How to Determine the Best Haircut Length for Men

The Long and Short of Picking the Right Style

A long or short cut, which should you choose? How do we best determine the best haircut length for men? There are several factors to keep in mind before you head to the barber.

It's important to consider your lifestyle and profession as well as the general impression you wish to make. Do you want to come off as conservative or a little trendy? You must also take into account 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 are generally appropriate for most men. This style is especially well suited to men who lead active lifestyles, athletes, those who work outside, or those who want a style with minimal maintenance.

Shorter haircuts are almost always the best option for men who are balding or thinning as well. The shorter hair makes the thinning less apparent and your barber can often cut it in a way to dimish it even more.

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

Keep in mind that extremely short styles may be a bit too aggressive for some professional environments. Close buzzcuts can be intimidating to some people, particularly if you have naturally a tougher demeanor. However, a little texture on top can soften up this look.

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Medium Length Haircuts

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A medium length haircut is appropriate for almost any situation, especially guys who work in a professional office environment. It also 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 conservatively for the office, or add some styling product and mess it up for a night on the town.

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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A longer hairstyle is most suited for guys in creative fields. It does not work as well for men in professional office environments and some long cuts can be too trendy or look dated.

If you're balding or thinning, it's best to avoid a long cut.

You will also need to be prepared and willing to spend a bit more time on hair care. You will need to invest in quality shampoo and conditioner and, potentially, some styling product. 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 much 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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