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10 Celebrity Hairstyles For Medium Length Hair

You don’t have to be Rapunzel to be a style icon in Hollywood. These A-list stars show how shoulder-grazing tresses can be fantastic show-stoppers.

Check out these celebrity hairstyles for medium length hair! Whether your hair is straight, wavy, or curly, keeping your cut around your shoulders can help keep you looking fresh and stylish.

Don’t forget to use layering and color to make the most of your mid-length cut. Which of these celebs will be your next hair-inspiration muse?

  • 1. Blown-Out Beauty

    celebrity hairstyles for medium length hair

    This soft swept style makes Claire Danes glow. Longer layers throughout help keep the cut light and fresh as do the shorter pieces around the jawline in front. Smooth texture with playful ends bounce around the shoulders elegantly. Dress this hairstyle up or down – you can’t go wrong!

    How To Style:

    1. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off a medium sized section, starting at your nape in the back.

    2. Take your blow dryer and a medium to large sized round brush and blow dry each section. Drop down a new section down after the last one is completely dry.

    3. Blow dry hair under or out depending on the look you are going for. Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your add for optimal volume.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Healthy Sexy Hair’s Spray in Conditioner. It smells amazing and also has tons of conditioning properties. Then layer in their Taming Foam for amazing volume.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    This classic haircut looks amazing on all face shapes and works best with straight to wavy hair, thick to thin.

    Tip:

    When blow-drying always make sure you are pointing the air down the hair shaft. This helps smooth the hair cuticle and keeps it from frizzing.

  • 2. Platinum Paradise

    Gwen Stefani Celebrity Medium Length Blonde Celebrity Hairstyle

    This long sleek bob is amazing for all hair colors. The classic cut has no layers which keeps it smooth and soft due to no added texture. The shoulder length style can be flipped under or out and is even long enough to put up into a cute ponytail. Mid-length bobs are fabulous and always on trend. Add some thick blunt bangs and look instantly fierce.

    How To Style:

    1. Blow dry hair as smooth as you can using a round brush or paddle brush. If you want the ends to flip under use a large round brush and blow dry down and towards the face.

    2. Blow dry bangs straight downs so they lay flat and smooth. Avoid using a round brush on them so they lay straight and not bouncy.

    3. Drop down thin horizontal sections of hair and flat iron down and bevel under. Flat iron entire head of hair including the bangs.

    Recommended Products:

    Right out of the shower apply some sort of smoothing serum or mousse. I would recommend Healthy Sexy Hair’s Taming Foam. It has a light hold and smells amazing.  Before flat ironing dry hair spray Prive’s Shine Spray for heat protection and incredible shine.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    Great for most faces shapes. Stay away from this look if you have a round face or a small forehead. Use the bangs to balance out a long or oval face. This sleek style is best for naturally straight hair.

    Tip:

    If you don’t have bangs and are scared to take the plunge, purchase some clip-on bangs in the same shade as your hair color and see how you like them. It’s just like taking a bangs test run!

  • 3. The Fairy Tale

    Mila Jovovich Medium Length Layered Celebrity Hairstyles

    Be a little different with a gorgeous asymmetrical style. This formal updo is perfect for hair that is medium to long. A deep side part cascades beautifully over to the side and then down to the shoulders. Instant glamour that is sure to get you noticed at your next formal function.

    How To Style:

    1. Start with dry hair and part your hair very far over one side.

    2. Curl your entire head with a large curling iron, about a one and a half inch barrel. You want the curls to be loose, soft, and wavy so don’t use hairspray until the end.

    3. Use your fingers to gently lift and pull over the bangs up and out of your face and spray to secure.

    4. Slick back the side opposite of the bangs flat against the head and push over and back to opposite ear.

    5. Twist hair loosely at the ear and secure with bobby pins or a medium sized decorative comb.

    Recommended Products:

    For a style that stays use Chi Enviro Flex Firm Hold Hairspray. Then use some shine spray for instant glimmer like Gold Glimmer Shine Spray by Moroccan Oil.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    This hairstyle would look fabulous on all face shapes and hair types. If your hair is curly you will just have fuller ponytail.

    Tips:

    When doing any sort of updo, it’s oftentimes best to start with day old hair that isn’t squeaky clean. Hair won’t be as slippery and will be more cooperative.

  • 4. Tousled Beauty

    Jennifer Aniston Celebrity Hairstyle For Medium Length Hair

    Jennifer Aniston is the poster child for laid back perfection when it comes to style and her hair. Textured ends flip, twist, and fall beautifully around the shoulders. Long tapered layers in the front help frame the face and keep the haircut from looking heavy. Add some beachy highlights and caramel-like undertones for a fantastic California style.

    How To Style:

    1. First, part your hair slightly to one side and comb through with a wide toothed comb right out of the shower.

    2. Next, blow dry with a paddle brush to smooth out hair.

    3. Lastly, when hair is almost dry use a small round brush to detail the ends by twisting and flicking the hair in different directions while you blow dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Keep this look soft by using Kerastase’s Nutritive Styling Cream. Apply wet. Then try a texture spray like the one from Prive to spray and scrunch up the ends for more texture.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    This looks great on round faces and oval faces should keep hair parted on the side. Hair that is naturally wavy or straight is perfect to try this look.

    Tip:

    Add a fun messy braid in the front to keep long bangs out of your face and add to your beachy feel.

  • 5. Highlighted Maven

    Jessica Alba Tousled Medium Length Celebrity Hairstyle

    Loving this sun-kissed look! Subtle ombre and highlighting techniques make this brunette colored base sing. Add some delicious wavy curls to a center part and you’re on your way to being a star. This mid-length cut has subtle medium to long layers to add depth and dimension to the style with long bangs that split to the sides in the front for added interest.

    How To Style:

    If you have subtle waves in your hair naturally, you could just simply diffuse with your blow-dryer and touch up pieces with a large curling iron. For most girls I would recommend starting with clean dry hair parted in the middle.

    1. Section up the whole top half of your hair and secure.

    2. Using a a 1 ½” curling iron take semi-thick pieces of hair (2” x 2” sections) and curl. Focus on curling the roots to mid-shafts and only leave the ends of hair in the iron for a few seconds.

    3. Drop down the top section of hair and curl.

    4. Take the front bangs and make sure you curl them up and away from your face to create a soft cascading effect.

    5. Spray with a light- hold hair spray and scrunch lightly to break up the curls and keep them from looking too perfect.

    Recommended Products:

    When it comes to flexible hold hairspray I absolutely love Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Weightless Touchable Hairspray. You can apply a little or a lot!

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    Center parts are not the most flattering on long oval faces so part this style more to the side if you fall into that category. All other face shapes rejoice! If you have thick wavy hair this style is ideal for you.

    Tip:

    Try a center part that has a slight messy zig zag line to it. Adding a little whimsy helps add interest and fun!

  • 6. Shine On

    Martina McBride Celebrity Cut For Medium Length Hair

    Nothing is more in style than healthy shiny hair and Martina McBride nails it with this sleek and modern shag type cut. Short side bangs help add interest and also help frame the face.

    How To Style:

    1. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off medium sized section, starting at your nape. Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow dry each section dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry. Blow dry your hair under to create this particular style.

    2. Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your add for optimal volume.

    3. Use a flat iron to really smooth your bangs forward and to the side. Also use the flat iron to help smooth any pieces that didn’t quite make the cut with your blow dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Pureology Glossing Mist is fabulous for adding shine and a little goes a long way. Simply spray on hair before or after flat iron and run through with an iron or your fingers.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    This style would complement all face shapes and girls with naturally straight to wavy hair would be the best clients for this look.

    Tip:

    If you decide to curl your hair with this look, keep the bangs straight. Shorter bangs looks silly when curled and keeping them straight also offers an interesting contrast.

  • 7. Model Mayhem

    Alexa Chung Medium Brunette Celebrity Hairstyle with Bangs

    Alexa Chung’s messy coif radiates whimsy, style, and softness. The light bangs, two tone hair, and thick waves are interesting elements that keep this look unique. The tousled tresses are not perfect and make this style effortless and easy to achieve. If you’re feeling adventurous – try the color, too!

    How To Style:

    1. Blow dry bangs down and let your hair air dry.

    2. Then go back in with some shine serum and texture spray to add a little grit and scrunch to the look.

    Recommended Products:

    Scrunch in some sort of styling foam like Redken’s Bodyful Foam. The light consistency will give you some hold without weighing your hair down.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    This style would look great on all face shapes. Medium to thick hair with subtle wavy texture is perfect for this look.

    Tip:

    Keep the ends of your bangs light and textured. This makes it easier to grow them out and also makes them easier to style since they don’t have to be so stick straight and exact.

  • 8. The Updated Tina Turner

    Brunette and Blonde Medium Length Shag - Rihanna Celebrity Hairstyles

    Blonde ends and dark roots aren’t the only things making this hairstyle completely wild. Add some textured split bangs and crazy ringlets to complete this sassy style. Short to long layers are cut throughout and blended well to add lots of soft volume. Short bangs are parted into the curls to frame the face.

    How To Style:

    1. Start with clean dry hair parted in the center.

    2. Drop down horizontal sections of hair and curl small pieces of the section with a 1” curling iron. Hold the iron vertically to get more of a ringlet shape.

    3. Use a flat iron to flick bangs to the side and blend them into the curls.

    Recommended Products:

    Use a mousse for hold and taming frizz if you choose to diffuse. Try EXXUS Mousse Plus from Nexxus. If starting with dry hair apply a heat protectant like Kerastase’s Oleo Relax before you curl. The serum will protect your strands and keep them from frizzing.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    Due to the full silhouette of this style, all face shapes will look thin and flattered. This style is great for curly haired girls! If you have more straight and wavy hair then the curling iron will be your new best friend to achieve this look.

    Tip:

    Keep some scrunch spray in your purse to touch up throughout a long workday. If your curls start falling out simply spray and refresh.

  • 9. Sweet Sophistication

    Rachel McAdams Celebrity Hairstyle For Long Hair

    This gorgeous highlighted head of hair is shaped into a beautiful modern bob with dimensional layers and sweeping bangs. This length is slightly longer that a traditional bob which keeps it fresh and sleek. The medium layers throughout add volume and interest and also keep this cut from looking heavy. Keeping the bangs soft and to the side frame the face beautifully and effortlessly.

    How To Style:

    1. Put the appropriate styling products in your hair after getting out of the shower and towel drying. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off medium sized section, starting at your nape.

    2. Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow dry each section dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry. Blow dry hair under or out depending on the look you are going for.

    3. Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your add for optimal volume.

    4. Blow dry your bangs forward and the side and you’re done!

    Recommended Products:

    Use a mousse or foam to help add volume and body to your look. Try Prive’s Shining Weightless Amplifier. Also use a smoothing leave-in conditioner for softness and shine and also to help protect the hair from heat. Try Kerastase’s Ciment Thermique for a perfect blow dry cream.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    Usually a bob is less flattering on an oval shaped face because it enhances the vertical lines. If you feel confident with a blow dryer all hair types can try this look though it is probably easiest for naturally straight to wavy hair with medium thickness.

    Tip:

    To keep your blonde hair brass free, try a shampoo and conditioner that deposit violet tones to your hair in the shower. The purple pigments will help cancel out unwanted yellowy tones.

  • 10. Volume Goddess

    Vanessa Hudgens Medium Dark Celebrity Hairstyle

    Vanessa Hudgens looks radiant with giant yummy curls. Solid black hair looks sleek and makes the cut and style speak for itself. Shoulder sweeping locks help frame her face and don’t weigh her down with more length.

    How To Style:

    You can try large hot rollers for this one or go the simpler route by using a large barrel curling iron and just curl the ends of your hair.

    1. Make sure your hair is parted right in the center and curl the ends back and away from your face so they lay in the proper direction.

    2. Grab large sections of hair and slightly back comb the ends to add more volume and a slightly frizzy texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Loreal’s Elnett Strong Hold Hairspray to keep hair big and beautiful and locked in place. It’s a favorite of the stars.

    Best Face Shapes & Hair Types:

    Because most of the volume is built up around the jawline this looks great to balance heart shaped and round shaped faces. The thicker the hair the better for this very voluminous look!

    Tip:

    Part your hair to the side if you need to soften up a harsher center part. Hair will feel heavier on one side so consider securing up some weight on that side with a cute barrette or matching bobby pin.

    If you’re stuck in the middle with mid-length hair, stop wishing for longer hair. Enjoy what you’ve got and consider enhancing your shoulder-length style so it looks like you have your hair cut at that length on purpose.

    It’s amazing how simply adding bangs, layers, or some texture can make your hairstyle really shine. Channel on of these celebrity hairstyles for medium length hair today!