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If you’re not feeling rocking short hair or long hair, a medium-length haircut could be just right for you. One way to take your medium-length haircut to the next level? Add layers to it! Layers can help create movement, volume, and texture—and they also frame your face. Not sure which layered haircut you should pair with your in-between length? Here are five medium-length layered haircuts (including a layered lob hairstyle) worth considering. We have a feeling you’ll be booking it to the salon pronto!
If you’re the kind of person who likes to take risks (with your beauty routine that is), then give an edgy shag haircut a try. A shag haircut that just touches your shoulders can work on a variety of hair types, including thin hair and thick hair. Shag haircuts, which have a total rock ‘n roll vibe, are marked by lots and lots of layers, specifically near the crown of your head, as well as ends that are choppy.
How to style your shoulder-grazing shag: Apply a hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, to damp hair, then let your hair air dry.
Short bobs are seriously retro—these days, it’s all about the long bob. This haircut, when paired with choppy layers, is a great pick for those with medium-length hair. Try this haircut if you have thin or fine hair, as choppy layers can help add much-needed texture to your strands.
How to style your long bob with choppy layers: Spritz a hair texturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, onto roots before blow-drying your hair.
Is there any hairstyle more carefree than beachy waves? Seriously, this is one of our favorite low-maintenance looks! For this medium-length haircut, your stylist should cut choppy layers in places that can help enhance your hair’s natural texture.
How to style your lived-in wavy layers: The best part about this haircut is that it was made for air drying hair. Apply a dollop of hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haristyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, to damp hair, then let your hair do its thing!
If blunt haircuts are not exactly your speed, then opt for soft, subtle layers instead. Soft layers will blend into your hair nicely for an easy-to-style look. But why stop there? How about pairing your new medium-length haircut with a new hair color? Balayage highlights are low-maintenance, just like this haircut is. Balayage is a freehanded highlighting technique where individual strands are colored for a natural-looking finish. (Keep in mind that balayage highlights require bleaching—and the darker your starting shade, the more work may be required to reach your desired level of highlights).
How to style your super-soft layers with balayage highlights: Apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, then blow-dry your hair and finish by curling with a large-barrel curling iron.
Ah, the lob (a.k.a. long bob): You can’t get much trendier than this medium-length haircut! You probably recognize this haircut, as plenty of your fave celebs have been seen sporting it over the last few years. The lob is flattering on just about all face shapes and hair textures, so it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular. Ask your stylist to cut your lob at your shoulders, just above, or just below.
How to style your layered lob: For a sleek look, apply a hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, to damp hair, then blow-dry with a paddle brush.
Want more medium-length haircut inspiration? Next up, head on over to our article, Best Medium-Length Haircuts for 2018.