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10 Styles That Prove Gen Z Was Right About Middle Parts

Not sure where you stand in the side part vs. middle part debate? We’re sharing 10 looks that prove that the middle part is the trendiest part.

Unless you’ve been under a social media-free rock, you would know there has been a major debate between Gen Z and Millennials about whether a side part or a middle part is better. The initial debate began when a sound went viral on Tik Tok during quarantine, asking if users went through a “deep spiritual transformation” when they switched their part. Then, the #middlepartchallenge started, where users shared dramatic before and after shots of them switching it up from a side part to a middle part. 

Gen Z is team middle part all the way, while Millennials are for the side part. For me, as someone who's categorized as Gen Z (even though I feel more like a Zellenial), I like to wear both looks.  

So the question is: Are Gen-Zers on to something? Should we ditch the side part and embrace the middle part? Continue reading to see ten middle-part hairstyles that prove Gen Z was right all along. Warning: You may rethink your side part. 

Good hair day by @chelseahaircutters.

What face shapes look good with a middle part?

Many face shapes look great with a middle part, especially when your stylist creates a cut that’s tailored to your specific face shape. The middle part looks particularly good on those who have a round face because it creates the illusion of length and symmetry. An oblong shape also looks great with a middle part as well because it adds softness and reduces the length of your face. Those with an oval shape can practically pull off any part, so a middle part is a great option. 

How do you switch to a middle part? 

Making the shift from a side part to a middle part is simple. The best way to do it is right after the shower when your hair is still wet. This way, your hair can dry into the desired part, helping your strands stay in place. After  brushing your hair, use a comb to part your hair down the middle. Since your strands have been parted the same way for so long, it may feel a bit awkward at first—but don’t worry! After a few days, you’ll get used to your new look. 

Can everyone pull off a middle part? 

Contrary to popular belief, yes, everyone can pull off a middle part. This isn’t to say that every hairstyle will work for everyone, but a central part is simply laying the groundwork for how you decide to style your locks. 

If you’re feeling inspired to try a middle part, keep scrolling for 10 of our favorite ways to wear the look!

The Best Middle Part Hairstyles To Try Now

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Middle Part Bob

A bob is already such a classy look, and a middle part adds another layer of sophistication to your cut. If your hair is on the thinner side, a long layered bob is a great option to add volume and texture to your look. If you want to make this classic chop appear more effortless, try our L’Óreal Professionnel Techni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray. This textured spray gives your hair that tousled, disheveled finish.

Good hair day by @alittlesnippy.

Middle Part With Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs look stunning on everyone. They softly frame your face and add subtle texture to your style. If you want an even more universally flattering bangs style, opt for long curtain bangs. Check out our L’Óreal Professional Serie Expert Volumetry Anti-Gravity Effect Volume Spray to give your look effortless volume at the root. 

Good hair day by @hairbywinter1.

Space Buns

Space buns are unique, and on the days when you feel like your hair isn’t 100 percent, this style offers a perfectly on-trend solution. With your hair parted in the middle, you can create two even sections and make small buns. Whether you decide on classic space buns or a half-up look, the result is pure trendiness. 

Good hair day by @lzhouseofhair.

Split Braids

Whether you do double dutch braids or French braids, a middle part is the perfect canvas.  Pro tip: If you want a more bohemian look, you can let some small strands hang loose. 

Good hair day by @jessgoldhairmakeup.

Middle Part Ponytail

A middle part ponytail looks good in any setting—at the gym, out with friends, or even on a romantic night out.This look is easy to do, and is very practical. 


Good hair day by @deeshdindsahair.

Low Bun

Like the ponytail, a low bun with a middle part is classic. Regardless of your face shape, this style frames your face and allows you to show off your best feature: you. Allow your face-framing strands to hang loose for a classic look with a modern twist. 

Good hair day by @lorealpro.

Middle Part With Full Bangs

Bangs do a great job in adding sophistication to your mane. Throw in a middle part and you can channel a chic Parisian woman living her best life. 

Good hair day by @paintitblonde.

Middle Part With Colorful Face Frame

Let’s say you’re already rocking a middle part and are interested in coloring your hair. Try adding a low-maintenance splash of color to the strands framing your face. To help the color last, pick up our L’Óreal Professional Color 10-In-1 Leave-In Purpose Spray. This primer spray boosts shine, smooths frizz, provides heat protection, and leaves your hair feeling soft. 

Good hair day by @shear_envytupelo.

Middle Part With Beach Waves

Fact: There’s no hairstyle more effortless than beach waves. You can simplify your styling routine even more with a texturizing spray like  Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. This aerosol dry spray provides a medium hold, texture, and combats any grease in the roots. 

Good hair day by @dezarai.stylist.

Half And Half Color

If you can’t decide between two hues, ask your colorist for a half-and-half hair color. This trend allows you to try a different shade on each side of your part. 

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