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Which side should men part their hair?

Side parts212 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!

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  1. Mike November 20, 2012 at 11:17 am


    Good stuff. I go “against nature” and wasn’t sure if I should be doing that or not.

    What’s the best method for someone with straight hair (it sticks out on the side when it’s cut too short) to tell their barber for a medium length (not buzzed, but not Tom Cruise) cutting style? I usually just say “gimme a regular haircut” but I’m wondering if there are techniques I can suggest to keep the sides slightly longer so it lays down, but also not super long and off the ears or anything.




    • Craig the Barber December 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the comment! There is one technique that you can suggest to your barber to get that done, it’s called “undercutting”. Generally it is a technique used with thinning shears. Have your barber try that technique and see if that works. Best of luck!

  2. Trent February 18, 2013 at 10:18 am


    I’m glad I read of this new way of finding a natural part. I was told once a part should always be on the same side the swirl on the back of the end is, so the swirl and part all flow together. I can see that but my swirl is on my right side of the back of my head and my natural part is on my left, thus not lining up but I suppose it still looks fine in back. Also my other issue with that is in the very front of my hair line I have this natural “cow lick” where this patch naturally grows shooting to my right. So I almost have to part from left to right as this is the way that patch of hair grows and it just makes sense to make all the hair flow in the same direction as the patch will only go that direction. I’ve tried a right side part so it lined up with the swirl but that patch makes this weird wave when I attempt to make it go left, the unnatural way it grows. I can kind of make it work, but if it’s disturbed it’ll stick nearly straight out. What advice do you have for me? Is it ok to keep parting on the opposite side of my swirl? Or was I fed a bunch of rubbish about part on the same side as my swirl??

    Thank you

  3. Ted June 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hey Craig, thanks for the tips. I still have one problem. My natural side part is to the right, however I also have a widow’s peak on the hairline which makes combing and styling this part pretty hard, however, going “against nature” is more easy, but doesn’t flatter me at all. I guess I have to use some serious products in order to go with the natural side part. Any other tips you can share?

  4. kc June 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Well, i go against the nature.. Though it had been seven years i used a comb.. Always had a short hstyle… But. Now i am growing my hairs nd my partion is on the right side… I came here to confirm that does it symbolizes nything….

  5. Lee July 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    So I heard that parting on the left is natural for men, but does that mean my left or your left. Which way is the hair going toward when parting left

    • Craig the Barber August 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Lee,

      The natural side is actually where your hair chooses to part on it’s own. To determine that, you can use the technique described above. If you’ve discovered that your natural side is left, then the part will be on your left-side with the majority of of the rest of your hair being combed to your right. Hope that helps!

  6. Versace August 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    My natural part is to my left so i would have to come right. I would rather stay traditional and comb left but it just seems to make my hair stick upwards. My hair is most natural going right.

  7. Gregg September 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    My hair is extremely straight, and my natural part is left to right. However, the hair wants to lay especially flat that way. So I go against nature and force a part right to left. That provides “fullness” as the hair tries to stand taller going that direction, and I like the look.

  8. Chris October 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Hi :) nice article. Interesting theories about hair part related to social acceptance. Quick question: the majority of my hair naturally falls to my left side… Does this mean I part on the right or left? It’s a little confusing haha! Cheers.

    • Craig the Barber October 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks Chris! great question. If your hair naturally falls to your left then that would mean it would be much easier to style going in that direction. So to answer your question, you would part your hair on the right and style your hair to your left. Hope that helps!

  9. Jonboy November 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Take a leaf out of my book – grow your hair past your shoulders and let gravity do the work for you!

  10. James Richards November 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm


    Great tips! I always learn new things on my trips through the Internet. I part on the left and just doublechecked, that’s where it naturally falls.

    I’m also a big fan of easy hair styling, so I’ll pay it forward to you guys and pass on this little playlist of straightforward hair styles –


  11. Kenny January 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Hey Craig, i just have one question, my hair is long and it goes to the left, in the mirror i look good cuss its to the right, for me to part it to its opposite it direction, would i have to cut it short?? because when i comb it to the right, it looks weird cuss of my bangs

    • Craig the Barber January 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Kenny,

      Since I do not have a picture, I would have to guess that you may have a strong growth pattern close to the front of your head that may be preventing your hair from being parted in the opposite direction. Is that correct? If this is the case, I would recommend that you stick with parting your hair in the direction it naturally grows. Hope that helps!

  12. don February 8, 2015 at 5:42 am

    my hair naturally part from the left and before i used to be close to the middle. everytime i put shampoo on my hair style it to the way i want to part and now it totally on my far left. i dont use gels or pomades so im preety surprised it helped.

  13. Steven March 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I naturally part my hair from left to right…but when i do my hair poofs up in the back…even with pomade. My sworl is on the right side but i believe it swirls clockwise. Not sure which way to part. When i part right to left my hair lays smoother. Any ideas?

    • Craig the Barber March 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Great question Steven! Without seeing how your hair actually grows I cannot be 100% certain. However based on your explanation, right-to-left allows your hair to lay smoother. If that is the case, and the back does not poof up, then that should be your adopted styling direction.

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