This Is The Hard Part

The hard part is one of those hair terms that, if you know it, you probably love it. At its core, a hard part is essentially a part that is shaved into the hair. It’s a little more extreme than the sharply defined side part that has been running rampant all over men’s magazines lately. And, by its very nature, requires a bit more commitment.

Since this technique requires a certain level of skill and steadiness of hand, definitely don’t try this one at home. A hard part is best left to a clipper-savvy, knowledgeable professional that can help determine whether your desired style is a good fit for a hard part. Typically, they pair well with undercuts, fades, and combed-over styles.


L.A. Mike, from Ben Mollin Hair Education in Griffith, Indiana, takes his hard parts very, very seriously. He starts with soaking wet hair and uses a comb to define the part perfectly before starting in with the clippers. He likes to finish his clients’ off with a straight razor-to make sure the lines are as clean as possible and also extend the life of the hard part.

This leads us to the one drawback to the hard part: they are a bit high maintenance. Depending on the width of the part, outgrowth can be very noticeable. Which means you’re going to need to see your stylist or barber a lot more often.

Now that we’ve filled you in on the basics, deciding on how you can best incorporate this style into your current look is really the hardest part.

Did you take the hard part plunge? Take a photo and share it with us on Instagram @industriebeauty and tag us in your caption!

Photo Credit: Wesley Reder

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