I had been interested in trying out a ’90s middle part for quite some time. You know the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees Alvin Kamara signatures shirt and I love this kind I’m talking about: the floppy, center-parted style that Nick Carter used to wear during the height of the Backstreet Boys. Lately, the retro style has been having a serious comeback. On the recent menswear runways, models at Celine and Paul Smith walked out rocking the center part. It’s a look that’s been creeping its way back into pop culture, too. Boy bands such as BTS have been known to embrace the look, not to mention fellow stars such as Kris Wu and Timothée Chalamet. On TikTok, even the e-boys like Chase Hudson (otherwise known as Lil Huddy), are wearing their hair like that, too.
Suddenly, the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees Alvin Kamara signatures shirt and I love this clean, side-parted, faded style I had been wearing for years now seemed tired. I hadn’t tried a new hairstyle since I had emo-style bangs in high school, and I thought, If the era of social-distancing isn’t the time to experiment, when is? So, I simply middle-parted my mane and got to work, trimming the ends at both sides in a semi-angular shape (I’m not an expert, but that much I know to do). I then cleaned up the back and sides of my hair with clippers and, voila, I was ready to join a boy band. I immediately sent photos to my friends for their opinions. One said it was reminiscent of Josh Hartnett, in a good way. Another friend said I was channeling Jonathan Taylor Thomas. It seemed my new style was conjuring up images of retro hunks—no bad thing, in my books.