A Classic Gentleman’s Haircut: The Side Parting

The side part haircut is known to give a very timeless and classic look. The haircut style is a go-to gentleman’s cut and was particular popular from the 1920s – 1940s and again in the 1960s. It has certainly survived the test of time, but why? Well, it’s a particularly adaptable haircut. It’s nice for both casual and formal situations and also doesn’t take too much time to style. With a little effort in the morning, you’ll have a dapper cut ready to go.

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The basis of the haircut is a simple short back and sides and will suit most hair types and face shapes. When going to your barber ask for “a classic short cut on the back and sides, and for the top to be left long enough to part, but short enough to be neat and tidy”

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When it comes to styling the hair, I use a styling paste as I have very thick hair that needs a strong hold, while a matt clay will work better for thinner hair. I have found it best to apply the product while the hair is damp (not wet) after a shower and then shaping the parting with a wide tooth comb. It is important to find the natural parting of your hair as this will give you the best look and hold.

I try to stop by my barber every 3-4 weeks to keep my haircut sharp and tidy. For the past 6 months I have been going to Ruffians’ Shoreditch shop where TJ cuts my hair. I am always met with welcoming smiles and positive vibes, and every time I walk of there the result is very satisfying. That is why I can surely say that it is my favourite London barber shop so far.

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 When stopping by Ruffians last week I was wearing a grey houndstooth blazer, a blue striped silk tie, a classic white double cuff shirt, with navy corduroy trousers and a pair of tassel loafers.

– Mathias le Fèvre

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