When it comes to getting that perfect hairstyle, some women feel like Goldilocks at times. One choice might be too long, another too short, and we are always on the search for the one that’s just perfect. These 37 medium haircuts and hairstyles are in the sweet spot between short and long. Each has enough length for adding curls, body, or being pulled up in a ponytail. They’re also just enough to prevent the weight from dragging down your locks. Every one of these choices is darn near perfection.

Medium Length Hairstyles

Regardless if your hair is straight, naturally curly, or if you are looking for a fresh cut to compliment your face shape, you can be assured of finding the right choice here.

Medium Length Hair with Layers

Medium Length Hair with Layers

Thanks to several layers seamlessly transitioning from one to the next, these shoulder-length strands are sure to fall gracefully. This style has lots of bounce and movement. You can wear it with loose waves or if you’re going for a glamorous look, it will have to be blown out smooth.

Medium Length Hairstyle with Volume and Bangs

Medium Length Hairstyle with Volume and Bangs

This is a shorter medium length hairstyle choice that features lots of layers. It incorporates short sideswiped bangs to provide definition and shape that conforms to your face. To achieve this sort of volume capacity, you will have to use a broad round brush to blow dry your hair. You’ll also need to use volumizing hair products.

Medium Length Haircut: Straight Blunt Lob

Medium Length Haircut: Straight Blunt Lob 

The lob, also known as the long bob is a popular cut given how it flatters the shape of every face. You can have your tresses cut in a more blunt style. This will give you an edgy look, given that your hair falls at one length. This style is complemented by being kept super smooth. To get a similar result, use a smoothing serum, straightening hair products, and a bit of oil on wet hair. Then, give it a blow dry using a flat paddle brush. To lock the lines in the strands, run a flat iron over to finish it off.

Medium Length Hair with Choppy Layers

Medium Length Hair with Choppy Layers 

Choppy layers may be right for you, depending on your hair type. Choppy layers are not like smooth layers that seamlessly transition into one another. These chunky locks have a funky look that will work great for both curly and straight hair. It lightens up the strands and provides you with movement as well as volume.

Medium Length Haircut with Face Framing Layers

Medium Length Haircut with Face Framing Layers 

A trick that most stylists of the trade often use is cutting a lot of layers around the face to balance out and improve your shape. This, in turn, creates an alluring cut that does not compromise any length in the back. It’s among the most favorite medium length hairstyles out there.

Medium Length Hairstyle with Waves and a Side Part

Medium Length Hairstyle with Waves and a Side Part 

Among the simplest ways of transforming your cut is shaking up the way you usually part your hair. You could get a traditional layered long bob, part your hair toward the side, and add a bit of texture. The side part creates a very charming silhouette and adds volume.

Shoulder Length Hair with Messy Waves

Shoulder Length Hair with Messy Waves 

Medium length hairstyles aren’t categorized under any one definition. But this particular mid-length haircut for sure qualifies. Like the style above, the carefree waves and deep side part gives this classic cut a unique personality and volume like the woman who wears it.

Medium Length Hair with Long Front Layers

Medium Length Hair with Long Front Layers 

You can work alongside your stylist to determine how you can use your layers to frame your face. You could go for long front layers to give your hair some weight. Hitting right at the jawline will steer attention away from her forehead and towards the graceful lines of your beautiful face instead.

Smooth Medium Length Hair with High Volume Layers

Smooth Medium Length Hair with High Volume Layers 

This is yet another hairstyle sporting long layers in the front. It lifts away weight and creates a movement that may otherwise weigh down hair.  This is a smooth cut that is perfect for somebody with thin or fine hair. To make this high volume bouncy look really your own, use a large round brush to blow-dry. Make sure to lift from the roots up as you go.

Medium Length Tapered Cut

Medium Length Tapered Cut 

Tapered cuts are a fashionable way to cut layers into the hair. When you get a tapered cut and your hair is straight, you will see that it slowly goes from longer middle lengths to shorter outside edges. Especially when you decide to brush it back off your shoulders.  This appealing contrast works well for ladies with curly hair.

Medium Length Haircut with Blunt Edges

Medium Length Haircut with Blunt Edges 

This particular medium length cut typically has blunt edges and a little more of a punk rock vibe. Blunt cuts are most alluring when worn straight. So, it is an excellent option if you have a salon-quality flat iron or just have smooth locks.

Shoulder Length Haircut with Short Side Swept Bangs

Shoulder Length Haircut with Short Side Swept Bangs 

To lighten your tresses, this medium length long bob has few layers at the bottom. But the real deal is in the short, cute, side-swept bangs. These not only offer a bit of mystique, but also assist in creating a flattering look that balances out a high forehead.

Medium Length V-Cut

Medium Length V-Cut 

The V cut is the same as the taper cut, but a little more extreme. The hair in front will be shorter and get longer in the back. When you get a V cut and sweep hair behind you off the shoulders, the layers will create a V shape that comes to the center point of your back.

Medium Length Haircut with Center Part

Medium Length Haircut with Center Part 

This simple center part layered lob looks amazing on a round face.  If your face is quite symmetrical, the center cut will illuminate your best features. You can achieve a lot of body on smooth strands by blow-drying your hair with volumizing products and using a large, round brush.

Medium Length Haircut: Inverted Bob

Medium Length Haircut: Inverted Bob 

Now this one is among our most popular medium length haircut styles of 2020! Basically, the inverted bob is the opposite of getting a V cut.  In this case, the front layers will be longer and slowly get shorter at the back. This is a favorite cut since it allows you the chance of pulling your hair up into a ponytail on hot days. It will also take off some of the weight at the back of your neck, which makes it a cool choice for hot summer days.

Mid Length Hair: Afro with Highlights

Mid Length Hair: Afro with Highlights 

A medium-length haircut can play up your luscious, coarse black hair texture. This afro incorporates a few copper-colored highlights to add dimension to perfectly styled curls.

Medium Length Bob

Medium Length Bob 

This medium length bob cut consists of varying styles mixed together. Its length is enough to make it fall in the medium category, but it is a little short to be categorized as a lob. These layers can frame your face delightfully. It is inverted, and for a dazzling blunt appeal you can wear it super smooth.

Mid Length Haircuts: Line Bob

Mid Length Haircuts: Line Bob 

This mid-length line bob haircut falls a bit longer compared to the style mentioned above. But it also has some of the same elements that we so love. For this style, layers are cut to precision. This creates beautiful lines of motion that carry through the hairstyle.

Medium Length with Blown Out Layers

Medium Length with Blown Out Layers 

To make big, bouncy blown out layers with ends that are gently curled, you will have to spend a considerable amount of time with the hairdryer. Begin by using a volumizing product and apply something to get a hold of damp hair. After that, split your hair into sections. Then begin the drying process using a big, round brush starting from the bottom. Concentrate on pulling the brush upward from the root to the tip. Make sure each layer is completed before proceeding.

Medium Length Haircut: Stacked Lob

Medium Length Haircut: Stacked Lob 

The stacked long bob is a trendy option for curly, wavy, or straight hair. For this haircut, the front layers are longer compared to the layers falling in the back. This in turn forms a nice contrast and delightful lines. You can decide to add gentle curls by using a flat iron that has rounded edges, or a curling iron.

Medium Length Hair with Center Parted Waves

Medium Length Hair with Center Parted Waves 

This is a longer medium length haircut that shakes up what we conventionally deem to be wavy cuts. While the majority of women choose to add volume to the root, Rachel Bilson, a famous hair inspiration, opts to save the volume for her tresses’ lower half. This, in turn, frames her face uniquely, which brings out her stunning signature style.

Medium Length with Short Textured Layers

Medium Length with Short Textured Layers 

This medium length haircut features textured, short, choppy layers played up with light highlights. What comes out of it is a hip haircut with a lot of charm and volume.

Medium Length Haircut: Shag

Medium Length Haircut: Shag 

The shag haircut encapsulates a lot of varying length layers. The hairstylist may choose to use a dry cutting method to form the right choppy effect.

Medium Length with Blunt Fringe Bangs

Medium Length with Blunt Fringe Bangs 

You can shake up your style by altering how you part your hair. You can do the same by adding bangs. Emma Stone (Hollywood darling) has a luscious medium-length cut with a blunt, thick fringe that is equally perfect and sexy. 

Medium Length Shag with Bangs

Medium Length Shag with Bangs 

This look is anecdotal of 80’s hairband style with shag cuts, but now has a decidedly contemporary vibe. With the proper lowlights, highlights, and an awesome styling method, you can transform this cut into something hip and very hot right now.

Medium Length Layered Bob with Bangs

Medium Length Layered Bob with Bangs 

This layered medium bob comes with perfect bangs that are cut in a way that gives it a distinctive shape. You can decide to rock them blunt across your forehead or brush them sideways to shake up your tresses without having to change a thing.

Medium Length Asymmetrical Bob with Sideswept Bangs

Medium Length Asymmetrical Bob with Sideswept Bangs 

This is more of a choppy asymmetrical bob. The front is long and the back is short. It incorporates beautiful school-girl style bangs to finish the look.

Piecey Bangs With Medium Length Layers

Piecey Bangs With Medium Length Layers 

Mandy Moore’s fringe is what stylists are calling ‘piecey’ bangs. Though it isn’t an actual word, the look achieves a very trendy appearance. It uses a thin layer that separates into delicate sections across the forehead.

Medium Naturally Curly Hair Layers

Medium Naturally Curly Hair Layers 

With the proper products, the medium length style can prove fruitful to ladies that have natural curly hair. For wet hair, use a mousse then allow it to dry, or you can try giving it some shape and volume by using a diffuser to blow-dry. For those unruly strands, you can try running a curling iron over them or try to pin them back to add a bit of structure to the hairstyle. 

Shiny Layers and Side Swept Bangs

Shiny Layers and Side Swept Bangs 

A smooth, classic style can be taken a notch higher by adding a bit of bounce to the long layered bob. This style is perfect for a night out on the town or for the red carpet. You can finish this style off with side-swept bangs. Note that this blow out is specially made for the high life of Hollywood.

Medium Length Chunky Twist Out

Medium Length Chunky Twist Out 

A chunky twist out is an excellent technique to give your ebony curls definition and shape beyond a conventional afro. This style uses very little hair products. To create this style, divide your hair into big chunks and twist as you move on to form large, bombshell curls for a quirky style.

Dramatic Long Bangs

Dramatic Long Bangs 

This particular medium cut has many amazing things going its way. The thick bangs and blunt edges form exquisite lines, and the color pop provides it with a really showy finish.  It’s so fabulous that you may not care about not being able to see out one eye when you rock the style.

Medium Length with a Flip

Medium Length with a Flip 

Flipping your hair up and out using a blow dryer is reminiscent of the 1990s. But that’s not saying you aren’t capable of managing it. It’s way too early to start calling the style traditional, but if you still want to give it a try, you can try using a large round brush or just use your flat iron for the flip.

Ombre Bob

Ombre Bob 

You may be thinking that a bob is just a bob, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can take the classic bob up a level by adding a dramatic ombre color. The style is truly in bombshell territory.

Medium Length with Feathers and Outward Curls

Medium Length with Feathers and Outward Curls 

Outward bouncy curls and feathered layers may appear like the pin-up era compared to now, but Salma Hayek is proving us wrong. She is wearing a long layered bob that is ravishing and perfectly styled just like her.

Shoulder Length with Blunt Bangs

Shoulder Length with Blunt Bangs 

Single-length cuts complimented with blunt bangs have an effortless style. They’re a combination of sublime and sexy and with the perfect hair texture, are the best medium length cut.

Modern Shag

Modern Shag 

The modern shag is charming all on its own but is also the best transition look if you want to grow out your hair from a shorter crop to a longer style. You will not be sacrificing length to achieve this style and it is a charming look.

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