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50 Medium-Length Hairstyles We Can’t Wait to Try Out!

Regardless if your hair is thick or thin, silky or afro-textured, curly or straight, it will be easy to wear and style medium-length hairstyles – no matter the occasion!

In addition to haircut inspiration, our selection of photos will also inspire you on how to style your tresses with medium locks with braids, hair accessories, and many others!


So scroll down and enjoy the prettiest ways to wear medium-length hair – and also to stop considering it a transition stage!


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1. Half Up Medium Length Hairstyles

If you’re on the run but want to put a cute hairstyle together, then rock this half-up top knot. On this note, we’ll point out that half up, half down hairstyles are some of the most popular and practical ways to style hair when you’re on the go.

2. Layered and Swept Back Hairstyles

You can always boost the dynamism of your hair by also cutting in some layers. Layering adds volume to all types of hair and can also make it easier to style the locks. All you have to do is to brush and blow-dry them back. Consider using a bit of hairspray to keep them in place.

3. Waterfall Braid Medium Length Hairstyles for Women

The many types of braids are so much easier to do and play with if you want the prettiest medium length hairstyles. For instance, this stylish waterfall braid can be worn at casual outings and fancy events alike.

4. Side Braids

Moreover, you can always just braid your hair to the side for a more casual approach. A fishtail braid (such as the one above) or any other braiding technique will also help bring out the hair color and any highlights, lowlights, or color blends in the hair.

5. Fishtail Braid Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Speaking of fishtail braids, they will also look stunning on half up, half down hair. This hairstyle is elegant enough for formal events but also playful so it’s suitable for casual outfits as well!

6. Wedding Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

They say that beauty can be found in simplicity. If you’re getting ready for one of the most important days of your life, then searching for the perfect wedding updos is a must. Also, something as simple as a beautiful hairpin or hair accessory can be enough to make it shine even more.

7. Medium Afro-Textured Hairstyles

Natural shoulder-length hair is always a joy to style. If you don’t want to go full out afro, then tame your curls a bit and tie two small buns on top.

8. Messy Buns

The messy bun is, without a doubt, one of the hottest hair styles of these recent years – and make no mistake about it. One of the reasons why it is so appreciated is the fact that you can wear messy on hair of all lengths and types. Above, admire a messy pony on medium-length locks.

9. Long Bob Medium Length Hairstyles for Thick Hair

A long inverted bob is so pretty as a haircut, that it rarely needs additional styling. Still, this subtle A-line cut also uses medium-length layering to add some extra volume and texture to this already great cut.

10. Double Buns

Some of our favorite hairstyles from the 90s are back and booming! For instance, these double space buns are very cute, especially with the face-framing strands that bring out the exquisite makeup.

11. Cute Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

A list of cute medium length hairstyles would not be complete without this easy to make and very fast idea. To get it, simply part your hair in the middle and create two loose twists on each side. Bring them together halfway for a hairstyle that’s as easy as it is pretty!

12. Messy and Casual Side Braids

Instead of twisting the hair on one side or another, you can also opt for a classic braid in a similar fashion. Braid either one part or both for a super sweet style that also accentuates the wavy and messy aspect of the hair.

13. Chic Updos

A hairstyle like this is fit for even the most sophisticated of events. From weddings to black-tie parties, this is a high bun updo that also incorporates a three-strand braid set in a crown-like fashion. The updo also helps bring out the blonde highlights in the brown hair.

14. Medium Length Blonde Hairstyles

Creativity is key to anyone looking to sport unique medium length hairstyles. For example, consider combining elements from different styles, such as the half up half down look above that also incorporates a braided center part that ends in a top knot. While the hair above is long, this hairstyle can be recreated on medium-length tresses as well.

15. Natural Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Afros are some of the most stunning natural hairstyles African-American women can opt for no matter if they have long or short hair. Embrace your roots with this gorgeous hairstyle and let your hair bounce around and be free!

16. Teased Ponytails

Any classic ponytail can go from usual to glam with a bit of teasing. After tying up the hair, pull it a bit on the sides and fluff it on top. If you have bangs, pin them back and keep on teasing until you get all the volume you want.

17. Vintage Styles for Medium Length Hair

Many vintage hairstyles simply glow with feminity – partly thanks to their soft and elegant use of curls! To channel your inner 50s diva, go for this center-parted hairstyle that focuses on creating a simple version of the Victory curls at the back of the head

18. Blended Braids

This half up, half down style uses not one, but two side braids. These create a double crown-like effect as they meet at the back of the head and end in a short and sweet ponytail. The style also perfectly accentuates the hair color and many shades of blonde that make it what it is.

19. Prom Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

In high school, prom is one if not the most significant social event for girls. After finding the perfect dress and accessories, they have to find a hairstyle that is on point too. We are here to help so we propose this upside-down French braid that ends in a loose bun.

20. Ponytails with Bangs

Bella Thorne is here with one of the simplest and prettiest medium length hairstyles with bangs. A ponytail like this can be worn anywhere and everywhere thanks to its versatility and the full fringe adds a bit of a retro touch to the look.

21. Asymmetrical Hairstyles

Bob haircuts and among the most popular medium length haircuts – partly thanks to the many and very varied ways in which you can wear it.

Take the photo above as an example of a great long bob that was also cut asymmetrically. Similar to A-line long bobs, this haircut need little to no styling to look fabulous – especially on straight hair.

22. Black Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Another afro-textured style that stands out among medium length hairstyles is this superb updo. While the wrapping technique beautifully shows the texture of the hair, the pretty hairband helps complete the look.

23. Medium Length Hairstyles for Fine Hair

Fine hair might be more difficult to style, but not that much when it comes to medium length hair, especially if you use braids. For example, consider getting some thick cornrows and then braid them into a sweet chignon.

24. From Braids to Ponytails

Can’t decide between a ponytail and a braid? Then use them both in a very creative style. All you have to do is part the hair horizontally in the back and create two French braids, one from the crown down and another from the nape up. Then, unite the two in the middle to create a ponytail.

25. Curtain Bangs and Shoulder Length Hair

Straight bangs are often associated with medium length hairstyles, but what about curtain bangs? Alexa Chung looks amazing with them in this messy and wavy, shag style cut that verges on shoulder-length hair.

26. Pull Through Braided Hairstyles for Medium Length Thick Hair

Even though thin hair is usually considered to be hard to style, super thick hair can be just as tricky to tame and wear. However, just as layering, a good braid can be the solution for both these types of hair. Above, admire the beauty of a pull-through braid on blonde hair.

27. Medium Length Hairstyles with Side Swept Bangs

Side-swept bangs are another of the best ways to add bangs to your medium-hair. This type of bangs is also very useful for creating a side-parted curly-styled ponytail that will work great as a hairstyle for special events.

28. Loose High Bun with Bangs

We continue the bangs and messy styling love fest with a hairstyle that combines both of them for a very relaxed style. It’s got a chic look, almost a messy one, that is made all the prettier by the loose strands falling from the high bun.

29. Dutch Braid Chignons

It’s crystal clear that chignons can make for a very elegant look, be it for medium length hairstyles or long ones. However, make yours all the more interesting by adding Dutch braids to the mix – either two, as above, or a single and elegant one.

30. Easy Medium Length Hairstyles

This hairstyle is so easy, it can be achieved in minutes. Simply loosely French braid the hair on top of the head and then, at about mid-level, tie all the hair in a high and pouffy ponytail.

31. Sporty Hairstyles

To still look fabulous while working out and staying active to be healthy, you will need a pretty but simple hairstyle that will also keep out of the way. So don’t waste too much time and simply braid the hair on the crown. End the braid(s) in a ponytail or buns.

32. Medium Length Straight Hairstyles with Braids

Jennifer Morrison is here to show how you can style a straight ponytail and add some glam to it by also incorporating a deep side part braid. This sleek half braided hairstyle looks perfect on the Red Carpet and will look just as well in any environment and for any occasion.

33. Choppy Shoulder Length Tresses

We often get inspiration from our favorite online personalities for medium length hairstyles and styles for all types and lengths of hair. This is the case with Katrin Berndt’s gorgeous choppy locks.

To get a similar effect as the YouTuber, go for a choppy cut and then tease your hair with a comb to make it all the messier and natural-looking.

34. Free Flowing and Easy Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Among the aforementioned celebrities we look at for inspiration, Emma Stone always stands out as an icon in the world of hairstyle trends. In this photo, see how simply pinning a bit of hair behind one ear can have a very graceful effect.

35. Casual Bobs with Bangs

Hair stylists will likely always recommend bob haircuts to women looking for elegant and versatile hairstyles. Get yours with or without bangs and enjoy a playful hairstyle that will flatter your features.

36. Big Loose Curls

Jumbo curls have also always been a sign of elegance and refinement. Loosen them up a bit for a hairstyle that will go perfectly well for casual and formal outfits alike.

37. Medium Length Wedding Hairstyles

If you want your hairstyle to be as special as your wedding day, you can always experiment with braids. This is a double crown-like hairstyle that incorporates a loose plait and fishtail braid combination for a breathtaking outcome.

38. Medium Length Side Braided Bob Hairstyles

Asymmetrical bobs can be as discrete or dramatic as you make them be. This photo, for example, perfectly highlights the difference in length between the sides. The style is made all the prettier by the two small braids made on one part.

39. Double Dutch Braids

Double Dutch braids will also look marvelous when styled in pigtails. They will give of a boho chic vibe that can be easily styled to look sporty or even elegant, depending on the occasion.

40. Medium Length Hairstyles for Round Faces with Braid and Bun

This splendid updo is a dream come true for any bride-to-be. After gathering your hair into a large, loose bun, complete the look by also adding a braid for a goddess-like impact.

41. Cornrows and Straight Medium Hair

We spoke about cornrows before, but we wanted to show you how they look like when braided halfway. It can be the perfect look for someone that doesn’t want a head full of braids – instead, braid just the hair on. top of the head and leave the rest flowing free.

42. Medium Length Hairstyles for Black Women

Looking for instant sophistication? Then look into getting a sisterlocks pompadour. This hairstyle is particularly useful if you already have sisterlocks and will look fantastic at more formal events.

43. Half Up Half Down Hairstyles with Bobby Pins

Never underestimate the power of three or four strategically placed bobby pins. This half up half down medium length hairstyle shows that they can work miracles – and this is the year of hair accessories, after all.

44. Hairstyles for Medium Length Thin Hair – Purple Dreams

This photo goes to prove the point we made above. A hair accessory as simple as a bow can bring any hairstyle to life. For example, just tie your hair into a classic ponytail and add a cute bow to complete the look – that is already so pretty thanks to the hair’s deep shade of purple.

45. Easygoing Curls

Depending on the natural curliness of the hair, you can have little to a lot of trouble styling it. Still, ladies with curly hair like above can simply pin a few curls to the side for a simple and sweet style.

46. Sophisticated Updo

You’d be surprised to find out how easy it is to make this radiant updo. All you have to do is part your hair in three and elegantly wrap the pieces over one another. Don’t forget to add hairspray generously if you’re planning on attending a longer event.

47. Hairstyles for Medium Length Natural Hair

Faux hawks are an excellent way of showing off your wild side without having to hit the razor. This cornrows updo shows how natural hair can glow when styled in a faux hawk manner.

48. Beautiful and Quick and Easy Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

The beauty of messy buns is that there aren’t any rules that apply to them. Play around with different strands of hair – for example by wrapping them circularly – and you’ll get a genuinely unique hairstyle for your medium length hair.

49. Hairstyles with Headbands

Out of ideas for medium length hairstyles? Don’t have the time or patience for braiding? Then go for a chic headband that will save you time and effort as it will be enough to create a great hairstyle.

50. Wavy Updos

Last but certainly not least, you can never go wrong with loose wavy updos. This hairstyle looks even more outstanding if you have ombre hair as the secondary color will be complemented by the bun.

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So, What Is YOUR Hair Motivation?

All in all, there are almost no limits to the number of medium length hairstyles you can wear!

You can either keep things simple with messy buns or go all out with complex braided hairstyles. Ultimately, you can be as bold or reserved as you like.

All that matters is that the hairstyle you choose represents you well. Which of these turned out to be the one for you? Do let us know, or even show us!

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