Every day, it feels like Gen-Zers have another thing that makes Millennials feel old. Now? It’s side parts and their lack of coolness.
If you look back at photos from yourself from the late 90s to the early 200s, chances are a sweeping side fringe or a pouf (or both) made appearances in hairstyles that defined your teens.
Even the way you part your hair now will be a marker of your age, say teens on TikTok, who now say side parts are not only categorically un-cool, they apparently make you look old.
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It doesn’t matter what shape your face is; round, oval, heart, or square, if you’re wearing a side-part, you’re an oldie.
“Prove me wrong, but I don’t think there is a single person who looks better with a side part than they do a middle part,” TikToker @Lady-Gleep declared.
She then asked her followers to do just that, by asking them to participate in the #MiddlePartChallenge to prove “the middle part is far more supreme”.
Turns out, there are lots of people still on team side part.
Historically, side parts and middle parts have had their heyday in beauty. Icons like Marylin Monroe and Ginger Rogers loved side parts, while people like Joan Jett and Donna Summer were partial to the middle part.
But a realisation that certainly comes with age is that trends aren’t for everyone and are pretty shallow rules to dictate your life with.