Putting an End to the “Middle Part vs. Side Part” Debate

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TikTok, a.k.a Gen Z’s virtual residence, is where trends are now born and spun into virality. Ironically, TikTok is also where trends are declared dead. Recently, TikTok teens claimed that you are “old”, “uncool”, and worst of all, “out of touch” if you still do any of the following: wear skinny jeans, part your hair to the side, or use the laughing-crying emoji.

The declaration naturally sparked a huge “side part vs. middle part” debate online, with both cohorts arguing their side. As for us, while we agree with Gen Z on ditching the uber-uncomfortable skinny jeans, we’re not quite sure how we feel about moving chunks of hair from one side of our head to another simply to fit within the “cool” club. Which got us wondering: Can a hair part really make all that difference?

Sure, trends come and go and an older generation’s aesthetic, more often than not, might seem “stale” to a younger audience. Haven’t we all been there? But somehow, the “side part vs. middle part” debate doesn’t seem to hold a lot of ground, as hair partings can be easily switched up depending on the hairstyle that you opt for. In fact, some hairstyles might even require you to sport the now-dead side part. This rings especially true for celebrities who are constantly switching gears with their look. Upon doing some digging, we discovered celebrities – including Gen Z celebrities like Zendaya and Hailey Beiber – have, in fact, shown off both the middle part and (surprise, surprise) the “uncool” side part on multiple occasions.

As the “side part vs. middle part” debate heats up, we take a look at celebrities who have worn both — and looked equally “cool” nonetheless. Scroll down to put the argument to rest.

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