Like short hairstyles, these styles vary as well. However, the options aren’t as easily defined by lengths or specific style types, because people who opt for mid-length styles
are generally those who need the extra length for various reasons – even if it’s just esthetic. So let’s talk a few common traits among mid-length hairstyles and the tips to dress them up.
Many men keep their hair in the mid-range because they have curly or wavy hair and like their curls. These looks are generally created out of necessity. Some hair types just have
a mind of their own. You can tame them (somewhat) but you cannot truly control them. For these folks, here are a couple of options:
Depending on the specific cut, you can use a strong gel or wax pomade to plaster the hair to the scalp and smooth it along the sides of the head, carefully leaving curls intact to
accentuate the look. This can be a fun way to dress-up your look, and can give you as much variety as possible in your styling.
Option two in this situation comes into play if your curls are simply too determined to be what they are. In these cases, stick with your normal style, but make sure to keep it as
well-groomed as possible. Use a lightweight mousse or gel and work it into the hair. (If you can apply your product before the hair is dry, even better.) Let the hair dry naturally so that the curls stay crisp and
smooth. Make any arrangements to the hair’s placement before it dries completely, to lessen the chance of the hair becoming frizzed.
These options allow the curly-haired to look well-kempt and present a dressed-up image.
Those with straight or simply wavy hair can generally style their hair into the swept-back style for a dressier look. Use styling gel or pomade to smooth the hair back across the
scalp. If necessary, carefully trim the perimeter (around the ears, and nape area) to create that clean finish once the body of the hair is securely styled. Allow the hair to dry and then lightly mist with hairspray to
smooth down any fly-away strands that might mar the finished style.
If the hair is at the longer end of the mid-length spectrum, try fastening the hair at the nape area into a small pony knot. Center the gathering point at the occipital bone and use
a black or brown band to secure the hair. Otherwise do everything else the same. This will help longer lengths to have added stability and ensure that the hair is less likely to “break free” during the evening.
It’s pretty much the standard that men who have long hair should gather the hair into a clean, simple ponytail for formal occasions. Ply the hair with styling gel and smooth it
across the scalp to gather at the nape of the neck and secure it with a black or brown band. This is usually more than sufficient if the look results in a ponytail or around 4 to 5 inches in length.
However, some guys with long hair have issues with the thickness of their ponytails when they wear them. A lot of times, the hair tends to fray as you go down the length of the tail.
Even with styling product this leaves the look less than would be desired. There are also the guys whose hair is SO long that it is more of a horse’s tail than that of a pony. So, whether your tail looks skimpy at the
ends or is so long it swings all over when you move, here’s a tip that can make your mane more manageable in a dressed up style.
Take and style the hair as discussed above, but when you’ve created the tail, take some black or brown ribbon or cording and braid it into the tail. Use a length of the ribbon or cord
equal to four times the length of your ponytail. You may need help unless you are practiced with braiding your own hair. Don’t be afraid to ask for it.
Tie the material around the band securing your ponytail so that the ends left hanging are equal. Then separate the tail into two separate sections. Use the material as your third
section and create a simple braid. Braid the hair with the material until you get to the end of the hair and then use a second band to secure the end of the hair and material in the braid.
Next, take your braid and fold it in half under itself so that the bands securing the braid are together. Use a clip or pin to hold them in place while you finish the hair. Take the
ends of the material you incorporated into the braid and wrap them around the hair in the opposite directions. One should go around to the left and the other around to the right. Do this until there is just enough left
to tie the ends together on the underside of the braid. Try not to build up the wrapped portion too much, but keep the layers even.
When you’ve secure the material and the braid, remove your pin or clip and ‘viola!’ you have a neatly kempt braid that looks chic and masculine. You can mist the braid with hairspray
and gently pat down any fly-away strands if necessary.
All in all, you must remember that your true goal in dressing up your hair is to create a look that says “I made an effort to look presentable, because I care about the image I am
presenting.” If you make even these little bits of effort, you’ll feel better about the way you look and will make your date even more thrilled to be with the most dashing man in the room.