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50 Terrific Ways to Wear Shoulder Length Hairstyles

Shoulder length hairstyles have eclipsed beauty trends this year, with more and more girls and women embracing this haircut.

Even though there aren’t as many options available as with long, waist-length locks, you can have plenty of fun with styling.


Whether you’re looking for something classy or sassy, check out these shoulder length hairstyles below to help you get started.


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1. Twisted Shoulder Length Hairstyles

We’re all for braids, but we know that we don’t always have time for them. If you want to whip up a quick yet memorable hairstyle, try this one. Twist two thick strands on each side and use a thin hair tie to unite them in the middle.

2. Back Braided Crowns

If you do have time for a quick braid though, try this crown-like style at the back of your head. It won’t take up a lot of your time and you’ll dazzle like a princess in a fairytale.

3. Messy Shoulder Length Hairstyles for Women

There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who knows how to rock a messy hairstyle with an attitude. These types of shoulder length hairstyles have a unique allure that few other styling ideas can compete with, as you can see.

4. Posh Spice Straight Cut

Even though the Spice Girls days are long gone, the five popstars that rocked our worlds in the 90s still serve as style icons to this day. Posh Spice, portrayed by Victoria Beckham, is the perfect example of how a statement hairstyle surpasses decades.

5. Half Top Knot Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Another way to nail an effortless look is with a messy, half top knot. This look takes less than two minutes to obtain. All you have to do is wrap half of your hair in a loose ponytail pulled halfway through.

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6. Cute Shoulder Length Hairstyles to the Side

This vintage-inspired look can be worn in two main ways. On the one hand, you can go with the example in the photo above and twist just one side. On the other hand, feel free to mirror the twist on the opposing side for a symmetrical outcome.

7. Simple Updos

We typically associate updos with fancy events and complicated styling. However, you can get a picture-perfect updo in a matter of minutes. Simply wrap your hair up and use bobby pins in all the right places.

8. Professional Hairstyles

If your job requires you to approach professional hairstyles, you have plenty of choices at hand. For a corporate environment, try out this French twist hairstyle that elegantly sweeps your hair from your face and at the back of your head.

9. Casual Shoulder Length Layered Hairstyles

Not in the mood for excessive styling, or you just want a natural look? Part your hair to the side and tuck the hair on that side behind your ear. After that, take two strands from the front and pin them back. You’re good to go!

10. Classic Middle Part Hairstyles

Want to impress instantly? Create a middle part and straighten your hair through the method of your choice. Apply your favorite makeup or go all-natural; just make sure that you sport your look with confidence.

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11. Stacked Shoulder Length Curly Hairstyles

If you have naturally curly locks, you can experiment with various types of layering to get even more volume. For instance, this stacked layering option is perfect if you want big, shoulder-length hair.

12. Boho Tiara Hairstyles

Boho gals, you know we never neglect you in our inspiration lists. That’s why this category of shoulder length hairstyles has a special place in this article, complete with a dreamy metallic accessory. Sport it fearlessly.

13. Buns with Bangs

Taylor Swift is frequently found in best-dressed lists, and the reasons are more than obvious. The beloved celebrity knows how to own all that she wears, from dresses to hairstyles. Get inspired by her swept up bun look with straight bangs.

14. Shoulder Length Hairstyles with Bangs

This is yet another way to wear shoulder length locks with bangs. The appealing hairstyle adds a bit of mystery to your overall look, all while being completely flattering for all face shapes.

15. Braided Shoulder Length Hairstyle

Regardless if your locks aren’t super long, braids are always an option. To adapt them for shoulder length hairstyles, go for a half up half down approach. Instead of a traditional braid, try mixing a few techniques or layers.

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16. Low Knotted Ponytails

Love keeping things sweet and simple? Low ponytails are readily available for shoulder length strands at any moment. To make yours more interesting, cover the hair tie with two strands knotted.

17. Waterfall Braid Shoulder Length Hairstyles for Thick Hair

A waterfall braid is a lovely way to accentuate your hair texture, no matter if it’s wavy or straight. In this example, you can see how two waterfall braids connect at the middle, flowing into soft curls.

18. Retro Bridal Hairstyles

Shoulder length hairstyles for weddings are a sheer joy to behold. For a retro touch, experiment with big, loose curls and a statement piece. An example is this large, pearl accessory pinned above the ear.

19. Easy Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Only have five minutes until you have to be out the door? No worries, grab a hair tie and twist your way to the perfect half up half down hairstyle. Leave it messy, it’s all part of the charming impact.

20. Side Chignon Hairstyles

No matter if you go for a side approach or directly down, chignons are an excellent way of accentuating your shoulder length locks. In this photo, for instance, you can see how a casual side chignon mixes refinement with coolness.

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21. Knotted Bun Hairstyles

Even though it might initially seem complex, a knotted bun is easy peasy. For starters, tie your hair in a ponytail. Afterwards, braid the ponytail. To finish it off, wrap the braided ponytail around until you get a bun.

22. Low Bun & Braids

If you prefer low dos, you can try out a loose bun that rests at the back of your neck. To spice up the hairstyle, try out two or three different braids that flow into the bun, i.e. fishtail braid and loose rope braid.

23. Shoulder Length with Accessories

You’ve already seen how a tiara can look with shoulder length hairstyles, but what about other accessories? Sometimes all you need is a well-placed hair pin to get the look of your dreams.

24. Half Up Twisted Hairstyles

This example shows how you can branch out with half up half down shoulder length hairstyles. Instead of tying the top half in a bun or ponytail, you can overlap the strands and pin them in place.

25. Front Braids

Another way to play around with braids is by going against the grain. In other words, don’t focus on the back or sides. Instead, try braiding a few strands in the front to frame your face flatteringly.

26. Teased Shoulder Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Keep the messy shoulder length hairstyles coming! This gorgeous look takes a handful of bobby pins, hairspray and your limitless imagination for teasing your locks however you’d like.

27. Middle Part Bangs Shoulder Length Wavy Hairstyles

For a laid back vibe, consider keeping your styling to a minimum. What you can do is part your hair down the middle, bangs and all, and tease it a bit until you get loose waves all around.

28. Careless Buns

This is easily the most effortless hairstyle on our list. Simply grab a hair tie, bend over and wrap your hair into the messiest bun you can think of. You’ll love the natural glam it provides.

29. Pin-Up Ponytails

If you’re fond of the golden age, you can use it as inspiration for your shoulder length hairstyles. While, in essence, this is a simple ponytail, it has a few details that make it glamorous. The teased top and back give an irresistible pin-up glow.

30. Voluminous Curly Shoulder Length Hairstyles

Is your hair naturally curly? Then don’t hesitate to show it off? Get a shoulder length hairstyle with layers to let your corkscrews bounce playfully as you walk. The layers help you cut styling time.

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31. Thick and Choppy Hairstyles

Thick hair is a blessing as much as it is a curse. While it might be hard to explore complex hairstyles with thick strands, you can venture into edgy haircuts that fall flawlessly into place. This choppy long bob is the perfect example.

32. Shoulder Length Hairstyles for Black Women

Oh, Keri Hilson, how we adore your beauty choices. We have presented the R&B singer in other articles on our site before, thanks to her inspirational hairstyles. In this shoulder length style, you can see how she opted for an inverted long bob with honey highlights.

33. Tiara Braids

If you don’t want to use hair accessories per se, then transform your hair into one! Even though we don’t mean this literally, you can recreate your favorite accessories by braiding your hair. Take this cute tiara braid, for example.

34. Prom Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Girls in high school know that prom is the most important event of the whole year. To shine on your special night, get inspired by this smooth and elegant updo, with loose strands on the side.

35. Headwrap Hairstyles

Headwraps are a beautiful way of expressing your exotic personality and bringing life to your outfits. A colorful headwrap like this one can complement your shoulder length hair magnificently.

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36. Diagonal Waterfall Braids

For a funky approach to shoulder length hairstyles, take your waterfall braid to the next level. Instead of creating a horizontal braid like most girls, make yours diagonal. To put it in other words, start from one side at the top and braid at an angle until you get to your tips.

37. Classy Shoulder Length Bob Hairstyles

Long bobs can be just as fancy as they are edgy. Here, you can easily see how a finely-sculpted ‘lob’ makes you fit for a red carpet event. You don’t even have to bother with additional styling.

38. Shoulder Length Black Hairstyles with Dreadlocks

Afro-textured locks look absolutely stunning when they’re cut shoulder-length. If you want to incorporate African hairstyles into your look, think about thin dreadlocks that rest comfortably against your shoulders.

39. Double Dutch Braids

One of the most adorable hair trends this year is the double braided look. This hairstyle is not only super sweet, but it’s also reminiscent of the 90s and the carefree vibes associated with them. Double Dutch, French or goddess braids are all options.

40. Wedding Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Prefer an elaborate updo for your wedding? There are shoulder length hairstyles that fall under this category too. This complex bun is curled at the tips and topped off with an eye-catching crystal tiara to match your bridal jewelry.

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41. Spiral Braided Buns

Another unique way to style your shoulder length hair is with a spiral bun. Start with a French braid at the crown of your head and flow into a spiral that ends in a bun. It’s simpler than you think, and the results are breath-taking.

42. Shoulder Length Hairstyles for Round Faces

If the shape of your face is round, you know that finding the right haircut proves to be challenging. A long bob can solve all of your issues if you have straight hair. This haircut also is brilliant for round-faced women with wavy and curly hair alike.

43. Pull Through Braid Faux Hawk

Mohawks are awesome, but how many women are willing to shave both sides of their head indefinitely? For that, you can reproduce the look with a pull through braid faux hawk.

44. A-Line Bob Shoulder Length Blonde Hairstyles

For more shape and dynamism for your hairstyle, turn your long bob into an angled one. Also known as an A-line bob, this hairstyle is shorter at your nape and continues longer towards your chin.

45. Loose Fishtail Braids

Fishtail braids are one of the most beloved braiding techniques, no matter how old you are. As far as shoulder length hairstyles are concerned, you can create a half up fishtail braid that loosely falls apart towards the end. Add some hairspray to make sure it doesn’t fully unravel.

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46. French Braided Ponytails

Give your ponytail a whole new makeover by combining it with a French braid. Begin your French braid from the top and let it unwrap in your ponytail for a chic impact.

47. Formal Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Shoulder length hairstyles like these are appropriate for all sorts of formal events, from an important meeting at work to a black tie event or even a wedding. Consider working with a stylist to get the updo you have been longing for.

48. Quick Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair

Another easy hairstyle for shoulder length hair that won’t take up a lot of your time is this half up twist. All you have to do is take two thick strands on each side and tie them in the middle. Voila!

49. Undercut and Casual Buns

If you have a rebellious personality and you’re not afraid to show it, dare to adopt an undercut. You can make it as subtle or flashy as you’d like, and afterwards, you can highlight it with a casual bun.

50. Bohemian Flowery Updo

Last but certainly not least, this heart-warming hairstyle combines some of the sweetest elements we can think of. From a teased side braid to loose locks in the front, the icing on the cake is provided by pastel flowers sprinkled at the back.

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To conclude, you can choose from numerous shoulder length hairstyles that cater to all occasions and hair types

It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly, wavy or straight – there are braids and buns galore that you can have endless fun with.

As a final piece of advice, try to adapt your shoulder length hairstyle to context to get the perfect look.

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