A man getting a side part haircut with a Wahl clipper.

How to Cut your Hair to have a Side Part

The classic Side Part is cut clean on the sides with a longer bang, usually styled back. Wear it neat and tight or relaxed and side swept. It’s perfect for every occasion.

What you will need:

  • Wahl clipper
  • Wahl trimmer
  • #3 (3/8") guide comb attachment
  • #4 (1/2") guide comb attachment

How to Do a Side Part Haircut Step-by-Step

  • 1

    Dampen your hair with the spray bottle. Comb your hair to part in the direction it naturally falls.

  • 2

    Select an attachment guard for your Wahl clipper that will give you a nice clean look around the back and sides, such as a #3 (3/8") or #4 (1/2"). Note that the hair on the sides and back of the head will stay shorter than the hair on top of the head.

  • 3

    Start cutting in front of the ear and work around the head clipping in an upward motion. Then using a longer attachment guard cut the next few inches up. Using an upward rocking motion, blend in between the bottom and middle section. Note: do not clip the hair above the part.

  • 4

    Use the clipper-over-finger technique to cut the hair on the top of the head (section 4) to desired length. Cut the bangs last. Use your clipper with a longer attachment guard to blend the rim of the head into the top of the head (sections 3 and 4).

  • 5
  • 6

    Comb bangs at the part to style back to one side. You can use styling products to style, too. 


    Infographic showing the sections of the head for cutting your own hair.

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