30 Pretty Middle Part Hairstyles That Come Gen Z-Approved

It's a middle part world—we're just living in it.

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If you’re on TikTok, you’ve probably seen teenagers and young adults who are not only styling their hair into middle parts, but also judging the millennials who remain dedicated to the side part. We already know that fashion, like history, is destined to repeat itself—I mean, come on, even Dunkaroos are back!—and my fellow Gen Z have made it official: The middle part hairstyle has made its triumphant return.

Old trends that become new again bring up a lot of nostalgia and feelings, but they also spark rivalries between generations. Specifically, Gen Z versus millennials, with Gen Z arguing that, with respect, the middle part is supreme to the side part. Now I am not biased at all, it’s not like I spent high school with a permanent middle part trying to “train” my hair to fall into a side part, but I digress. As a Gen Z/Millennial cusp, I see the beauty in both the middle and side part—but as celebrities continue to hit the red carpet with the perfectly straight part and designers send their models down the runway with their hair also in this illustrious style, it’s easy to see why Gen Z is calling for the middle part supremacy. Scroll on for your middle part lookbook.

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1 Zoe Kravitz's Micro Braids Top Knot
us actress zoe kravitz arrives for the 2021 met gala at the metropolitan museum of art on september 13, 2021 in new york   this years met gala has a distinctively youthful imprint, hosted by singer billie eilish, actor timothee chalamet, poet amanda gorman and tennis star naomi osaka, none of them older than 25 the 2021 theme is in america a lexicon of fashion photo by angela weiss  afp photo by angela weissafp via getty images
ANGELA WEISS

We already know and love Zoe's hair in braids, but she took it one step further with this seamless braided topknot at the 2021 Met Gala.

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2 Beyoncé's Brushed Out Ends
los angeles, california   march 14 beyoncé accepts the best rap performance award for savage onstage during the 63rd annual grammy awards at los angeles convention center on march 14, 2021 in los angeles, california photo by kevin wintergetty images for the recording academy
Kevin Winter

If the middle part is good enough for Beyoncé, it's good enough for me.

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3 Barbie Ferreira's Jeweled Part
new york, new york   september 13 barbie ferreira attends the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion at metropolitan museum of art on september 13, 2021 in new york city photo by arturo holmesmg21getty images
Arturo Holmes/MG21

Barbie understood the assignment. Where to even begin? The stunning light auburn hair that is carefully pulled back with loose ringlets framing her face? The pearl pieces pointing out the much-beloved middle part? Hairstylist Malcolm Marques outdid himself in this "gotta-recreate" hair look, using amika products.

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4 Normani's Long Ponytail
los angeles, california   december 12 normani arrives at the 2019 billboard women in music  at hollywood palladium on december 12, 2019 in los angeles, california photo by steve granitzwireimage
Steve Granitz

Even back in 2019, the middle part was a statement-maker. Normani shows us that all you need to set a tone is a good long ponytail.

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5 Kerry Washington's Senegalese Twists
hollywood, california   december 11 kerry washington attends the hollywood reporters annual women in entertainment breakfast gala at milk studios on december 11, 2019 in hollywood, california photo by rodin eckenrothgetty images
Rodin Eckenroth

Middle part and twists? Yes please! These twists on Kerry Washington are a statement on their own with the metal charms added throughout the style. Besides, who doesn't love a good protective style?

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6 Billie Eilish's Famous Green Roots
los angeles, california   november 02  billie eilish attends the 2019 lacma 2019 art  film gala presented by gucci on november 02, 2019 in los angeles, california photo by frazer harrisongetty images
Frazer HarrisonGetty Images

I know, Billie is blonde now and I'm Happier Than Ever, but nothing can top the lime green roots that were her signature hair look for quite a while. This look from the Grammys may have been a wig, but the green middle part flowing into deep black strands is every e-girl's dream.

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7 Dove Camerons's Long Waves
new york, new york   september 12 dove cameron attends the 2021 mtv video music awards at barclays center on september 12, 2021 in the brooklyn borough of new york city photo by jeff kravitzmtv vmas 2021getty images for mtvviacomcbs
Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021

She might not have invented being blonde, but she sure knows how to perfect it. Emmy-winning actress Dove Cameron opted for a more mature blonde, ditching the platinum for this gorgeous wavy pale ash shade.

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8 Jessica Alba's Studded Headband
culver city, california   november 09 jessica alba attends the 2019 baby2baby gala presented by paul mitchell at 3labs on november 09, 2019 in culver city, california photo by axellebauer griffinfilmmagic
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

Do you wear headbands because they make you feel like royalty (hint hint: Blair Waldorf) or are you more low-key? Jessica Alba upped her look with this detailed accessory that raises the glam for any middle part hairstyle.

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9 Kesha's Powderpuff Pink Dreams
inglewood, ca   december 01  singer kesha arrives at 1027 kiis fms jingle ball 2017 at the forum on december 1, 2017 in inglewood, california  photo by amanda edwardswireimage
Amanda Edwards

This is your sign to dye your hair. Kesha would approve, don't worry!

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10 Victor Glemaud's Quarter Twists
new york, new york   september 12 a model walks the runway for victor glemaud during nyfw the shows on september 12, 2021 in new york city photo by shannon finneygetty images
Shannon Finney

If this model's twists reminds you of how your mom would do your hair as a kid, plastic ball hair ties included, then take this as your chance to post the most epic throwback.

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11 Katie Holmes' Bed Head Lob
new york, new york   september 07 katie holmes attends front row for the christian siriano ss2022 fashion show at gotham hall on september 07, 2021 in new york city photo by jamie mccarthygetty images for christian siriano
Jamie McCarthy

Okay, so Katie Holmes definitely doesn't look like she just rolled out of bed, but her messy waves are finessed to make it look like she did—in the best way possible.

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12 Olivia Rodrigo's Pulled-Back Sleek
new york, new york   september 13 olivia rodrigo attends the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion at metropolitan museum of art on september 13, 2021 in new york city photo by arturo holmesmg21getty images
Arturo Holmes/MG21

The Gen Z Queen herself was all elegance at the 2021 Met Gala. Her hair was pulled completely back in a spiky bun, making her face the star of the show.

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13 Bella Poarch's Double Ponytail
new york, new york   september 12 bella poarch attends the 2021 mtv video music awards at barclays center on september 12, 2021 in the brooklyn borough of new york city photo by axellebauer griffinfilmmagic
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

We've already established that we're bringing back trends from when we were younger, so why not pigtails too? This grown-up version has become Bella Poarch's signature look and is glammed up with rhinestone hairpieces.

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14 Jennie Kim's Full-On Shine
beijing, china   december 10 singer jennie kim of south korean girl group blackpink attends gentle monster x nudake event on december 10, 2019 in beijing, china photo by vcgvcg via getty images
VCG

I've truly never seen shinier hair. If you're in need of some shine, try the Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Oil, designed to repair your hair while adding a non-greasy sheen.

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15 Camila Mendes' Framed Strands
beverly hills, california   february 09 camila mendes attends the 2020 vanity fair oscar party hosted by radhika jones at wallis annenberg center for the performing arts on february 09, 2020 in beverly hills, california photo by john shearergetty images
John Shearer

Another example of using front strands to frame the face while embracing an updo. A simple style that escalates to badass professional with the flick of a comb.

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16 Amandla Stenberg's Fishtail Part
toronto, ontario   september 09 amandla stenberg attends the world premiere of dear evan hansen presented by universal pictures at the opening night of the toronto international film festival on september 09, 2021 in toronto, ontario photo by ryan emberleygetty images for universal pictures
Ryan Emberley

Long braid? Check. Blonde bombshell? Check. Sleek middle part? Check. The gang's all here, thanks Amandla!

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17 Anna Sui's Half-Up
new york, new york   september 11 a model walks the runway at the anna sui spring summer 2022 fashion show during nyfw the shows at indochine on september 11, 2021 in new york city photo by randy brookewireimage
Randy Brooke

Another runway look, seen at the Spring 2022 Anna Sui show. This is the half-up style to end them all. First, peep the two-piece strands framing the model's face. Second. the long, loose curls/waves make for a perfect everyday look.

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18 Janet Mock's Hollywood Waves
new york, new york   april 29 janet mock attends the fxs pose season 3 new york premiere at jazz at lincoln center on april 29, 2021 in new york city photo by jamie mccarthygetty images
Jamie McCarthy

Janet Mock can do no wrong, especially with this subtle waved hair that doesn't lose body anywhere—because, yes, your hair can be straight but not flat.

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19 Gigi Hadid at Altuzarra
new york, new york   september 12 gigi hadid walks the runway during the altuzarra ready to wear springsummer 2022 fashion show as part of the new york fashion week on september 12, 2021 in new york city nphoto by victor virgilegamma rapho via getty images
Victor VIRGILE

It's a middle part (and braided front pieces) world and we're just living in it! This look on Gigi Hadid from the Spring 2022 Altuzarra is very boho, and I'm obsessed.

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20 Lizzo's Glitz and Clips
los angeles, california   march 14 lizzo attends the 63rd annual grammy awards at los angeles convention center on march 14, 2021 in los angeles, california photo by kevin mazurgetty images for the recording academy
Kevin Mazur

Never one to be outshone, Lizzo looked gorgeous at the 2021 Grammys with her sparkly side-swept hair. The large barrette clips prove that accessories belong in the hair.

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21 Rihanna's Curly Part
hollywood, california   november 14 rihanna attends afi fest 2019 presented by audi – queen  slim premiere at tcl chinese theatre on november 14, 2019 in hollywood, california photo by frazer harrisongetty images
Frazer Harrison

This was my go-to look in high school, so that must mean that Rihanna and I are both trendsetters.

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22 Megan Fox's Wet Strands
new york, new york   september 12 megan fox attends the 2021 mtv video music awards at barclays center on september 12, 2021 in the brooklyn borough of new york city photo by taylor hillfilmmagic
Taylor Hill

Sorry not sorry, but nothing beats a good wet hair look. These tight waves cascading around Megan Fox were created by stylist Andrew Fitzsimons, who used "a lot of @livingproofinc and especially No Frizz Vanishing Oil."

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23 Moschino's Beaded Fantasy
moschino spring 2022, model wearing yellow beads in hair
Marco Ovando

Try to resist the urge to shake your head really fast, or don't—just don't blame me if you hurt yourself.

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24 Kelly Rowland's Coily Part
los angeles, ca   july 14  recording artist kelly rowland attends the we tvs la hair premiere party at avalon hollywood on july 14, 2015 in los angeles, california  photo by allen berezovskyfilmmagic
Allen Berezovsky

The bigger the hair the better—what more needs to be said? For curls that are soft, but not flat, try the Camille Rose Fresh Curl Revitalizing Hair Smoother.

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25 Doja Cat's Icy Platinum
new york, new york   september 12 doja cat speaks onstage during the 2021 mtv video music awards at barclays center on september 12, 2021 in the brooklyn borough of new york city photo by kevin mazurmtv vmas 2021getty images for mtvviacomcbs
Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021

As host of the 2021 VMAs, Doja Cat pulled out all the stops and looks. Also, if this gives you inspo to bleach your hair, try a wig first. (The middle part must stay though.)

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26 Zendaya's Finger Waves With Length
venice, italy   september 03, 2021 zendaya arrives on the red carpet for dune during the 78th venice international film festival in venice, italy photo credit should read p lehmanbarcroft media via getty images
Barcroft Media

Zendaya can do no wrong. Her gelled-down hair is taken to another decade with the finger waves stealing the scene in the front.

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27 Nicola Coughlan's Blunt Bob
london, england   june 06   nicola coughlan arrives at the virgin media british academy television awards 2021 at television centre on june 6, 2021 in london, england photo by david m benettdave benettgetty images
David M. Benett

This very short blonde bob fits Nicola Coughlan so well, not even Lady Bridgerton can gossip about it.

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28 Lorde's Solar Power
los angeles   august 23 the late late show with james corden airing monday, august 23, 2021, with guests lorde and jason momoa photo by terence patrickcbs via getty images
CBS Photo Archive

When Lorde blessed us by releasing her highly anticipated third album, she also came back into the public eye—giving us ample looks, like the beachy hair here.

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29 Ilana Glazer's Slicked Front Curls
us actress ilana glazer attends the premiere of false positive during the 2021 tribeca festival on june 17, 2021 in new york city photo by angela weiss  afp photo by angela weissafp via getty images
ANGELA WEISS

Ilana Glazer is glowing here, and not just because she was pregnant when this was taken. Her hair is kept behind her shoulders in a cascade of curls, while the front of her hair is slicked down.

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30 Kim Petra's Wrapped In Blue
new york, new york   september 07 kim petras attends front row for the christian siriano ss2022 fashion show at gotham hall on september 07, 2021 in new york city photo by jamie mccarthygetty images for christian siriano
Jamie McCarthy

As seen in the front row at the Spring 2022 Christian Siriano show, electropop queen Kim Petra kept to an icy blue palette for her eye makeup and hair.

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