This is our photo gallery featuring women with medium-length hairstyles in a wide variety of colors and styles. Includes celebs.
Long hair can be difficult to manage, but short hair certainly isn’t for everyone. Why not go somewhere in between? Medium women’s hairstyles are a great option. Medium hair is considered anything from the chin to just below the shoulders.
Medium hairstyles are super trendy, and they flatter just about any hair type. Not only that, but it’s also the most common hair length!
Medium hair is so versatile and leaves the doors open to experiment with lots of different styles, from bangs to wispy waves to highlights and trendy ombre’s, the possibilities are endless.
Here are some ideas for transforming your medium locks into a trendy signature ‘do.
Britney Spears with medium-length blonde hair
Here’s Britney Spears with her famous blonde hair cut medium-length in 2013 layered and slightly wavy. She’s sporting a blue top.
Olivia Munn’s Choppy Undone Ringlets
Olivia Munn always finds the best ways to flaunt off her beautiful dark hair. Whether long or short, the actress knows exactly what hairstyle works the best for her. Here, Munn has lobbed her hair short in choppy waves and added some undone ringlets for a volumizing effect. The look is both elegant and edgy and is one of the best summer-looks out there.
Emma Stone’s Side-Parted Asymmetrical Waves
Although Emma Stone is a natural blonde, the actress is more often seen with her hair a brilliant shade of Auburn. In fact, many people don’t even know red is not Stone’s natural hair color. However, with her inspiring fashion sense, Stone now owns the color. Here, the actress is sporting side-parted loose asymmetrical waves with the rest of her hair pulled back in a bun. The look is both chic and modern.
Selena Gomez’s Shoulder-Skimming Sweet Bob
When Selena Gomez first chopped off her long, dark hair, the world first went into shock. However, the singer has now owned the mid-length style and has become a pro at styling it. Here, Gomez has opted to dye her hair a medium cinnamon-y brown color with jagged ends just skimming her shoulders. She gave her hair a messy side part for a simple, effortless but very youthful and cute look.
Margot Robbie’s Rock & Roll Lob
Margot Robbie seems to be giving out some serious grunge, rock and roll vibes here. The “I, Tonya” actress has rocked the blonde look for a long time but she changes her hairstyles like a chameleon. The actress parted her hair messily in the middle and let her pale blonde hair fall to her shoulders. She added a volumizing product to give her hair a slightly crimped and shaggy look, which goes perfectly with her black outfit and dark cherry lipstick.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Textured Lob
Being a model means Rosie Huntington-Whiteley knows how to make head turns. Although Victoria’s Secret model usually loves to sport long, breezy locks, here she has opted for a shorter, more product-heavy style. Huntington-Whiteley cropped her long mane into a mid-length lob with a casual side part. The actress highlighted her hair in various tones and added styling spray to give her locks some added dimensions.
Kerry Washington’s Curls with Bangs
The beautiful and ageless Kerry Washington looks good no matter what! Here, the “Scandal” actress relaxed her hair and put it in some loose curls. She paired the look with thick curling choppy-cut bangs. Coupled with the pale pink dress and makeup, the actress looks as youthful as ever.
Vanessa Paradis Crimped Cut
French actress Vanessa Paradis knows how to rock a lob. The actress has styled her mid-length hair into messy, casual crimps. Paradis left her roots dark while colored the rest of her hair a sandy blonde shade. With her kohl-rimmed eyes and dark clothing, the actress pulls off the grunge look really well.
Uma Thurman’s Chic & Sleek Bob
Uma Thurman has opted for a simple style that turned out to be super chic — just like the actress herself. The “Kill Bill” actress cut her hair into a classic blunt bob. The actress gave her hair a deep and straight side part. One side of the hair is secured behind her ear while the other is let loose to frame her face. The look is very sleek and chic.
Lily Collins’ Center-Parted Poker Straight Strands
Lily Collins is as beautiful as she is talented. The actress rocked poker-straight strands that were highlighted in dark cinnamon and red color from the mid-length to the bottom. She parted her hair deeply from the middle and wore her locks loose. Paired with her sequin-encrusted gown, the look is stunning.
Karlie Kloss’s Messy Mid Part and Choppy Layers
Mid-length hair with middle parts doesn’t have to be drab. Take an example from supermodel Karlie Kloss. The model parted her hair in the middle with a staggered center part. Although she rocked a messy, minimum-fuss style, the choppy layers give her hair a lot of drama and character. This look is perfect for people who don’t want an extra-coiffed, high-maintenance look.
Jessica Chastain’s Side-Parted Perfect Curls
It is no secret that Jessica Chastain tries to avoid dyeing her natural ginger locks for movie roles. Not only is Chastain an advocate for red hair but she also knows how to rock her strawberry-toned locks. Here, the actress has given her hair a side part and arranged her shoulder-length hair in loose curls. The look is flirty and glamorous.
Elle Fanning’s Curled-At-The-Bottom Style
With her very pale complexion and hair, Elle Fanning looks like a fey creature. The “Beguiled” actress has very fine hair which she often wears in soft, minimal-fuss styles. Here, the actress has left her long locks loose but opted to give just a hint of curls to the ends for a more voluminous look. This style is perfect for women with superfine, straight hair, which does not easily hold elaborate styles.
January Jones Pinned to the Side Style
January Jones is the perfect model for blonde women who need some hairspiration. The “Mad Men” actress has donned hundreds of different styles on long, short, and mid-length hair and here is one of our favorites. Jones chopped off her hair till just below shoulder-length and gave it a messy side part. She pinned one side of her hair with a simple clip, giving her a very youthful look. This look is simple, quick to make and looks super adorable.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Undone Curls
Jennifer Lawrence loves to play with her blonde locks. The “Mother” actress is known as a hair chameleon and has sported from long, loose beachy curls to short, feathery pixie cuts. Here, the actress kept her hair to shoulder-length and gave it a lot of volume by adding some texturizing spray and some undone curls. The result is a tousled blow-dried look that is perfect for virtually every occasion.
Reese Witherspoon’s Feathery Locks
With her sweet, youthful look and always smiling face, it is hard to imagine that Reese Witherspoon is a mother of a 19-year-old as well as two other kids. The beautiful actress always knows what style works best for her. Here, the actress has opted for dark roots and a balayage that consists of medium-blonde to white-blonde strands. Witherspoon has parted her hair from the middle and left her locks loose. This easy, breezy and totally beachy hairstyle is the perfect look for the outdoors.
Rita Ora’s Faux 80’s Curls
The singer-songwriter Rita Ora not just knows how to sing well but also knows how to rock her signature blonde locks. Here, Ora sports a curling style that gives her hair a lot of waves and dimensions. The hairstyle is reminiscent of the 1980’s fashion when riotous ringlets were all the rage.
Cara Delevingne’s Grunge Lob
Cara Delevingne is always effortlessly cool and collected. The actress looks great whether she wears her hair in its natural dark color or goes for a lighter shade. Here, the supermodel is rocking a honey-blonde balayage chopped off at the shoulder-length. She gave her hair an off-center parting and added some texture to her locks to give it a messy and edgy look. To get the look, casually bend the hair from the mid-length with a curling iron. Paired with her black leather jacket, the look is super cool and works to enhance the model’s cheekbones.
Michelle Rodriguez’s Wet & Slicked Back Look
Michelle Rodriguez prefers to stay out of the limelight; however, when she does go out, she turns head. Here “The Fate of the Furious” star has opted to slick back her beautiful dark hair in a messy and wet look. For an actress who is known for playing tough-chick roles, this look is perfect and drives the fact straight home.
Michelle Monaghan’s Cleopatra Curtain Bangs
The actress looked stunning with her intricate and detailed dress with an homage to mother nature. She paired it with a medium-length hair that has straight curtain bangs last May 05, 2008, for the Superheroes Fashion and Fantasy Gala.
Michelle Monaghan’s Simple and Straight Highlights
The American actress kept it casual and relaxed with her colorful shirt and simple shoulder-length hair at the “That Which I Love Destroys Me” Screening held at Los Angeles Film School, February 11, 2015.
Adriana Lima’s Straight and Shiny Curtain Hair
Adriana Lima attended Victoria’s Secret NOIR Fragrance Launch in New York last May 9, 2009, with her super straight black hair styled into a neat shoulder-length curtain on the sides of her face.
Adriana Lima’s Slick and Sophisticated Black Hair
Adriana Lima attended the amfAR Gala at Cipriani Wall Street last February 8, 2017, in New York wearing a sexy sheer black dress and slick side-parted straight black hair.
Malin Akerman’s Blond Tousled Waves
Last January 5, 2011, Malin Akerman attended the 2011 Peoples’ Choice Awards in downtown Los Angeles wearing a white textured dress to brighten up her shoulder-length dark blond tousled waves with highlights.
Malin Akerman’s Straight Blond Hairstyle
Malin Akerman’s bright smile was as bright as her layered shoulder-length blond hair that is given a slight tousle by the end at the Bvlgari Hosts Fundraiser for Save The Children last January 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Freida Pinto’s Raven Tousled Hair
The Indian beauty looked fresh and gorgeous with her loose medium-length tousled hairstyle and blue strapless outfit at the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week on February 18, 2013.
Freida Pinto’s Elegant Flowing Side-Parted Hairstyle
The talented actress’ mid-length waves were elegant, flowing and side-parted to complement her detailed gown at the Glamour Magazine 2016 Women of the Year Awards.
Jessie J’s Long Bob with Reddish Highlights
Jessie J attended the 2012 GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London with a sexy smart suit with a deep V design paired with her center-parted long bob hairstyle with reddish highlights.
Jessie J’s Long Straight Bob Center Parted
Jessie J arrived at the VH1’s 3rd Annual ‘Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms’ last May 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. She had a bright blue smart casual outfit to match her long straight bob parted in the middle.
Mila Kunis’ Casual and Loose Hair
Last January 29, 2002, Actress Mila Kunis was at the Hollywood premiere of Slackers wearing a casual outfit and denim jacket with her loose straight hair and fresh face.
Mila Kunis’ Elegant Long Bob Hairstyle
Mila Kunis was gorgeous with her black detailed dress and straight bob hairstyle with subtle highlights at the premiere of ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood last October 30, 2017.
Salma Hayek’s Sweet Curly Bob
Salma Hayek opted for a vintage look for her bob hair with curls at the bottom for the Palme d’Or Award Ceremony Photo Call last May 23, 2010.
Salma Hayek’s Textured Curls
The iconic actress opted for loose, richly textured curls at the Rihanna’s First Annual Diamond Ball last December 11, 2014. She paired this with a detailed pink outfit that is both sexy and casual.
Paris Hilton’s Subtle Blonde Highlights
Last May 15, 2018, the model flaunted her medium-length blonde hair with shadow roots at the De Grisogono Party during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The stunning look was completed with a striking blue dress.
Cameron Diaz’s Tousled Dark Brown Hair
In West Hollywood, California last April 2, 2007, Cameron Diaz was seen leaving the gym after a meeting with her personal trainer. She wore casual jeans and shirt outfit with her light brown tousled wavy hairstyle.
Cameron Diaz’s Blond Highlighted Hair
Last June 26, 2007, Cameron Diaz sported her iconic bright smile with her tousled highlighted sandy blond hairstyle when she left Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, CA.
Jennifer Aniston’s Beach Waves
The actress styled her medium-length locks with subtle waves and highlights during the Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” World Premiere at David Geffen Hall on October 28, 2019.
Alyssa Milano’s Loose Waves
Alyssa Milano looked fresh in medium-length loose waves at the Drop in the Bucket “Cause on the Rocks” Fundraiser on October 19, 2010. She finished the look with a white lace dress and a light makeup.
Julia Robert’s Center-Parted Blonde Locks
Julia Roberts wore a black dotted dress and brown shades along with center-parted blonde waves at the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held on October 5, 2019.
Sandra Bullock’s Curly Tips
Last April 10, 2001, actress Sandra Bullock was at the 2001 Blockbuster Awards in Los Angeles. Her curly shoulder-length hairstyle complements her white sheer patterned outfit.
Sandra Bullock’s Straight Bob
Sandra Bullock attended the screening of her movie “Bird Box” at Alice Tully Hall last December 17, 2018, in New York City. Her sexy red dress went quite well with her straight shoulder-length bob hairstyle and red lips.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Fine Blonde Tresses
Gwyneth Paltrow in a sparkling white suit at the World premiere of “Iron Man 2” held on April 26, 2010. She had her smooth, silky straight her in loose hairstyle with a middle parting.
Blake Lively’s Wavy Layers
Blake Lively opted for a casual outfit with her loose and layered wavy hairstyle at The Late Show with David Letterman, Ed Sullivan Theater in New York last February 05, 2008.
Blonde Finger Curls
Putting some curls in your mid-length hair is a great way to make your locks look fuller and thicker. The retro-style finger curls are a great choice for women with mid-length hair as it gives a springy and bouncy look, which is effortless, flirty, and fun.
Ombre Angled Lob
Now that celebs are chopping off their hair left and right, it is a good time to get a lob yourself. If you don’t want to go down the super-short road, a mid-length lob works great too. Try the angled lob like this model. To get the look, ask your stylist to cut your hair till your nape from behind and then angle down so that the front locks are slanted and go up till the top of your chest. For a more dramatic look, go for a subtle multi-hued balayage that matches your natural hair color.
Brigitte Bardot Beehive
Do you want to rock an elegant ponytail? Get it done with a Brigitte Bardot-style beehive. Backcomb the back of your hair so that it makes a full and elegant bouffant. Then apply a lot of texturizing spray to your locks so that they appear fuller. Finally, tie your hair into a low ponytail for a super elegant look!
Low Bun with Curls
Want to try an elegant party or a wedding-hair look? Wear your mid-length hair in a low bun. It’s easy. Keep the top and front of your hair straight, while curling the bottom of the hair around a hot tong to get lots of wispy curls. Then take some bobby pins and either pin your curls to one side or roll them up. Fix the bun to the back of your neck to create this beautiful look!
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The ’80s were all about volume, the ’90s went hardcore on choppy layers, but today’s trends embody simplicity. The one-length hair cut is simple and is perfect for medium hair. It creates a chic yet elegant look.
The best part about a one-length cut is that you can style it in just about any way and it will look great! Go for pin-straight hair, apply some loose curls, try choppy waves, or simply stick to an all-natural look.
Breezy Side Bangs
The side bang is all in right now. Side bangs are a great way to frame the face and add body and texture to your medium hairstyle. Go for subtle, long side bangs to add an elegant look or try thick, short, wispy bangs to bring an edgy appeal to your medium ‘do.
Soft highlights can add richness and depth to your medium hairstyle. Add some sun-kissed blond, warm caramel, or rich auburn to bring out your natural hair color. The fun part about highlights is that there are so many colors to experiment with.
One of the most popular hairstyles for medium-length hair is choppy waves. Choppy waves are loose and messy and give off a simplistic, natural look.
To create the look of choppy waves, you’ll want to use a curling iron or a curling wand and curl your hair, leaving the ends straight. Gently run your fingers through each section of curls as you go along to prevent them from being too tight. Once all of the hair has been curled, apply a volumizing spray and gently run the fingers through the hair once again until you create the look of loose, choppy waves.
Ombre is a popular and modern highlighting technique that gives off a soft and natural multi-colored look. It is created by gradually blending one color hue to another. It typically works by blending your darker, more natural roots at the top with a lighter color at the bottom, though they also work the other way around.
This look is ideal for medium hairstyles as it gives just enough length to create that gradual blend. Go lighter in the summer and more subtle in the fall to keep up with seasonal trends!