30 Flattering Ways To Style A Middle Part

There's no getting bored with these symmetrical styles.

Middle Part Hairstyles
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Sick and tired of the same old hairstyle? You can easily update any length or cut with just a subtle change, such as switching where you part your hair. A middle part is classic for a reason. It's universally flattering and able to be styled in many different ways. Plus, there's something so effortlessly fashionable about a straight-down-the-center part, no matter if you're working with pin-straight strands or voluminous curls.

If you're feeling humdrum about your current look, consider trying out one of these middle part hairstyles. We rounded up 30 ways to style middle part hair to get you started, from fabulously fresh cuts to the best ways to accessorize.

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Waved Chin Bob

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.

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Retro Curly Pony

Curly Pony

Play with your texture by smoothing down a low pony and fluffing up those curly ends.

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No-Hassle Headband

Tie Headband

Dabble in the world of retro accessories with a printed silk scarf headband. Plus, it's great for second-day hair.

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Rounded Bob

Flipped Bob

Another attention-grabbing bob option: this rounded, chin-hugging cut accentuated with a simple middle part and subtle babylights.

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Micro Bob

Middle Part Hairstyles

Short hair and bangs make a middle part more exciting than ever. Ask for piecey fringe and a cheekbone-grazing length.

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Topsy-Tail Braid

Topsy Tail Braid

Headbands are back, baby. Accessorize a topsy-turvy braid with a trendy new pick, and you're set with a quick fix.

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Tendril Topknot


If you're styling second-day hair (or third-day hair), reach for the dry shampoo and sweep up your locks into a sassy topknot.

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Face-Framing Fringe

Face-Framing Fringe

It's a staple for a reason. This tame take on a shag haircut is just the thing to get you out of a hair rut.

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Relaxed Low Ponytail

Low Ponytail

Keep your ponytail sweet and low, making sure to pull out wispies to frame the face.

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Stacked Bob

Jourdan Dunn with a stacked bob

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When all else fails, add some texture to instantly give a boost of style to any length, but especially on a short bob.

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Curtained Low Ponytail

Middle Part Hairstyles

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.

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Curly Bangs

Choppy Curly Bob

When in doubt, a little fringe goes a long way, and a middle part provides the perfectly symmetrical canvas upon which to put them.

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Curtain Bangs

Curtain Bangs

Bardot bangs can add tons of personality to any length, but they do require a middle part to achieve that super curtained, balanced look.

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Festive Crown Braid

Crown Braid

Frame your face (and middle part!) with a dreamy crown braid. It's the perfect party look.

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70s Feathered Hair

Middle Part Hairstyles

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.

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Free-Styling Barrettes

Chunky Barrettes

Running late? It takes about three seconds to slide these trendy clips into your hair. You'll instantly look like you made an effort.

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Layered Mid-Length

Layered Mid-Length

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.

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Knotted Pony

Knotted Pony

Kick up your ponytail game with a few intentional knots.

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Layered Curls

Layered Curls


Face-framing layers are super flattering on a middle part, especially when paired with short curly layers.

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Clipped-Back Curls

Big Shoulder-Grazing Curls

Use barrettes to create a unique style by clipping back your curls on each side of a middle part.

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Flippy Angles

Face-Framing Length

For the gals who love something short, simple, but still stylish, a slightly angled bob offers all of the above. Use your straightener or curling iron to flip out the ends when styling.

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Curly Shag

Curly Shag

It doesn't get any more personality-packed than a shag haircut, which is typically styled with a middle part.

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Space Buns

Boho Buns

Get creative with braids or buns on a middle part, and you're ready to take on any event.

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Curly Lob

Volume Curls

Layering is the key to volume-packed curls, and a middle part allows for making the most of natural texture.

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Breezy Long Layers

Middle Part Hairstyles

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.

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Quick Half-Up


A bun cuff instantly makes any look more stylish. Start with your fingers at your temples and draw them up into a half-topknot.

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Shaggy Lob

New Shag

Looking for an update to your usual middle-parted look? Add wispy bangs to any length, and you'll feel instantly refreshed.

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Scrunchie Topper

Scrunchie Bun

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.

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Long Bangs

Long Curly Shag
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Texture doesn't need the added volume of a side part, so let the curls stand out with a middle part and long, wispy bangs.

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Double Buns

Double Buns

Double the buns, double the fun. A middle part makes sure that both of your low buns are equal in size.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know where my middle part should be?

    Using the pointed end of a comb, trace from your nose up to your hairline. Drag the end through the hair to part your hair in the middle of your face. If you don't have a comb, use a pencil or pen—but be careful not to draw on yourself!

  • How do I know if a middle part or side part is most flattering for me?

    There's no rule that says you can't try both and decide over time which you prefer. If you're looking to make the change to a middle part, part your hair when it is still wet rather than when it is dry to see a more accurate example. Additionally, for those who deal with cowlicks, it's best to work with them, not against them.

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