How to Style Medium-Length Hair for Men

Updated April 17, 2017

Many men do not make the decision to grow their hair long. Short hair or very short hair is most common on men. If you are a man who has decided to grow your hair out to a medium length, you might not be sure which hairstyle is most appropriate for you.

Determine if you have the right hair type for medium length hair. If your hair is naturally curly, frizzy or kinky, a medium-length hairstyle may require too much maintenance from you. Hair that is straight or wavy in texture is most ideal for a medium-length men's hairstyle. Also keep in mind that men who have already experienced hair loss may have a difficult time growing their hair long.

Decide what exact length you want your medium length hair to be. There is a lot of controversy about what counts as a medium-length hairstyle for men, which is mainly because medium-length hairstyles for men are not usually as long as those for women. A men's hairstyle that is any longer than the ears may be considered medium length. Men's hairstyles that are any longer than shoulder length are typically considered long.

Consider whether or not fringe are right for you. Many medium length men's hairstyles incorporate fringe. Keep in mind that fringe are best suited for someone who has fine, straight hair because they may become a bit unruly otherwise. There are many types of fringe hairstyles for men to choose from. Bangs generally will complement just about any medium-length hairstyle.

Opt for one of the currently trendy medium-length men's hairstyles. There are many to choose from. A popular choice is leaving the top of the hair longer in length to style it with mousse and keeping the rest of the hair short. Another popular medium-length men's hairstyle involves keeping most of the hair slightly below the ears and adding a longer length of fringe in the front. Finally, consider a medium-length men's hairstyle that is longer than the ears all around, with or without fringe. This is best suited for wavy hair.

Ask your hairstylist which medium length men's hairstyle is ideal. If you still can't decide what type of hairstyle you should opt for, it is a good idea to ask your hairstylist what will look the best with your face shape and hair type. Keep in mind that when you are opting for a longer medium-length men's hairstyle, hairstylists typically can do a better job than barbers.

Be sure to properly style your men's hairstyle. Every medium-length hairstyle will need to be styled differently, but most of them will require you to use a hairstyling product such as mousse or hairspray. You can either allow your hair to dry naturally or use a blow dryer, which will give your hair a straighter appearance. If you have a longer medium-length men's hairstyle, it is ideal to apply styling mousse to the hair and scrunch it to add some extra waves. Depending on the hairstyle, you may need to use a flat iron to get a straight, sleek look.

Trim the hair on a regular basis. You are going to get dead ends over time. The best way to get rid of your damaged hair and keep it looking healthy is to have it trimmed about every three months. If you blow the hair dry regularly, you may need to have it trimmed even sooner than this because of heat damage. Bangs may need to be trimmed more frequently than the rest of your hair if they are longer.


Consider using a heat protector on your hair if you are planning to blow it dry. Look for pictures of male celebrities with medium length hairstyles to see if you may be interested in one. Some celebs to look at include Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, Chace Crawford and David Beckham.


Never use too much hair gel, as it can weigh the hair down.

Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer
  • Moisturising shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairstyling mousse
  • Hairspray
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About the Author

Jody Morse has worked as an assistant wedding deejay and has also dabbled in wedding planning. As a sufferer of endometriosis, Morse enjoys writing on women's health topics. Her work has appeared on,, and other websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.