Easy and Cute Hairstyles For Medium Hair
Hairstyles are often thought of as being either long or short, but there’s a whole world of medium length looks in between cropped pixies and waist-length locks. Most women will rock a medium length hairstyle at some point in life, whether it’s an in between point in your quest to grow your mane down to the floor or you’ve discovered that collarbone-grazing styles are the most flattering for your face. Medium hairstyles are incredibly versatile. They allow you to wear all sorts of updos and trendy braided styles that shorter cuts can’t handle, but don’t take the same amount of time to wash, dry and style as much longer locks do. If you’re ready to blown away by the possibilities of mid-length hair, we’ve gathered some of the best medium hairstyles this year has to offer.
1Lazy Half Up Knotted Style
Keep your medium length locks out of your face without hiding your subtle new balayage color with this simple half up style. A lazy knot pulls hair together at the back of the head, leaving some loose pieces around the face to help finish off the effortlessly chic look.
2French Braided Buns
French and dutch braids have been enjoying an ultra trendy moment. Although the pictures we often see on social media feature crazy long hair in chic braided styles, medium hair also makes all sorts of french braided looks possible. These cute and sporty french braided buns work for the gym, office, or a night out on the town, making this one of the most versatile medium length looks.
3A-Line S Waves
You can accentuate the A-line silhouette of a medium length hairstyle by wearing it straight, but these lazy S waves help to soften the style. You can get these waves using a few different heat styling techniques, either by loosely wrapping hair around a curling wand or creating partial curls with a flat iron. For an extra natural and tousled look, vary the height at which your waves begin but don’t have any of them begin too close to your roots.
Pull you hair back into a sleek bun for an instantly dressed up look no matter the occasion. A deep side part here helps to create some angles across your forehead, but you can wear this look with a center part too. While ultra long hair makes for a huge bun that can be hard to secure in place, medium hair makes for a chic, minimalist bun that will stay put for hours.
A two strand twist along each side of your bangs connects in the back to create a sweet, half-up hairstyle that perfectly accentuates your medium length strands. Heavily layered looks can be harder to keep in place in twists and braids, and might require extra product to pull off this look.
6Shaggy Style With Side Swept Bangs
The layers in this medium hairstyle have an element of retro shag appeal, but still look light and modern thanks to some texturizing at the ends. This heavy, side-swept bang is the perfect way to debut a fringe after going years without one, but also good way to grow out shorter bangs.
7Double Curly Buns
If your medium length hair is naturally textured, you can get this double bun style without actually needing to twist or secure your hair in a bun shape. Leave some baby hairs around the edges of this style to add some softness to the look.
8Fishtail Lace Braid
The lace braiding technique adds hair into the braid from only one side, making it great for attaching braided bangs or side sections to the rest of your hair. Although the fishtail braiding technique can be a bit time consuming, it’s not difficult to master, and feels less like a chore on medium length strands compared to waist-length locks.
9Center Parted Layers
Straight hair with no layers can feel drab and drawn when it’s parted down the center. But a layered cut with tons of body makes the most of a central part, and works to slim to appearance of your face without making you look tired or pulled down.
10Messy Curls Ponytail
This messy ponytail looks bubbly and fun thanks to some curly texture added throughout the hair’s loose ends, and it works especially well as an easy next-day hairstyle. To get some volume at the crown of your head, tease hair and apply a texturizing spray before tying your hair in a ponytail.
11Low-Key Low Bun
No matter your hair’s texture, this low-key bun is the perfect chameleon style. It works as a quick look when you’re short on time, but can also be dressed up for important meetings, weddings, and other special occasions.
12Fishtail Braid Headband
This fishtail braid headband style looks fancy, but is super easy to pull off. Just braid a simple fishtail on either side of your face, then wrap them around the back of your head and pin together.
You can add a touch of edge to any medium length hairstyle with an undercut nape. Whether it’s subtle and minimalist like the pictured style or a larger area decorated with a hair tattoo, this undercut can be displayed when you wear your hair up or hidden with it down.
A thick dutch braid helps to pull hair away from your face, and works with both long bang styles or blunt haircuts. If you’ve gone a day or two without washing your hair and it’s feeling a little lacklustre, this is an easy way to perk up your look without a shampoo and condition.
15Shaggy Spiral Curls
This shaggy style is perfect for ladies with natural spiral curls in their hair, but it’s also a look you can shoot for with an expertly applied modern perm technique.
16Half Up Pigtail Buns
An easy way to put half your hair up in a trendy style, these pigtail buns are great for casual days but can also be dressed up for a fun night out.
17Long Swept Bangs Style
Long bangs or face framing layers can help to alter your look when worn in a side parted style. For women with long faces, this is a great way to add fullness at the sides of the face.
18Soft Natural Curls
Naturally texture hair can be difficult to care for when it’s super long, while shorter looks might feel like they lack in styling versatility. This medium style is the perfect in between, and uses soft layers to accentuate your curl pattern.
19Dutch Crown Braid
If you’ve already got some braiding experience, this dutch crown braid is a great next-level style. Try it out for a romantic wedding-guest hairstyle, or on your own big day.
20Mid Height Messy Pony
This ponytail hits the perfect mark between messy and put together, with a nicely tousled texture and hair wrapped around its base to conceal the elastic. Medium length hair is perfect for pulling off this style, giving you a nice length of ponytail that isn’t so long it weights itself down.
21Beach Waves Balayage
These loose lazy waves put a rich, sophisticated-looking spin on beachy blonde waves. A blonde-on-blonde balayage offers up the perfect accent to hair’s texture, and makes for a luxe but natural highlighted style.
This milkmaid braid style is one of the quickest and easiest ways to turn your medium length hair into a romantic updo. If you’ve got bangs or face framing layers, leave them loose to create some softness in this style.
23Twisted Bang Headband
Whether you’re looking to freshen up some day old curls or create a romantic style for a special occasion, this twisted bang headband is a quick and easy option.
Even if you aren’t heading to a music festival this summer, these dutch braided buns are the ultimate warm-weather look.
25Edgy Side Shave
Don’t wait for your hair to be super long to try out an edgy side shaved look. We love the combination of a vibrant shade against the natural shade of a side shave, but you can rock this style with any color combination.
26Reverse Braided Bun
A french or dutch braid up the back of your head is the perfect way to dress up an everyday bun or ponytail.
27Deep Side Parted Layers
This is the perfect medium hairstyle for women with long, thin faces. Since both short and long styles can make your face appear longer, this collarbone length is ideal, and a deep side part and tousled layers help to create horizontal volume to make your face look more full.
Medium length blunt styles can be instantly revitalized with the addition of bangs. This chunky fringe is the perfect compliment to a thick blunt cut, offering up a similar texture with the added benefits of highlighting your eyes and opening up the face.
29Half Up Five Strand Braid
Although five-strand braids can be daunting, a half-up medium length style lets you practice just a few stitches of this braiding technique. If you’ve got friends who are braid junkies or interested in learning new styles, this is the perfect look to try out on each other.
30Double French Braid Updo
For medium length hair that’s fairly thick, this double french braid updo is the perfect messy but chic hairstyle.
31Revamp That Boring Cut!
Your medium-length cut should never look this drab! To keep it interesting, ask your stylist to add some of these elements into your style during your next visit:
Fringe is shaped, shortly cut portions of hair designed to fall across your forehead! They are a great way to compliment a no particular face-shape, or to add a personal touch to a haircut.
Add some personality to your medium style by opting for a style of bangs that you feel suits your personality. For a more edgy vibe, follow Krysten Ritter’s idea with short and choppy fringe that is sure to be an attention-grabber! For a more elegant and classic feel, go for a longer fringe that sweeps to the side.
Layers, in hair-cutting, are actual layers of hair that are created in a cut in order to give an illusion of increased volume as well as length. This means the “top layer”, the one located closest to the crown, will be shorter than the bottom layer!
The addition of layers can add more depth and volume than a blunt cut can! If you’re punky, get short, razor-cut layers all throughout your hair. Are you more of a professional type? Then consider a healthier dose, adding just enough starting below your cheekbones to your ends for enough to elegantly frame your face.
Balayage, a traditional French highlighting technique, is done freehand with a paddle! Instead of using foils or caps, the high-light processor, often a dye or bleach, is simply brushed on to chosen strands of hair in open air.
Balayage is a great idea for medium hair, because this specific technique will add depth and take the bleakness out of a solid color, but so so while having a more natural appearance in comparison to classic highlights!
To brighten up medium length hair in a new and fun way, think about changing your hair shade! If you’re daring, and you won’t be condemned at work, go for the pastel or gray shade trend! If your boss isn’t quite so lenient, maybe that honey blonde or deep rouge you’ve always admired will be more your style.
36Down Medium Hairstyles
Simply change up your part to add a bold, chic vibe instantly!
Are you a straight-down-the-middle kind of girl? Then go deep! Draw an imaginary line from the outer corner of one of your eyes all the way up your forehead. This is where your fab side-part should begin!
Sometimes, you just need to get your gorgeous mane out of your eyes! But what if you don’t want to tuck it away in hiding either?! I hold the answer: pull only part of it back instead. Plaits have come back from their kindergarten graves! Add a little elegance to your pulled back fringe by braiding it across the top of your forehead. Secured with two bobby pins (wavy side down, mind you!) and a spritz of your super hold hairspray, your hair will stay classy without the annoyance of that big chunk falling in your eyes every time you peek down.
Maybe you haven’t mastered a French braid, or maybe they simply aren’t your style. No worries! There’s a more simple version for you! Simply start by putting your hair in a side part, and gather the section of hair that usually enjoys flapping around in your face all day. Next, take a teasing brush and backcomb the backside gently. After that, simply pull the section backward, positioning it about two inches above your ear and use two bobby pins crossing eachother diagonally to secure and tame that flappy sassy hair section!
39Classic Victory Roll
For those of you vintage-loving rockabilly cuties out there, you already know what’s up! But if you’re not, don’t fret, you’re about to be enlightened!
Sometimes it actually is a good idea to take style cues from your granny. They sure knew how to rock their hair back in the ’40s! Their classic doo often consisted of a super teased, super rolled, front and center rock star called the victory roll. It’s fun, flirty, and best of all, no fuss once it’s up!
40Half-Up Top Knot
Half-ups have always been popular hairdos, but they are particularly becoming on medium length hair! They pull the entirety of the top sections of hair back and away from the face, making it ideal for an out-of-the-way style!
For a more sporty version of this hairstyle, gather the half-up section into a messy bun and tie off! This is a very trendy and fun hairstyle this season!
Mimic your bohemian sisters by placing a cute and sassy boho braid in your medium length hair. This boho braid will add a playful aura and a bit more polished personality to a simple down style.
Start by grabbing a one-inch thick section of your hair wherever you desire to place your braid. It can be in the very front of your hair, like the left photo shown above, or hidden in your locks, like the image on the right. Braid tightly for a classic look, or loosely for a more artsy bohemian vibe. Secure the end with a small clear hair band, and then spend some time admiring your awesome boho braid!
Beachy waves are a staple summer hairstyle, and they work great on medium hair lengths! Because medium hair is not too short, it is long enough to curl, but it also isn’t so long that the length of the hair weighs down the curls to the very ends.
This style compliments medium-length hair well, because it adds volume and definition by separating usually straight strands. People also consider it to be a super chic style because of the carefree nature that is associated with it!
43Curl It Tight….
To accomplish several smaller and tighter curls such as those shown above, use a one-inch curling wand. Wrap strands nearest to the front away from the face, and hold for around seven seconds for each strand. Wrap all strands in the same direction for curls that can be brushed together, or opposite sides of each other for curls meant to be a little messier and more separated.
For a looser, more gentle version of the tight curls above, just exchange the one-inch curling wand for a two-inch wand. After all the curls cool, take a brush and gently run it through the curls to soften them and gather them together.
This is an easy and quick hairstyle to accomplish, but very flattering for face shapes for those with medium length hair.
To accomplish the look, you just need a straightener and some smoothing serum! Once you’ve heated up the straightener, straighten your hair like normal, with the only change flicking your wrist inwards towards your jaw at the end of the strand. This will push the ends inwards to frame the face!
46Put It Up! Faux Chignon
Create a legitimate-looking fake chignon updo for a quicker version of this classic and elegant look!
To accomplish it, brush all hair backwards, making sure to remove your part as well as any tangles in the hair. Then, take the sections closest to the front of either side of the face. One at a time, twist the strands back around the bottom edge of the hairline until reaching the middle of the back of the head. Then, secure with a clear hair tie. Repeat on the other side. After you have your two sections meeting together in the back, secure together with a regular hair tie and push the ponytail over and through itself to make the sections appear twisted together. Then, tuck the ends of the ponytail inside the twisted section neatly, and you have a super classy and romantic chignon without too much hard work!
This style is fun, cute, and unique! Medium length hair is long enough to stay within a braid, making it perfect for this style!
To copy this cute hairdo, simply start a associated French braid from the front of the crown and continue until only the ends remain. Instead of braiding them, put them in a regular high ponytail, and secure the style with an elastic hair tie!
A classic messy bun on the top of the crown is perfect for any style of hair! For medium lengths, they are fun because the ends often peek out of the bun, giving a chic messy vibe.
To get the perfect top knot, begin by spritzing your whole head with a coat of sea salt spray to add texture and volume. Gather hair into a ponytail and tease the base with a teasing brush gently. Then, wrap the hair around itself loosely, not being careful to keep all the pieces in tightly. Then, secure with a hair tie, and gently squeeze and pull on some sections to create a purposefully messy look!