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How to Style Medium Length Hair for Men

How to Style Medium Length Hair for Men

If you’re a guy with medium length hair, you’ve definitely hit the sweet spot with your tresses. Medium length hair is just long enough to have that sexy, run-your-fingers-through-it vibe, yet short enough to escape the “dirty hippie” stereotype that often (unfairly) plagues men with longer hair. Your hair length offers the best of both worlds, right?

Well, not always. There are a few challenges that come with your intermediary hairstyle—namely, how to style medium length hair for men. But don’t fear, gentlemen! From growing out your hair in the first place to styling it with men’s hair products, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to achieve sexy, medium length hair.

How to Grow Out Medium Length Hair

Medium length hairstyles such as the modern quiff, the pompadour and the slick back are skyrocketing in popularity. But before you can achieve any of these trendy hairstyles, you first need to grow out your hair to a workable length.

So, what’s the best way to grow hair to a medium length? We know what you’re thinking: duh, just don’t cut it! Well, there’s a little more to it than that.

  • Get Regular Trims—Though it may seem counterintuitive, you should get regular trims (every two to three months) while growing out your hair. Regular trims will help prevent split ends as you grow your hair out. Ask your barber to leave your hair longer on top and to trim up the sides and back.
  • Add Conditioner—If you weren’t already using a nourishing conditioner for men, now is a good time to start. Since your tresses will be longer, they run a greater risk of drying out and getting split ends. A high-quality conditioner will seal in precious moisture for soft, sexy hair.
  • Prepare for the Awkward Phase—When you grow your hair out, you’ll go through the so-called awkward phase. During this phase, you won’t know what to do with your hair and it may look a little wonky at times. Resist the urge to cut it! It won’t last but a few weeks or so.

Which Hair Styling Products Are Best for Medium Length Hair?

Let’s talk about hair products for dudes with medium length hair. Keep in mind that many pomades, waxes and pastes are formulated specifically for guys with short hair. Heavier products are designed to offer a strong hold and are meant to be washed out daily, which can be tough on medium and long length hair.

Because of this, you may want to limit your use of high hold pomades, waxes and pastes. Try switching things up by using a versatile hair putty or a water-based pomade one day and a light cream to control frizz the next day to give hair a break from your high hold products.

Apart from that, remember to choose hair products according to your type of hair. Regardless of length, a guy with thick, curly hair is naturally going to want different products than another guy with straight, fine tresses.

Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Let’s face it–knowing how to style medium length hair for men can be tricky. After spending months growing out your locks, you might be a little lost on what to do with it.

No fear, gentlemen. There are plenty of cool ways to style your new ’do. To help you achieve bueno hair, we’ve listed a few of our favorite ways to style medium length hair.

The Messy Quiff

niall horan messy quiff

How to Get It:

  • Start with slightly damp hair.
  • To create texture, use a sea salt spray for men on hair.
  • Blow dry hair with a round brush, starting from the back to give it a forward, messy shape.
  • Blow dry the fringe part of your hair straight up to create the quiff.
  • Finish off with a hair putty to give it high hold, low shine and textured separation.

The Modern Side Part

david beckham side part

How to Get It:

  • Start with slightly damp hair.
  • Use a sea salt spray or texture powder for pre-styling.
  • Determine where your part is and use a comb to part hair to one side.
  • Blow dry the sides down to get your part to cooperate better.
  • Use a vented brush to blow dry the rest of your hair over to one side.
  • Finish off with either a matte clay for a modern aesthetic or a traditional pomade to give it a classic look.

The Slick Back

jared leto slick back

How to Get It:

  • Start with slightly damp hair.
  • Apply a strong hold pomade to hair (our POWER pomade is perfect for this).
  • Distribute the pomade evenly through hair with fingers and a fine-tooth comb.
  • Allow hair to air dry or blow dry hair back using your comb to create a sleek surface.


There you have it—styling medium length hair for men made simple. If you’re still struggling to tame your long-ish locks, consider paying a visit to your barber. They can recommend styling products specifically for your hair type and the look you’re going for.


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