Hairstyle | The Shaved-In Part

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I’d be super remiss if I didn’t open with a nod to the smooth R&B stars of the early ’90s, who I believe pioneered the idea of shaving a semi-permanent part into your hair. My wife, the hairstylist, learned of the revamped technique from a men’s product rep a few weeks back and made me her test subject—cutting my regular kit and then shaving in a thin line where I normally part my hair.

The results have been most enjoyable, as one of the worst parts of having a semi-fancy men’s cut is locating your part on a consistent basis and combing it in straight. This shaved-in deal makes the part basically fall into place when you slick back your wet hair.

The drawback is that the shaved hair grows back quickly, so you need to get the line touched up every couple of weeks. The steady-of-hand might be able to do this himself, but really, it’s your prerogative.

Cut and styling by Nicole Foster

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  • Bob

    In the UK we say “parting” rather than “part”, which means something slightly different. I have no problem finding mine.

  • Mamato Marcello

    I had this first time when was in Mykonos a few years back. Now in Malaysia, hairstylist refuse to do this. They said “looks weird”, but I insist anyway.

  • Matt Strickland

    I’m not sure of the origin of the shaved in part, but I remember seeing them in Nick Knight’s book on skinheads…

  • Leo Leo Leo

    I get this done now, on 3 occasions or so I would do it myself, I screwed it up the 3rd time you can guess.

  • Vanessa

    Nice article. Grace Jones actually pioneered the cut and fade and Rnb guys took it from there. Such a shame that so few will know this. I am a female who’s been cutting a side parting and shave into my hair for awhile now having NO IDEA that this was a huge trend in the media for non-black guys. Now that I’m aware it’s slightly embarrassing. Especially as I grew up in that era and took and continue to take my inspiration from it. And NOT from some trivial western fashion outlets which tends to convert everything into the used and superficial. UGH. The story continues. Moving on. Next.

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  • BoogaBoo

    Did she use a straight razor to shave the part?