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Just like being a middle child, sometimes having medium-length hair is a challenge. Falling somewhere in between can seem like a total nuisance. After all, your hair isn’t short enough to not style it at all, but it isn’t long enough for the trending top knots and man buns. Instead of opting to grow your hair out or go short, you just need to pick one of the many styles and cuts that work on lengths that fall in the middle. Strike a happy medium with these seven hairstyles for men with medium-length hair.
One of the most popular styles men are sporting today, the undercut is a hit for a reason. With longer strands on top and short sides, this cut suits almost anyone. Ask a barber to keep your hair trimmed on the sides but leave you with length on top. With summer around the corner, this style is also just right for beating the heat, while holding onto your medium-length hair. Smooth and shape what’s left on top using a paste or a putty, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper-Fix Putty.
If you’re a no-fuss kind of guy, consider opting for long layers. Lengthy layers don’t require having long hair—they just refer to adding multiple layers that are only slightly different in length. Layers can help add volume and body to any haircut and don’t require constant touch-ups. Use a touch of texturizer to mess up your style. Work the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Out of Bed Texturizer through strands for a messy, piecey effect.
While fades were originally worn by men with shorter hair, they work with medium lengths, too. With a fade, your hair gradually shifts from one length to another. Depending on your preferences, you can have your fade go down to barely-there hair or maintain a bit of length. While you can play with styling the longer pieces in different ways, spiking them is an edgy option. Use the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel to sculpt the spikes and help hold your style.
Tousled tresses look completely effortless and require almost as little work as they appear to. Give your length a tiny trim to get rid of dead ends and start using a volumizing hair care system. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner. Spray damp hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray and twist pieces to create waves and obtain that (un)dressed look.
The pompadour was actually named after, and first worn by, a woman. It wasn’t until the ‘50s that men took over the style. Don’t worry—the modern take on the style is decidedly masculine. It involves shaving the sides and back of the hair extremely short, while the rest of the hair is left longer. Hair on top is swept both upwards and backwards for a sleek style. After combing hair into the right position, lock in place with a strong hold hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. This style is particularly flattering on men with round or wide faces, as the cut adds height to distract from rounded cheeks.
Keep medium-length locks from being deemed messy or shaggy by styling in a simple, professional manner. For straight hair that isn’t too unruly, cleanse and condition with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Conditioner. Slick still-wet strands back with a comb, adding a gel for hold. Try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel for flexible control without stiffness or build-up.
While you might be inclined to stick with what you know and avoid haircuts that are anything but even, there’s no reason to fear asymmetrical styles. Leaving your hair longer on one side can be the perfect technique for adding volume and height to even the limpest-looking hair. Give natural curls an asymmetrical cut to create envy-inducing body. Then shape and condition your new style using the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream Gel.