If you have medium length hair, there is a vast range of styling options to transform your look. Whether you’re a fan of the charming bro flow, a suave slicked back or a stylish pompadour, each day presents the opportunity to try something new. Additionally, with a whole world of talented barbers out there, the addition of a fade or undercut can redefine and update your look. Below, we reveal the best hairstyles and haircuts for men with medium length hair.
Medium Length Hairstyles
For men looking to sweep admirers off their feet, the windswept, charming bro flow is guaranteed to win hearts. This easy to maintain, effortlessly cool hairstyle is perfect for medium length locks that are in the process of growing out. If you’re in that typically awkward in-between stage of long and short hair, the bro flow will ensure you are looking your best.
Long live the king (of rock and roll). If you’re looking for a classic way to style medium length hair, take a leaf out of Elvis’ books with a stylish, sculptural pompadour. To achieve this look, blow-dry your hair upwards creating height, volume, and shape. For best results, combine your pompadour with a big dose of confidence, because this is one look that is guaranteed to turn heads.
If your a man who loves to look polished, stylish and confident, then a quiff is for you. With the help of some styling gel, brush that hair up to create volume before curving it back in a defined wave. If you’re after something a little bolder, simply amp up the height of your quiff.
Nicknamed the blowout, this casual hairstyle requires you to recreate the effect of the wind. With a hairdryer, blow your hair upwards to create volume and height. Next, take some pomade and work it through your hair to create texture. Finish with a little hairspray and voila. A windswept look that won’t move an inch on windy days.
The suave and sophisticated slick back has the power to instantly elevate any man’s appearance. While this hairstyle may be worn at any time of day, it is particularly charming in the evening. To get the look, apply a generous amount of gel or mousse to your hair. Then use a fine-toothed comb to pull the hair back until it is smooth and sleek.
Despite what the name suggests, there’s nothing difficult about a hard part hairstyle. Additionally, although it may be simple to achieve with the help of your trusty barber, this edgy style will instantly update your appearance. Adding definition and detail to your hair, this look allows you to emphasize a variety of styles such as the pompadour, quiff, or combover. By realigning the hair’s natural parting, the hard part requires creating a distinct new part. Generally, this will be positioned on one side of the head, above the temple. The hair below this part is then trimmed close to the scalp, leaving the hair on top at medium length and ready for styling.
A favorite of men young and old, there are multiple reasons as to why the side-swept comb over is always a winner when it comes to medium length hair. Firstly, the name says it all. This style is charmingly casual and easy to achieve, as all that is required is a comb. This is used to create a parting on one side of your head, and then to comb your hair across and “over” to the other. Sometimes a little styling gel may be added, but really, its all about the simplicity of this look. If stress or time has left you with thinning hair, the comb over is an instant way to recreate fullness.
For that ‘I woke up like this’ bedroom look, a simple tousled is your go-to hairstyle. Effortless in its appearance, this look is youthful, charming and fun. While some men’s hair falls this way naturally, for most, a little styling product will help you achieve this laidback look. Simply grab a small amount of pomade and work it through your hair. From there, let it fall as it wishes and enjoy your carefree hairstyle.
If you truly want to test that upper arm strength you’ve been working on at the gym, it’s time to start braiding. Guaranteed to get those muscles going, this hairstyle requires a bit of time and patience as you work to weave your locks into cool, intricate man braids. Once you’ve mastered this skill, we guarantee you won’t look back. Whether you go for a relaxed style with a single braid and a man bun, or for something more detailed, the styling options are endless. Perfect for the summer months, not only will this look have heads turning your way at the beach, but it will keep those pesky locks out of your eyes as you catch a wave or simply relax in the sun.
Medium Length Haircuts
In recent years, we have seen a distinct re-emergence of the undercut as one of the most popular haircuts for men. Featuring mid-length to long hair on the top and a closely-shaved head across the sides and back, this style is similar to the Mohawk in its basic form. The great thing about this look is that it may be transformed daily, or hourly if you so choose, into a range of other looks. Upstyle it into a quiff or pompadour for a night on the town or slick it back for a meeting in the boardroom. Essentially, all that’s required to make the most out of this confident cut is some styling experimentation.
With the ability to instantly add sophistication to any look, the stylish low fade is a popular choice for men. By keeping the fade low beneath the midway line of the head, this leaves plenty of hair up top to be experimented with. Whether you’re loving the blowout, braids or wavey hairstyle this season, the incorporation of a low fade will give your look that subtle edge.
Match your mid-length hair with a trendy mid fade this season for a stylish, unique look. Taking your fade to that midway line between the tops of the ears and the temples, this style offers the ultimate in versatility. Like your general appearance, this mid fade can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Whether you’re seeking to elevate your style with a quiff or pompadour, the mid fade is the perfect haircut to try.
For a crisp new cut to accompany your medium length hair, we recommend trying out a high fade. Whether you’re currently rocking curls or straight locks, the addition of a high fade will invite a unique, new depth to your favorite hairstyles. Slightly confused by all this talk of high, mid and low fades? Essentially, the difference between the three is the point on the scalp at which the ‘fade’ begins. For a high fade, this close shave across the sides and back of the head will reach up above the invisible midway line between your temples and the tops of your ears. There is also the option to shave the hair below this point completely to the skin for a ‘high bald fade’, or taper the look gradually down towards the ears in a ‘high taper fade‘.
In contrast to other, traditional fades which feature a sharp line across the scalp at the low, mid, or high point, the drop fade presents a distinctly different look. This cut features a smooth, rounded fade that reaches a high point in front of the ears, before gradually curving down towards the back of the head. As a result, this unique cut is the perfect partner for mid-length hair, as it will add a point of interest and character to your look. From there, your hair may be styled in any of the season’s most popular hairstyles.
For a laidback, youthful cut for your mid-length hair, why not try a fringe. Keeping the hair long and swept across the face, this charming style is simple to achieve and easy to maintain. Not only that, but it also provides a range of styling options if you want to get those locks off your face.
If you’re a punk at heart but your 9-5 requires you to keep that inner edge within, a stylish faux hawk may present the best of both worlds. For your day job keep your hair brushed down into a modest style. By night, grab your hair styling products and aim for the sky.
Revive the chaos and confidence of the 1970’s punk rock scene with a statement Mohawk this season. For best results, wait until your hair has length before shaving those sides and styling the remaining hair on top into your mohawk. Once you’ve passed these preliminary stages, you’re all set to start experimenting with the vast possibilities of this rockstar cut. Whether you go for the classic spikes or a more subtle rolling wave is ultimately up to you.
For many men, the words ‘bowl cut‘ will bring memories flooding back to early primary school years. As a result, this style is not the first thing that comes to mind when deciding how to cut mid-length hair. However, bare with us. As 90’s fashion makes it comeback across the street style scene and the catwalks, so too is the infamous bowl cut. Flashing forward to the 21st century, the sleek, modern reinterpretations of this cut are eye-catching in the best possible way. Whether you go for a more disheveled look, or for a solid, heavy fringe, there are a number of ways to reinvent this cut to make it work for you.
Take a trip down memory lane to the golden era of hip-hop with a stylish high top haircut. If you weren’t around to see this style at its prime in the 80’s and late 90’s, however, don’t worry. The recent resurgence in popularity of the high top has involved a modern reinvention of the classic style. As a result, this sleek cut is a winner for any men seeking to make a statement. To achieve this look, it is best to keep your hair shorter on the sides of the head, and mid-length on the top. This will allow you to create the signature ‘high top’ of hair after which the cut is named.
Medium Length Haircut Maintenance Tips
The shape of your face determines what type of medium-length haircut will look best on you, as well as how you should style and maintain it. For example, guys with round faces should generally opt for medium cuts that are longer on top and short at the sides, such as the quiff, blowout, or pompadour. Square faces could try a side-parted medium cut or a bro flow hairstyle – shorter at the front and longer at the back – to balance the face’s proportions. Many medium haircuts are also paired with a fade, so make sure you schedule regular trips to the barber to maintain yours.
Your age should always play a part in the decision to cut or grow out your hair. In your twenties, don’t be afraid to try more daring and experimental medium-length cuts and styles. As you get older, choose more understated and professional medium-length cuts with a dignified vibe.
Texture and Volume
Your hair’s texture and volume are as important as your face shape in determining the type of medium-length haircut you should get. For example, if your hair is thin, you may look better with a shorter, spikier style than a bro flow, which suits thick hair best. In general, medium length hairstyles look best on hair with a little texture and more volume, maximized with the right styling products.
Because medium-length hairstyles show off more of your hair, you need to take care of your locks, washing, and styling more frequently than you would short hairstyles like a buzz cut. As a rule of thumb, wash and condition your hair every two to three days. This should keep your hair in good condition and keep it from looking greasy without stripping it of its natural oils. However, your hair care routine also depends on whether your hair is Afro-textured, curly, straight, or wavy, so consult your barber for recommendations and advice specific to your needs.
Growing your hair isn’t as simple as waiting for it to get longer. Many lifestyle factors – such as diet, exercise, and smoking – can impact how long and thick your hair grows. Keep your weight at a healthy level, avoid smoking, and ensure you get enough hair-building vitamins such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium through food or supplements.
There are a couple of essential products when it comes to styling medium hair. In addition to shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type – Afro-textured, curly, straight, or wavy – you’ll also need a hair dryer, electric clippers, and a styling comb. Next, take your pick of wax, gel, clay, or pomade, depending on your desired finish.
What is medium lenght hair?
A medium-length hairstyle can be defined as anything between 2 and 4 inches (5 and 10 cm) long. Your barber will help you decide on the best hairstyle for your face shape once you grow the length out.
How do you style medium length hair?
Ultimately, all that's required to style medium length hair is a mirror, some styling gel, and a bit of practice. However, if you're looking to nail looks such as the pompadour, and faux hawk, a bit more styling will be involved.
How often should you shampoo medium lengh hair?
Shampoo no more than once or twice a week to keep your hair healthy and retain that natural shine.
How often should you cut medium lengh hair?
Trim your hair monthly to eliminate split ends. This will keep the hair healthy and stimulate hair growth.
How to keep medium lengh hair looking healthy?
Nourish your hair with argan oil to keep it shiny, smooth and soft. This miracle oil can also prevent dandruff, which can be a common issue for men with medium length hair.
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