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11 Trendy Medium Length Hairstyles (For Women of All Ages)

Do you have medium length hair? 🙋🏼‍♀️ I hope so… because today, we’re gonna talk about the absolute best medium length hairstyles out there right now.

Shoulder-length hair has been ultra-popular for a few years now, and it’s easy to see why:

  • Mid-length hair tends to be healthier and bouncier.
  • It’s much easier to style and lower-maintenance than long hair.
  • It’s still long enough to put in a ponytail or wear up.
  • Clip-in hair extensions can be worn to add extra length without the hassle.
  • It’s super flattering on most face shapes.

As you can see, it’s a pretty versatile way to do your hair… and it’s pretty much the best length ever.

I’m all for a solid medium-length haircut. But what haircut should you get? How should you style it?

Girl… I got you covered…

Here are 11 of the cutest, sexiest medium-length hairstyles on the planet…

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Shoulder-length hair is super fun, but do you know how to style it? Here are some of the sexiest medium length hairstyles on the planet!

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#1: The Wavy Lob

Beautiful woman with long wavy bob and balayage.
📷Credit: @agence_salon

The wavy lob is easily one of the best medium length hairstyles of all time… especially when paired with balayage hair color. It’s super trendy but also low-maintenance… although it might require a little ironwork if you don’t have natural waves.

The good news is that Steph Willis has this awesome tutorial that teaches you how to wave it out with a flat iron (don’t forget to use a high-quality heat protectant).

#2: Space Buns

Space buns are a fun, quirky trend that’s been popular for the past few years

This style works with any length of hair, but they’re extra cute on medium-length hair.

#3: Half-Up Mohawk Braid

Half-up topknot and mohawk braid on medium-length pink hair.
📷Credit: @emmilybowman

This is pretty much one of my favorite new hairstyles out there, especially on medium length hair. It’s a fun way to wear your hair half-up while adding a little pizazz.

I know that braids can be intimidating, but don’t worry… Missy Sue will show you how easy it is to pull off this look.

#4: Twist Bangs

I love twisted bangs because it’s an easy way to jazz up any other hairstyle. However, they look insanely cute when paired with a trendy bob haircut.

Beautiful woman with twist bangs on medium-length hair.
📷Credit: @krissafowles

#5: Long Angled Bob

Angled bobs are still going strong after 12+ years, and stylists keep discovering ways to reinvent this look.

In recent years, long bobs are more popular than shorter ones, making it more of a medium-length haircut. This is easily one of my favorite variations of the traditional A-Line.

#6: Braided Half-Updo

Beautiful braided half-updo on medium-length hair.
📷Credit: @ayoulahairdesign

Updo’s are a super fun way to jazz up your everyday hair. Whether you’re going to a wedding, or even to work, a braided half-updo is perfect for any occasion.

Both Kate from The Small Things Blog and Milabu are miracle-workers when it comes to creating medium length hairstyles that are really easy to do. I totally recommend checking out their other content if you want to see more styles like this.

Here are a few ideas you can try:

#7: Shoulder-Length Layered Haircut

Beautiful layered haircut on medium-length hair.
📷Credit: @ka_hair_studio

Adding some bouncy layers to a shoulder-length haircut is a traditional, yet efficient way to pump up the volume and body.

This hairstyle is ever-so-popular because it works… and why change what’s not broken?

#8: The Modern Shag

Sexy modern shag haircut on medium-length hair.
📷Credit: @rachelwstylist

The modern shag haircut is a medium length layered haircut with shorter layers and tons of texture. It’s easily one of the most popular haircuts of modern times.

This video by Free Salon Education shows how impressive modern shag haircuts really are, and also how to cut one.

#9: Half-Up Messy Bun

Half-up topknot on beautiful woman with medium-length hair.
📷Credit: @brittsully

The half-up topknot is often paired with the mohawk braid, but it can also stand on its own.

Like other styles on this list, it works with any length of hair but is absolutely stunning on shoulder-length hair.

#10: Blunt Cut

Dua Lipa with blonde two-toned medium-length blunt haircut.
📷Credit: @dualipa

I’ve talked about this before in a post about my favorite celebrity hairstyles… but I absolutely love how simple Dua Lipa’s hair is.

Her hair often changes (which is common in celebrities), but it always seems to come back to the medium-length blunt cut.

Although layers are great for adding movement and texture, blunt cuts tend to make fine hair look much thicker.

#11: Low Ponytail with Mega Volume

Hair-wrapped voluminous low ponytail on medium-length hair.
📷Credit: @hairbyshaylee

If your hair isn’t too long, it might be hard to make a high ponytail look good. However, there are some cool tricks to make your hair look longer with a low ponytail.

… and even if you don’t use those tricks, a low ponytail will still look better on shorter hair.

Plus, adding volume can make any ponytail look amazing.

Once again, Kate fromThe Small Things Blog has a killer tutorial that you’ll absolutely love:


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Which haircut is best for medium hair?

It’s really all about preference, but the modern shag and long bob are extremely trendy medium-length haircuts.

How do you style medium length hair?

Again, it depends on what type of hairstyle you have and what you want it to look like, but overall, medium hairstyles look best with volume. Blow-drying your hair with a round brush is a great way to add volume to your mid-length hairstyle.

What are some cute hairstyles for medium length hair?

The modern shag haircut and long bob are extremely trendy hairstyles that look great on medium-length hair. Additionally, a half-up topknot or mohawk braid is a fun way to style your mid-length hair for the day.

What is medium length hair?

Medium length hair typically falls around the shoulder-line; it may or may not have layering built-in to the haircut.

Final Thoughts

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Medium-length hair is so versatile and looks flattering on most people. With the right haircut and a little hairstyle inspo, you’ll be ready to rock it.

Until next time,


Your Turn:  What do you think about these medium length hairstyles? Are you going to try any of them? Should I add any other styles to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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