24 Hard Part Haircut Ideas for Your Next Inspiration

Men's hard part haircuts

The hard part haircut is when a line is shaved in the scalp to create a contrasting division between the sides and the top of the hair. It’s also referred to as a shaved part, hard line, shaved part line or line in. It’s a classic men’s haircut that has made a comeback. This look results in an edgy contrast that puts more attention and definition to any kind of styling including undercuts, combovers, pomps, fades, and even the man bun which makes hard part haircuts extremely popular.

A fresh and precise hard part can express a refined stylish statement and give any hairstyle a modern twist! The thickness of the line can be customized depending on your hair type and preferred style. Regular maintenance is needed to keep it exceptional at all times.

Add more character to any style when you try one of these popular variations of a hard part haircut.

Low Fade Side Part

A men's haircut with a low fade and side part
Instagram @ali_bar.ber

Working a cut like this requires patience, creativity, and a whole bottle of hairspray.

Hard Part Haircut with Temp Fade

hard part haircut
Instagram @cj_thebarber96

Try out this clean-cut, styled sleek to create that fresh and formal look.

Hard Part Pompadour Cut for Thick Hair

pompadour cut hard part thick hair
Instagram @abu_barber

Eye catching heights complemented with an edgy faded style makes it perfect for anyone trying to get everyone’s attention. With thick hair, how to style a hard part haircut becomes important as to not take away from other features. Going high is a definite option.

Disconnected Undercut Hard Part

Disconnected Undercut Hard Part
Instagram @nando.quaranta_barber

A crisp line can create stark contrast between your skin and funky long top! It allows for so much versatility in styling.

Hipster Hard Part Haircut with Beard

Hipster Hard Part Haircut with Beard
Instagram @nurii_b

Everything on this look is absolutely on point – strong angles, clean sides, hot top. Way to embody coolness!

Hard Part Skin Fade

Hard Part Skin Fade
Instagram @lucas_kemper_hair

Own this awesomely neat look when you pair a bald fade plus a sleek parting! Definitely a style for a casual and business event.

Long Hair on Top Short Side Part

Long Hair on Top Short Side Part
Instagram @look.dw

A fun way to freshen up your look – those neatly shaved sides offer a real sharp distinction for your textured lengthy mane that allows you to style it anyway you desire.

Short Hair with Double Hard Part

Short Hair with Double Hard Part
Instagram @a.floreshair

Get some extreme duo action when you own this really cool style. Do it with two lines on the same part of the head or on opposite sides.

Low Bald Fade with Hard Part

Low Bald Fade with Hard Part
Instagram @erikberto_diaztorres

This is the ideal option for men who likes to have the best of both his work and party lifestyle. It’s very neat and sleek yet contemporary.

Low Bald Fade Razor Part

Low Bald Fade Razor Part
Instagram @big_rudy_da_barber

A highly stylish look that will definitely make you the center of attention – this hard part effectively provides a direct contrast between the side and top mane.

Hard Part Hairstyle High Fade

Hard Part Hairstyle High Fade
Instagram @devan_thebarber92

If you’re the type of guy who desires a more polished look, a comb over like this is best for you. Make it more exciting by parting it from the side to create a visible line and contrast.

Short Hair Crew Cut

Hard Part Short Hair Crew Cut
Instagram @leh_0liveira

A cropped length with a neatly done surgical line creates a sharp contrast for a more interesting look. This fresh cut particularly features a low fade.

Mid Skin Fade with Side Hair Part

Mid Skin Fade with Side Hair Part
Instagram @rippers_yanagawa

Fading the hair starting from the middle section puts all the focus on the top mane and makes it effortless to wear any type of cut.

Military Buzz Cut Hard Part

Q&A with style creator, Milena Lazareva
Hairstylist @ Hair Tattoo in Strogino, MSK

How would you describe this look?

This one is a pretty simple haircut, but you can cut the part in different directions depending on the vision. What I like the most about this look, though it’s still a plain and simple one in general, is that it really attracts attention due to the part as a decorative element. This eye-catching detail can also help to emphasize the dignity or to hide the flaws of the head shape if there are any features.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take care of your scalp regardless of whether you’re considering a look like this or not. All your skin flaws are especially noticeable when you have something cut on your head, so give it a think.

It may seem strange that there are actually a lot of styling options for this haircut. I usually tend to use wax or gal, especially when preparing a client for an event. Decides which product to use according to the effect that you want to reach: glossy, matte, or whatever. For haircuts like this one, styling really makes a difference.

It doesn’t matter what type of hair you have, but this haircut is most suitable for thick dark hair.

Since this haircut takes the shape of the head (as I mentioned earlier, any flaws can be fixed with the right choice of the part direction), the face shape is not that important. Although, it is definitely perfect for those who part their hair sideways.

Looks like this are suitable for a confident person who isn’t dependent on the opinion of others. Speaking of lifestyle, you’ll look cool with this haircut especially if you do some sports or, maybe, some creative activities. This is more of a state of soul than a job thing, actually. Just make sure you match the dress code if you are supposed to.

Slicked Back Hard Line Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Dani Ernst
Master Colorist & Hairstylist @ Beauty Tribe Salon in Parker, CO


How would you describe this look?

This is a disconnected pompadour haircut with a hard part. We cut the back and sides like an undercut with the pompadour as a separate cut. My client gets tons of blonde highlights throughout his length and recently we started adding some subtle copper toned lowlights. The best thing about this cut is the hard part. It can literally change the entire look in 3 seconds. I feel it adds a lot of character to the haircut and gives it more fun and personality.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A product is a must. With his hair, we use a mousse when the hair is damp. We use an oversized round brush to help with volume and then we use a mixture of a texturizing paste to piece it out and a dry texture sprays for some grit to keep the volume. Then we finish it off with some strong hold hairspray so it won’t move.

This is not a low maintenance hairstyle, and easily 30 minutes and half a dozen products are needed to have and keep it looking good. Due to that, I recommend this look only if the client has the time and dedication to style it daily. This is also a haircut for men that have a lot of and/or thick hair for styling purposes. This haircut is definitely growing in popularity and no specific body/face type is not suited for it.

High Taper Fade Shaved Part

High Taper Fade Shaved Part
Instagram @garycorry11

Q&A with style creator, Gary Corry
Barber @ Seventh Seal in Dorset, England


How would you describe this look?

The look I went for is a classic 40’s/50’s hair cut with a modern twist. It’s a bold skin fade with a hard part. I kept the fade mid to low so I could drag the fade out and enhanced the faded look, keeping the scissor over comb blending fairly giving definition to the hard part. I used a cut throat razor for the parting to give maximum style and definition.

The best thing about the hair cut is that it’s a modern cut based on a very classic one. The cut gives the client a sense of nostalgia and freshness. I’m offered a lot of creative freedom.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Having the right face shape is important to the cut as I think it complements an oval face shape best. The hair type itself is also important. The best hair that works is straight heavy hair. You can get the same look with finer hair but, for me, heavier hair works best.

One of the most important things to keep and maintain the look is a good hair product. Personally, I use Uppercut Deluxe. It gives shine and the hold is strong. To get the shape for the style, I like to blow dry the hair to get volume and height ready to style, using hot and cool heat with the hair dryer. Fluctuating the temperature with the mold of the style helps maintain the look throughout the day. Using a vent or round brush while blow drying will give the best results.

Faux Hawk with Classic Taper Hard Part Line

Faux Hawk with Classic Taper Hard Part Line
Instagram @esebigtrimmer

Q&A with style creator, Anthony Jaime
Barber @ Private Studio in Victorville, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a very popular haircut, as most of my clients go with this look. I like this haircut because whether you work in an office or you’re going to a party, this haircut is suitable for any occasion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I believe this haircut goes with any face shape, and as for styling products, it really depends on the specific person. You can go with a shiny hard holding gel or with a dry paste look and give it some volume.

High Taper Fade Long Straight Line Part

Q&A with style creator, Mo
Master Barber @ Design Cuts Barbershop in Gainesville, FL


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is called a bald fade combover with hard part. The best thing about this hairstyle is how many options you have in styling the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Get used to using a blow dryer. Products are good, like pomade or wax, but the blow dryer will give the hair its initial direction. Products will give you a longer lasting hold, especially for the pompadour hairstyle. This will give you an extra sophisticated look on top of being stylish and having a good fade. It’s the ultimate classic hairstyle.

Brushed Back Undercut

Brushed Back Undercut
Instagram @stirlingstacey

Q&A with style creator, Stacey Stirling-Brown
Senior Hairstylist @ Salon Vibe in Saskatoon, SK


How would you describe this look?

This is a great cut for the modern man! Tapered sides and back give a nice clean look while the top has length and style possibilities! You can achieve a pompadour, quiff, slick back, or side sweep look.

This guest has curly hair, and I love that we can get a great ‘S’ shape to set the look apart and give a little personal style!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering hard part haircuts like this I would recommend getting a paddle brush and blow dryer with a stronghold paste. These will be the best tools for success! If you want an all-day hold from office to evening, I would suggest drying in a stronghold gel using your brush to lift the hair for volume. Then finish the look off with a matte paste.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed look I would sweep to the side with a medium hold paste. If you have a longer face keep the volume to a minimum.

This is such a fun look! Play up the hard part for a little more edge!

Mid Fade with Hard Part

Q&A with style creator, Oscar Gonzalez
Barber / Manager @ Ocarney’s Barbershop in Maui, HI


How would you describe this look?

This look is classic, timeless, and traditional. This will never go out of style! It’s been around forever! The coolest thing about is the versatility of style that you get with this cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Depending if you’re low or high maintenance, I will or will not cut the hard part in. It all depends on the lifestyle or ease of styling. For example, I wouldn’t give a construction worker the part if he’s got a hat on all day unless he wants it. You always give what the client wants.

Second, if someone has a rounder face I’ll go for a little more volume up top. If my client is a surfer boy I’d use a dry clay type of product like Suavecito (Firme Clay or Matte) for that effortless messy look, still keeping the cut stylish. If he’s a businessman I’ll recommend a product like Suavecito (Original) for a slick and sharp look.

High Bald Fade with Hard Line Part

High Bald Fade with Hard Line Part
Instagram @detroit_dzikus

Q&A with style creator, Aaron Kieltyka
Student Barber in Detroit, MI


How would you describe this look?

This look is a bit of a classic combover/pompadour with a mid to high bald fade hybrid. His head shape and hair pattern lead to a higher than normal part on the side. Believe it or not – his hair naturally parted there. I like the clean easy to comb style that it is. A little bit of water based pomade for a more glossy look or some clay for a more natural windblown look works great.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would tell them to go for it. Sometimes it is just nice to try something different. I mean, it is just hair and it’s going to grow back. I would advise them to make sure that they don’t mind doing a bit of styling every day when they wash their hair (blowdry, product, combing, etc.). If they don’t mind taking 5-10 minutes every day, do it!

High Skin Fade with Hard Part Comb Over

Q&A with style creator, Aaron Tamayo
Barber @ The Ave Barbershop in Redondo Beach, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a modern haircut with a straight razor hard part finish! It’s a high fade with a lineup. This haircut is one of my favorites to do because of the sharpness, symmetry, and cleanliness. The hard part adds that extra crisp to top off this style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The cool thing about a hard part haircut is that you don’t necessarily need to go down to a zero on the sides to get it. The hard part is a nice detail on a haircut when the top of the hair is rather long enough to style. I used a combination of the Layrite super hold and a little Layrite cement just to add extra hold.

Little Boy with Hard Part Fade

Little Boy with Hard Part Fade
Instagram @hairrockerbet

Q&A with style creator, Bet Vannoy
Stylist / Colorist @ Salon Front and Center in Berea, OH


How would you describe this look?

This undercut with a hard part is edgy and business at the same time. It’s a great statement look for that fashionable rebel and looks ah-mazing paired with a suit. The thing that I love most about this look, and undercuts in general, is their versatility in styling. Slick it back or pump up the volume with a cool pompadour.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Keep in mind it is a high maintenance look. To stay sharp, I would recommend at the very least keeping up with the cut every 3-4 weeks. Styling clay or creme will be your best friend for a natural or matte finish. For that slick and glossy rocker-do, use a high shine, high hold gel.

Curly Hair with Hard Side Part

Curly Hair with Hard Side Part
Instagram @jojo.larae

Q&A with style creator, Jovanna Hamilton
Cosmetologist / Barber @ JoJoLarae Studio in Orlando, FL


How would you describe this look?

This cut would be a curly skin fade. The greatest part about this cut is the razor work. With his hair being so dark, it makes everything look clean and sharp.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is good for anyone whose hair can be manipulated with product easily or with enough length to move to the side. Most people would use pomade or paste for these styles but if you have curly hair, a gel, curl cream, or leave in conditioner (which was used in this picture) would be perfect for curls and easy to style for men.

This cut can be good for any type of man who isn’t afraid to try something fun and edgy. Corporate or not, this cut is timeless and clean. It just depends on how you style it.

Mid Bald Fade Razor Line Part

A haircut for guys with a mid-bald fade and a razor line part
Instagram @mr_barber91

Great for men with thin hair, this emphasizes hair up top while creating contrast with skin fade and hard surgical part.