How to Determine the Best Haircut Length for Men


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A long or short cut—which should you choose? How do you determine what haircut length will work best for you? There are several factors to keep in mind before you head to the barber or salon. It's important to consider your lifestyle and profession, as well as how much time you wish to spend styling your hair. If you're a wash-and-go type of guy, you will want a cut to match.

It's a lot to think about, but fun to look at all of your options. Let's talk about hair length and which may be most appropriate for you.

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Short Haircuts

man with short buzz hair cut


This style is especially well suited to men who want a style with minimal maintenance. And, if your hair's beginning to thin, a shorter style will make it less apparent.

Most short styles require very little styling but will require more frequent haircuts. While you can wash-and-go on a daily basis, you will need to visit the barber more often.

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Medium Length Haircuts

man with medium hair


A medium-length haircut allows you a bit more freedom to express your personal style or change up your look as needed. The advantage of a medium-length cut is that it can be incredibly versatile. You can comb it for the office, or add some styling product and mess it up for a night out.

A medium-length style will require a bit more maintenance in the morning, but fewer trips to the barber. It's a great choice for men with medium to thick hair, but not the best for thinning hair.

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Long Hairstyles

man with long hair


A longer hairstyle is cool, but you have to be willing to spend a bit more time on hair care. You will need to invest in quality shampoo and conditioner and, potentially, some styling products. Long hair requires a daily commitment to styling.

Styling options can be somewhat limited for long hair, as well. You may not be able to change up your look like you can with a medium-length cut. Yet, if you're a sucker for routine, it's a good choice.

Longer styles require less frequent trips to the salon. So in that sense, you will be saving money, which you will probably spend on hair care products.

Growing out your hair can take work, but it is fun to try new things along the way. Who knows, you might even find a new style you really like in the process.

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