23 Pretty Ways To Style a Middle Part—For Whenever You're In a Hair Rut
We’ve all been there: sick and tired of the same old hairstyle we've been wearing for months, if not years. However, before you call up your stylist for an emergency visit, think twice about immediately going for those baby bangs. There’s no need to jump off the proverbial hair-cutting cliff, especially if you’re not so sure what you want. “Just something new,” is what we often really want, and you don't necessarily have to do anything drastic to get there. For all of the indecisive, uninspired, or just plain scaredy-cat salon goers out there, we’ve got a compromise that doesn’t require a single snip: You can refresh your locks instantly by simply changing your part. Maybe it's time to explore a middle part.
There’s something so effortlessly stylish about a straight-down-the-center part, no matter if you’re working with pin-straight strands or voluminous curls. Previously the hottest look of the 1970s, it gives off instant “cool girl” attitude and frames the face in a most flattering way. So if you’re feeling humdrum about your current ‘do, consider switching things up with one of these middle part hairstyles. We rounded up 23 fun new ways to style middle part hair to get you started, from fabulously fresh cuts to the best ways to accessorize.
Waved Chin Bob
Make a middle part pop even more with a crisp cut featuring sharp, blunt ends. One of our favorite lengths is a bob that hits just below the chin.
Dabble in the world of retro accessories with a printed silk scarf headband. It feels like a modern Rosie the Riveter.
Retro Curly Pony
Play with your texture by smoothing down a low pony and fluffing up those curly ends. It's the day-to-night look every girl needs.
Another attention-grabbing bob option: this rounded, chin-hugging cut accentuated with a simple middle part and subtle babylights.
Headbands are back, baby. Accessorize a topsy-turvy braid with a trendy new pick, and you're set with a quick fix. Find a tutorial here.
It's a classic for a reason. This tame take on a shag haircut is just the thing to get you out of a hair rut.
Relaxed Low Ponytail
Keep your ponytail sweet and low, making sure to pull out wispies to frame the face.
If you're styling second-day hair (or, let's be honest, third-day hair), reach for the dry shampoo and sweep up your locks into a sassy topknot.
Short hair and bangs make a middle part more exciting than ever. Ask for piecey fringe and a cheekbone-grazing length.
Curtained Low Ponytail
Talk about a show-stopping look that dresses up a simple middle-part hairstyle for any occasion. Add a thin ribbon around the base of the ponytail for extra flair.
Bardot bangs can add tons of personality to any length, but they do require a middle part to achieve that super curtained, balanced look.
Festive Crown Braid
Frame your face (and middle part!) with a dreamy crown braid. It's the perfect party look. Find a tutorial here.
70s Feathered Hair
Farrah Fawcett would approve of this remake of her signature hairstyle. It can be achieved by asking for plenty of layering throughout. For styling, put hair in curlers going away from the face and flip your head upside-down to shake them out.
Running late? It takes about three seconds to slide these trendy clips into your hair. You'll instantly look like you made an effort.
For a head full of curls, layers are a no-brainer for helping along your natural volume and bounce. From there, a middle part makes it easy to keep the body of your curls balanced and equally dispersed.
Kick up your ponytail game with a few (totally intentional) knots. Find a tutorial here.
When in doubt, a little fringe goes a long way, and a middle part provides the perfectly symmetrical canvas upon which to put them.
For the gals who love something short, simple, but still sassy, a slightly angled bob offers all of the above. Use your straightener or curling iron to flip out the ends when styling.
A middle part is a must-have for this summer-ready style. Find the tutorial here.
Breezy Long Layers
A middle part gives you the perfect opportunity to frame your face in a super flattering way, and long, airy layers are the perfect way to do that on a longer length.
Because a scrunchie makes any look a little more fun—you can throw this on to go to the grocery or wear it out on a girls' night.
Double the buns, double the fun. A middle part makes sure that both of your low buns are equal in size.
A bun cuff instantly makes any look more stylish. Start with your fingers at your temples and draw them up into a half-topknot. Voilá!