Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Hard Part Haircut

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How To Get The Perfect Hard Part Haircut, According To A Barber

06 February 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

When done well, your haircut should always say something about you. Whether you’re a free spirit wearing a long ponytail or a classic gentleman in a fade, we’re big proponents of trying something new and taking a hair risk.

There’s one extra step you can take at your barber appointments that will shift your cut from bland to right on-trend: the hard part. We spoke with Evan Georgopoulos, Baxter of California barber and brand ambassador, about what this simple shaved line can do for your look (and your confidence).

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What is a hard part?

The part you’re most familiar with might be a dividing line between two sections of hair, but the hard part amps up the impact quite a bit with an actual line shaved into the hair for dramatic effect.

The hard part, in barber terms, is a shaved in line on the side of your head that separates two—usually different—hair lengths...The hard part can be a great addition to any traditional or non-traditional style, but it must be executed well by your barber.

Evan Georgopoulos

Think of the hard part as the focal point of your cut. It can elevate even the most classic taper fade or crew cut.

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Why get a hard part?

Like all the best hair decisions, you get a hard part because it looks about as cool as any cut can.

“People get them for a couple reasons. One, the assumption it makes your hair easy to style. Two, to make your haircut pop,” Georgopoulos says.

Have you ever seen a man wearing a seriously bold print? Just the slightest accent makes him look confident and stylish. Wearing a minimalist but impactful hard part leaves others with the impression that you’ve got this personal style thing on lock.

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How do you maintain a hard part?

Here’s the crucial thing to remember about the hard part style: Shaved hair only stays so for a few days at best.

“People see different variations of hard parts all over the internet, TV, and sports,” Georgopoulos says. “People like what they see. If you notice, though the haircuts are all no older than a couple days [old].”

Because hard parts require regular maintenance, they’re an excellent fit for men who have a close relationship to their barber and don’t mind scheduling regular appointments for a trim.

“You can maker a haircut last as long as you want, but a hard part always looks best within the first few days,” the barber adds. “If it’s convenient to get it cleaned up less than every two weeks, do it!”

It’s not just the frequency of appointments that matter, either. Georgopoulos stresses the importance of visiting a barber who takes the time to figure out the most flattering placement for your hard part. He or she must factor in any cowlicks that might cause hair to cross over the line.

If this all sounds complicated, don’t worry.

“This is kind of on your barber to make it look good,” Georgopoulos says. “Also, let me add, if you're confident in your barber, just give him free rein and allow him to do what he thinks will look best. He's most likely right.”

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