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Experimenting with extremes can be fun, but there’s nothing wrong with settling on a hairstyle that’s somewhere in-between, aka a medium-length hairstyle. What we’re saying is, your options aren’t as black and white as having either short hair or long hair. You can try a look that’s in the middle, opting for a medium-length haircut. And the best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice any style. Your tresses will be just as on trend as if you had let your locks grow out or chopped them close. We’re sharing 40 medium-length haircuts that fit the bill, plus styling tips, below. Get ready to book an appointment with your hairdresser in the new year.
If we had to pick only one medium-length haircut to recommend to literally everyone, it would be this one. The simple truth is, you can’t go wrong with a layered lob. It’s not too short; it’s not too long: It’s just right. We guess that’s the reason everyone’s rocking this haircut right now!
Follow these simple steps to style your haircut:
When you’re getting ready to go to bed, put your hair into a few braids. When you wake up and take out the braids, your hair will have perfect waves. The bigger your braids, the looser the waves!
You can always use a little more texture. Go ahead and spritz your hair with a texture spray.
Using a clear elastic, put the top layer of your hair into a small bun to complement the waves.
Lock the look in place with a hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray.
Choppy layers work especially well on fine hair to provide an instant volume boost.
A timeless favorite among actresses and musicians alike, the gorgeous U-shape haircut looks flattering with any face shape and hair length.
Skip the salon and give your lob an at-home blow-out for a fresh look. Just remember to prep damp strands with a heat protectant spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, before reaching for your hair-dryer and round brush.
An edgier take on the traditional lob, we love an angled cut that rides high at the nape of your neck and angles forward to skim just below your chin.
This haircut is always in style for a reason—it looks good on just about everyone and is super easy to style, whether you want pin-straight strands or relaxed waves.
Combining two of our favorite medium-length hairstyles—the side part and shaggy layers—this dramatic look is perfect for a night on the town.
Another great haircut option for both straight and curly hair, the stacked lob provides texture and dimension. The stacked lob cut consists of stacked layers at the back of your head, with gradual layers that are slightly longer in the front.
Chop to it! This jagged cut gives instant texture to even the finest of strands.
A straight-edge long bob will always be a chic look. To style, run a straightening iron through dry (heat-protected) strands section by section, then set in place with a bit of hairspray.
We love the fuss-free, carefree look of any shag haircut, especially at lob length.
For an edgy haircut that will really make a statement, try an undercut. Simply put, an undercut means cutting hair underneath and leaving locks longer on top. You can go for an extreme undercut or keep things more subtle and utilize a slight undercut to remove a bit of weight.
Medium hair with bangs makes for the perfect combination, and this super-chic, '70s-inspired haircut is definitely the hairstyle of the moment. Don’t think you can pull it off? Good news, center-parted bangs look good with both straight and curly hair. To style, part down the center and spritz on a bit of hair spray to hold them in place.
A razored haircut will help create natural texture without sacrificing any volume.
A more traditional take on the lob, you can really never go wrong with long layers.
For a romantic look, create a deep side part and sweep longer, angled bangs to one side.
Simply put, a point-cut is when a hairstylist cuts your hair with his or her scissors pointed vertically. This technique can create gorgeous movement and is always timeless.
Bold and beautiful, blunt-cut bangs look gorgeous with any face type.
With this cut, hair goes from longer at the back to shorter in front, with lots of layers toward the front that create natural bounce.
For this look, layers are feathered all over the head to create endless dimension.
We totally understand if you’re tempted to cut your hair super-short but aren’t quite ready to make that leap. If that’s the case, this is the haircut for you. You can lose some length, without jumping straight to chopping it all off. Have your hair cut at an angle, with the longest pieces sitting just atop your shoulders.
Hop into the shower and start washing your hair with a system that can help control frizz. For shampoo, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo. For conditioner, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner.
Instead of drying your hair with a towel, soak up excess water with a cotton T-shirt, which will be gentler on your strands.
While your hair is still damp, use wave spray to define your texture.
Let your hair air dry the rest of the way, and then you’re good to go!
With this cut, the ends of your hair will remain one length, while the top layers form an inverted triangle shape.
A boho-chic shag haircut incorporates lots of different lengths of hair and looks particularly amazing when styled with loose waves.
A V-shape haircut includes layers that ultimately come together to form a point in the back (in the shape of a “V”). This look is super flattering on straight, shoulder-length hair.
How you cut your hair can make a serious statement, and this style is no exception. No boring haircut here. Match blunt bangs with blunt (but texturized!) ends for a dramatic ‘do. Just be sure to secure a follow up for trimming your hair; otherwise, your bangs will be blocking your eyes in no time.
This style requires a straightener, hence the heat protectant. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Section by section, flat iron your hair so it’s completely straight.
Apply a hair cream to smooth out any spots that may need it.
For locking in your style, try the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.
Once you start stacking, you may never go back! This haircutting technique will give your strands a boost in body and volume.
This angled, dramatic cut is a super-chic look for an evening out. To keep your gorgeous side-swept bangs in the right place, spritz a bit of strong hold hair spray over your final look.
This retro-inspired look is trendier than ever, thanks to a slew of celebrities.
A little bit longer than traditional bangs and often parted right down the middle, curtain bangs are a timeless, classic cut.
For a standout, straight-edge look, keep your locks and bangs one length and blow-dry your stands straight.
If you’ve got super thick hair and want to lighten things up a bit, this is the cut for you.
This is a classic cut, and it's exactly what it sounds like: layers are cut on an angle to frame the face.
Switch things up with a gorgeous side part! We love this dramatic take on the traditional lob.
Add a little bit of feathered fringe to your look with bangs that skim just below your brows.
Bangs don’t have to be short! A grown-out look that barely hides the eyes is a sultry take on standard bangs.
Recent runway shows around the globe prove that super-short, same-length bangs are all the rage. (For more about this trend, read our article, How to Style Micro Bangs.)
Plenty of models have been sporting this look, not just on the catwalk but in their day-to-day lives, too. For a mini lob look, hair should be one length and fall just below the chin line. To style, don’t go full-on straight. Keep a bit of texture by using a bit of densifying mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse.
Made popular by many pop stars at recent award shows, a temple-shaved undercut is an instant head-turner. While not technically bangs, this cut involves shaving a front section of hair on either side (near your temples) and keeping length everywhere else.
Who said the length of your hair had to be even on both sides? The asymmetrical choices are endless, and all of them are chic.
During the ‘90s, everyone and their mother was in the salon asking for this cut—and now it’s back. You probably remember it from your favorite sitcom back in the day, but just in case it isn’t ringing a bell, imagine choppy layers starting at the crown and working their way all the way down your strands.
We’re about to break out a blow-dryer, and you know what that means: heat protectant! Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream.
Blow-dry your hair, using a round brush to keep it smooth as you go. When you reach the ends, use the brush to flip the ends under (inward).
It never hurts to add some shine! Give your hair a few spritzes of shine spray, and once your style glistens, you’re done!
Are you left asking what about medium-length hair for guys? Let’s cover that next. Click through for The Best Medium-Length Hairstyles for Men and Boys.
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