How To Get Stunning Medium-Length Curly Hair

Embrace the versatility of medium-length styles by enhancing your texture. Whether you prefer a soft, romantic look or voluminous ringlets, these styles can take you from the office to an evening garden party.

With plenty of great products to help define your shape and remain frizz-free; you’ll be certain to embrace warmer temperatures. Check out these styles!

Conservative Curls

Conservative Curls hairstyleInstagram @hairmajestiii

Q&A with style creator, Alisha Rodrigues
Hairstylist @ Lavish Salon in Providence, RI

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a before and after of a Deva Cut which is dry cut for curly hair. She told me she likes her curls more conservative and less unruly, but she wanted shape. I gave her long round layers specifically for her natural curl pattern. I cut her hair one curl at a time to ensure the accuracy of the haircut.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used the Deva Curl Super Cream to style her hair. This is a light moisturizing cream that is perfect to style the hair on clients with fine to medium texture hair. It gives you that softly subtle look and feel. I cut her hair right under the collarbone which is a trendy length. It’s the perfect length to brighten up your face and is still long enough to tie back.

In the before picture, you can see her hair was long and drab with very few long layers. This look gave her curls no life on top, leaving them flat and straight because of the weight of her hair. With this new haircut, her curls spring back to life and brighten up her finest features. I was in love with her cheekbones, so I brought up some layers around her face to accentuate them.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a perfect haircut for someone that wears their hair curly and wants some definition in their curl pattern that brightens them right up without too much volume.

Cascade Waves

Cascade Waves hairstyleInstagram @bristleandprim

Q&A with style creator, Krystle Sosa Kirchgessner
Master Stylist @ Bristle&PRIM in Lancaster, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love the dimension we were able to achieve by painting in natural lowlights and brightening up her previous highlights. It not only helps make the waves pop out more, but it also creates a low maintenance hair color. It is a great look for the busy gal!

My second favorite thing about this look is her new shape. By picking up the heavy top layers, it removes the bulky triangular shape she came in with and adds movement back into the cut. Hair should move with you and not feel boxy. I love these cascade waves!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Like all curly gals, the hair needs moisture. From wavy to corkscrew curls, they all deal with the dreaded frizz factor so the products have to keep all moisture locked in. It’s important to use a sulfate-free cleanser (which keeps oils in) and a silicone-free conditioner (silicones = synthetics and they are water blockers!).

I cleansed her scalp with DEVACURL DELIGHT LOW-POO, hydrated and detangled with DEVACURL DELIGHT ONE-CONDITIONER, then scrunched in DEVACURL BELIEVE-IN leave-in conditioner on sopping wet hair. I finished the style by scrunching in DEVACURL ULTRA DEFINING GEL.

The client can choose to either diffuse or air dry. In a salon setting, I usually sit them under an ionic hair dryer to create the look of a natural air dry. When fully dry, I shake and re-scrunch the product “cast” out.

To maintain the look for 2-3 days more. Sleep with a “pineapple” ponytail and spritz with a water/conditioner mist.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

As far as the cut goes, this is a universal look for many curly girls. Elevating layers so they cascade over the other removes bulk along with proper styling. When hair reaches collarbone length and past, this a great low maintenance look for any curly girl with any face shape to consider. When the hair is shorter than collarbone length, that’s when we’ll have to consider face shape, texture and lifestyle in our consultation.

As far as color is concerned, I haven’t met a curly girl who couldn’t pull off a dimensional look! How else better to show off curls?

Big & Curly

Q&A with style creator, Starresha Renae
Salon Owner and Master Stylist @ The Curl Whisperer Chicago in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This looks is curly and big!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend any curling gel layered with a cream.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ideal for any client with any lifestyle. The color is neutral and easy to maintain.

Prince-Style Curly Shag

Prince-Style Curly Shag hairstyleInstagram @larnkieninger

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Kieninger
Co-owner & Stylist @ Barbara & Barbara in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a modified Prince-style curly shag. I love that retro looks are coming back and allowing for all sorts of reinvented styles.

It’s been so inspiring and fun to be able to modify a look based on curly texture. I absolutely love being able to add height and volume to curls. Making shapes with curly hair and this kind of cut, in particular, provides  a lot of versatility on the daily that a client can have fun with.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

First and foremost, curly hair needs hydration. It’s best to start with good sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. After conditioning, if you’re looking for a soft and touchable curly shag, I would start by scrunching a foam as the base product. Two of my go-tos are Devacurl foam or Eleven foam. Then I would layer a little texture cream like Kevin Murphy’s Killer.Curls.

These products work best with a little bit of heat, so I would diffuse for a few minutes after applying. You can leave the hair to air dry the rest of the way, or finish with the diffuser. You can also use Kevin Murphy’s Powder.Puff for added volume.

To keep this look sharp, maintain it with a reshaping cut every two to three months. If the top layers start to get too long, you won’t be able to get as much height and the shape will start to droop.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The best type of client for this is anyone who wants to rock a sweet shag! If anyone has the confidence in a look, they will pull it off. What’s nice about this shape is that it can be cut on straight or curly hair. You can also modify it to have bangs or not to frame your face.

So if you want the fun of a shag, but maybe not the maintenance of having bangs, it’s a totally doable look. This cut requires regular trims, so if you can’t make it to your stylist every two to three months, it may not be the best choice for your lifestyle. Try it out and see because you never know, it could be the most perfect look for you!

Naturally Curly Mid-Length Cut

Woman with naturally curly hair and mid-length haircutInstagram @triciatmcfaul

Medium Length DevaCurl

Medium devacurl haircut on curly hairInstagram @hairbyjames

Sassy Bob

A classic cut with a modern twist. This rich, golden blonde gets an added boost of drama and dimension in a few steps. It’s a perfect way to go from day to night with ease.

medium curly hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Finger dry with a blow dryer for a relaxed curly style or use a Diffuser attachment on your blow dryer for a defined curl.
  2. Smooth fringe area with a paddle brush or using a flat iron on low heat.
  3. Spray with a light hold hairspray or shine spray for a finished look.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bedhead Headrush Spray Shine for a smooth and shiny finish that will leave your hair feeling soft and silky.  Plus, the lightweight formula makes it perfect for any hair length and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is great for square, diamond and oblong faces as it softens hard angles. This style works wonders on fine to thick hair.

Tip: For a fresh boost, spritz hair with a thickening spray like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray before drying.

Tousled Shag

The traditional A-line bob gets a sexy finish with loose curls and a bold platinum finish that’s certain to get heads turning in your direction.

Medium curly bob hairstyle side

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair using a round brush for a smooth finish.
  2. Take a large barrel curling iron and wind vertical sections of hair – from mid-shaft to ends – for a soft, tousled look.
  3. Spray with an anti-humidity spray to lock in those curls.

Recommended Hair Products:


Try Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. This anti-humidity finishing spray shields hair from frizz, protects sleek blowouts and perfect curls!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip: Don’t have a curling iron?  You can recreate this look using a flat iron.  Simply hold the flat iron in an upright, vertical position and spin the iron round a couple of times.

Curl Diva

This super curly look is a great way to give hair a break from straightening products and heat-styling tools. The rich, warm brown shade allows the texture and dimension to take center-stage.

natural curly medium hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using the Diffuser attachment on your blow dryer for a refined curl.
  2. Spray with a Styling Mist and Extra Hold Hairspray to lock style into place.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad Styling Mist – Setting & Holding Spray.  This spray won’t flake, feel tacky or get sticky.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for long and oval face shapes. This style works best on fine to thick hair.

Tip: Want to Wash & Go?  Simply use Ouidad Styling Mist as a setting spray on damp hair and let air dry. 

Romantic Curls

A gorgeous look for a romantic weekend getaway or an evening out with that special someone.  These curls are so soft they’ll be begging to be touched.

romantic curly hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using the Diffuser attachment on your blow dryer.
  2. Take a small barrel curling iron and wind horizontal sections of hair – for a soft, romantic look.
  3. Spray hair all over with a flexible styling spray.

Recommended Hair Products:


Try Pureology Incharge Flexible Styling Spray. This spray not only shields hair with powerful antioxidants; it also creates superb texture, shine with all day control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip: Pin curls into place using small clips or bobby pins as you go along.  Remove clips/bobby pins once hair has cooled and softly shake hair for touchable curls.

Strawberry Waves

This alluring strawberry blonde shade heightens the drama with soft waves. A great way to spice up bold, dimensional hair color.

medium curly haircut

 

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using the nozzle attachment on your blow dryer to create a smooth finish.
  2. Wrap just the ends of your hair using a medium barrel curling iron in a vertical position
  3. Spray hair with a light hold hair spray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try D:FI D:struct Pliable molding Creme – on damp or dry hair – for a matte finish with high hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for heart-shaped and round faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip: For a fuller look, alternate the direction of your curls.

Ravishing Red

This bold, auburn shade is softened with playful texture and a razored fringe.

textured medium curly hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using a paddle brush.
  2. Take a medium barrel curling iron and wind horizontal sections of hair. Leave face framing hair smooth for a classic finish.
  3. Spray hair all over with a Sea Salt spray texturizer for a casual look.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try KMS Hair Play Seas Salt Spray for tousled, sexy hair with fullness and a light matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for diamond and heart-shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip: Razor cut your fringe and side lengths for softness.  Style into jagged points using a bit of wax for added drama.

Blonde Bombshell

Stand out from the sea of blondes with this voluminous style.  Keep it fun and casual with piecey separation and unfinished ends. Its a great way to let your natural dimension shine through.

medium curly hairstyles blonde

 

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using the Diffuser attachment on your blow dryer.
  2. Take a small barrel curling iron and wind random sections of hair in the crown area for added definition and separation.
  3. Use a firm hold gel to set and hold curls all day.

Recommended Hair Products:


Try RUSK Jel FX Firm Hold; a nongreasy forming gel that defines, directs and shapes. Adds texture and hold that brushes easily and bounces back.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for square and heart-shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip: Go from day to night with an easy updo look by pinning hair in the nape area with a few bobby pins.

Raven Ringlets

Amp up your raven locks with full curls and a controlled finish.  Keep it fresh and modern by twisting random pieces and securing with a bobby pin.

Medium length hairstyle with curls

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using the Diffuser attachment on your blow dryer.
  2. Take a small barrel curling iron and wind small horizontal sections of hair.
  3. Spray hair all over with a spray wax for all-day hold.

Recommended Hair Products:


Try Redken Wax Blast 10 for a choppy, satin-matte finish. Innovative wax with the convenience and lightness of a spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for square and heart-shaped shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip: For faster styling, try the spray wax on damp hair.  Style in a fingerwave pattern and let air dry. 

Vintage Curls

A fresh look at a retro style.  Update your vintage dreams with these bombshell curls. For a softer look, try using a paddle brush to create simple vintage waves.

medium curls hairstyle retro

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using a round brush and blow dryer.
  2. Using a medium barrel curling iron; wind vertical sections of hair – starting from the top of the ear – leaving the crown area smooth.
  3. Pin curls into place.
  4. Spray hair with a light hold styling spray.

Recommended Hair Products:


Try KENRA Volume Spray 25 – Super Hold Finishing Spray. Provides maximum volume and hold while leaving hair looking natural and shiny. Easily makes any style last all day.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for diamond and heart-shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip: For added volume, backcomb hair in the crown area before setting curls into place.

Blonde Spirals

A lovely formal style for that special event.  Offset spiral curls create a soft, romantic look in this gorgeous blonde hue.

formal medium curly hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
  2. Part hair into a star shape. Take a small barrel curling iron and curl vertical sections of hair to create soft spirals.
  3. Pin curls into place and allow to cool before loosening curls.
  4. Spray hair all over with a flexible styling spray.

Recommended Hair Products:


Try TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray.  For a look that lasts all day with massive shine and serious hold!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval and round face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip: Separate each curl into small curls for super volume and body.

Keep medium length hair playful by trying a variety of fun hairstyles. Fine and medium textures benefit from added volume with soft curls and light backcombing. Thick texture and frizz-prone hair can be balanced with defined curl and structured shapes.

Try pinning strands, small braids or adding flowers as an accent for a modern trendy look. Bold, dimensional coloring also adds some pop and balances nicely with any medium length style.