Often mislabeled as a transitional length, medium length hair has recently become the go-to look for men who want to add to their cool-guy clout. For those who are bored of a polished short style but can’t commit to the transgressive look of long hair, a mid-length haircut is a perfect intersection between the two phases.

This length offers flexible options when it comes to styling. Adding a bit of product, trying out different styling techniques, or even just letting the hair run with its natural form can shift the look dramatically. Check out our compilation of fuss-free styles.

Vulture Mid-Part
1/22
Vulture Mid-Part

Recently, the popularity of the middle part has been increasing. This hair part is hard to achieve with anything shorter than medium length hair, so keep the top of the hair a bit longer and the sides shorter.

Strands All Over The Place
2/22
Strands All Over The Place

The paradoxical look of messy and neat is perfected in these medial strands. Pushing the sides of the hair back keeps the style looking elegant and polished, while the wisps of hair flying around give a more casual impression.

Strands All Over The Place
3/22
Around the World Strands

This dishevelled hairstyle belongs to a guy who runs 8 miles a day for fun, sleeps on a rock, and catches a fish from a river with his bare hands. He’s a man of the wild with the hair to match.

Disoriented Quiff
4/22
Disoriented Quiff

This refreshing take on the quiff makes a statement. The sides are styled back and pulled up with pomade and hairspray to create dynamic shapes that are compelling and unique. Add sea salt spray to the top to add volume.

High Volume Curls
5/22
High Volume Curls

Some may see curls as a beast that must be tamed, but tight ringlets can really give shape to an otherwise dull haircut. To get this look, leave length on top while keeping sides and back short.

Rusty Rough Texture
6/22
Rusty Rough Texture

This hairstyle does require a bit of upkeep for those with a slight wave or curl in their hair. Even those with naturally straight hair will need to blow dry hair straight to get this linear look. After blow-drying (and straightening, for those with waves), run a pomade through large sections to get that extra texture.

All About Textured Fringes
7/22
All About Textured Fringes

The choppy layers make this noticeably styled look easy to achieve. After a proper visit to the barber, all it takes is a bit of wax pieced through the layers.

Frizzled Strands with Subtle Part
8/22
Frizzled Strands with Subtle Part

The 90s floppy heartthrob hair is making a serious comeback. Often with a single strategically placed curl swept across the forehead, this look defines “laid-back sophisticate”.

Side Brushed Open Puff
9/22
Side Brushed Open Puff

A cut like this looks good on so many face shapes. It can be styled with more volume on top to lengthen the face. It can be tousled around for a deliberately unkempt look. It can be styled with a rounded or angled edge to balance out a person’s jawline. The main focus is to keep the sides clean and exaggerate the top of the hair.

Wavy Medium Length Mess
10/22
Wavy Medium Length Mess

Play with the volume and length of your hair with this carefully careless look.

Brushed Back Thin Hair with Temple Shave
11/22
Brushed Back Thin Hair with Temple Shave

Thin hair is common. One of the greatest benefits of having mid-length hair is that it can give the illusion of thicker hair. Long hair has too much weight, which makes concealing thinning areas a bit more difficult. Short hair doesn’t offer enough length to fully cover thin spots. Brushing mid-length hair back can thoroughly camouflage any thinning areas. For added character, trimming the temples can leave an interesting separation between the haircut and facial hair.

Blonde High Brushed Quiff
12/22
Blonde High Brushed Quiff

The nexus of this style comes down to length. This strawberry blonde hairstyle has so much character when hair is at just the right mid-point. When the hair is too short, it can look conventional. When the hair is too long, it can look cartoonish. When hair is just right, use a lightweight wax in damp hair and blow dry hair up and back. Then, to ensure that hair stays up, use a strong-hold hairspray. Keep the sides compact against the scalp with a few loose strands poking out.

Breezing Freely
13/22
Breezing Freely

Sometimes the best thing to do with your hair is to let it do what it wants. At this length, it’s hard to go wrong. The hair is long enough to create interesting shapes on its own and short enough to not get in your eyes and mouth. Even when you do nothing to your hair, this trouble-free length gives the illusion that you know how to present yourself.

Pushed Side Strands
14/22
Pushed Side Strands

The obvious part allows hair to be pushed back in opposite directions. The countering lines are interrupted with a fade down the sides. The differing lines make this design interesting and exciting.

Undercut Layered Push Back
15/22
Undercut Layered Push Back

Hair is cleanly swept back in this immaculate style. The line detail carved behind the ear gives the cut personality and keeps it from being “too perfect”. To prevent flyaways, use a good conditioner, a wide-tooth comb, and an anti-frizz cream.

Slicked Back with Temple Fade
16/22
Slicked Back with Temple Fade

This style keeps hair out of the face. Cleaning up the sides with a temple fade is a fresh take on this desirable length.

Rusty Brown Loose Strands
17/22
Rusty Brown Loose Strands

Mid-length hair is the medial length for hair. Rusty brown is the medial colour. The rich tone is found between blonde and black and perfectly complements loose strands. This cut requires minimal effort to maintain and is good for any occasion.

High Volume Brush Up
18/22
High Volume Brush Up

To get a look that is a bit reminiscent of vintage Colin Farrell, use a blow dryer to direct hair upwards. Take down the volume on the sides with a brush. Use wax for texture and hairspray for volume. For dimension, push a few strands forward. Look in the mirror. You’re an Irish superstar.

Mid Parted Strands
19/22
Mid Parted Strands

This look can be found everywhere: from the streets of New York to fashion magazines and red carpets. It tells the world you’re easygoing and mellow, with smart style and an understanding of what looks good.

Undercut and Classic Long Top
20/22
Undercut and Classic Top

The judicious decision to get this classic haircut offers countless rewards. It not only looks great on almost any face shape, but it is also easy to style and maintain.

Alones / Shutterstock.com
Classic Taper and Medium Top
21/22
Classic Taper and Medium Top

This sharp style impresses on people that you are aware of your personal style and want to excel in life. It shows maturity without feeling old and stodgy. Get this style by keeping hair longer on top and tapering the sides. Sweep hair to the side and let it fall where it wants.

Alones / Shutterstock.com
Pushed Back Long Strands
22/22
Pushed Back Long Strands