Let’s be honest: Medium-length haircuts get a bad rap. Often, we treat mid-length hairstyles as if they’re a burden on us. “It’s at that awkward length at the moment,” we say. For some time, medium-length haircuts have been considered (dare we say it) a little dated. Here at Who What Wear, however, we like to see the potential in everything and have concluded that we’ve been sat on mid-length styles for too long. In fact, we’d go as far to say medium-length cuts are back. Short hair can be high-maintenance, and long hair can prove a pain, so in theory, medium-length haircuts should be the crowd favourite—and they’re becoming increasingly popular.
Forget blunt chops and shapeless mops. The midi cut can be cooler than you ever believed, especially in 2022. “A lot of current medium-length haircuts are taking a ’70s outline at the moment—where the back section is being left slightly longer to create more of a shag style,” says Paul Percival, hairstylist and co-founder of Percy & Reed. The secret to a great medium-length cut, Percival adds, is in how it is shaped around the face. “If you can incorporate a DIY-looking fringe, or maybe some lighter tones through the front sections, you can lift the whole look. Increase movement by embracing natural texture, using sea salt and volumising sprays to help,” he adds.
If you’re in the market for a change of hairstyle, keep scrolling for 18 medium-length haircuts that just might persuade you to go for the chop.