4-inches and usually graduates to a skin fade as per military standards.

Military Hard Part Haircut
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2. Short Hard Part Haircut

Many men opt for a short haircut most of their lives, and why not? It’s easy, neat, and unassuming. The only catch – it’s boring. The sharp accent brought by a hard part might be the revival your short hair needs.

Short Hard Part Haircut
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3. Hard Part Fade Haircut

A hard part with a fade is one of the most popular men’s haircuts and continues to be a style staple of the last decade. A sharp hard part fading down is classic, contemporary and will leave you looking polished and chic.

Hard Part Fade Haircut
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4. High and Tight with Hard Part

A high and tight sits at the very top of the head with a swift skin fade on the back and sides. This cropped look is edgy, and the hard part amplifies the face with a harsh contrast.

High and Tight with Hard Part
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5. Hard Part with Line Up

This look is all about angles and lines, with no room for error. A line-up or edge-up cuts the natural hairline with a sharp 90-degree angle. Amplify the cut further by adding a hard part. Remember, this look will need plenty of upkeep, so unless you are willing to start being best friends with your barber, this might not be the haircut for you.

Hard Part with Line Up
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6. Short Side and Hard Part with Razor

This side part sits on the temple, easily achieved with a razor for a close-to-the-head crop. It is an expert-level cut and works well with coarse, short hair.  

Short Side and Hard Part with Razor
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7. Hard Part with Crew Cut

A crew cut is simple and timeless. Tapered backs and longer at the top, but not too long to draw others’ gazes. But maybe it is time to give your crew cut a little attention? Try adding an angle to your hard part to make it more modern.

Hard Part with Crew Cut
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8. Asymmetrical Hard Part

If you have tried and tested a hard part and want to try something offbeat, this is perfect for you. Having your hard part curve towards the center of your head instead of straight towards the front is a fun way to ass variety to this look.

Asymmetrical Hard Part
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9. Hard Part and Comb Over

A comb-over is undoubtedly a gentleman’s haircut but can effortlessly be updated. Adding a hard part doesn’t take away from the tone of a comb-over but merely jolts it into the 21st century.

Hard Part and Comb Over
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10. Hard Part and High Fade

A sharp hard part that tapers quickly towards the ears is an upgrade from a standard fade. Making the fade closer to the part creates a rounded-off look but keeps an edge.  

Hard Part and High Fade
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11. Subtle Hard Part with Pompadour

Hard parts are a striking hairstyle, not for the faint of heart. Getting a subtle, hard part lets you ease into the style and test the waters first. Having a pompadour style on top minimizes the drama but keeps all the sleek. It works exceptionally well if you have a strong hairline.

Subtle Hard Part with Pompadour
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12. Hard Part for Curly Hair

This hairstyle is not for the faint of heart, and you should only attempt if you have learned how to manage your curls. Adding a hard part to your cut is a great way to add a touch of refinement to potentially unruly hair. 

Hard Part for Curly Hair
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13. Kennedy Cut with Hard Part

A Kennedy cut mashes together many different elements. It is shorter than a quiff and has a less pronounced fade on the sides. You will, however, recall that Pres. Kennedy always sported his signature side part. Forward 60 years, and you can still wear this iconic cut but update it with a hard part instead.

Kennedy Cut with Hard Part
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14. Hard Part Haircut for Disconnection

A hard part is a perfect way to create disconnection in your hairstyle. Disconnection is an abrupt parting between textured hair and a skin fade, best achieved by using a hard part. 

Hard Part Haircut with Disconnection
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15. Wavy Hard Part Haircut

Wavy hair has a distinct personality and shouldn’t be left to its own devices. Get your wavy hair in line with a hard part haircut without doing away with the texture.

Wavy Hard Part Haircut
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16. Gentleman’s Cut with Hard Part

Imagine what it can do for you if this haircut can make Colin Ferrel look half put together and dapper. Medium to short sides with a comb-over or side part paired with tons of product. This works best with thick hair and is made even more gentlemanly by a hard part.

Gentleman's Cut with Hard Part
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17. Hard Part with Buzz Cut

Hard parts don’t only work for guys with longer hair. You can easily add a sleek hard part haircut to your effortless buzz cut to give your haircut a much-needed update.

Hard Part with Buzz Cut
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18. Pushed Back Skin Fade with Hard Part

If you love the “just ran my fingers through my hair” look, it’s time to try a pushed-back style with a skin fade. A hard part haircut between the longer pushed back hair with the side faded helps to give the illusion that your hair is lifted. 

Pushed Back Skin Fade with Hard Part
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19. Taper Fade with Hard Part

A quality taper fade or mid fade haircut can be any man’s best friend. If you are on the road to longer hair, this is one of the best styles to ensure your grow-out is even.

Taper Fade with Hard Part
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20. Hard Part for Straight Hair

Straight hair practically begs for a hard part. A good razored part takes your straight hair and helps guide it in a direction (other than down).

Hard Part for Straight Hair
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21. Hard Part with Quiff

A quiff is an eye-catching style with the longer top hair styled backward, adding lots of texture and volume. Adding a hard part will elevate your quiff and make it more distinguished.

Hard Part with Quiff
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22. Hard Part with Undercut

An undercut might seem pretty defined on its own, but getting a hard part haircut razored in will give you just the edge you need. It also helps control the styling direction of your hair and just highlights the parting a little more.

Hard Part with Undercut
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23. Hard Part for Tight Curls 

Using a razor to create a hard part haircut on tight-curled hair gives added definition to the transition. The hard part haircut is paired with a dramatic fade onto the skin over the ears and works exceptionally well with a Mohawk style at the top.

Hard Part with Tight Curls

24. Hard Part with Beard

A beard and a hard part go together like butter and popcorn. The hard part haircut style can vary, but a well-kept coif and beard serve clean lines and strong angles.

Hard Part with Beard
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25. Hard Part with Disconnected Undercut

A disconnected undercut is even more striking than a connected undercut and doesn’t feature much of a fade as the latter does. A hard part haircut works great with this cut as it adds to the impact of the disconnected cut.

Hard Part with Disconnected Undercut
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26. Forward Swept Haircut with Hard Part

Medium-length hair with a healthy amount of product can be swept forward for an ultra-modern look. Avoid having a bowl-cut look by adding a hard part for some shape and definition.

Forward Swept Haircut with Hard Part
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27. Hard Part Haircut with Low Fade

A low fade starts just above the ear and is perfect if you don’t want to commit to much upkeep. Your Hard part can either stay towards the top of your head for a side part, or it can migrate south for a striking line an inch or so above the ear.

Hard Part Haircut with Low Fade
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28. Hard Part Haircut with Man Bun

Be the envy of every man in the room with a messy man bun, fierce undercut, and a striking hard part. Getting a part cut between your long locks and tapered sides makes your man bun truly reach its full potential.

Hard Part Haircut, Man Bun
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Men’s Hard Cut Hairstyle FAQ:

What is a hard part haircut?

A distinctive shaved line at the side of one’s head separates two hair lengths, typically created with a straight razor. This can be added to any hairstyle and placed at various spots in the head. 

Hard part haircut vs soft part?

Hard parts are shaved into place, giving you a defined style, whereas soft parts are combed or brushed. Much less definition is gained with a soft part.

How to maintain a hard part haircut?

Your hard part will look best the first few days out of the chair. You will need to get familiar with your razor or clippers at home if you want to maintain it yourself, but a fortnightly visit to your barber will do the trick. A hard part is not for a man looking for a wash-and-go, low-maintenance style. But the payoff for your dedication is unmatched style and class.

What haircut goes with a hard part haircut?

Almost any hairstyle can be taken to the next level with a hard part. From hair that’s even a few millimeters long to a full-blown man bun, a hard part will rarely seem out of place. You and your barber should take time to assess the situation and figure out how to implement it to compliment a style you are most comfortable with.

How to get a hard part haircut?

First thing’s first: leave it to the professionals. A bad hard part is challenging to hide, so if you are a first-timer, you will want a professional to take you on this journey. They will start by sectioning your hair and then cut the part with a razor. The hair around the part is then trimmed to make it even more pronounced.

How to get rid of a hard part haircut?

As they say, time heals all wounds and all hard parts. You can grow out a hard part in short hair in a matter of days or weeks, but it gets trickier when it comes to long hair. You will be left with an awkward length of hair on your part, and the track of the hard part will keep forcing your hair into a direction. It would help if you worked with your barber to figure out transitional styles that incorporate the different hair lengths while you try to grow out your hard part.