Middle Part Hairstyles: 15 Flattering Ways to Pull One Off

Until recently, middle part hairstyles have never been part of how I style my hair. Why? Because I have ultra thick, curly hair and I thought a middle part would look ridiculous on me. However, after seeing several celebrities rocking the middle part, I gave up all of my inhibitions and decided to try it. The result: I am in love! Switching from a side part to a middle part hairstyle can give you just the right amount of change that you may have been craving.

Textured Bob with Versatile Long Fringe

Textured Bob with Versatile Long Fringe hairstyle Instagram @cassiclough

Q&A with style creator, Cassi Clough
Hairstylist @ Leigh, Edwards & Company in Nashville, TN

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a textured bob with a long fringe that gives her the ability to wear it parted down the middle or pushed to one side. I added a lot of texture and some fun layers to this cut, which allows a lot of movement and creates a really playful look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The great thing about this hairstyle is that it is really versatile in the way you want to style it.  To get the perfect sexy and flirty beach waves, I prepped the hair with my go-to styling product by Shu Eumura called Texture Wave. I then used a 1-inch Marcel curling iron, working in three different sections and curling the hair in alternating directions.

After curling her hair, I used Sheer Lacquer by Shu Eumura which is a flexible hold hairspray and added one more spritz of the Texture Wave. To finish this look off, I used Second Day by Unite and softly brushed my fingers through her hair.  The Second Day cream is similar to a light hold pomade and gives the hair that perfect lived-in look!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this look is honestly suitable for any client who loves to have sassy short hair! Wearing the fringe swooped to one side is flattering for clients with a more round face, while wearing it parted down the middle is great for clients with an oval or heart shaped face.

This look is also great to wear straight or just to let air dry and enhance the natural texture. Products are a big factor for the finished look, so for women on the go, try spraying Texture Wave to your dry hair and rock the beautiful hair you were born with!

Center Parted Bob

Q&A with style creator, Noelle Pavlu
Hairstylist @ The Hair Bar in Monroe, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

What I love about this center parted bob is how simple it is but how it’s a “look” in itself. All you have to do is blow dry it! It doesn’t take much work to create this look because the shape of the hair does it all for you.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a smoothing cream or a hair serum that isn’t too heavy to add shine and to keep the flyaways down. I personally like to use the Aveda Nourishing Styling Creme for this look.

If you want a more textured look, you could use hairspray and mess it up a bit to give the hair a little more body.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut would be great for anyone with fine hair because the blunt line and lack of layers makes the hair look and feel fuller. It is also ideal for anyone who needs hair that is easy to manage that doesn’t need a lot of work. With this cut, you can kind of get up and go in a sense.

This cut also looks super cute with party ponies/buns and mohawk braids!

Versatile Blunt Lob

Versatile Blunt Lob hairstyleInstagram @shagsalonavon

Q&A with style creator, Faith Daudier
Senior Stylist / Owner @ Shag Salon Avon in Avon, NJ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

What I love most about this blunt lob is how versatile it is. It can be worn with a middle part for a youthful look, or with a side part if you’re going for something sleek and classic.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I like to use a texture spray when blow drying the hair. Paul Mitchell Sugar Spray is my current favorite. Once I have completely dried the hair, I like to do a quick onceover with Biosilk Shine On shine spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This particular haircut can be worn by anyone. It is great for fine to medium hair and can be worn straight or with beach waves. It is also perfect for a fresh start by removing dry or damaged ends!

Honey Balayage Lob

Honey Balayage Lob hairstyleInstagram @hairbysroth

Q&A with style creator, Sav Roth
Hairstylist / Colorist @ R Hair Salon & Spa and Studio B in Tucson, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

These are honey balayage highlights that give subtle, low-maintenance dimension. I love this technique because it’s easy to achieve and maintain, and a great way to introduce my busy clients to color.

My favorite thing about this look is its versatility. It can be worn straight for subtle dimension, or waved/curled for higher contrast.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To achieve and maintain this look, I recommend a thermal protector, an anti-humectant or texturizer, and hairspray. My personal favorites are Power DryMe for blow dry prep, Neuro Protect Heatctrl for thermal protection, Amika Touchable for hold, and depending on hair type, Aveda Spray-On Shine to fight frizz OR PuffMe for volume.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The lob (long bob) is a great haircut for clients looking for a low maintenance yet sophisticated look. It can be pulled back for busy days, and can also be easily primped for a night out.

In addition, balayage highlights are a wonderful technique that minimize salon visits for busy clients. I call it the ideal work and play hairstyle. This combination is great for all hair densities. Fine/thin hair can be enhanced with a volumizing product, while dense hair can be reduced by removing internal weight.

Overall, the balayage highlighted lob is a great look for anyone with almost every hair type.

1. Just Off Center

A middle part that skews just off center helps keep the style casual. It’s perfect for a concert, shopping with the girls, or just putzing around town. It’s ‘put together’ without being stuffy.

Just Off Center Style with Lush Curls and Middle Part

How To Style

  1. Starting with dry hair, mist mid lengths and ends with a heat resistant spray.
  2. Using a 1-inch curling iron, begin taking large vertical sections and wrap hair no higher than ear level.
  3. Allow hair to cool.
  4. Use fingers to gently break up curls.
  5. Using a flat iron or large curling iron (try 1 ¼ inch), gently run bangs through the iron to smooth hair and bend the ends.

Product Recommendation

Try Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray for protection

Face Shape and Hair Density

This hairstyle works well with all hair density types and face shapes except for long.

Styling Tip

Don’t be like the YouTube girl who burned all of her hair off. Make sure you are using the correct temperature on your hot tools. Have fine hair? Keep it below 350. Medium and thick textures, keep it below 450.

2. Zig and Zag Up The Center

Looking for a way to mix up your center part? Try adding a few zig zags. Keep them small so they won’t feel like a misplaced ‘90s hairdo.

Zig and Zag Up the Middle Pretty Long Blonde Style with Curls Zig and Zag Pretty Blonde Style with Center Part Side View

How To Style

  1. Create part.
  2. Using a 1¼-inch curling iron, take small sections and wrap them vertically around the curling iron.
  3. Release hair and allow to cool.
  4. Flip head upside down and run fingers through hair.
  5. Return upright and mist hair with hairspray.

Product Recommendation

A good tail comb is key to creating straight-as-an-arrow parts or fresh, modern zig-zags. Try Cricket Carbon’s Fine Toothed Rattail comb for part perfection.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style works with all face shapes and hair densities. Those with long face shapes should add some backcombing in the crown area and sides for a balanced style.

3. Short, Ombre and Straight Up the Middle

I love this style because it combines styles that you wouldn’t think of putting together. It totally works and looks so fresh!

Short Ombred Straight Up The Middle Part Short Ombred Straight Up The Middle Part Side View

How To Style

  1. Start with dry hair, take vertical sections and curl with a flat iron.
  2. Alternate directions of the curls.
  3. Allow curls to cool.
  4. Apply texturizing crème to mid lengths and ends.

Product Recommendation

Try Jonathan Product’s Dirt Texturizing Paste for added texture and hold with a bit of sheen.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style will work on all face shapes and hair densities.

Styling Tip

When using a flat iron to curl hair or create beachy waves, leave the ends out for a more natural texture.

4. The Ever-So-Slight Middle Part

Messy is marvelous in the world of hair right now. A tousled updo with a barely there center part is beyond chic.

Slight Center Part Stylish Updo

How To Style

  1. Section front hair from the back. Backcomb the crown.
  2. Pull back into a ponytail.
  3. Wrap ponytail around to create a bun. Secure with bobby pins to ponytail elastic.
  4. Pull the front piece back, wrap it around the bun and secure with bobby pins to the ponytail elastic.
  5. Repeat on opposite side
  6. Mist hair with hairspray.
  7. Gently pull various strands around face and through out bun to create messiness.
  8. Mist with hairspray

Product Recommendation

Try Aquage’s Sea Salt Texturizing Spray for extra definition with a bit of grittiness for the perfect amount of messy-meet-glam.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style will work with all face shapes and hair densities.

5. Half Up Half Down

This easy ‘do is perfect for work or an evening out.

Half Up Half Down Shiny Style with Middle Part

How To Style

  1. Start with dry hair. Part hair down the middle and backcomb the crown.
  2. Smooth the backcombing and pull sides backward until they meet.
  3. Secure with a clip or clear elastic.
  4. Curl hair with a curling wand.
  5. Allow hair to cool.
  6. Mist with hairspray.

Product Recommendation

Try Number 4’s Mighty Hairspray for strong yet flexible hold that can with withstand the highest amounts of humidity.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style works with all face shapes and hair densities.

6. Life’s A Beach

Casual, beachy waves are all the rage right now. Combine them with the modern center part for a super trendy look.

Casual Beachy Style with Waves and Center Part

How To Style

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a volumizing mouse and texturizing spray.
  2. Diffuse hair until dry.
  3. Using a curling wand to define mid lengths and ends.
  4. Mist with hairspray.

Product Recommendation

Try Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe for extra texture with a matte finish.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style works on all face shapes and works best with medium to thick hair densities.

7. Classically Modern

To have long, thick hair parted down the middle is every girl’s dream!

Classically Modern Wavy Style with Middle Part

How To Style

  1. Starting with damp hair and apply your favorite blow dry crème.
  2. Dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Using a large curling iron, curl mid lengths and ends away from the face.
  4. Allow waves to cool and gently break apart with fingers.
  5. Mist hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

Product Recommendation

For the smoothest blow dry in the shortest possible amount of time, try BlowPro’s Ready Set Blow.

Face Shape and Hair ensity

This style works well with all face shapes and medium to thick hair densities.

Styling Tip

Using a large barrel curling iron (1½-inch and up) will create gentle waves instead of curls.

8. Playful Highlights

Having a few highlights placed strategically around a middle part can help open up your face and accentuate all of your favorite features.

Playful Highlights Middle Part

How To Style

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply blow drying crème.
  2. Using a medium sized round brush, dry hair away from face.
  3. Taking 1 inch sections, put large Velcro rollers in on top of head.
  4. Use a 1inch curling iron vertically to curl ends.  Remove rollers.
  5. Mist with hairspray.

Product Recommendation

Velcro rollers are a great way to lock in fullness and body. Try Goody’s assorted multi pack for a variety of sizes.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style works with all face shapes and hair densities.

Styling Tip

For maximum body and volume, allow Velcro rollers to fully cool before removing them.

9. Kardashian-esque Hair

Whether you love them or you hate them, you’ve got to admit the Kardashians are always on point with their hair.

Dark Brunette Thick Wavy Style with Center Part

How To Style

  1. Starting with clean dry hair and apply your favorite heat protectant.
  2. Using medium sized hot rollers, wrap hair around the rollers and secure with a clip.
  3. Repeat until all hair is set in rollers.
  4. Mist with flexible hold hairspray.
  5. Allow rollers to completely cool.
  6. Remove and gently break curls up with fingers.
  7. Mist with hairspray.

Product Recommendation

Try T3’s Voluminous Hot Rollers Set for defined, frizz-free curls.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This hairstyle works on all face shapes and hair densities.

Styling Tip

Have thick hair? Try wrapping the top half of your hair in rollers and using a curling iron on the bottom half to help save time.

10. Polished

These sweet curls are polished enough for a day at the office and casual enough for an afternoon at the farmer’s market.

Long Blonde Hair with Middle Part

How To Style

  1. Starting with dry hair, wrap vertical sections around a curling iron.
  2. Once hair is warm to the touch, unwind and allow to cool.
  3. When hair is completely curled, break up curls around crown.
  4. Mist hair with hairspray.

Product Recommendation

Try Oribe’s Super Fine Hairspray for dry, brushable hold.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

Styling Tip

When curling hair, don’t use the clamp. Just wrap hair around the barrel and unwrap when hair is warm.

11. Take A Bow

How about this fresh spin on the hair bow? This look is perfect for parties or a night out on the town!

Take a Bow Blonde Updo with Side Tendrils Take a Bow Blonde Updo with Side Tendrils Bow Style

How To Style

  1. Divide hair into three sections, horizontally.
  2. Start with section closest to your neck. Clip all other sections up and out of the way.
  3. Pull bottom section into a halfway through ponytail, leaving out a few tendrils at your hairline.
  4. Flip the tail to the other side and repeat.
  5. Taking the small tail that’s left, wrap it around the middle section and pin into place.
  6. From underneath, pin each side of the bow in place.
  7. Repeat on other two sections, remembering to leave a few pieces out around face.
  8. Curl the last four inches of the pieces of hair left out.
  9. Mist hair with a firm hold hairspray.

Product Recommendation

Try Aveda’s Control Force Hairspray for ultimate staying power.

Face Shape and Hair Density

This style can work with any face shape or hair density.

Styling Tip

This style takes practice and patience. If you don’t get it the first time, don’t lose hope! Try just one bow and work your way up.

The middle part is a perfect way to change up your look without a trip to the hairdresser. And, with all of these gorgeous middle part hairstyles, you’re bound to find the perfect one for your face shape and hair texture!