30 Trendy Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair
You hair isn’t short and it’s not long—you're living in the sweet spot of hairstyles. There are so many options out there when you've got medium length hair. Whether your medium length hair is thick or fine, pin straight or wavy, we’ve curated 30 different styles for your inspiration boards. And if you’ve got longer hair, don’t worry—making an appointment with your stylist is an easy fix.
Nothing says “cool girl” like effortlessly slicked-back hair. This out-of-the-shower look is highly achievable for girls with long-but-not-too-long hair. Rake styling gel through with your fingers for Paris Hilton's look.
Margot Robbie sports a pretty, shoulder-length hairstyle that’s easy enough for anyone with a flatiron. Simply straighten with a slight flip inward on the ends (to create definition) and tuck bangs behind the ear.
Face Framing Layers
Medium-length layered hair like Kate Middleton’s adds body without taking away from length. It's also super flattering and allows you to play with texture and curl more.
We love how naturally curly Nicole Kidman went stick straight with blunt ends, with a quirky and striking middle part.
Shaggy and Undone
If you have 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 to damp or dry hair for that done-but-undone look.
Deep Side Part
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.
Whether you want to accent your natural curls or tame frizz, investing in a calming cream is key if you've got thick hair like Lorde.
We’re feeling the retro Hollywood vibe of Jessica Biel’s cascading curls. Create movement at the front and the ends for the right amount of bounce and classic glamour.
Want to try bangs? Aim for light, choppy bangs like Octavia Spencer's. The feathered texture works well with a shoulder grazing ’do.
Beachy-Textured Side Part
This textured, shoulder-length hairstyle mimics a day on the beach. Wind-swept but still controlled, it’s just laid-back enough. Want to copy Kiernan Shipka’s look? Spritz with sea salt spray and let dry.
It's a total scene stealer: A curled piece of chin-length hair makes Olivia Cuplo's simple bun the ultimate Bond girl hairstyle.
Pulled Out Waves
If you rock a middle part, Lilly Collins’s gentle curl is the look to try. Run fingers through hair to create a casual look of undone ease.
If your hair is naturally thick and curly, embrace your natural texture and rock when you’ve got! To get Drew Barrymore’s look, rub in a curl enhancing balm and let air-dry.
Janelle Monáe is known for her amazing hairstyles, but we love this one in particular—two low buns puts a whimsical spin on a classic style. Don’t worry too much about frizz or texture, the more natural movement your hair has, the better.
Pulled-out Front Layers
This look is romantic, feminine, and most of all, easy. No matter the updo, pull front layers out and curl as seen here on Salma Hayek.
Liu Wen upgrades the classic pony with chic, slicked-back strands. The wet hair look takes this post-gym hairstyle to the streets.
Severe Middle Part
Kendall’s shoulder-length, blunt haircut with a severe middle part is the perfect vehicle for super smooth strands. Get your hair as straight and frizz free as possible to achieve her sleek behind-the-ear tuck. The look is chic, elegant, and minimalist.
Feathery Bangs and Bouncy Curls
Felicity Jones's long layers give her medium-length style incredible movement, including a slight flip at the ends.
Loose All-Over Curl
Kerry Washington’s curls start at the root for a full-bodied take on a 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.
Easy Low Bun
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.
Naomi Watt's cut sits a little bit longer on one side, adding an unexpected edge to a classic long bob. Try soft waves and a side part to fully recreate this look.
If you’ve got a lot of hair, a high pony is still possible for girls with medium length hair. Secure it and fan it out for a retro look, like Rihanna’s.
Shoulder-length hair like Olivia Palermo’s looks fresh and pretty worn half up. The style works on hair from straight to curly—just keep volume down at the sides, to avoid the dreaded triangle look.
Emma Stone’s waves start right at her cheek bones, drawing attention to her face. Copying the look is simple: start curling halfway down the length of hair, then comb through.
Pulled Back and Curly
Make a statement like Viola Davis with a smooth base that fans out into a plethora of big, tight curls. This hairstyle works perfectly on medium-length hair that’s thick and natural.
Winona Ryder’s hairstyle has a lock on shine, thanks to a one-length cut, middle part, and semi-defined waves.
Our prediction: Emma Watson's short, choppy baby bangs will inspire more than one trip to the salon.
Messy Top Bun
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.