Not quite a buzzcut; not quite flowing, shoulder-length locks; medium-length hair can be defined as anything between 2 and 4 inches long, straight or curly, short at the sides and tousled on top or an all-round, unfussy full head of hair.
Thanks to the likes of Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Hemsworth and a smattering of other celebrities, or the champions of the medium-length ‘do’ as it should be known, having a somewhere-in-between hair cut has never been more popular.
As a result, medium-length hair compadres need not look far for inspiration on how to style their hair.
Gone are the days of rolling out of bed and aggressively scratching your buzzed scalp, strolling out the door and getting on with your day. And medium-length hair guys unfortunately do not have the luxury of the ‘I’m not making an effort, I don’t even care’ man bun sported by the long-haired men of our generation.
Instead, medium-length hair gives you the best of both short and long hair. It can be low maintenance, but also there is plenty of room to experiment with many style options that you can change up depending on the occasion.
Check out our tips below on the best ways for men to style their medium-length hair:
- Go for the tousled, wild look
Want everyone to think that you spent absolutely no time perfecting your unkempt hair?
Well the tousled look is the one for you.
Think Robert Pattinson or Kit Harrington. You can create this unassuming look by applying a small amount of hair gel to your fingers and then haphazardly combing them through your hair. Create a ruffling motion to cause disarray with your locks, and finally part your hair to however it naturally sits.
It takes a lot of effort to make it look like you made no effort at all.
- Go for a simple look with a blow dry and brush
For those striving for a simpler look, grab your hairdryer and use on your head, keeping it at a distance of about 2-3 inches (styling doesn’t mean you have to scald your scalp). Whilst blow drying, make sure you’re working that air into the roots, moving through your hair in sections until you’ve covered it all.
Once it’s dried, use a brush to part your hair and tuck it behind your ears for a simple, preppy look.
- Go sleek and old school stylish with a pompadour
Think Elvis or John Travolta in Grease; the coolest hairstyle of the fifties that, let’s face it, has never really gone out of style.
To achieve this iconic look, give yourself a side parting and apply a small amount of hair gel to the hair on top of your head, distributing it as evenly as possible. Once that’s done, brush your hair back and upwards to give it that famous height.
- Go for a comb-over
This works best for those with short sides but why not give it a go regardless – it might work out.
Use hair gel or wax and work it into your hair, once again distributing it evenly. After that, use a comb to part your hair to one side and ensure that it is combed down and flat on your head.
This style generally works best for guys with the short sides, giving a fresh, smart finish.