44 Best Medium Length Hairstyles for Men in 2023

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Medium length hairstyles for men are perfect for guys wanting to grow their hair out. Maybe you already have long hair and you’re considering the big cut. If so, medium length hairstyles for men are the way to go!

Check out these killer photos of medium length haircuts for men of all types! And no, this cut won’t require you to spend thirty minutes in front of the mirror in the morning. Ten minutes tops are what we’re aiming for, right?

Have you thought about using a blow dryer? Maybe you will once you see these stylish mid-length hairstyles and haircuts for men.

But I’m telling you, locking in those medium-length locks with a blow dryer makes all the difference! Think of it as your power tool for style. Your hair will thank you.

Styling Men’s Medium Hair

Just like for the ladies, medium length hair is all about versatility in styling. Plus, there are so many variations in haircuts for men with medium length hair.

Many men prefer the short tapered sides and back with a longer top for a fantastic mesh and contrast.

This can include a fade into the top or and  with lines to add more separation. are also popular for medium hairstyles for men.

If you are very daring, you can go with the faux hawk and change the length of the hair to match your personal style. The hair can be left longer on the side and back as well for men who like longer sections.

For men with medium length hair who prefer a part instead of a slick back, there are tons of options here as well. Popular haircuts for men include a middle part or deep asymmetrical side part. Bangs are also a great option for men with medium length hair. Save a picture and show your favorite men’s medium length hairstyles to your barber.

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#1: Trendy Middle-Parted Medium Hair

Trendy middle-parted medium hair is all the rage. While this look may be one of the best men’s haircuts out there, my advice is to avoid this one if you have a round face. The center part with brown grazing bangs will not be flattering on rounder face shapes.

#2: Salt and Pepper Spiky Mullet

This spiky mullet is perfect for men who want a medium-length hairstyle but still crave an edgy, cool look. It’s great on all hair types and is especially good at adding texture to thicker, denser strands. Ask for the sides to be cut shorter than the top, with longer pieces in front left slightly longer and textured. Apply a sporty styling product like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Grooming Creme to damp or dry hair. Do this from root to tip. Use your fingers to style as you wish before finishing with hairspray for extra hold. Matte clays are perfect for adding extra volume as well.

Low-Maintenance Shaggy Medium Cut for Guys
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#3: Low-Maintenance Shaggy Cut

I suggest the shaggy cut for men looking for a style requiring minimal maintenance. It’s an ideal option. This medium-length hairstyle works best on thick and wavy hair types. However, it can be tailored to fit other textures as well. It features longer lengths throughout the top with shorter layers at the sides and back. If desired, styling products such as paste or pomade can be used to create texture and definition. Plus, these products can keep flyaways under control. Tell your barber about which areas need more length or layering for balance! If you want to maintain this haircut, prebook with your barber for 6-8 weeks.

Medium-Length Slicked Back with No Fade for Guys
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#4: Slicked Back with No Fade

Slicked back with no fade is a classic look that will never go out of style. It works well on most hair types and looks great on men of all face shapes. If you want to style this medium-length look, use a high-quality pomade to keep it in place. Spend time applying the product evenly through damp hair. Then comb it back for an effortless finish. For extra hold, create a side part or add some texture with light blow-drying or a curling wand. Make sure you say exactly what you want to your barber so they can recreate the look flawlessly!

Mid-Length Choppy Cut for Men
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#5: Mid-Length Choppy Cut

For guys that prefer a bit more length, this mid-length choppy cut might suit you more. With my years of experience, this cut will have been done with all scissors using a variety of techniques such as point cutting and slicing to get a more textured finish. This style looks great with no product, but you could use something as simple as a sprinkle of styling powder before you go and ruffle it through to the ends.

#6: Manly Mullet for Thick Straight Hair

If you’re a guy looking for a longer hairstyle with some funk, you could always give a soft mullet a try! This hairstyle is trending high right now and is the perfect in between length. You can get the best of both worlds. Be aware that if you have very straight hair, you may need to use a product like a texture spray. It will add more definition.

#7: Razored Wolf Mullet

There are different cutting techniques that we can use to create different looks. This razored wolf mullet is a great example. To get the choppy finish this will have been cut with a cutting razor. We will avoid scissors. The technique lets us get a more feathered finish rather than a straight finish. It’s best to explain or show your barber a picture of this style.

#8: Modern Mullet with Bangs

A modern mullet with bangs is a good example of how a classic style can be adapted to suit the client and still stand out. The stand-out feature on a mullet is short around the ears and long at the back at the same time. The curls on this client give the style added character. Many will find that it’s easier to work with the curls rather than against them. My top picks on products would be to use a curling cream, apply it to damp hair, and let it dry naturally.

Punk-Inspired Medium Shag for Guys
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#9: Punk-Inspired Shag

Some great styles can be created with longer hair. Some like to take inspiration from music artists like this punk-inspired shag cut. This style can be seen worn by many punk, pop punk and emo bands, fans want something similar. You do not have to copy them like for like, though. There are many different variations. Be aware that cuts like this can highlight certain features and may have to be adapted to suit your face shape.

Handsome Medium Messy Curls for Men
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#10: Handsome Medium Messy Curls

Curly hair works well with longer styles too, this can be seen here with these medium messy curls for handsome men. This style has been kept shorter around the ears with more length at the back and on the top. With longer curls, be prepared to style them otherwise they can turn to frizz. A good way to achieve this look is to gently dry some hair mousse in with a diffuser. This will create the volume and control your curls.

#11: Mid-Length Shag with Bangs

Calling all men with long hair! If you’re wanting to keep your hair long but need a new style, ask your stylist for a mid-length shag. You will still get to keep a good majority of your length, but the layers will add a shape that is effortless. My advice would be to ask your stylist for styling products so you can achieve the look you want. And don’t forget to have them show you how to style it so it’s simple every time!

Fresh Mid-Length Thin Hair for Guys
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#12: Fresh Mid-Length Thin Hair

Fresh mid-length thin hair looks great with a pop of blonde. Ask your barber to toss in a few face-framing highlights to flatter your face. The key to keeping this cut and color fresh is a purple shampoo. An important thing to note: don’t overwash with the purple shampoo or your blonde may go too grey.

#13: Bold Mid-Length Mohawk

One of my favorite styles of all time is the mohawk, and this bold mid-length is no exception. This is the classic version that has been taken as short as possible and disconnected leaving a length to grow and shaped into this graduated finish. This is a very bold style that will turn heads, so you might consider this style if you want to stand out. Thankfully modern products make them easier to style, a strong pomade and lots of hairspray should be enough.

Shaggy Wolf Cut for Men
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#14: Shaggy Wolf Cut

The shaggy wolf cut is a style that was worn by 70’s rock stars. This cut works well as it highlights certain features on your face. Don’t be afraid to go for a style like this if you have longer hair as it can be used as a transition from long to short. It has been cut with heavy layers to create different lengths. You must style this every day to get this look, otherwise it can look straight and limp.

#15: Medium-Length Faux Hawk

This is a medium-length faux hawk, and it’s best to try when searching for something edgy for your black hair. A stylish faux hawk haircut such as this gives a suave finish. It may look neat on the sides, but the fun starts from the hair on top down to the nape area.

Textured and swept medium length haircut for men
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#16: Medium-Length Textured & Swept Style

Pompadour with a deep line part for men
Instagram @kylothebarber

#17: Deep Line Part Medium Hairstyle for Men

This deep line part medium hairstyle for men is a pompadour. It’s a timeless style and adding a hard part to one side of the head would make the cut even more contoured.

The medium faded sides also highlight the longer hair on top. This will give you the confidence to try any style you want.

Instagram @aleb_barber

#18: Mens Medium Disconnected Combover

This mens medium disconnected combover is also known as a mid-bald fade. The medium length chunky pieces really make it pop.

#19: Disconnected Medium Waves for Men

Disconnected medium waves are stylish medium haircuts for men. With a pattern that literally mimics the ocean waves at the beach, you’ll get theatrics for your buck!

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#20: Straight Hard Part for Medium-Length Hair

Sport a medium hairstyle with a simple mid fade. This straight hard part screams Elvis.

#21: Men’s Low Fade Side Part with Classic Tapered Sides

Q&A with style creator, Anthony Giannotti
Barber / Owner @ Victory Crown Barber Co in Sacramento, CA

How would you describe this?

That is a low fade side part with classic tapered sides and a lot of texture on the top.

What’s your best advice?

For this low fade haircut, it really comes down to hair texture. This simple cut is great for men who don’t have very coarse hair and some curl in it. The curls on top are natural but accented and held in place with Victory Crown Barber Co Matte product.

#22: Sweet Cut for Naturally Curly Medium Length Hair

Q&A with style creator, Roxy Collins
Owner / Barber @ Noble Wolf Barbers in Las Vegas, NV

How would you describe this?

This is a sweet cut for naturally curly hair. It features a taper with a natural texture on top that highlight the curls.

What’s your best advice?

When considering a curly style, start with knowing your curl type. Wavy hair can be classified as 2a, 2b, or 2c. Curly hair is 3a, 3b, or 3c, and tightly coiled or kinky hair falls within 4a, 4b, or 4c.

This will make it easier to find a style, products, and a maintenance and styling routine that works for you.

Of course, keeping the sides short makes the cut a much cleaner style overall. Tapering the sideburns allows the cool hairstyle to grow in nicer.

Natural Texture with Long Fringe
Instagram @tntstylists

#23: Natural Texture with Long Fringe on Medium Length Hair

Q&A with style creator, Effie Yiasemides
Hairstylist @ TnT Stylists in Baulkham Hills, NSW

How would you describe this?

Natural texture with long fringe on medium length hair is stylish.

Because the sides and back were cut with scissors the disconnection is more subtle. It can, however, be used with clippers to give it a more severe and obvious disconnection.

The long top allows it to be worn slicked back, as a pompadour or a quiff, parted to the side or as a textured hairstyle.

What’s your best advice?

The long heavy fringe works well with wavy hair or thicker hair, but it can also work for straighter hair.
The use of curl creme or a matt wax or paste will achieve a messy relaxed fringe. On the other hand, a pomade or a gel will give it a sleek look that can be parted to the side or combed back into a quiff. If the length on top is long enough it can even be tied back.

#24: Slick Back Tapered Pompadour for Medium Hair

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

How would you describe this?

This is a slick back tapered pompadour that’s perfect for men with medium length haircuts. It’s a nice clean medium haircut that still has some flare up top.

What’s your best advice?

This slick back medium hairstyle is for men that have the time to do their hair. Otherwise, it will probably lay how your natural hair growth is and flop over.

Natural Taper Cut hairstyle for men
Instagram @ismail_charm

#25: Mens Natural Taper Cut on Medium Length Hair

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

How would you describe this?

This mens natural taper cut is a medium haircut. It’s for a natural men’s hairstyle that has clean lines and are scissor cut instead of cut with clippers.

What’s your best advice?

For this medium haircut, you only need a little bit of wax, but you need to blow dry the hair first for the perfect style. This mens haircut is best for straight to wavy mid-length hair.

#26: Effortless Mens Medium Length Hairstyle

If you have wavy to slightly curly hair, then an effortless men’s medium-length hairstyle may be the perfect cut for you. Show off the texture on this medium-length haircut with a matte finish Surf Tonic from Reuzel.

Contoured Texture hairstyle for men
Instagram @tonidelgados

#27: Medium Length Hair with Contoured Texture

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

How would you describe this?

This medium length hair with contoured texture is stylish. It has some light texturing from a razor, a stripe in the side, and a nice connection all around for the perfect fade.

This men’s medium length haircut features texture in the high zone and contours.

What’s your best advice?

This medium haircut is recommended for men with a round or square face. In terms of hair type, it’s perfect for docile and straight hair. This style is ideal for all types of men.

Disconnected Undercut hairstyle for men
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#28: Trending Disconnected Undercut for a Man

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

How would you describe this?

A disconnected undercut for a man with medium length hair. The inspiration for 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.

With this undercut medium length hairstyle, men can wear it neat or messy. Especially if you wanted more of that “Sunday morning” hair.

What’s your best advice?

There is still a stigma for men to use blow dryers, but ignore that theory. Blow dryers are necessary to add volume in the front while keeping the hair neat in the back.

Once you have blow-dried the hair, you should need a very minimal product to hold the hair in place.

This medium mens undercut hairstyle for men is best with straight, pliable hair. The last thing any guy wants is to have to fight with his hair.

This medium hairstyle can also work for any man who is balding in the back and wants to cover it up a little bit.

Everyday Sleek hairstyle for men
Instagram @codakisahair

#29: Mid-Fade for Men with Medium Length Hair

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?

This is a classic medium length hair for men 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 for men working with straight, medium hair that can produce a clean and sleek finish.

What’s your best advice?

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. For men with straight hair, go for a hairstyle that works whether it’s texturized or left alone.

This haircut is not ideal for guys with thinning hair. This is because it accentuates the thinning. Find a medium hairstyle that works for you and make it your own!

Clean Disconnect hairstyle for men
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#30: Clean Disconnect Mens Mid Length Hair

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

How would you describe this?

Clean disconnected men’s mid length hair is a hairstyle that’s highly versatile.

What’s your best advice?

Products and styling hair go hand in hand. Once your hair is fully dry, finish with Aveda Men’s Grooming Clay to add a matte hold to the style.

This hair is for trendy men who are willing to take some extra care to style their hair. It’s 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!

Modern Twist hairstyle for men
Instagram @danny_sbbarber

#31: Modern Brushed Up Side Part for Men

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

How would you describe this?

This modern brushed up side part is a classic mens medium haircut with a modern twist. The medium length hair features a zero back and is blow-dried into a side sweep pompadour.

This medium haircut can be recreated after leaving the barbershop. Nothing about the styling is perfect. It’s cut in a way that however you blow dry/comb/style your hair, the medium hair will all flow and sit nice.

What’s your best advice?

This medium length hairstyle suits men who want the best of both worlds in a brushed up side part haircut. The best hair type for this is that of a medium thickness and limited growth patterns.

#32: Slight Skin Fade Slicked Back Haircut

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

How would you describe this?

A slight skin fade slicked back is a medium haircut and one of those classic styles for men’s hair.

What’s your best advice?

This slicked back skin fade works best on guys with thick hair. The face can’t be too small because the skin fade will make it appear smaller.

Flexible Length hairstyle for men
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#33: Flexible Messy Medium Length Hair for Men

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

How would you describe this?

Flexible messy medium length hair for men is edgy. Medium length haircuts for men offer you the freedom to create something different.

What’s your best advice?

Products are very important. Grooming Cream and Surf Spray from Bumble and bumble is a great hair product.

This medium style would work for men with a square/rectangular face shape who have straight or wavy hair. Men with longer faces can still have this stylish cut if their hair is a little longer on the sides.

#34: Messy Curls with a Line Up Hairstyle

Curls do need looking after but the process doesn’t need to be hard. This messy curls with line up hairstyle has been faded close to the skin around the ears. It’s then transitioned up into the top at the mid point to leave weight to compliment the curls. Curls can be left natural. Avoid brushing then dry as it will cause frizz. One method I use is to apply argan oil to slightly damp hair and leave to dry. This will then style the hair and condition the curls.

#35: Manly Urban Blonde Tips to Skin Fade

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

How would you describe this?

Manly urban blonde tips to skin fade is an urban coloration for men. The fade fits well with the beard and the color. There is a nice shock contrast of color and fade in this men’s urban style.

What’s your best advice?

For styling, use Elegance Transparent Pomade Hair Wax for medium hold. For the final touch of your hairlines, try Toppik Hair Fiber.

This medium style doesn’t have any restrictions in regards to shape. The important thing is the length of your hair and it must be in good condition.

#36: Disconnected Quiff for Medium Length Hair

Q&A with style creator, Matty Barber
Mens Barber @ That Barber in Norwich, UK

How would you describe this?

This is a disconnected quiff for medium length hair for men. The hair is easy to style! You can wear it many different ways, depending if you want to go for a slicked-back look or a more natural look.

What’s your best advice?

If you like it slicked back with a medium hold, just style medium length hair with a pomade with hairspray.

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.

It is also helpful if there is enough weight to the hair so it will sit back nicely. You can rock this medium length style with any lifestyle!

#37: Hair That’s Long on Top with High Fade Sides

Hair that’s long on top with high fade sides need styling products like fixing gels. Hydrating creams will help keep your high fade cut healthier and stronger.

Freestyle Haircut hairstyle for men
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#38: Medium Freestyle Haircut Design for Thick Hair

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

How would you describe this?

This medium freestyle haircut design for thick hair is a mid-length haircut. This style is known as a drop fade and it looks great on curly hair.

What’s your best advice?

Use water and hairspray to achieve this kind of hair.

This medium haircut is recommended for men with curly hair and a thin face shape.

Clean Drop Fade hairstyle for men
Instagram @_kimthebarber_

#39: Clean Drop Fade for Older Men

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

How would you describe this?

This clean drop fade for older men with thin hair is a classic medium cut is a slicked-back mid skin fade with a beard trim. These particular haircuts for men are also called a Drop Fade. Ask your stylist to connect your fade with your beard and to comb back your hair on top.

What’s your best advice?

Businessmen should use Suavecito Pomade. Your hair must be soft. If your hair is too strong, it will be very hard to comb back.

Slicked Back Hair with Shaved Sides
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#40: Slicked Back Hair with Shaved Sides

This slicked back hair with shaved sides is a modern buzz cut with a top fluff combed back.

#41: Naturally Curly Hair Medium Coif

Naturally curly hair and a medium coif lets you rock some serious curls, but still keep them in check. To style your medium length hair:

  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. Apply a nickel-sized amount of curl defining cream through hair after completely dried.

Use OSiS Twin Curl. It’s a two-phase curl cream that creates strong curl control for men with coarse, curly and wavy hair.

This medium length hairstyle 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 full, medium curly hair.

Layered Medium to Long Hair
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#42: Layered Medium to Long Hair

This layered medium to long hair features layered strands that look like waves at the beach.

men's gray hairstyles
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#43: Side Part for Men with Grey hair

This side part for men with grey hair is sexy!

The deep side-parted, medium length crop hair is left longer on the top and cut closer on the sides and in the back. Style this simple medium length cut like this:

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

Use American Crew Grooming Spray. It’s an excellent buildable hold product for men with medium length hair. This means the more you use, the higher the hold factor.

Cool Mohawk with Mid-Fade
Instagram @josiah_latent

#44: Cool Mohawk with Mid-Fade Hairstyle

This cool mohawk with mid-fade hairstyle is a long mohawk partnered with a tapered fade. Curls and waves are a plus to bring out that suave medium length bouffant. This is one of the most popular medium length mens haircuts you’ll find.

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