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Column: Join the side part vs. middle part debate

Friday, February 26, 2021
Graphic by Nicolette Baker

Another day, another fashion hack from TikTok teens.

The newest revelation? Middle parts in hair are totally in, and side parts should be left in the 2000s. Itís the latest in a feud between Gen-Z and Millenials on the video sharing app.

Ahem, move over skinny jeans and laughing emojis. Youíre both on thin ice, too.

As an older Gen-Zer, Iíve been on both sides of the side part versus middle part debate. Iíll fill you in on both, pals!

In high school, Iíd never be spotted without a deep side part. Itís just part of the 2016 experience! This look works really well if you want to add movement or visual interest to your hair ó especially if you have layers. Itís a bit more fun than a middle part and goes seriously glam when you add some curls.

Now? I love, love, love middle parts. Iíve had the center part since my freshman year of college, and itís what I feel most confident in! I canít explain it ó something about a crisp, clean center part brings a modern look to a hairstyle.

When I was younger, middle parts were soooo uncool. Thatís the whole nature of the trend cycle, baby! Trends will always be recycled in a new, fun way. Trust the process, and lean into this trend.

No, seriously: for those who doubt the power of a middle part, try it for yourself! It works especially well if you have longer bangs or face-framing layers, so the fringe hits perfectly at your cheekbones! Plus, itís easier to incorporate hair accessories ó such as barrettes or butterfly clips ó when youíre working with a symmetrical canvas.

Bottom line: I love middle parts, and Iíll let everyone try it out themselves. The TikTok teens might be onto something. Do you agree? Tweet me at @nbakerARROW.