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The 36 Best Medium Haircuts Right Now

A haircut that is medium in length is very versatile. No matter how the hair is cut, it is both long and short enough for you to style it many different ways! Here are 36 different medium haircuts that you can mix and match to suit your facial features, style and personality.

  • Lived-In Look

    This trendy mid length style features a balayage, very lived-in color, meaning that you can wait a while between salon visits!

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    Q&A with style creator Tyler Plemmons

    Owner & Colorist @ Tyler’s Art Studio in Asheville, NC


    How To Style:

    COMING SOON!

    Recommended Products:

    Joico, It’s a 10, Puff Me products and the Amika Wand 1.25.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes and hair types can pull off this cut and color.

    Tip:

    If you are on a budget or don’t have time to go to the salon every six weeks, this low maintenance look is for you.

  • Processing

    Q&A with style creator, Kristi Ann Hall
    Hairstylists @ Bel Capelli Salon in Nevada City, CA


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

    This mid-length blonde look is the first process of a color correction. If you take a peek at my Instagram account, you can see the before and after shot. I love color corrections because they are so challenging. You always have to adjust your plan along the way, which makes it exciting! I love that we got through the orange hues and entered into this nice shade of beautiful buttery blonde.

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

    For the finished look, I prepped the hair with Aveda Damage Control and Aveda Phomollient. After drying, round brushing and beach waving, I finished the look with Aveda Air Control.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Textured haircuts and balayage team well together for a soft, undone and relaxed style for anyone that likes to stretch time in between appointments.

  • Shoulder-Length Beauty

    Q&A with style creator, Laura Kelley-Hayes
    Director of Education @ The East Studio Salon in Chicago, IL


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

    This look is swingy, angle forward, shoulder-length long bob (lob), and I love the versatility of this look. You can wear this look straight, wavy, in a ponytail, half up, or braided. This length is the most versatile, in my opinion.

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

    To recreate this look, I recommend using a smoothing cream such as Kerastase Keratin Thermique along with a blow dry gel for control such as Kerastase Forme Fatale. I also used theKerastase Lacque Couture hairspray to set the finish and add shine.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This haircut is suitable for MOST hair types, especially wavy or straight textures. I would recommend this cut for all face shapes, but the length will vary depending on how long a person’s neck is. This style is great for women on the go with active lifestyles. It can be styled for multiple days with out shampooing.

  • A Long Process

    A Long Process hairstyle

    Instagram @hair.by.alicia

    Q&A with style creator, Alicia Guerra
    Hair Artist @ Mermaid Lounge Hair Salon in Coronado, CA


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

    This blonde highlighted look took some time to achieve. We achieved this look over a three month period to save the integrity of her hair. She started out as a level 5 and wanted to be a blonde. She did not want a solid look, nor did she want to lose some of her depth. My favorite thing about this look is the dimension and tones.

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

    I used Wella Blondor using 20, 30, 40 vol as well as Higher & Higher with Olaplaex and Redken Shades 9N, 9V, 9T. I started out with a full highlight (first session) with Blondor, Olaplex and 30, and toned with 9V. Next session was highlighted with Blondor, Olaplex and 30 vol and pulled through some areas with Blondor and 20 vol., then toned with 9N and 9V.

    The third session was a full balayage using Blondor and 40 vol in the back with 20 on the ends, along with Olaplex. I then used Blondor with Higher & Higher in the front with Olaplex and 20 vol on ends with Olaplex. All of this was applied with a chip brush then put under heat for 10 to 15 minutes. I then rinsed and toned with 9t and 9V. I recommend using Hydrate Me Wash and Hydrate Me Rinse by Kevin Murphy to maintain this color.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I would recommend this multi-dimensional highlight and cut for thick to medium hair densities (preferably coarse). I also recommend this look for someone who likes do a light touch with a straightening iron or large round brush and likes a tousled, beachy look!

  • Balayaged Highlights

    Balayaged Highlights hairstyle

    Instagram @kaylinmarjes

    Q&A with style creator, Kaylin Marjes
    Independent Hairstylist and Colorist @ J.Miller Salon in Coeur d’Alene, ID


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

    I love this mid-length, textured haircut with balayaged highlights. What I love about the color is that it enhances her already beautiful strawberry blonde by lifting it up and creating dimension. The color looks as though she spent all summer at the beach. We modernized her cut by bringing up the length to the collarbone and created lots of vertical layers and texture to create a lived-in, not too perfect look. It’s the perfect combination of sass and class!

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

    I’m a L’Oréal girl through and through. This look was styled out with flat iron waves and products from the L’Oréal Techni Art line. First blow dry in Techni Art Volume Mousse to create lift at the roots. Once dried with fingers to enhance texture, go in with a flat iron. Hold the iron vertically start the curl close to the root and leave the ends out for a beachy finish. Spray with Techni Art Next Day Hair texturizing spray, separate waves with fingers, then flip the head upside down and shake out. Lastly, sprinkle Techni Art True Grip Texturizing styling powder for volume in the crown and that pieced out texture!

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This style is honestly suitable for almost anyone! The mid-length collarbone cut is great because you still can style it like you would long hair (i.e. a topknot, ponytail or braids), but you are not weighed down with excess length. Balayage is so great for the women on the go! It is the ideal color option for someone that can’t be in the salon every six to eight weeks for maintenance. I especially love this look for moms! They can just come in every three to four months for a refresh and the highlights just evolve as time goes on.

  • Sassiness

    Sassiness hairstyle

    Instagram @bonduranthair_

    Q&A with style creator, Jazmine Bondurant
    Hairstylist Lizs @ Dom Salon in Manhattan Beach, CA


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

    This look is called a “lob” or a long bob. It is great for those who love the idea of a bob but aren’t willing to go as short as a standard bob. I love this look because it gives you movement and sassiness while maintaining the client’s length.

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

    I’ve loved Verb’s glossing spray as long as I’ve been doing hair. It is the first spray that glosses while moisturizing without making the hair greasy. It also helps to tame flyaways.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I recommend this hairstyle for anyone with an oval, heart or oblong face shape. Any hair texture can wear this style, but the more density in the hair the more texturizing you may have to do.

  • Easy Texture

    Q&A with style creator, Alexander Juango Ibarrola
    Hairstylist @ Salon Toro in Barcelona, Spain


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

    My favorite thing about this mid-length look is how I created texture with both the color and the cut, making it so fresh and messy.

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

    I definitely recommend a salt spray to create some texture and volume, and a shine spray to finish and give this look some sheen.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This look is best for a client with fine (but lots of) hair that wants some texture and wants easier styling at home. This is the perfect haircut for an oval face because it softens the shape of the face. This is the best look for a young professional that wants an easy but smart look every day.

  • Modern Shag

    Q&A with style creator, Cherise Alexander
    Stylist @ Immortal Beloved in Washington, D.C.


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

    I would describe this look as a modern shag. My favorite thing about it is how much body, movement and wave it gives the hair.

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

    To create this look, I would recommend a few different methods depending on your hair texture. If you have naturally wavy hair (not too curly and not too straight), grab some salt spray or beach spray and diffuse it. Once dry, brush it out and run some Smooth Style Serum by Oribe through it to smooth the frizz and shape the waves.

    If you have very curly hair, blow it out straight with some body, then use a 1 1/2 to 2-inch curling iron to add some big waves. You can also brush it out at the end.

    If you have straight hair, just add waves with a curling iron and spray some of Oribe’s amazing Texturizing Spray at the end for more body. Or, if you don’t have time, this type of highly textured layered cut is great air dried and grows out amazingly!

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This cut is meant for anyone who wants a little more body and movement in their hair! It’s perfect if you already have a little wave in your hair and want to enhance it. It’s more of a “rocker” kind of look and fits a very low maintenance lifestyle, but can also be primped up with lots of curls and texture spray for a more polished and fashionable look.

  • Abstract Bob

    Abstract Bob hairstyle

    Instagram @natalieegomer

    Q&A with style creator, Natalie Gomer
    Stylist/Team Lead @ Asanda Aveda in New York, NY


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

    I would describe this look as a fun, abstract and shaggy long bob. My favorite thing about this look is the way I cut the layers. I section out an abstract star and use twist cutting to cut the layers.

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

    To maintain this look, I recommend using Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style prep, which I like to use kind of like a salt spray. I would also recommend using a paste or styling creme. Here, we used Aveda’s Defining Whip to make it feel more “piecey.”

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This look is really for anyone. You can air dry or blow dry this style. The cool thing is that it can be tailored to anyone’s face shape and hair type. We chose to do a more disconnected version to make her hair appear thicker and fuller.

  • Modern Midlength Cut

    Q&A with style creator, Lay Akhotmy
    Stylist @ Nikki & Lay at Modern Luxe Salon in Frisco,TX


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

    This cut and style is described as a modern midlength cut with soft, effortless curls. I cut down the center and created layers for softness around the face, then added a few long layers for movement and side cut for texture. The hair was rough dried 80%, then smoothed out with a brush. The look was finished by curling one-inch sections, alternating in and out.

    What I love most about this look is that it is effortless and therefore does not require much styling.

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

    I like to use Oribe Smoothing Cream to smooth out the hair from wet to dry. Apply Oribe Heat Protectant before using the curling iron. Finish the look with with Oribe Texture Spray and run fingers through the hair for separation.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    The beauty of the this look is that anyone of any age group or lifestyle can pull it off. It works with almost any hair type, but especially well with a natural wave. For this particular client who has an oval shaped face, we parted it down the center. It can also be worn on the side as there is no wrong way to style this look. Just have fun with it!

  • Light and Easy

    Light and Easy hairstyle

    Instagram @olgavaps

    Q&A with style creator, Olga Vapnyar
    Hairstylist @ Arrojo Studio in SoHo, NYC


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

    I describe this look as an A-line mid-length cut with some long layers that is blow dried into beachy waves. Considering we took the length up quite a bit, I love that it’s nice and light for summer.

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

    To create this look, I used Arrojo’s Wave Mist and Primp Working Spray and recommend them to recreate this look at home. They give just enough hold and texture while leaving the hair soft.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I recommend this look for anyone! It’s an easy hairstyle to maintain whether the client plans on styling their hair or they’re more of a wash and go type. It’s light, easy, and perfect for summer.

  • Perfectly Sculpted

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This A-line or triangular bob is beautifully designed. It is stacked in the back, giving it “wash and wear” volume. Having the hair above the stack layered like this gives this area texture and movement which extends to the hair in front.

    Perfectly Sculpted Brunette Shiny Medium Haircuts

    Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Perfectly Sculpted Brunette Shiny Medium Haircut With Angled Highlights

    Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry the stack from side to side with a styling brush.
    2. Blow the rest of the hair dry with a round brush.
    3. Detail the front with a curling wand.
    4. Set with a flexible hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hold Me Tight by Paul Mitchell will give your style a long-lasting, flexible hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy in texture and medium to thick in density will look great in this haircut.

  • Easy Hair

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    If you want medium hair length that lays well and cooperates, make sure to have it cut either above or below the shoulders. Avoid getting it cut on shoulders. Your shoulders will get in the way and cause the hair to flip and lay awkwardly!

    Easy Hair Highlighted Medium Haircut Bob

    Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. On wet hair, apply a styling product that is suitable to your hair type.
    2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
    3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
    4. Smooth sections of hair towards the face with a flat iron.
    5. Set with your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hold Me Tight by Paul Mitchell is a flexible hold spray that will secure your style all day.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy in texture and medium to thick in density will look great in this haircut.

  • Concave Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Concave layers are layers that are uniform in size from top to bottom. Having short concave layers accentuates the roundness of the head and gives the hair a lot of texture. The disconnected long pieces in the front make this haircut look more modern and feminine.

    Brunette Streaked Bob with Bangs Brunette Streaked Medium Bob with Bangs Side View

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
    3. Polish sections of hair with a flat iron.
    4. Apply a texture product to hair and detail the hair with fingers.
    5. Set the style with a quick drying hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Spray Wax by Paul Mitchell will give an even and controlled distribution of texture to hair. This helps prevent getting too much product in the hair and having to jump back in the shower to wash it out.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Longer face shapes with medium to high density hair will look great in this haircut. The fringe will make the face appear shorter and the texture on the sides will make it appear wider.

  • Modern Flapper

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This one length sleek bob is a classic! It features a heavy fringe with chipped ends which makes the overall look even more reminiscent of the 1920s flapper bob.

    Modern Flapper Medium Hairstyle for Women

    Style by Leslie Williams, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the fringe area from side to side with a styling brush to get rid of any unusual growth patterns.
    3. Blow dry the rest of the hair smooth.
    4. Polish sections of hair with a flat iron.
    5. Apply a shine serum to hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Gloss Drops by Paul Mitchell will add so much shine to dry hair and ensure a frizz-free finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval and heart face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy in texture and is fine to medium in density will look best in this cut. A wider face shape could wear this with a side swept fringe and a longer face shape could wear this with the length past the chin.

  • One Length

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Here is another classic mid length look. Keeping your hair past the shoulders and at all one length allows you to enjoy both length and maximum density.

    Classic Medium Hairstyle for Women

    Style by Kara Brown, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How to Style:

    1. On wet hair, apply a styling product that is suitable to your hair type.
    2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
    3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
    4. Smooth sections of hair towards the face with a flat iron.
    5. Set with your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydroCream Whip on wet hair for volume and a silky touchable finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with any texture that is fine to medium in density will look best in this cut.

  • Curl Freedom

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    If you love to curl your medium haircut, make sure to get layers. Having layers removes weight from your hair, allowing it to curl freely!

    Medium Curly Hairstyle with Layers

    Style by Danny Dubosen, Makeup by Ashley Nicole Pugh Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a heat protection product to dry hair.
    2. Curl sections of hair in different directions using a medium-sized iron.
    3. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hot Off The Press by Paul Mitchell not only protects hair from the heat, but also helps your style last all day.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This haircut will look great on all face shapes with density that is medium to thick. The style will look great on all face shapes as well.

  • Long Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Want the density of a one length cut and the movement of a layered cut? Get the best of both worlds with long layers! With the long layers shown here, hair that is past the shoulders gets to have movement without having to sacrifice length or too much density.

    Medium Hairstyle with Long Layers and Waves

    Style by Lacye Geitgey, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

    Medium Hairstyle with Long Layers and Waves Side

    Style by Lacye Geitgey, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
    3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
    4. Curl sections of hair on the sides of the face, starting from the mid shaft down.
    5. Brush through curls with a styling brush.
    6. Set with a flexible hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    For thermal protection and curls that last, try Hot Off The Press by Paul Mitchell on dry hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with medium density hair will look good in this cut and style.

  • Face Framing

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Face framing is an easy way to add drama and interest to a medium haircut. This also helps make a haircut more suitable to certain face shapes.

    Face Framing Blonde Medium Haircut

    Style by Lindsey Muranda and Sarah Penny, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
    3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
    4. Smooth sections of hair towards the face with a flat iron.
    5. Set with your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    HydroMist Blowout Spray by Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger line gives the hair volume that lasts all day.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Face framing looks good on all face shapes and densities of hair. The rest of the cut will determine what face shape and hair type will suit it more.

  • Fringe Connection

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Connecting the fringe to the face framing layers gives this medium haircut an overall softer look.

    Straight Medium Haircut with Fringe

    Style by Robin Cook, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair, beginning in the fringe area.
    3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
    4. Set with a flexible hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hold Me Tight by Paul Mitchell will give your style a long-lasting, flexible hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This type of fringe and face framing can make longer face shapes with strong jaws look shorter, wider and softer.

  • Lash Grazing Fringe

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Adding a lash grazing fringe to any haircut instantly gives it a high fashion feel, especially now that they are totally on trend!

    Lash Grazing Fringe Medium Haircut

    Style by Lanae Savu

    Lash Grazing Fringe Medium Haircut View 2

    Style by Lanae Savu

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair, beginning at the fringe area.
    3. Smooth just the ends of the hair with a flat iron.
    4. Set with a flexible hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Super Clean Spray by Paul Mitchell will give your style flexible hold and texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Long fringes cover up more of the face, making it look shorter and wider. This makes it perfect for longer face shapes.

  • Side Swept Fringe

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    A long, side swept fringe adds drama and mystery to a mid length haircut.

    Medium Hairstyle with Side Swept Fringe

    Style by Kim Padgett, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a heat protection product to dry hair.
    2. Curl sections of hair vertically in different directions using a large barrel wand.
    3. Bevel and smooth the fringe area to the side with a flat iron.
    4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hot Off The Press by Paul Mitchell not only protects hair from the heat, but also helps your style last all day.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    A side swept fringe can look good on any face shape, depending on how it is cut. Longer face shapes tend to look better in side swept fringes that are more horizontal. Wider face shapes tend to look better in ones that are more vertical.

  • Rounded Fringe

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    A rounded, heavy, long fringe softens the face and makes any hairstyle look extra stylish. Even with your hair pulled back into a bun or ponytail, you can still look really put together with a fringe and a few tendrils left out.

    Full Curly Lush Bob with Bangs Full Curly Lush Bob with Bangs Side View

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a heat protection product to dry hair.
    2. Curl sections of hair vertically in different directions using a large barrel iron.
    3. Gently tease the hair upwards with fingers.
    4. Bevel, smooth and detail the fringe area with a flat iron.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Stay Strong by Paul Mitchell is a quick drying finishing spray with a flexible hold. It secures a style really well while remaining workable.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    A rounded fringe softens the angles of the face. Its length shortens and widens the face, making it ideal for longer faces with a strong jaw.

  • Texturized Ends

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Having the ends of the hair textured gives the hair a modern, lighter and more airy feel.

    Medium Haircut with Textured Ends

    Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a heat protection product to dry hair.
    2. Curl sections of hair vertically in different directions using a large barrel wand.
    3. Bevel and smooth the fringe area to the side with a flat iron.
    4. Use a product for texture.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum as a styling product to smooth and condition hair. Use Spray Wax on dry hair for texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    These ends look best on hair that is medium to thick in density.

  • Solid Ends

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Keeping the ends of your mid length haircut blunt makes the hair look thicker overall.

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry the hair with a styling product.
    2. Apply a heat protection product to dry hair.
    3. Curl sections of hair vertically in different directions using a large barrel wand.
    4. Bevel and smooth the fringe area to the side with a flat iron.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Extra-Body Sculpting Foam by Paul Mitchell gives weightless body and volume to fine hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    These ends will look best on hair that is fine to medium in density.

  • Round Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Can’t stand hair in your face? By getting layers that are shorter in front, the hair won’t just be less thick in the front, but will also naturally fall away from the face.

    Round Layers Tapered Front

    Style by Brittney Questel, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

    Round Layers Red Style Tapered Front Side View

    Style by Brittney Questel, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Create a deep side part.
    3. Blow dry the hair straight and towards the face with a styling brush.
    4. Smooth sections of hair with a flat iron.
    5. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Relaxing Balm by Paul Mitchell smooths and controls the hair while protecting it from heat.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This haircut will show more of the face and therefore widen it. It will look best on longer face shapes.

  • Long Round Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Grow your round layers a little bit longer and get beautiful locks that naturally sweep backwards.

    Medium Haircut with Long Round Layers

    Style by MarryAnn Jensen, Makeup by Dawn Naumczyk, 40 One Salon and Spa, Jamesburg, NJ

    Medium Haircut with Long Round Layers Back

    Style by MarryAnn Jensen, Makeup by Dawn Naumczyk, 40 One Salon and Spa, Jamesburg, NJ

    How to Style:

    1. Apply your favorite styling product to wet hair.
    2. Starting at the nape area, blow dry a section of hair with a large round brush.
    3. Once dry, roll the section of hair into the round brush and wait for it to cool for a few seconds.
    4. Release the hair and repeat the same process on all sections, working your way to the top of the head.
    5. Set with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try cocktailing HydroCream Whip and Styling Treatment Oil, both by Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger line. The HydroCream Whip will give the hair natural silky volume while the Styling Treament Oil will give it a frizz-free and healthy finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is medium to thick in density will look good in this haircut and style.

  • Round One Length

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Do you want your hair to lay away from your face, but your tresses are too thin to layer? Try a round, one length haircut. It will keep maximum density while pushing the hair away from your face.

    Round One Length Medium Haircuts

    Style by Debra McGarvey, Debra M Salon, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Round One Length Medium Haircuts Side View

    Style by Debra McGarvey, Debra M Salon, Poughkeepsie, NY

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Create volume and smoothness in the hair by blow drying it with a large round brush.
    3. Flip the ends of the hair out using a flat iron.
    4. Set the style with a quick drying finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Lemon Sage Thickening Spray is a style booster that adds clean volume to hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Hair that pushes away from the face doesn’t normally look good on wider face shapes. Parting the hair to the side makes it wearable for these face shapes since it allows some hair to fall over part of the face. This cut will look best on fine hair.

  • Volume Insurance

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This bob’s length is even from the front to the back, but its layers are shorter in the back and longer in the front. Keeping the layers longer in the front prevents it from looking thin and straggly since we naturally don’t have as much hair in the front compared to the back.

    Volume Insurance Smooth Bob Haircut

    Style by Doraliz Zemora, Victoria Station Salon & Day Spa, Vienna, VA

    Volume Insurance Smooth Bob Haircut Side View

    Style by Doraliz Zemora, Victoria Station Salon & Day Spa, Vienna, VA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair straight with a styling brush.
    3. Smooth sections of hair with a flat iron.
    4. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell smoothes, conditions and gives shine when applied to wet hair. Additional shine could be added to hair by applying a small amount of it on dry hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hairstyle:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy and is medium to thick in density will look best in this haircut and style.

  • Short Even Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This haircut has short layers that are even from front to back. The layers remove a lot of weight from the hair, giving it a lot of texture and movement. The cut also causes the hair to lay where it would naturally fall and balance the roundness of the head.

    Short Even Layers Pretty Smooth Medium Haircut Style

    Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair as smooth as possible with a styling brush.
    3. Use a flat iron to further smooth and polish the hair.
    4. Apply a shine serum to hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Applying Gloss Drops by Paul Mitchell on dry hair will give the hair a luminous and frizz-free finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy and is medium to thick in density will look best in this cut and style.

  • Long Even Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This haircut will lay the same way as the previous cut. It won’t have as much texture and movement, but will definitely keep more volume.

    Medium Haircuts

    Style by Leo Soerjo, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Long Even Layers Medium Haircut with Volume Side View

    Style by Leo Soerjo, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair as smooth as possible with a styling brush.
    3. Use a flat iron to further smooth and polish the hair and and slightly bevel the ends in.
    4. Apply a shine serum to hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Try cocktailing Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum and Fast Form together. Super Skinny Serum will give you shine and condition. Fast Form will allow you to sculpt your hair the way you want and give it long lasting hold while you blow dry.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy and is medium to thick in density will look best in this style.

  • Tapered Frame

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Having the hair cut shorter in the back causes the hair to fall towards the face. Having the hair around the face layered causes it to look tapered and frames the face really well.

    Tapered Frame Pretty Highlighted Medium Haircut

    Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair as smooth as possible with a styling brush.
    3. Use a flat iron to further smooth and polish the hair.
    4. Apply a shine serum to hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Shine Spray by Paul Mitchell gives any style a luminous and shiny finish without weighing the hair down.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy and is medium to thick in density will look best in this style.

  • Triangular Layers

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    The angle of this long bob is pretty drastic. This gives it a contemporary feel. Its shape will cause the hair to naturally lay towards the face and its layers will remove weight causing the hair to have texture and movement.

    Triangular Layers Medium Haircut With Highlights

    Style by Shelton’s Salon, Fort Worth, TX

    Triangular Layers Haircut with Highlights Side View

    Style by Shelton’s Salon, Fort Worth, TX

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a smoothing product to wet hair.
    2. Create a side part.
    3. Blow dry the hair straight with a styling brush.
    4. Smooth sections of hair with a flat iron.
    5. Slightly flip the fringe area out.
    6. Set the hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Super Clean Spray will give a clean hold and some added texture to your finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is straight to wavy and is medium to thick in density will look best in this style. Longer face shapes will look better in this cut if their fringe area is swooped and covering the forehead a little more.

  • V-Back

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    The way your hair is cut in the back is another fun way to customize a haircut. This model’s hair is cut into a V. This gives the hair a more organic feel since this is how the hair naturally grows.

    V Back Stylish Medium Cut

    Style by Repkha Darmajanti, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    V Back Stylish Medium Cut Back View

    Style by Repkha Darmajanti, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Create a large zigzag part.
    3. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
    4. Smooth sections of hair with a flat iron.
    5. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum smoothes, conditions and gives a shiny and healthy looking finish. It can be applied to wet or dry hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair will look best with the hair in the back cut this way. Thin hair will appear even thinner and straggly with this cut.

  • Straight Across Back

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Hair cut straight across the back has the appearance of being thicker.

    Straight Medium Hairstyle

    Style by Annika Linder, Makeup by Jasmine Miller, Blaze Color Salon, Coralville, IA

    Straight Medium Hairstyle Back

    Style by Annika Linder, Makeup by Jasmine Miller, Blaze Color Salon, Coralville, IA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Create a large zigzag part.
    3. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
    4. Smooth sections of hair with a flat iron.
    5. Tease the crown area with a teasing brush.
    6. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hot Off The Press by Paul Mitchell protects the hair from the heat of the iron.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Thin hair will look fuller with the hair in the back cut this way.

  • U-Back

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Having the hair cut in a U shape is a great in between shape. It gives the hair a little of the organic feel you’d get from a V shape, but allows it to look thick like a straight across line.

    Medium Haircut With Waves

    Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Medium Haircut With Waves Back View

    Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Create a side part.
    3. Blow dry the hair with a large round brush.
    4. Flip the ends out by curling them upwards with a large curling iron.
    5. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Hold Me Tight gives long lasting touchable hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All hair types will look great with the back cut into a U shape.

    Now that you have picked your favorite of these medium haircuts, it‘s time to learn different ways to style it. While you are at it, why not get some color inspiration too? Browse through our website for some awesome ideas!