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When it comes to medium-length hairstyles for men, you might feel a bit stuck. Just like being a middle child, sometimes having medium-length hair is a challenge. Falling somewhere in between can seem like a total nuisance, especially in regards to hair styling. 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 for a longer men’s hairstyle or a shorter haircut, you just need to pick one of the many styles and cuts that work on lengths that fall somewhere in the middle. Strike a happy medium with these nine medium men’s haircuts and hairstyles for men with medium-length hair. (Pro tip: Hairstyles aren’t really reserved for certain ages these days, so these all work perfectly as boy haircuts, too!)
As 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 a bit of length on top. With summer around the corner, this style is also just right for beating the heat while also holding onto your medium-length hair. Smooth and shape what’s left on top using a hair pomade or paste, like the L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty.
If you’re a no-fuss kind of guy, consider opting for long layers. Lengthy layers don’t require a longer men's hairstyle—they just refer to adding multiple layers that are only slightly different in length. Layers can help add volume and body to any medium-length men’s haircut and don’t require constant touch-ups. Use a bit of texturizer to mess up your style, working the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Thickening Medium Hold Cream Paste through your strands for a messy, piecey effect.
While fades were originally worn by men with shorter hair, they work with medium-length hair, 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. To do so, use the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel to sculpt and 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. To style, spray damp hair with the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist, then twist pieces to create waves and obtain that perfectly imperfect 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 a bit more 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 upward and backward for a sleek style. For this cut, style as follows: After combing hair into the right position, lock in place with a strong hold hair spray, 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, shampoo and condition with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Smoothing Shampoo and the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner. Next, slick still-wet strands back with a comb, and add in 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 thin 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.
If you haven’t heard of the quiff haircut, you’ve probably already seen it on some of your favorite athletes and musicians. A modern take on the pompadour, a quiff haircut is a tapered cut with extra, messy length on top. Requiring slightly less volume than the pompadour, a quiff haircut is perfect for guys looking for a low-maintenance—yet still totally on trend—hairstyle. To style this cut, use a light-hold hair gel or cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Flexible Strong Hold Cream.
For a timeless and handsome haircut, you can never go wrong with a classic brushed-back hairstyle. When you picture a suited-up gentleman, perhaps from eras past, it’s likely this haircut that they’re sporting. It involves leaving plenty of length on both the top and sides of the head and brushing it back for a cool, sleek look. To style, apply a lightweight hair mousse onto damp hair, then comb until smoothed back completely.
Change your mind and want to go shorter for summer? Here are The Best Short Haircuts and Hairstyles for Men.
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