Medium length hairstyles are always cute and chic. medium length hair is an excellent range for having versatility in the number of styles you can achieve. Short hair is great, but there isn’t much room for the experiment when it comes to different styles, and long hair is fantastic too, but it can take a very long time to design. Medium-length hair has the versatility that short hair does not, and is much quicker the wash, dry and style than long, flowing locks.
There are so much you can do with medium length hair – braid or plait it, feather or layer it, curl it or straighten it, or wear it up or down. There are medium length hairstyles for everyone and every occasion. Chic and sleek, tousled and edgy, or bouncy and curly, some moods and vibes can be achieved with medium length hair.
Medium Length Haircuts Are bang On Trend
Medium length hairstyles and haircuts tend to suit all face shapes; each season sees them back on trend in on form or another. Depending on the cut, styling or accessories added, medium haircuts can have a significant variety, and this was evident on the catwalks.
Some of the world’s top fashion designers gave their models stunning variations on medium length hairstyles, which are set to be so on trend for the upcoming season. Models at Marni were given grungy mid-length styles, with choppy layers and a wet gel finish. At Marc Jacobs, the models were given bold colors, such as royal blue, and new blunt bangs completed their medium length locks. Badgley Mischka gave their model’s medium length hair bouncy curls to the bottom of the locks, giving a vintage feel. And at Antonio Ortega, wavy shoulder-length hair was given braids on either side of the parting.
Now that you know that medium length hairstyles are not only versatile but also really in vogue, you will probably be hunting for some inspiration to take to your hairdresser. Hunt no more, take a look at these 70 stunning medium length hairstyles for women, right here.
#1: Effortless Side-Parted Bob
For an effortless bob that looks completely natural and carefree, make the most out of your hair’s natural texture. Towel dry hair and apply a small amount of volumizing mouse, combing through from root to tip with your fingertips. Blow-dry the hair upside down to add lift to the root, and scrunch with the hands to add some waves and texture. Add a rough side parting to give a natural finish to the mid-length style, like you just woke up looking that chic.
#2: Soft Wavy ‘Lob’
The long bob, i.e., the ‘LOB’ has been a trendy medium length haircut. The ‘LOB’ looks particularly good when given a boost at the roots and some soft waves, which can be achieved by twisting sections of the hair with hair straighteners. This style is ideal for those with those with thinner hair as it adds a lot of bodies, especially if you choose a graduated ‘LOB,’ which is shorter at the back and longer at the front. It’s elegant.
#3: Tousled Blunt Cut
Both feminine and edgy, the tousled blunt cut is modern, chic and edgy. Blunt cut ends, and unkempt lengths give a perfect balance between the hard and soft. It is a medium hairstyle that looks great on any range, be it chin length, shoulder length or collar bone length.
#4: Mid-Length Ombre and Texture
Slices of a lighter color to the natural hair shade will enhance the texture of your wavy, messy lengths, whether you choose a physical dye effect or a more obvious ombre. Those with round faces should add side-swept bangs or a blunt, straight fringe, to create angles and give balance to the face.
#5: Combed Out Curls
Comb out your day old curls for a cut medium length hairstyle, where just the bottom half of the hair has so wave and texture. Sweep the bangs away from the face in a center part, and finish the look with a spray of sea salt spray, for a great daytime look.
#6: Asymmetric Mid-Length Bob
For a medium length hairstyle that is always contemporary and edgy, choose an asymmetric bob. This fresh style starts short on one side and graduates all the way round to a longer length on the other side. An extreme side parting will accentuate the differing lengths, as will adding a soft curl to the longer tendrils at the front. It is an excellent style for oval face shapes, as it cuts in at the jawline, preventing an elongation or narrowing of the face.
#7: Super Short Bangs
Emphasise the right long lengths of a slightly longer medium length style, with super short bangs, either worn full and straight or swept to the side. Keep the lengths from being weighed down, by using minimal styling products – a good smoothing serum will add shine to your locks, without the weight. Light and beautiful.
#8: Vintage-inspired Waves
Channel some Old Hollywood glamour, by giving your medium length hair, some vintage-inspired waves. Think Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Grace Kelly – beautiful waves that are just timeless, looking as good today as they did 70 or more years ago. Mix the vintage with the contemporary, by giving your Old Hollywood waves a super modern color, such as lavender purples, silvers, and grays. Just be sure to invest in good color care hair products.
#9: Edgy Texture and Bangs
There is such versatility with a medium length haircut – they can be soft and feminine with elegant curls, or edgy and harsh with plenty of texture. Give a straight cut, shoulder length hairstyles an edgy, tousled look, by spraying damp towel hair generously with sea salt spray, and rough drying to a textured finish. Some short side-swept bangs, cut above the eyebrow, will give a modern finish, and add some extra edge.
#10: Classic Bob With Side Bangs
For a medium length hairstyle that is always going to be on trend, you can’t go wrong with the classic bob. Cut to the nape of the neck with a subtle curl under at the ends; the bob is a style that is as on-trend today, as it was 50 years ago when envisioned by Vidal Sassoon. Side-swept bangs are stunning with the classic bob, and they will add some softness to angular faces. If you want to bring this timeless mid-length cut bang up to date, try an eye-catching hair dye. Contemporary colors that are currently in vogue include pastel shades, lilacs and purples and Millennium pink.
#11: Rainbow Waves
Multicolored hair dye is a look is so eye-catching and will seem so useful when styled into large waves, or with tousled texture. Rainbow waves are a perfect way to add punch to middle length hairstyles, but it is not a dye to try at home. Always get a dye job this complicated, done by a professional hair stylist.
#12: Blunt Textured ‘Lob’
If you have hair that is on the thin side, you can create some extra body with a blunt textured ‘lob’ (long bob). Blunt cutting the hair to all one length and the shoulders, keeps the hair bouncy, and minimal layering keeps the hair entirely. Adding texture and wave is also an excellent way to get more volume into thin hair. Rough dry with a hairdryer and twist sections of hair with fingertips and a light wax once dry. A blunt textured ‘lob’ can transform lank, lifeless hair into something lively and beautiful.
#13: Messy Waves and Volume at the Crown
There is another tip for getting somebody to your medium length hairstyle for your thinner hair, is to add some volume at the crown Backcomb the roots at the top to create some lift, and style into loose waves at the ends to add some extra body. Furthermore, waves around the jawline will add some softness to angular face shapes.
#14: Centre-Parted Wob
Center part bangs that flow over the forehead is a perfect choice for oblong faces as they take emphasis away from the rough area. Adding volume at the sides will also balance out a more extended look, so add some big waves to your middle length hair to create a chic ‘Wob,’ i.e., the wavy bob.
#15: Bob with Bold Volume
If you are a ‘big hair, don’t care’ kind of girl, then you will love a mid-length bob, with lots of volumes. Ideal for thicker hair types, plenty of layers and texture, will create oodles of body that is as stunning as it is striking. Plenty of texturizing gel on damp hair before blow-drying will help hold the volume all day long.
#16: Sultry Bed Head
Yes, you did roll out of bed looking that good. Well, it will certainly look that way with sultry mid-length locks, which are just the right amount of messed up. The key to this hairstyle is plenty of bounce and movement, which can be achieved by applying heavy rollers into big slices of damp hair and blow drying. Don’t let the rollers cool down completely, as this will give too much of a set, defined curl. Instead, unfurl the rollers when they are still a little warm to the touch, and comb through with a wide tooth comb.It will create the relaxed, chic and messy texture that is super laid back and oh so stylish.
#17: Messy, Relaxed Waves
Of off-duty style is your thing, then add some messy and relaxed waves to your medium length hair. A few layers and blunt edges will create some extra, for the in laid-back chic. These relaxed waves look great in some lengths, from chin length to collarbone length.
#18: Soft Unicorn Curls
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that the beauty trends are heavily influenced by unicorns. There is unicorn make up brushes, unicorn highlighters, and unicorn hair. To give an extra whimsical touch to your unicorn colors, style your hair in big bouncy waves, using some barrel tongs. The curls will bring out the different colors of the hair.
#19: Modern Mullet
You probably think the mullet (business up front, the party in the back), is a look best left back in the 80s and 90s, and you’re probably right. But, you can take some elements of the retro hairstyle to create a fresh and quirky, modern mullet. Choppy bangs and short, shaggy layers, will transform your medium length hair into something fun and playful, with plenty of movement. Give the hair layers somebody and bounce, by blow drying the hair upside down, or by backcombing at the roots.
#20: Color and Curls
Looking to give your medium length hair the real X Factor? Then why not try combining big, bouncy curls with a striking hair color. If you do decide to go for both color and curls, make sure you protect your hair to prevent the damage that is caused by excessive styling and coloring. Always use a heat protector spray when styling, and invest in a good quality color care shampoo and conditioner.It looks so eye-catching and stunning.
#21: Angular ‘Lob’ With Fringe
If there was ever a medium length hairstyle that was perfect for rounder faces, it is the angular ‘lob’ (i.e., the long bob) with a full, blunt fringe. The straight ruler bangs, and a sharp angle to the face balancing out the roundness of the face. While the blunt straight edge to the ‘lob’ helps elongate the face and neck. Keep that fringe and hair poker straight, with a liberal mist of firm hold hairspray – spray from around 30cm away to prevent a hard, crunchy finish. An extreme, statement haircut.
#22: Rose Gold Waves
Mid-length hair is ideal for showing off the latest hair color trends. Medium hair tends to have less split ends than long hair, which makes it perfect for coloring, as it will be healthier and less likely to dry out. Rose gold is a trendy color of the moment, and it looks beautiful against paler and creamy skin tones.
#23: Cute and Curly Side-Parted Bob
A neck length bob looked super cute and flirty when styled into a side parting and given some random curls. Use a curling iron with a medium sized barrel on random sections of hair, and comb out with fingertips, to provide playful movement that is feminine and fun. To take the mid-length style from day to night, by tucking one side behind the ear, and pinning in place with a lovely hair accessory.
#24: Flicked-out Bob
Give your neck-length bob a softer finish, with some flicked out edges on just the last few inches of hair. It is a super cute, and super chic look that is effortless and laid back but could also look super glam, just by adding a bold, color-pop lipstick. Flick out the edges of you bob using, by curling up the edges with a pair of straighteners. Keep the flick soft and subtle to avoid the style looking too retro.
#25: Graduated Wob
The wavy bob, i.e., the ‘Wob’ is a stunning mid-length hairstyle which will add lots of volume to thinner hair, and it a great take on the classic bob. Create an illusion of thicker hair, by graduating the length, with shorter hair at the back, graduating to longer at the front. This mid-length hairstyle can still work on thicker hair, by taking some of the weight with some smart layering. Fix the waves, but even keep them soft, with a light hold hairspray.
#26: Soft Bangs and Waves
Square, round, and oval faces, really suit some soft bangs, whether they sit just above the eyelashes or above the eyebrows. These full, soft bangs look great with natural-looking waves, combining to create a romantic, yet edgy look. Change up the mid-length hairstyle, by sweeping the bangs to the side, and straightening the lengths.
#27: Face Framing S-wave
To change up a single length cut, and a large s-wave, which will beautifully frame the face, and give somebody thinner hair. The create the massive wave use a wide-barrelled curling tong and significant sections of the hair. It is a straightforward, but gorgeous style, that will just take five minutes to complete, perfect for the girl on the go.
#28: Asymmetric Medium Length Cut
The edgy asymmetric cut is more versatile than it seems. Add softness by curling the ends, or go for a tougher look by styling the locks poker straight with some hair straighteners. You can also emphasize the longer lengths, by pinning the shorter side back, which creates an edgy style.
#29: Rainbow Ombre Bob
The unicorn effect, candy floss locks, and now we have the standout, rainbow ombre. The hair starts as one color at the roots and blends through all colors of the rainbow to the tips. Do not try this look at home, always go to a professional stylist to get the best hair treatments, risk-free.
#30: Extreme Side Bangs
Take some of the heavyweights from thick hair, while creating an edgy, contemporary style, with some extreme side bangs. Blow-dry bangs over one eye with a wide round brush, and add some movement to layers with a light application of styling wax. Severe side bangs are ideal for round face, as it will add an angle by cutting across the forehead.
#31: Candyfloss Curls
Candyfloss curls are a significant hair trend – beautiful pink hair styled with cute, soft curls. The shade of pink is up to you, with baby pink, rose golds, and Millennium pink (Google it) being super fashionable and on-trend shades. Look at your ‘pretty in pink’ hairstyle with a high-quality color care shampoo and conditioner, and a heat defense spray.
#32: Poker Straight with Grown Out Bangs
Super sleek and straight locks look great on medium length hairstyles, particularly when combined with flirty grown out bangs. Those with oval and heart shaped faces can go for the classic middle splitting, but those with oval and round faces should go for side swept, grown out bangs to add balance.
#33: Mini Cornrow Braids
If you love mid-length hairstyles that have a shaven side – as previously rocked by the likes of Demi Lovato and Rihanna – but don’t have the confidence to go for the razor, there is another way. Section off a portion of hair that you want to give the false- shaved effect. Separate this section into smaller slices and braid tightly to the scalp in cornrows, right round to the nape of the neck. It creates the illusion of super short hair on one side, which looks so fresh and edgy, particularly when the rest of the hair is given a relaxed tousled texture. And not a razor in sight.
#34: Flicked Out Bangs With Side Part
Growing out some bangs does not have to be a frustrating and irritating experience. Some grow out bangs can look great with your middle length haircut, when given a little styling. Side part the hair and use a round brush and a hairdryer, or a pair of hair straighteners, to flick out the grown out bangs. Apply a mist of hairspray to hold the flicked out bangs, and voilà, a whole new mid-length hairstyle that will look fabulous until those bangs grow out. You might just fall in love with your new flicked out locks, that you decide not to build them out after all.
#35: Centre Parted ‘Wob’
By bringing up the length of thinner hair and graduating it to be shorter at the back, you can give some real body to otherwise limp hair. Adding some waves around the hairline will add some softness to angular faces, as well as boosting the volume of your hair. To get some life at the roots, invest in a good root boosting powder.
#36: Holographic waves
There is another on-trend hair dye effect that is worth mentioning for middle length hair. We’ve had a unicorn, candy floss, and rainbows, and now we have holograph hair. This hair trend is all about subtly mixing pastel highlights – like icy blue, lavender, soft pink and minty green – to give the illusion that the hair is changing color, just like holographic paper or fabric. A lot of shine is required to maximize the effect, so invest in a good quality high shine spray or serum. Furthermore, adding some waves will boost the shimmering impact; it is a magical take on the pastel hair trend. A professional hair colorist best creates this metallic hair trend.
#37: Minimal Layering
You can keep your medium length hairstyle simple, and it still is stylish and chic. A few strategically placed layers can add minimal texture, which still gives lots of movement. Easy to style and maintain, this minimum mid-length haircut it ideal for those that don’t want to spend hours on their hair each day.
#38: Straightforward and Chic Centre-Part
For a chic medium length hairstyle, you don’t need to spend forever in front of the mirror with various styling tools and products. Simple can be just as classy – a single center parting and a few beachy waves on collar length hair, is the best in laid-back chic. Take a look from day to night by sweeping the lengths into a loose side bun, leaving a few loose wavy tendrils at the front. Or give a more edgy look by using straighteners to get the locks poker straight, and apply some hair glitter or metallic paint down the center part.
#39: Super Sleek Side Sweep
While curls and waves look great on medium length hair, they aren’t for everyone. That’s okay, as middle length hair looks just a good when styled super sleek and straight. Keep your locks smooth and minimize heat damage, by blow drying the hair straight under medium heat, with a wide round brush to give volume at the roots.
#40: Excited Sleek Side Sweep
A new hair dye effect is currently making the rounds on Instagram, where the top layer of hair is dyed one color, and the underlayer is dyed another. It is very fresh and looks stunning styles in a smooth side sweep, with the under color peeking out. Apply a heat protector spray, and cover up the hair with some hair straighteners and curl under the ends. Finish with a small amount of shine serum, rubbed between the palms and smoothed over the hair, to tame any loose strands. Super sleek locks, look beautiful when styled in an extreme side-sweep over one eye.
#41: Textured Unicorn Waves
The unicorn hair trend is achieved by dying slices of hair different pastel shades, to create a fairy tale rainbow effect. The colors blend well together when styles into textured waves. It is a dye job that is best left to the professionals, so get off this one to your hairdresser.
#42: Dramatic Bangs
Achieve an effortless, Bohemian middle length hairstyle, with soft full bangs that tickle the eyelashes, and tousled, wavy lengths. Allow the hair to dry naturally, for a carefree and messy finish, or style with a hair dryer for a more polished finish. Take this beautiful Bohemian style, straight to the festival, by adding a floral headband very Florence and the Machine.
#43: Long Choppy Layers
To add texture and body to medium thickness and thin hair, choose a medium length hairstyle that has some long choppy layers. To give the style extra bounce and body, by adding a texture spray to damp hair and drying either upside down, or with a diffuser attached to your hair dryer.
#44: Messy Layered ‘Lob’
The messy layered ‘lob’ is a great shoulder-length hairstyle for all face shapes, as the long choppy layers in the front, will beautifully frame the face, adding softness to strong jaw lines, as well as balancing out longer and wider face shapes. Create that smooth messy texture with a volume mousse and rough dry, before smoothing over some sections with some hair straighteners.
#45: The Balayage Bob
Balayage is a technique for highlighting hair, where the dye is painted on to give a graduated and natural effect. This highlighting technique looks particularly good on mid-length hair, as the soft ombre effect can shine through. Emphasise the natural texture and kink of your hair with some gentle styling, and finish with a high shine spray for smooth, sun-kissed color. Effortless, natural and beautiful.
#46: Subtly Highlighted Layers
Some natural highlights added to a wavy mid-length hair will result in a beautiful sun-kissed effect. A further benefit of these subtle highlights is that they are low maintenance, as it is not obvious when they are growing out. No more expensive trips to the hairdresser every 4-6 weeks.
#47: Subtle Layers and Waves
A real delicate elegance can be given to your medium length hairstyle with some beautiful layers and waves, which provide a wispy and soft finish to the ends of the hair. To add to the softness and romance of the style, icy blondes or pale gray hair colors will compliment the delicacy of this style.
#48: Chunky Layered Bob
Give a classic straight bob an edgier appearance, with some chunky, choppy layers, and brush the hair back to give some lift to the crown. Tease out the ends and define the chunky layers with by using a styling wax or clay, and use a little more to give a boost to the layers around the hairline. This style looks at its best when it sits just on the nape of the neck, so keep up with regular trims.
#49: Brushed-Out Waves
Medium length hair has excellent versatility. For example, yesterday’s curls or waves can be today’s laid-back chic. The morning after rocking gorgeous bouncy waves and washing them out, apply a good misting of high shine spray and bush out the waves, for a relaxed tousled look. If required, spray the roots with some dry shampoo, to add lift and soak up any excess oil.
#50: Blunt Bob With Bangs
If you are looking for a super sleek and sharp medium length style, go for a blunt bob with hair that is all one length. It gives a real crisp finish the hair, helping it to look neat healthy and beautiful. For an extra edge, and a blunt cut fringe just above the eyes – super fresh and brings focus to the eyes. Keep this style looking its best, with a deep conditioning treatment once a week, and regular trims at the hairdressers.
#51: Soft Full Bangs and Tousled Lengths
Choppy bangs and tousled layers give a relaxed look that is effortless and laid back. Create the tousled texture, with a soft hold mousse, scrunched into the lengths of towel-dried hair. Tease the ends with a small amount of styling wax to add a little bit of extra texture. Hold your bangs in place with a list mist of firm hold hairspray.
#52: Modern Quiff and Shoulder Length Texture
Fans of 80’s hair and beauty will know how big wet-look waves with a side-swept quiff, used to be. Bring this retro look, once favored by Madonna, up to date by texturizing the hair with a sea salt spray, instead of wet gel, and give the quiff some softness by sweeping it up and over one eye. Madonna would be proud.
#53: Beachy Waves
To add some relaxed surfer chic to your medium length hair, add some beachy waves. Apply a generous mist of sea salt spray to damp and, and roughly dry using the fingers to add texture. Your beachy waves will also look great when swept into a messy top knot, with a few escaping locks. With this great mid-length style, every day you will be beach ready.
#54: Heavily Grown Out Bangs
At some point in your life, you may want to grow out your bangs to change up your medium length hairstyle. Don’t treat this as an in-between phase. Make the most of it and experiment with different styles and looks – clip it back, braid it, or just give let it blend into the rest of your hair, and frame your face.
#55: Shaggy Lob
Laid back and edgy girls will love the shaggy ‘lob’ middle length hairstyle. Shaggy and messy layers create an effortless edge that is super fresh and youthful. These relaxed layers are versatile and can be styled in extreme side part, or left to fall naturally, or even tie up in n trend space buns. A fresh, contemporary style.
#56: Modern Farrah Flick
Everyone will know of the classic Farrah Fawcett flick that was iconic in the seventies. He flicked out layers had millions of women all over the world rushing to the salon to get the Charlie’s Angel look for themselves. Bring the Farrah flick into the 21st century by bringing the length up to the collarbone, part the hair the side, and using wide barrel tongs to curl big slices of hair away from the face. Soften the curls, by combing through them with your fingertips, and voilà, the new Farrah flick.
#57: Laid back Balayage Curls
The natural Balayage looks stunning on the messed up curls of a ‘Lob.’ To give that laid back, undone look to your curls, use different sized hair rollers, to give bigger and larger curls, creating a natural effect. Comb through set curls with finger and palms rubbed with a little cream for all day staying power.
#58: Vast and bold Waves
Thick hair will look phenomenal when styles with some big bold waves. It is an excellent way to show off all that healthy hair, as well as being ideal to emphasize hair colors, like beautiful ombre or balayage effects. These beautiful waves are easy to achieve at home, create an s-shape curl with a large barrel curling iron, and fix with a light misting of hairspray; too much product will weigh the hair down. Give the lift to the roots, with a volumizing mousse combed through the roots with fingertips, before blow drying. A great medium length hairstyle for thicker locks.
#59: Soft Rounded Bob
Thicker hair types can get a gorgeous rounded shape to their bob haircut, that has a definite 60’s vibe. Style the rounded bob, sleek and smooth with a pair of hair straighteners, curling the ends under at the ends, to create a beautiful curve under the skin. Finish with a spritz of high shine spray, for a real glossy finish.
#60: Shoulder-length Perm
Once beloved decades ago by the likes of Whitney Houston and Meg Ryan, the per, (i.e., the permanent wave) is making a bit of a comeback. Instead of tighter curls that were previously favored, the modern perm consists of big and bouncy curls, that can give volume to even the thinnest of hair. A shoulder length perm with a few layers create great body, and also all round size; a few bangs will give a soft finish. Look after your perm with curl enhancing products, avoiding creating formulas, as they can weigh down curls.
#61: Beautiful Bridal Bounce
Bridal hair isn’t all about the updo; a bride can look just a beautiful and magical when she wears her hair down. Brides with mid-length hair will look stunning with their hair flowing around their face in gorgeous bouncy curls. Soft, feminine and elegant, keep the curls in place all day by applying a fine mist of hairspray. Add an extra bridal touch with a lovely floral or jeweled hair accessory. Picture perfect.
#62: Beautiful Braids and Bob
Any medium length haircut will look amazing with the addition of some cute little twists. Will it be a French braid, a Dutch braid, or perhaps something a bit more complicated and intricate, like lace or cage braid? So classically chic.
#63: Heavy Bangs and Textured Bob
To make the bangs look soft and bouncy, as opposed to a little limp, blow dry with a wide round brush, and separate the hair with the fingertips. It is a medium length hairstyle that looks great with a center or side part, or with shoulder length or longer locks, plus it is a great style for day or night.
#64: Lace Braid with ‘Lob’
Adding a braid to you chic mid-length style is an easy way of dealing with one of those inevitable bad hair days. Spray the section of hair that you want to braid with a texturizing product, as this will help hold the braid in place all day. For braid, inspiration checks out [LINK TO BRAID ARTICLE] and some of the many great video tutorials available online.
#65: Tight Ringlet Chin Length Bob
Tip a nod to past glamour by having your natural tight ringlets, cut into a stunning chin length bob. The tight ringlet curls will give beautiful volume that will work with oblong and heart-shaped faces. Keep those gorgeous curls shiny and healthy by investing in some quality natural curl products, and a good hair serum. Finish off the look, and become a modern-day Billie Holiday, by adding some floral accessories just above one ear…beautiful.
#66: Bold Volume Shoulder Length Curls
Don’t be afraid of the amount of natural hair. Instead embrace that body and bounce, as it will give your medium length hair the real wow factor. All those beautiful curls (big or small) will be so eye-catching and have such significant movement. Big is beautiful.
#67: Face-framing Layers
A few chin length layers around the hairline, are perfect for framing the face. This mid-length style suits oval and heart shape looks and will help soften the jaw lines of square or angular face shapes. Curl the layers under slightly using some hair straighteners, to frame those facial features. Ideal for all thickness of hair, and for side and center partings, ask your hairdresser what would be the best length for your face-framing layers, chin length or longer.
#68: Layered Bob With Tight Curls
Natural tight curls look beautiful when cut into a layered bob. The volume of the curls, gives a great shape to the bow, tapering into the base of the neck, which is perfect for framing the face. It means that it is a style that suits nearly all face shapes. Experiment with color and have fun with hair accessories, for a style that is entirely your own.
#69: Cropped Side, Flowing Curls
We talked earlier about a mid-length style that mimics the look of a shaved side, but perhaps you are brave enough to go for the chop. A tightly cropped front with long flowing curls is the perfect combination of the edgy and the feminine and makes for a super fresh and contemporary medium length hairstyle. The bouncy curls contrast beautifully with the more masculine and tough sort side, creating an exciting hairline, and something unique. Don’t try to crop your hair at home closely – once it is cut off, there is no putting it back. Instead consult with your hair stylist, as they will be able to suggest where your short side should begin and end, as well as how quick you can dare to go.
#70: Messy Ponytail With Bangs
Medium length hair looks great when styled into a messy ponytail, and it is ideal for those days when you just don’t have the energy to wash your hair. Apply some dry shampoo in at the roots to create some volume at the roots, and pull into a relaxed ponytail with the hands. Secure with an invisible tie, and use a section of hair to wrap around the band, for a polished finish.
Middle Length Hair Inspiration
As you can see, there is so much you can try when it comes to mid-length hair. Whether your hair is thick or thin, the is something for anyone to experiment, and a style that will suit everyone. So if you love medium length hair, or are just in that in that in-between phase of growing out an old style, why not try something new. Try some waves, curls or texture, or maybe get some bangs cut in, or go for something completely different, and try an unusual hair dye effect – unicorn, rainbow bright or candy floss queen, which will it be. Just take that middle length hair inspiration and run with it all the way to the hair salon. There are a few guidelines to follow that medium length hairstyles for different face shapes.
• Round Face
Sleek and straight hair looks perfect for round faces, but center partings should be avoided.Instead, choose a medium length style with bangs that hit the eyebrows, or longer side swept. It will take the emphasis off a round face, by giving the illusion of angles. Those with oval faces can go for waves or curls, as long as they are soft and subtle; big bouncy curls will add more volume to a round face, making it appear wider than it is.
• Heart Shaped Face
Volume at the sides, and drawing attention to the forehead, are best avoided if you have a heart shape face, as this will make a face look longer and the jawline more angular. Soft and long, angled bangs and a bob that hits just at the nape of the neck, or longer, are gorgeous, for heart-shaped faces. Waves and curls are okay, as long as they are soft and without too much body.
• Square Face
While bangs are great for round faces, they are not an excellent choice for square faces, as they add extra angles to an already fairly angular face. The ‘lob’ aka the long bob with turned under ends, is a great medium- length hairstyle for those with square faces, as it softens the jawline. A center parting is also a smart choice, as it creates a rounded edge to an angular face, as well as drawing emphasis away from a wider face.
• Oblong Face
If you have an oval face, avoid medium length hairstyles that are all poker straight and all one length, and this will make a face appear longer and narrower. Go for waves, or layers that create volume at the sides of the face, which will add fullness to the face, and balance out the oblong shape.
• Oval Face
Those with oval faces are lucky, as most medium length hairstyles will suit them perfectly. Curls or straight, longer or shorter, bangs or no bangs, they will all fit beautifully with an oval face.