Sorry, Gen Z: The Millennial side part is trending again

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It wasn’t that long ago that Gen Z declared the side part makes you old.

Now, it’s making a comeback.

Side parts had joined the likes of skinny jeans, no-show socks and other defining factors that declare someone a millennial — but the hairstyle seems to be resurrected, with many celebrities sporting the ‘do.

“The side part is back in a major way because it’s a chic, sexy and forgiving look that will never go out of fashion,” celebrity hairstylist Valery Joseph of Valery Joseph Salons told The Post. “It works on all face shapes and naturally delivers more volume at the root since it’s often going against the natural middle part.”

Selena Gomez wore a side part during the “Emilia Perez” Photocall at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival. Samir Hussein/WireImage
Selena Gomez wore a side part during the “Emilia Perez” Photocall at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Several A-list celebrities have been rocking a side part at big events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Emmys, Golden Globes and even Rihanna at her celebration for Fenty Beauty Soft’Lit Foundation.

Selena Gomez, Léa Seydoux, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Saldana, Victoria Justice, Jane Fonda, Kirsten Dunst and Greta Gerwig have all opted for a side part in 2024 — and Gen Z celebs seem to have taken a cue from their millennial friends.

Jane Fonda at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Jane Fonda at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Rihanna Celebrates New Product Launch For Her Fenty Beauty Brand at 7th Street Studios on April 26, 2024. Steve Granitz/FilmMagic
Rihanna Celebrates New Product Launch For Her Fenty Beauty Brand at 7th Street Studios on April 26, 2024. Steve Granitz/FilmMagic

Zendaya sported a deep side part throughout the majority of her press tour for “Challengers,” Kylie Jenner recently wore a slightly off-center part, Blackpink’s Rosé has also experimented with a deep side part — and so has the ultimate Gen Z celeb: Olivia Rodrigo, who broke away from her traditional middle part at this year’s Grammys.

“Many of my younger clients, including Gen Z-ers, are embracing the side part trend,” celebrity hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos, who works with Gigi Hadid and Dixie D’Amelio, told InStyle. “Whether the side-part backlash was exaggerated or not, it’s undeniable that it’s making a comeback.”

Hairstylist Tom Smith told Who What Wear that he predicts the side part will be a big summer hair trend — and the parts will continue “moving further and further to the side.”

Olivia Rodrigo attends the 66th GRAMMY Awards. Lionel Hahn/Getty Images
Olivia Rodrigo attends the 66th GRAMMY Awards. Lionel Hahn/Getty Images
Zendaya promoting “Challengers” at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2024. VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images
Zendaya promoting “Challengers” at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2024. VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images

“For summer, they are super flipped-over from the outside edge of the head and can be worn on almost any length of hair,” he said.

Gen Z seems to have an affinity for bringing back millennial style trends, such as unbuttoned pants, exposed bras, no bras, jortsdresses over jeans and underwear as outerwear — and one person on TikTok claimed that “2024 is like 2014” which means side parts can come back.

“Am I crazy for thinking it looks good?” the user questioned on a video with 420,900 likes.

Zoe Saldana attends the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2024. Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Kering
Zoe Saldana attends the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2024. Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Kering

If you’re worried about looking like your middle school self with a side part, Giannetos advised that “adding texture with beach waves or opting for a sleek, polished look.”

“I always recommend playing with accessories like statement clips or bows for an extra touch of flair,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with different angles and depths for a personalized, fresh feel.”

Some people might even find that the side part works better for their face — or their confidence.

“[The side-parting is] great for those who prefer one side of their face to the other, or who have finer hair and want to create the illusion of thickness,” Smith said.

But Joseph told The Post the side part also comes with a functional aspect — perfect for summer when the temperatures rise.

“To keep it fresh, I often tell clients to flip their parts from one side to another throughout the day as this will reset the volume,” Joseph said. “Also, for summer, a side part is a no brainer as it often lends itself to a less formal look, but regardless of the season, the side part is here to stay.”