40 Gorgeous Celebrity-Inspired Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

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Your medium length hair isn't too short or too long; it's sitting pretty in the sweet spot of hairstyles. Whether your hair is thick or fine, pin straight or wavy, natural or processed, there are so many style and updo options out there to try. We've curated a whopping 40 hairstyles for medium length hair to inspire your next cut. And if you've got longer hair, don't worry—making an appointment with your stylist is an easy fix.

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Thick Bangs and Loose Waves

Medium Length Hairstyle: Thick Bangs and Loose Waves, Jill Winternitz
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Volume is the name of the game with this shoulder length hairstyle worn by Jill Winternitz. She doubles down with loose, hearty waves and long, thick bangs. For even more volume, try a volumizing shampoo, such as Frederic Fekkai The Uplifting One Volume Shampoo ($30; ulta.com).

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Full Body and Tousled Waves

Medium Length Hairstyle: Full Body and Tousled Waves, Lili Reinhart
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Lili Reinhart's medium length tousled waves can be recreated with a large barrel curling iron and a little bit of volumizing spray at the crown. Try Hot Tools Golden Rose 1-1/4'' Flipperless Curling Wand ($74.99; ulta.com) and Moroccanoil Root Boost ($29; sephora.com).

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Deep Side Part

Deep Side Part Hair
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If you love to rock your natural texture, try a deep side part like Yara Shahidi to create unexpected, notice-me volume on one side. You can also add pretty barrettes or bobby pins to keep things unexpected.

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Slick, Wet Look

Medium Length Hairstyle: Slick, Wet Look, Kristen Bell
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Kristen Bell demonstrates just how chic a wet-look hairstyle can be. To maintain the look long after you've showered, use a robust styling gel, such as Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Super Sculpt Gel ($21; ulta.com).

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Loose and Casual Chignon

Medium Length Hairstyle: Loose and Casual Chignon, Meghan Markle
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If anyone is the princess (or duchess) of effortless hairstyles, it's Meghan Markle. This low chignon feels polished but still casual because of the loose, face-framing pieces.

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Severe Middle Part

Blunt Middle Part
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Kendall Jenner's shoulder length, blunt haircut with a severe middle part is the perfect vehicle for super smooth strands. It also feels very minimalist, making it the perfect accessory to almost any outfit.

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Loose All-Over Curl

Blunt Deep Side-Part
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Kerry Washington's soft curls start at the root for a full-bodied take on an otherwise blunt haircut. Since the curls are loose, you can still see the very defined chop of her hair, giving the look a modern, sexy vibe.

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Micro Bangs

Feathery Bangs
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Our prediction: Emma Watson's short, choppy baby bangs will inspire more than one trip to the salon. She's not the only celebrity rocking micro fringe, either, which looks especially good paired with medium hair.

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Slicked Back

Slicked Back Hair
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Nothing says "cool girl" like effortlessly slicked-back hair a la Paris Jackson. This look is also highly achievable for women with medium or shoulder length hair. Rake a styling gel, such as Kenra Professional Styling Gel 17 ($16; ulta.com), through your hair with your fingers and allow to dry.

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Pretty Side Part

Pretty Side-Part Hiarstyle
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Margot Robbie sports a pretty, shoulder length hairstyle that's easy enough for anyone to recreate with a trusty flat iron. Simply straighten with a slight flip inward on the ends to create definition and then tuck bangs behind the ear.

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Face Framing Layers

Middle Part and Loose Curls
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A layered hairstyle for medium length hair, like Kate Middleton's, adds body without taking away from length. It's also super flattering and highly versatile, allowing you to play with texture and curl.

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Stick Straight

Stick Straight
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We love how naturally curly Nicole Kidman went stick straight with razor-sharp blunt ends. The striking middle part adds even more dimension to this medium length hairstyle.

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Shaggy and Undone

Shaggy and Undone Hair
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If you have medium length fine hair like Alexa Chung, a shaggy cut to the shoulders will give you the body and movement you're looking for. After washing, apply a finishing cream, such as Ouai Finishing Cream ($24; sephora.com), to damp or dry hair for that done-but-undone look.

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Loose Waves

Loose Waves Chrissy Teigen
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Shoulder length hair with loose, cascading curls looks pretty and pulled together. We love the way Chrissy Teigen uses a single curl to frame her face.

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Bouncy Curls

Bouncy Hair
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Whether you want to accent your natural curls or tame frizz, investing in a calming cream, such as Credo Quiet Calm Curl Control ($29; amazon.com), is key if you've got thick medium length hair like Lorde.

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Hollywood Glam

Face Framing Waves
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We're feeling the retro Hollywood vibe of Jessica Biel's silky, cascading curls that hit at right about the shoulder. She creates movement at the front and ends for the right amount of bounce and classic glamour.

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Blunt Bangs

Blunt Bangs Haircut
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If you want to pair your medium length hair with blunt bangs, aim for light, choppy bangs like Octavia Spencer. The feathered texture works well with a shoulder grazing 'do.

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Beachy Textured Side Part

Beachy-Textured Side Part
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Kiernan Shipka's textured, shoulder-length hairstyle mimics the texture you'd get after lounging around beachside for a few hours. It's windswept but still controlled and just laid-back enough. A bit of texturizing spray, such as Amika Bushwick Beach No-Salt Wave Spray ($25; sephora.com), which doesn't include hair-drying salt, will give you that piecey, textured look without actually having to go to the beach.

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Elegant Updo

Elegant Up-do
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It's a total scene-stealer: A curled piece of hair makes Olivia Culpo's simple bun the ultimate Bond girl hairstyle.

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Pulled-Out Waves

Controlled Beachy Waves
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If you love to rock a middle part, Lily Collins' loose wave hairstyle is one to try out on yourself. After curling small pieces of hair with a curling wand, run your fingers through your hair with a bit of texturizing paste to channel the same casual, undone look.

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All-Natural Curls

Naturally Curly on Drew Berrymore
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If your medium length hair is naturally thick and curly, embrace your natural texture and rock what you've got. To get Drew Barrymore's look, rub in a curl-enhancing balm, like Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl (Style) Defining Creme ($16; sephora.com), and let air dry.

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Low Buns

Low Buns
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Janelle Monáe is known for her amazing hairstyles, but we particularly love this one: two low buns that put a whimsical spin on an otherwise classic style. Don't worry too much about frizz or texture, the more natural movement your hair has the better.

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Pulled-out Front Layers

Accentuating Front Layers
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This hairstyle idea for medium length hair feels romantic, feminine, and best of all, effortless. No matter what kind of updo you're wearing, pull out a few pieces from the front and curl, as seen here on Salma Hayek.

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Slicked-Back Pony

Slicked Back Pony
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Liu Wen upgrades the classic ponytail with chic, slicked-back strands. The on-purpose, wet hair look takes this post-gym hairstyle to the streets.

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Feathery Bangs and Bouncy Curls

Bangs and Bouncy Curls
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The feathered, piecey bangs and barrel curls complement each other without overpowering, which is why Jaime King's style works so well. We're getting updated 70s vibes here, so if you recreate this one on your medium length hair, lean into the decade with clothing and accessories.

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Soft Layers

Soft Layers
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Felicity Jones' long layers give her medium length hairstyle incredible movement, including a slight flip at the ends.

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Easy Low Bun

Easy Low Bun
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Charlize Theron doesn't let her mid-length hair stop her from pulling off a clean, sophisticated updo. A small bun at the base of the neck is just as elegant as a full top bun.

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Asymmetrical Waves

Asymmetrical Waves
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Naomi Watts' cut sits a little bit longer on one side, adding an unexpected edge to a classic long bob. Try soft, tousled waves and a side part to fully recreate this look on medium length hair.

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High Pony

High Pony
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If you've got a lot of hair, a high pony is still possible for girls with medium length hair. Secure it and lightly tease it out out for a retro look, like Rihanna's.

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Shoulder-length hair like Olivia Palermo's looks fresh and pretty worn half up. The style works, whether hair is straight or curly. Just keep volume down at the sides to avoid the dreaded triangle look.

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Simple Waves

Face Framing Curls
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Emma Stone's medium length waves start right at her cheekbones, drawing attention to her face. Copying the look is simple: start curling halfway down the length of hair, then comb through.

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Pulled Back and Curly

Pulled Back and Curly
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Make a hair statement a la Viola Davis with a smooth base that fans out into big, tight curls. This hairstyle works perfectly on medium length hair that's natural and thick.

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Shiny Waves

Gentle Waves
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Winona Ryder's hairstyle has a lock on shine, thanks to a one-length cut, middle part, and semi-defined waves.

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Messy Top Bun

Messy Top Bun
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If you can't pull all your hair up into a messy bun without it falling out…you're doing something right. Ciara's half-up topknot is a whimsical hybrid of both classic styles.

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Deep Side Part and Vintage Curls

Medium Length Hairstyle: Deep Side Part and Vintage Curls, Shannon Purser
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Shannon Purser's hair looks vintage-chic thanks to a super deep side part and curls that flip in the same upward direction. This is a great medium length hairstyle option for thin hair, too, since all that hair on one side creates the illusion of twice the volume. A volumizing mousse, such as Drybar Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Mousse ($26; ulta.com), can add even more texture and height.

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Quirky Double High Buns

Medium Length Hairstyles: Quirky Double High Buns, Billie Eilish
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Leave it to singer Billie Eilish to throw care to the wind when it comes to her hair. This double high bun feels more laid-back than your standard festival buns thanks to the asymmetry and disheveled effect.

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Tight Afro

Medium Length Hairstyle: Tight Afro, Ashleigh Murray
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The key to achieving Ashleigh Murray's gorgeous, natural hair look is to infuse it with lots of moisture via a product like Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream ($34; sephora.com) or Mizani True Textures Curl Define Pudding ($18; ulta.com).

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Glass Hair

Medium Length Hairstyle: Glass Hair, Lucy Hale
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Super sleek, almost-too-perfect glass hair is ultra-trendy right now, as seen on Lucy Hale. It takes some patience to recreate, but the right tools can help. Use a texturizing paste on flyaways at the part—R+Co Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème ($29; dermstore.com) is a good one—and then go over it with a baby flat iron. Try Kristin Ess Defining + Detailing Mini Flat Iron ($50; target.com).

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Low French Side Braid

Medium Length Hairstyle: Low French Side Braid, Rita Ora
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The low French braid worn by Rita Ora works for all medium length hair types. Dress it up with a glitzy barrette and chandelier earrings at a formal event, keep it casual with a sun hat at the pool, or throw on your favorite romper for some weekend shopping.

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60s French Twist

Medium Length Hairstyle: 60s French Twist, Ashley Graham
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We rarely see Ashley Graham in an updo, so it's a real treat to see her rock this sideswept French twist straight from the 60s. If you recreate this look at home, try a flexible hairspray to keep everything in place, such as Garnier Fructis Style Flexible Control Hairspray ($2.99; target.com).

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