Over the last few years medium length hairstyles have been phased out for the most part, with short fades and longer styles being the haircuts of choice for many men.
But this won't be the case forever as medium length haircuts are some of the most timeless and versatile haircuts for men that can be worn for any occasion, smart or casual.
From quiffs to windswept to pushed back styles, here's the best haircuts for men with medium length hair and how to get them.
The Best Haircuts For Men With Medium Length Hair
The loose quiff is a timeless medium length hairstyle that can be worn for any occasion. Take the sides short and leave plenty of length through the top, leaving more length through the fringe area, and getting shorter towards the crown. Use a blow dryer to get volume through the quiff and then finish with a tiny bit of matte hair product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay. You want the hair to be loose and reworkable throughout the day for the ultimate loose quiff hairstyle.
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A lot of medium length hairstyles will be worn pushed back or to the side, but if you want something worn down then the messy fringe, as famously worn by Tommy Shelby, could be for you. Get your barber to add texture throughout the hair for something that looks a lot messier and less structured; just like the gents below.
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Long On Top Short Back And Sides
A very popular medium length haircut over recent years has been leaving length on top with an ultra short back and sides. This is a great look for gents that don't want to commit to anything too long all over. Get your barber to add texture throughout the hair for a messier look, and pair the longer top with a fade or taper on the back and sides.
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The side part can be worn with almost any hairstyle on the list and is a flattering style for most men. Make sure to wear the side part at your natural part line, this will help you with styling at home. This can be worn natural or slicked, it will just depend on how you like the hair to look.
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The ultimate medium length look is the windswept hairstyle. Grow your hair to a similar length as below and then get your barber to add texture throughout the hair, that will give the hair a messier, windswept look. Style with a salt spray on damp hair for a textured beach look that wouldn't look out of place on a surfboard on the Gold Coast.
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The classic slick back will never go out of fashion and can be worn by most men. This is a great medium length hairstyle for those that want their hair held in place all day and want more shine to the hair. Use a medium to high shine pomade and a round brush to get the slicked look.
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The natural looking version of the slick back haircut. Use a blow dryer to blow the hair back into shape when damp and then style with a matte paste to give the hair a medium to high hold but with a natural, matte looking finish. You don't want the hair to be stiff and want to be able to run your hands through your hair throughout the day.
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The expert level version of the push back styles, the blown back is the medium length hairstyle for men that are feeling very confident with the blow dryer. This style will require very little styling product and all of the work will be done when pre-styling with the blow dryer to give an ultra natural look to the hair.
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Similar to the swept back hairstyles that have come before, but, the combover is worn over to the side instead of straight back. This is an especially great medium length hairstyle for gents whose hair is too heavy or thick to be worn straight back. Keep the front of the hair longer and have the hair taken shorter towards the crown. This will give the front of the hair something to side back on when worn over to the side.
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The undercut is a haircut that was at the top of its game in 2016 with haircuts like the Brad Pitt Fury cut being popular especially when paired with a long beard, but it seemed to disappear for a while as high & tight fades came back in. However, they are back with softer less harsh shapes and a more natural finish on top. Go for a soft low or mid fade on the back & sides and don't go as harsh as say a Peaky Blinders style undercut for a smart casual look that can be worn in the office or on the beach on holiday.
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The style of the Rockabilly era, the classic pompadour is worn with a slicked clean look. You can ask your barber to add a taper or fade on the back and sides for a modern version of a classic cut. Style with a medium to high pomade and a round brush.
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The modern pompadour is worn a lot less structured and messier than the pompadour of old. This medium length haircut will be all about achieving volume with the blow dryer. We'd recommend using a pre styler like a salt spray and a matte styling product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay.
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Advice For Growing Medium Length Hair
When growing out medium length hair from shorter hairstyles most of us will go through the dreaded "awkward phase", where we often decide that we can't go any further with it, especially if we have a big occasion coming up. But just because you're growing your hair out, it doesn't mean that you can't go to visit your barber.
The longer you can survive the better, as it'll give you more to play with, but don't worry if the awkward phase has got the better of you. As soon as you start to think about cutting it, go visit your barber and get them to add shape and texture to the hair. Show them a picture of the end goal so that they know what you're trying to achieve and get an in between cut that makes you happy enough to keep growing.
Often the hair looks untidy because we're growing out from a shorter style, where perhaps there are different lengths in the hair or the edges have grown too much. At this stage you need to now get a medium length hairstyle and not just a short hairstyle that has grown to a medium length.
Who Does Medium Length Hair Suit?
Medium length hair works great for gents with anything from fine hair with a lot of it, to thick hair. We wouldn't advise a medium length hairstyle if you have thinning hair as this can make the hair look thinner. And those with ultra thick hair may also struggle to get any shape into the hair and it could just look like a hat, but for most gents, with fine to thick hair, medium length hair will be easily achievable and look great.
Medium length hair will likely take a little longer to style than your shorter or longer hairstyle as it's a little more precise, but with a bit of time your hair will look great!
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Products You'll Need For Styling Medium Length Hair
At the very least, you'll need to invest in a blow dryer and a hairbrush. These two products will be your regular go to's for medium length hair.
For most of the styles on this list you will also want a matte hair product like the Regal Gentleman Matte Clay to give a natural, textured finish to the hair. Then we'd also advise to invest in a salt spray as a pre-styler for texture and volume and a hairspray for added hold if you want to really commit to your new medium length hairstyle.