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20 The Best Medium Length Hairstyles for Men

Achieve the perfect equilibrium with a mid-length cut.

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.

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Semi Curls Are Bliss Indeed
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Semi Curls Are Bliss Indeed

These waves are surely gonna let others surf on its panache. The volume managed here is quite an artmanship. The sides are tapered more than the top so that all the hair can be pushed back whereas the top is slicked back with a lot of fluff.

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Side Swept Undercut

Side Swept Undercut

Not all undercuts are created equal, and the side-swept one is often seen worn on a runway or on editorials. With a long top (at least three to five inches of hair length) and volumized to perfection, this haircut requires prep time. It’s easy enough to achieve as long as know which side is your good one for the direction of the sweep and a handy dryer and a rat tail comb. Keep the rest of your face clean and beard free and you’re good to go.

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Curly Partial Mohawk
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Curly Partial Mohawk

This level of volume can be only be reached by the folk with the right hair texture. Especially in order for it to hold in place like this without a ton of product. The length is a key part of making this partial mohawk a star.

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Classic Taper and Messy Brush-Back
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Classic Taper and Messy Brush-Back

The leather jacket, the beard, the gaze! That right there is a complete vibe on its own. This hairstyle can look shockingly different when styled and when not, and it looks gorgeous either way.
Just picture this handsome face all sleepy and with a messy fringe that falls along the sides of their face and framing it perfectly.

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Curly Scissors Crop
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Curly Scissors Crop

Another perfect example of why curly hair looks its best at this length. A more uniform taper has been done on the sides by hand and it finishes a picture-perfect look for any occasion.

If you want to experiment with a few more details, consider asking for some front highlights or lowlights a tone or two lighter than your natural one.

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Regulation Inspired Medium Crop
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Regulation Inspired Medium Crop

If you’ve had a regulation cut, this look is an easy transition into something slightly different and longer in comparison. You can play around with the top and brush it to the side like in the picture here, or you can try a front brush-up.

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Pushed Back Fluff Top with Thinner Sides
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Pushed Back Fluff Top with Thinner Sides

Long hair has the versatility to be styled in many ways and here we see one way to do it. The key to this style is to let it grow long at first and then pushed it back like a side brush. The sides are chopped to reduce the volume as compared to the top.

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Pocky Temple with Pushed Back Thin Hair
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Pocky Temple with Pushed Back Thin Hair

Feel free to use this example as temple design inspiration as well! For the folk with naturally wavy hair, this look will be super easy to pull off.

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Faded Sides with Long Wavy Top
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Faded Sides with Long Wavy Top

A sleek way of giving the top all the protagonist is by creating a hard part to divide the guiding lines of your haircut. Neat and tidy on one side and curly and funky on the other.

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Temple Faded Curled Strands on Top
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Temple Faded Curled Strands on Top

Get your curls messy by combing them with a fine-tooth comb and then set them with some light hairspray to accomplish this handsome do.

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Devious Lengthy Strands
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Devious Lengthy Strands

There’s something sort of Devil-ish about this haircut. It could be the cheeky way the curls come together and the super avant-garde sideburns, especially because of the contrast they create with their straight beard line. Play with the shapes people!

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High Volume Curls with Highlights
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High Volume Curls with Highlights

These gorgeous ringlets deserve their stage to shine and I am pretty sure this preppy look can be pulled off by anyone. Make sure you specify what length you’ll want for the fringe as it is a super important part of the hairstyle.

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Classic Taper and Medium Top
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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.

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Temple Faded Sides with All Over the Place Strands
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Temple Faded Sides with All Over the Place Strands

Strands can technically be all over the place and still look good, with the correct haircut. Given here they’ve purposely styled them in a slightly messy manner to showcase the playful almost-pompadour that’s happening seemingly by accident.

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Wavy Swayed Back Thin Hair
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Wavy Swayed Back Thin Hair

For this style, less is more. A swift fully side-swept top takes the prize home by showing off the luscious locks in the natural hair texture. For this look, choose an undercut of your liking and you’ll be set!

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Longer Stranded Mullet with Mustache
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Longer Stranded Mullet with Mustache

Longer strands make the best of mullets. The top and the sides are all laid straight for maximum length. This makes everything so subtle yet so trendy. The mullet here is also very light for that chill vibe.

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Subtly Longer Top and Thin Temple
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Subtly Longer Top and Thin Temple

Thug looks right here but the hairstyle is quite unique. The strands are longer than usual but they are less in volume so as to make it look all controlled. This is possible due to the thin hair texture.

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Wavy Side Retro Sweep
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Wavy Side Retro Sweep

Retro styles can be mixed and matched with recent trends for a neat look. This one is a waved side sweep with longer strands just to taper sides as it puts all the emphasis on the top.

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Layered Side Brush with Elephant Trunk
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Layered Side Brush with Elephant Trunk

Side brushes are often very adventurers and this one is an adventure of a style. The top is side brushed with thick layers plus the sides are slightly tapered but the thick beard balances the face just perfect.

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Layered Push Back with Beard
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Layered Push Back with Beard

Medium hair is something that has to be polished a bit for maximum panache. The key here is pushing all the hair back and then letting some strands fall by themselves. The beard here provides great support to the face.

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Medium Scissors Crop and Taper
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Medium Scissors Crop and Taper

No matter what kind of hair pattern or texture you have, this medium scissor crop will fit you like a glove. There is something about the classics that one can’t mess up.

A haircut like this also needs very little product to look good. Your wallet will thank you.

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Medium Top Strands with Pushed Back Sides
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Medium Top Strands with Pushed Back Sides

Free falling strands are always a closer move to retro look. The top is dominantly side swept with sides being pushed back. The strands are falling on forehead with some tucked behind the ears. The length of these strands is what makes this fancy.

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Slicked Back with Temple Fade
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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.

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Pushed Side Strands
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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.

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Wavy Medium Length Mess
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Wavy Medium Length Mess

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

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Breezing Freely
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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.

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Mid Parted Strands
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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.

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Blonde High Brushed Quiff
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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.

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.

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Strands All Over The Place
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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.

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Rusty Brown Loose Strands
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Rusty Brown Loose Strands

Mid-length hair is the medial length for hair. Rusty brown is the medial color. 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.

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Side Parted Long Hair with Mullet
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Side Parted Long Hair with Mullet

Interestingly enough that this style is long and not long at the same time. The top is side-parted with sides long enough to set it all the way back. Adding up to that the back is a mullet with just enough length to be subtle.

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Disoriented Quiff
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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.

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Vulture Mid-Part
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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.

Hence, keep the top of the hair a bit longer and the sides shorter.

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All About Textured Fringes
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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.

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Frizzled Strands with Subtle Part
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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”.

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Undercut and Classic Top
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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.

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Rusty Rough Texture
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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.

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Lengthy, Flowy and Faded Wings
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Lengthy, Flowy and Faded Wings

These wings are actually an ‘open’ ducktail! And we do have a whole article on the subject of the retro sty that it is the ducktail you can go check out.

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Medium Top with Drop Faded Sides
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Medium Top with Drop Faded Sides

A longer ivy league haircut might be the answer to finding a middle ground between short and medium length hair that won’t get into your eyes. Here they’ve paired it with a sharp burst fade making it a little bit more hip than what an ivy crop would suggest.

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High Volume Curls
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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.

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Pushed Back Top with Massive Quiff
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Pushed Back Top with Massive Quiff

Not all medium length is top knot or pony. This one is pushed back with some side brush makes it so much unique yet subtle at the same time. The sides are still tapered for thinning effect and the top is very puffy quiffed.

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Side Parted Long Top
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Side Parted Long Top

Not all side parts are thick and have loads of undercut. Some are just old-fashioned side part with the top being longer than the sides and sides being pushed back. This retro touch to the side part makes it quite an interesting look.

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Thick Side Brushed Strands
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Thick Side Brushed Strands

Brush Up strands can always be spiced up with a little side brush to it. The faded sides are very fun with a tinge of drop fade to back it up. All of it is supported by the beard at the bottom to even it out.

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Ginger Pompadour with Longer Strands
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Ginger Pompadour with Longer Strands

Thick hair can do wonders and we clearly see that here. The top is rounded pompadour with longer strands that rock a casual look. The sides are slightly layered or tapered for volume, this is something we can classify as a rugged look rather than a neat look.

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Combed Push Back with Long Beard
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Combed Push Back with Long Beard

The key to this dapper look is controlling the volume with the long strands. The beard adds to the panache with the long thin strands that perfectly compliment with top pushed back on the top which is also layered for more panache.

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Highlighted Thick Side Slicked Back
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Highlighted Thick Side Slicked Back

Woah! Now that is the look of a pure gentleman with class. The top is slicked back but has enough fluff. The highlighted strand dye just adds life to the look by separating few strands from the other. What a classy look overall.

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High Faded Sides with Wavy Top
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High Faded Sides with Wavy Top

High faded sides add a lot of definition to the style and the top being longer adds volume. The wavy texture helps the top to fall off freely on sides but that is not too long that covers sides. The temple fade makes it even neater with that semi-faded line up.

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Thin Hair Cluster with Brushed Up Top
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Thin Hair Cluster with Brushed Up Top

Who doesn’t fall for this thin hair long-stranded push back? The hair is long on all ends but the sides are elegantly tapered so that the top looks more fluffy than anything else. The thin stubble beard is a great way to balance the face.

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Side Parted Medium Hair
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Side Parted Medium Hair

Medium length always needs quite a decent amount of care taken. The top is side brushed for that length to show off yet the sides ate parted with layering done right so that it is controlled. Using some hair products is handy at this point as it would help maintain the hair.

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Long Brush Up Dyed Thin Hair
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Long Brush Up Dyed Thin Hair

MAJOR Zac Efron vibes and I’m not even mad about it. Ashy and grey tones are super in and let it be your naturally graying hair or a total make-over dye you’ll look amazing sporting this medium-length brush-up. 

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The Classic Side Swept Pompy Guy
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The Classic Side Swept Pompy Guy

A side-swept pompadour can be just the way to showcase how good the little extra length works for you. Whether you decide to part it with a regular comb like it’s done here, or with your fingers, you’ll be looking super dapper.

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Side Brushed Open Puff
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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.

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Styled Brush Up and Low Fade
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Styled Brush Up and Low Fade

To be fair, there are only a small number of occasions when you’d actually want to take the time and style your hair this way (although if you do something like this every day, hats off to you!) a faded undercut and a specially textured top would look great any day.

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High Volume Top with Tapered Sides
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High Volume Top with Tapered Sides

Yeah, yeah, I know. You’re wondering if sides this short (an undercut) still qualify this as a medium length hairstyle and the answer is that it does! Just check out how far down that side-swept fringe goes.
Loving the shaved lines design as well. For certain with this look, you can have the best of both worlds.

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Classic Taper on Scissors Crop
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Classic Taper on Scissors Crop

Can’t go wrong with something as classy as a taper. In order to get a similar look to the one in this example, if you don’t already have straight hair you can use a round brush and a blowdryer to style the front. It will add a bunch of movement to your hair.

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High Volume Brush Up
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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. Takedown 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.

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Peter Facinelli Layered Medium Crop
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Peter Facinelli Layered Medium Crop

There is a very slight chance you haven’t heard about the show Grey’s Anatomy. And if you haven’t, go watch! But wait, this right here is doctor Mc. Dreamy’s go-to haircut and is very easy to know why.  Easygoing and flirty.

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Josh Bowman's Scissor Crop and Taper
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Josh Bowman's Scissor Crop and Taper

A great advantage about scissor crops is that the stylist gets to play with texture to make sure the haircut is doing what’s best for you. See how the front is a little shorter than the strides that fall off to the side?

This is a prime example of a hairstyle that’s been around for ages and will most likely be around for ages to come.

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Messy Brush Up and Drop Fade
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Messy Brush Up and Drop Fade

If you’ve got a thick head of hair, this look might be for you! This messy brush-up is expertly paired with a tapered drop fade and I couldn’t like it more.

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Undercut Layered Push Back
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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.

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Natural Part and Blonde Highlights
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Natural Part and Blonde Highlights

Have some fun with highlights and completely change the way your haircut looks! They add depth and welcome contrast to the front. For the natural part, just comb it the way you like it with your fingers.

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Brushed Back Thin Hair with Temple Shave
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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.

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Front Caramel Highlights
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Front Caramel Highlights

Loving the come-back of highlights into men’s styles. This look, a lot like a blow-out utilizes the front to line up a messy brush-up in order to show off those new colors.

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Touseled Quiff with Wavy Temple
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Touseled Quiff with Wavy Temple

I’m getting a “styled modern mullet” look and I can’t look away. Everything going on here is absolutely perfect.

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Wavy Combed Top
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Wavy Combed Top

This textbook medium fade has been skillfully executed and although this is on the shorter side, it could still be considered of medium legth and is super easy to handle!

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Side Swayed Ginger-Blonde Top
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Side Swayed Ginger-Blonde Top

Possibilities are nearly endless when you’ve learnt to work with your hair’s natural texture and volume. Here we got a pretty cheeky swayed brush-up with the hair strands ending in a nice wave.

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Informal Puffed Top with Balancing Beard
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Informal Puffed Top with Balancing Beard

Life is all about balance and so is your style. The need for a medium scissor crop here is to outweigh a hefty full beard, and the super neat burst fade acts as a connector between the two!

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Dyed Blue Magic with Side Brush
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Dyed Blue Magic with Side Brush

These blue undertones are giving me life. Even though any hair length can rock dyes like the one in this example, it definitely is pleasant to get to see it develop on more than just on an inch or two of hair.

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Trendy Stiff Side Swayed Top
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Trendy Stiff Side Swayed Top

To keep your hair like this all day, you’ll need some good product to hold their end of the deal. As for the regulation-inspired part, well, I can never not like it when it’s paired with most hairstyles!

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That Wavy Bowl
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That Wavy Bowl

The bowl cut has gotten some bad reputation over the years but this variation is here to restore it! I love especially how it takes advantage of the hair’s natural waves to add depth it the whole thing.

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Long Top Strands with Tapered Strands
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Long Top Strands with Tapered Strands

Consider getting a medium scissor crop if the look you’re going for involves the evenness that we’re being served here. From the beard to the taper, this has excellent hand precision all over it.

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Justin Bounds has been working as a barber in Florida for years and is the founder of The Barbr - a Men's Hair Care/Grooming blog dedicated to providing honest advice and useful tips about the topic. You can learn more about him through his Twitter' and his blog.