The Classic Side Part Haircut

The men’s classic side part haircut is one of the most common and popular haircuts throughout the history of barbering. This is a conservative hairstyle that can be worn by any age group. It works great with a suit and tie in a professional atmosphere. However, in recent years it has become a trendy haircut that you see a lot in main stream media. Most notably, this hairstyle was worn by Justin Timberlake for his performance at the Grammy Awards Show.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Understand the concept of square layers
  • Understand how to leave weight in the corners
  • Understand how to cut the crown correctly
  • Demonstrate the scissor over fingers technique
  • Demonstrate the scissor over comb technique
  • Demonstrate the clipper over comb technique
  • Demonstrate styling the hair cut
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
  1. Cut the top section using the scissor over fingers technique starting with the center section.
  2. Pull the bangs straight up to ninety degrees and create your center guide.
  3. Take small sections working your way toward the crown using your first cut as a traveling guide. This way you will always see your previous guide in your fingers.
  4. For your last section over direct the hair away from the crown to allow for the back to be slightly longer. This way the crown will not be cut too short.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the left side of your center guide. You many need to take two sections to the left depending on how long the hair is.
  6. Carefully trim the bangs without making a straight line across the forehead.
  7. Cut the round of the head section using the scissor over fingers technique.
  8. Start in the back and create a center guide. Locate the top length and use that as your guide for the first cut.
  9.  Work your way to the right temple area using small sections. You will have two guides to follow. The top length and your traveling guide from the first cut. Make sure to angle your fingers slightly inward following the contour of the head to create graduation.
  10. When you get to the temple area over direct the hair to your traveling guide just in front of the ear. This will leave the hair slightly longer in the front.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the left side.
  12. Cut the sides and back section. Start in the back using the previous cut from the round of the head as your guide. Make your first cut to create the traveling guide.
  13. Cut to the right temple are using small sections. When you get to the temple area over direct the hair to your traveling guide just in front of the ear. This will leave the hair slightly longer in the front.
  14. Repeat step 13 to the left side.
  15. Start the semi-finish section just below the right temple using the scissor over comb technique. Hold your large large comb parallel to the side of the head and blend to your previous guide from the sides and back section.
  16. Work your way around the head to the left temple. Just focus on cutting one panel at a time. Do not cut across the comb.
  17. Continue on with the semi-finish section using the clipper over comb technique with a finishing comb and adjustable clipper. Repeat step 17 blending to your previous guide from the scissor over comb.
  18. Taper out the hairline on the back of the neck with the adjustable clipper and the blade on skin technique.
  19. Use a scooping motion with the blade in the open position just below the hairline.
  20. Repeat step 19 with the blade in the halfway open position and again with the blade in the closed position.
  21. Complete the finish with the trimmers. Line off the sideburns by making a line and shaving up to it in an upward motion.
  22. Make a diagonal line behind the ears on the neck without cutting in to the hairline.
  23. Use an upward shaving motion to clean up any hair on the back of the neck.
  24. Texturize the round of the head and sides and back section with the thinning scissor over comb and technique. Start in the back section keeping your comb parallel to the head and work your way up to the crown using blending to but not into the top guide.
  25. Work your way to the right temple and then to the left temple.
  26. Style the haircut. Dampen the hair and finger the hair so that it falls into its natural growth pattern. Rub a firm gel through the hair right down to the roots. Comb the hair into place.
REVIEW QUESTIONS
  1. In which section should you begin the haircut?
  2. What men’s haircutting technique is best used for layering longer hair?
  3. What type of guide will you use for this haircut?
  4. What shape haircut is The Classic Side Part?
  5. Which men’s haircutting technique(s) are used for the semi-finish section of the haircut?
  6. Which cutting tool is used to texturize the hair before styling?
  7. What styling product is best used to style this haircut for the wet look?
AUTHOR’S COMMENTARY

Most importantly this is a square shaped hairstyle. It is imperative that when you are cutting the top to keep your fingers parallel to the floor. Likewise, when you are cutting the sides and back it is equally important to keep your fingers parallel to the side of the head. This will create the necessary weight in the corners so the hair can be styled correctly.

Make sure when cutting the semi-finish section to leave enough weight above the ears and the hairline. This haircut does not require a deep or tight taper. It will throw off the look of the haircut. It is important that you cut a full but natural hairline to match the haircut.

 

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