21 Manly Men’s Medium Hairstyles You Gotta See

Hey guys, been thinking of growing your hair out? Maybe you already have long hair and you’re considering the big cut. Check out these 21 killer mid-length styles that will have heads turning!

And no, they won’t require you to spend thirty minutes in front of the mirror in the morning. Ten minutes tops is what we’re aiming for, right?

Tapered Pompadour

Q&A with style creator, Jose Tapia
Barber @ Jay Tee the Barber in Santa Rosa, CA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a tapered pompadour. It’s a nice clean look that still has some flare up top.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I used Sexy Hair Volume Gel to give it volume and form. Then I uses Pacinos Pomade to give it hold. I try to use minimal product when styling. It is all in the blow dry!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this hairstyle to people that have the time to do their hair. Otherwise, it will probably lay how your natural hair growth is and flop over. It’s an idea look for someone more conservative or someone that represents fashion.

Natural Taper Cut

Natural Taper Cut hairstyleInstagram @ismail_charm

Q&A with style creator, Ismail
Barber @ Charm Hairdressers in Rotterdam, Netherlands


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a tapered haircut and a classic, natural men’s style. My favorite thing about it is that the haircut has clean lines that are scissor cut instead of cut with clippers.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

For this haircut you only need a little bit of wax (I used Fonex), but more importanly, you need to blow dry the hair first for the perfect look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is best for straight to wavy mid-length hair. It is suitable for the modern m or business man with a square, long or diamond shaped face.

Effortless Style

Q&A with style creator, Benjamin Brady
Barber @ 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this cut on my client. I kept the back and sides scissor cut with fullness in the back and a slight disconnect that gives an exciting silhouette.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve this style, I did a smooth blow dry and a finger swipe of a light pomade on the ends for a low sheen and to maintain style throughout the day.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is ideal for an oval face shape and softer features. Thick but fine hair works best for subtle movement. It is perfect for an all over effortless look.

Contoured Texture

Contoured Texture hairstyleInstagram @tonidelgados

Q&A with style creator, Toni Delgado
Barber @ Toni Delgado Perruquer in Barcelona, Spain


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look was created starting out with clippers and finished with scissors. It has some light texturing from a razor, a stripe in the side, and a nice connection all around for the perfect fade.

My favorite thing about this look is the texture in the high zone and the harmony between shape and contours.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend a groom spray for brushing. Once dry and formed, I recommend applying a semi matte wax like Clean Cut by Paul Mitchell.

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This look is recommended for men with a round or square face. In terms of hair type, I think is perfect for docile and straight hair, but it is possible to achieve this look with other textures.

This style is ideal for all types of men, although if he is an executive man, I recommend a little less overall volume.

Disconnected Undercut

Disconnected Undercut hairstyleInstagram @zackthebarber

Q&A with style creator, Zack
Barber @ Plaza Barbershop in Worcester, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a disconnected undercut. The inspiration from this haircut came from Brad Pitt’s haircut in the movie “Fury”. The sides are disconnected to the top, and the back blends in seamlessly for a neater look.

My favorite thing about this style is that you can wear it neat as it’s shown here, or messy if you wanted more of that “Sunday morning” hair.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

The first thing I recommend for this hairstyle is a blow dryer. There is still a stigma for men to use blow dryers, but if you want that perfect, model-type hair, nine times out of ten a blow dryer is necessary. I blew dry this client’d hair to give him some volume in the front and keep the hair near in the back.

Once you have blow dried the hair, you should need very minimal product to hold it in place. At that point, it’s a question if the customer wants shine, then choose your finishing product from there. I went with a no-shine product here called Johnny B Street Creme.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?%0D%0A

I recommend this hairstyle for anyone with straight, pliable hair. The last thing any guy wants is to have to fight with his hair, and while a blow dryer will work wonders, not many men want to spend that much time in the morning doing their hair.

This style can also work for any man who is balding in the back and wants to cover it a up a little bit to take away from that thinning patch in the back. This kind of hairstyle looks best on men with thinner faces. The best part of this hairstyle is you can wear it no matter what setting you’re in business or casual.

Everyday Sleek

Everyday Sleek hairstyleInstagram @codakisahair

Q&A with style creator, Kisa Powell
Deaf Friendly Hairstylist @ Beauty For Ashes Salon and Color Bar in Homewood, AL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a classic look that is appropriate for every day of the week. It is a great hairstyle for short, fine hair. You  can go for a classic, smooth style by using a decent amount of product to slick your hair back as close as possible to your scalp. This gives off a formal vibe and is a great short haircut for fine hair, especially if you’re working with straight hair that can produce a clean and sleek finish.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Free.Hold by Kevin Murphy is a medium hold styling crème with a natural shine and a flexible hold. It is perfectly suitable for all hair types. Thick.Again stimulates hair growth, as well as thickens, strengthens and fortifies.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Focus on the overall style of your hair. If it’s curly, try and go for a cut that can work with your curls rather than involve you controlling them. If you’ve got straight hair, go for a hairstyle that works whether it’s texturized with a little product or left alone.

This look is not ideal for thinning hair because it will just accentuate the thinning.

Find a style that works for you and make it your own!

Clean Disconnect

Clean Disconnect hairstyleInstagram @mindilyn

Q&A with style creator, Mindi Chapanian
Stylist and Educator @ Aveda Richard Michael Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a trendy, disconnected men’s style that is highly versatile, depending on how the individual wants to wear it. I love the fact that it looks so clean!

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Products and styling go hand in hand. I spritzed Aveda’s Thickening Tonic on the top to add grit and texture to his fine, straight hair before blow drying up and back to create volume and manage the direction of the hair. Once it was fully dry, I finished with Aveda Men’s Grooming Clay to add a matte hold to the style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for trendy men who are willing take some extra care to style their hair. It is suitable for most face shapes and hair textures. The key is to work with your stylist to find the right length to achieve a great end result! Men with textures from straight to wavy to curly can get this look with the right amount of blow dry styling and proper products.

Modern Twist

Modern Twist hairstyleInstagram @danny_sbbarber

Q&A with style creator, Danny
Barber @ SB Barbering Academy and Smiths Barbers in Newcastle, England


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a classic look with a modern twist. It features a zero back and sides blow dried into a side pompadour, then styled slightly looser so that the client has a more natural look. My favorite aspect of this haircut is that the client can recreate this look when they leave the barber shop. Nothing about the styling is perfect. It’s cut in a way that however they blow dry/comb/style their hair, it will all flow and sit nice.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Matte pastes, fibres and root boost powders are the better options for this. However, blow drying hair is the best form of styling and a product should compliment the work you’ve put in with the dryer.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle best suits the client who wants the best of both worlds haircut that can be formal when needed but also allows the client freedom and versatility whenever they want. The best hair type for this is that of a medium thickness and limited growth patterns. A widow’s peak may distort the shape at the front, whilst a double crown may prove difficult with taming the back.

With regards to facial structure, this style will suit most people. The only feature that may sway people from having this haircut would be if they had a larger forehead. But if that really bothered you, you wouldn’t wear your hair up anyway.

Slight Skin Fade

Q&A with style creator, Patrick
Barber @ De Barbier in Netherlands


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This haircut is a classic, but with a touch of 2017. It has a little bit of a skin fade.

I love the softness about this haircut and really like the wave on top. It brings out great texture!

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend Reuzel Matte or Suavecito Matte for a clean and natural look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this look fits bests on guys with thick hair. The face can’t be too small because the skin fade will make it appear smaller.

Any lifestyle fits this haircut. If it looks good, it looks good!

Flexible Length

Flexible Length hairstyleInstagram @rinoriccio

Q&A with style creator, Rino Riccio
Barber @ Manifesto in London, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I think customers are a little bit bored with super short hair on the back and side. Maybe it was cool, but we have to think that what is cool today may not be cool tomorrow!

I like the softness of this look and that the length gives our client the freedom to play and create something different every day. This flexibility is good for people that have to be smart at work and want to be casual when they go out.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Products are very important. I always suggest my clients use products which will help them to recreate what I did in the salon. In this case, I mixed Grooming Cream and Surf Spray from Bumble and bumble.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This lool would work for a client with a square/rectangular face shape who has straight or wavy hair. People with longer faces can still have this look if they have their hair a little longer on the sides.

Again, if someone needs to look smarter for work but wants their hair to look more casual outside of work, this is the look for them.

Messy Yet Detailed

Messy Yet Detailed hairstyleInstagram @lomas_thebarber

Q&A with style creator, Victor Lomas
Owner / Barber @ The Final Cut Studio in Norwalk, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is messy on top, but very detailed on the sides and around the edges. My favorite part of this haircut is the way I tapered it and left the edges of the line up really dark so that you could really see the contrast in the fade.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Inspire Texture Paste!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to anyone with fine or course hair. This look is great for both kids and adults.

Urban Coloration

Q&A with style creator, Mauro Gouveia
Founder / Barber @ Finest Barber Studio in Lisbon, Portugal


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is an urban coloration. The fade fits well with the beard and the color. There is a nice shock contrast of color and fade in this urban style.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

For coloring, I recommend the Schwarzkopf Blonde Me line.

For styling, I recommend the Elegance Transparent Pomade Hair Wax, and for the final retuch of the hairlines, I really recommend Toppik Hair Fiber.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look doesn’t have any restrictions in regard to shape or lifestyle because we are evolving into a more liberal society. The important thing is the length of the hair and it must be in good condition.

Disconnected Quiff

Disconnected Quiff hairstyleInstagram @mattbar98

Q&A with style creator, Matty Barber
Barber @ Clockwork Barbers in Norwich, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a disconnected quiff. It’s easy to style! You can wear it many different ways, depending if you want to go for a slicked back look or a loose, more natural look as seen in this picture.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Again, you can use almost anything. If you like it slicked back with a slight hold, just use a pomade with hairspray.

Before blow drying this style into shape, I used Uppercut Featherweight, along with a little salt spray. The wax offers the medium hold with the grip to keep everything in place, but still gives it a natural look.

Once dry, you can use a streaker comb to give it some shape and then just finish it with hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle can suit anyone, so face shape doesn’t play a big factor.

The recommended hair type is wavy to straight, it just needs to be long enough to bring back. It is also helpful if there is enough weight to the hair so it will sit back nicely. You can rock this style with any lifestyle!

Free-Flowing

Q&A with style creator, William Stone
Barber @ Jones & Payne in London, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this look is how easy it is to maintain and how free-flowing it is. This is a relatively easy hairstyle for any man to have, purely because it doesn’t take a lot of work in the morning and just a small amount of hair product.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

When I created this look, I used a hair product called Creamy Paste by UNITE, which is a very light, thickening paste with a lot of hold. Sometimes I would finish this off with a light touch of hairspray like Redken Control Addict.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

There isn’t really a specific type of man that this hairstyle can be assigned too. It could range from one of the top bankers in the city to someone working in your local bakery. It is a very simple hairstyle to maintain, but also a very smart look.

Freestyle Haircut

Freestyle Haircut hairstyleInstagram @bomba170411

Q&A with style creator, Manuel Hernandez
Barber @ Lord’s Barbershop in San Antonio, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a freestyle haircut with a design on the left side. My favorite thing about this style is that it has a drop fade and it’s on curly hair.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend water and hairspray to achieve this kind of look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is recommended for clients with curly hair and a thin face shape.

Clean Drop Fade

Clean Drop Fade hairstyle Instagram @_kimthebarber_

Q&A with style creator, Kim
Barber @ Kim’s Homie Barbershop in Shanghai, China


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This classic look is a slicked back mid skin fade (Drop Fade) with beard trim. The detailed fade connect with the beard and all of the hair on top combed back let’s the gentleman look more clean and fresh.

What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend Suavecito Pomade.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The hair must be soft. If the hair is too strong, it will be very hard to comb back. An oval face shape is best, but all face shape are suitable. Most businessman will love this hairstyle.

#17 Waving Back

Written by Renee Summa

This style is great on guys with naturally wavy hair who want to wear it in a laid-back yet finished style.

men's medium wavy hairstylesPhoto Credit: PRPhotos.com

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Use a blow dryer to dry while lifting hair at the roots and directing toward the back.
  3. Finish by using a spray gel, then running fingers through hair to smooth.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Light Hold Styling Gel builds thickness and shine while providing light control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

oval, pear, square

#18 Curly Coif

Written by Renee Summa

This style lets you rock some serious curls but still keep them in check.

men's curly hairstylePhoto Credit: PRPhotos.com

How to Style:

  1. Grab a medium to high hold curl defining cream and work a quarter-sized amount through towel dried hair.
  2. It’s best to let curls dry naturally.
  3. If necessary, apply a nickel-sized amount of curl defining cream through hair after hair has completely dried.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Twin Curl is a two-phase curl cream that creates strong curl control for coarse, curly and wavy hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

oval, square, pear

Tip:

This look is worn well on round faces if you pair it with well groomed facial hair. The facial hair will create angles on a round face that are necessary to pull off this really full, curly hair.

#19 Long and Layered

Written by Renee Summa

Try this longer layered and textured haircut that is styled slightly off the face.

men's layered medium hairstylePhoto Credit: PRPhotos.com

How to Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from hair with a towel.
  2. Work a quarter to a golf ball-sized amount of styling cream through hair.
  3. Blow dry hair using a low setting. Direct hair away from your face as you dry.
  4. Finish by spraying with a little flexible hold styling spray.

Recommended Products: 

Grab some Gage for Men 3/4 Cream which adds thickness and body to hair with a strong hold and medium finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

oval, square, pear

#20 Embracing Gray

Written by Renee Summa

This deep side parted, longer crop is left longer on the top and cut closer on the sides and in the back.

men's gray hairstylesPhoto Credit: PRPhotos.com

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a quarter-sized amount of medium hold styling spray through hair.
  3. Use a comb to direct hair in a diagonal direction to the side and slightly back.
  4. Run fingers through hair in the same direction to soften the comb lines, if desired.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Grooming Spray is an excellent bulidable hold product, meaning the more you use, the higher the hold factor.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

oval, pear, square

#21 Tribal Texture

Written by Renee Summa

In this look, naturally coarse and curly hair in worn in a fauxhawk style with braids on either side.

naturally-coarse-curly-hair

How to Style:

  1. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Wring excess moisture from hair with a towel.
  3. Work a quarter-sized amount of nourishing oil through hair to reduce frizz and encourage shine.
  4. Create four or five horizontal sections along the curve of your head on each side. Braid each section to follow the curve of your head. If you aren’t too skilled in braiding, just ask a stylist! He or she would be happy to do the braiding for you.
  5. Finish by working a flexible hold styling cream though hair in the top section and at the top of each braid.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil leaves hair healthy, shiny and manageable.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

oval, pear, square

Maybe you’ve never even thought of using a blow dryer before you read about these sexy mid-length men’s hairstyles, but I’m telling you, locking in those locks with a blow dryer makes all the difference! Think of it as your power tool for style. Your hair, and your girlfriend, will thank you.