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27 Stunning Medium Layered Haircuts That Are Sure to Turn Heads

Have a medium layered hairstyle? A fabulous way to spice up a shoulder length haircut is with some layers. By adding layers, you help add shape, volume and texture to your look.

Thick hair is made light and bouncy with fun wispy pieces cut throughout the frame of the hair.

Adding layers around your face is a great way to soften angular faces shapes and add interest. Scroll through the following looks to find a layered style that suits your medium length hair.

Classic Shag

Classic Shag hairstyleInstagram @lauren_cuts

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Reyez
Junior Educator @ Toni&Guy Alliance in Fort Worth, TX

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

This look is my take on a classic 70s shag reimagined for today. My favorite thing about this style is how versatile it is. It can be super edgy, or toned down to a textured layered look.

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

For this style, I prep the hair with Bedhead Small Talk for volume throughout the hair and follow with Catwalk Root Boost for extra lift. I finish with Bedhead Headrush for shine and to tame stubborn fly aways.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for fine to medium density hair and works with great with all face shapes. This style is for your fun, risk taking clients. Shags are great for everyone because they can be short and choppy or long and subtle!

The New Wave

The New Wave hairstyleInstagram @ramontgarcia

Q&A with style creator, Ramon Garcia
Hairstylist @ Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, CA


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

I call this the new wave. It’s a combination of the traditional Ramirez Tran Lived In look and a soft crimp. Its versatility is my favorite thing about it. You can dress this look up and down!!

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

I love Loreal’s Mythic Oil on the ends and Loreal’s Next Day Hair at the roots to midshaft.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The best thing about this style is that anyone can rock it! Any head shape, texture or lifestyle will wear this look well.

Carefree Shag

Carefree Shag hairstyleInstagram @bshairshop

Q&A with style creator, John Peter
Owner & Stylist @ BS HairShop @ Salons by JC in Pembroke Pines, FL


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

This is a take on a classic shag that has evolved for the modern, carefree women of today.

I love that this shag is very versatile. It works well when you put in the effort to style it or when you wear it natural.

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

At BS HairShop our main priority is the integrity of hair, so 90% of our clients start by getting an Olaplex treatment to re-bond the hair and help to create the overall look and feel of shiny, healthy hair. On this client, we continued with Redken Frizz Dismiss shampoo and conditioner, plus a nickel-sized amount of Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame #40 before the blow dry to help seal the cuticle, fight humidity, and protect the hair form heat. This is one of our number one sellers! Once the look was complete, we sprayed with Redken Wind Blown texture spray for added texture and a mild hold (not a hairspray).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Another reason this is one of my favorite looks is because this is a cut that goes with pretty much any face shape. You can customize this cut to any client sitting in your chair, all you need to do is make the face framing layers longer or shorter depending on the shape of the face.

It looks great whether the client wants to wear it in its natural, tousled state or for the client that likes to blow it out for a more polished look. Clients that have thicker hair types, however, may want to tread lightly. We do have the option to texturize and remove bulk from the cut, but you wouldn’t want to do this cut on a client with too much hair because they would look top heavy or mushroom-like.

Conservative Shag

Conservative Shag hairstyleInstagram @hanlynne

Q&A with style creator, Hannah Lynne
Hairstylist @ Beauty Bar Boutique in Wilmington, NC


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

This is a more conservative shag that was cut with a feather plier razor. I love the movement and piecey-ness and how it looks perfectly disheveled! This look was inspired by Amanda Wall, the creative director of R+Co.

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

We are #randcoobsessed and #oribeobsessed over here! I used Park Avenue Blowout Balm from R+Co to blow dry in to protect from heat damage and add substance to the hair. Once fully dried and smoothed with a Mason Pearson flat brush, I rubbed a pea-sized amount of Oribe Airstyle Finishing Cream into my palms and pulled at the ends to add definition and moisture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is for the normal to fine-haired woman that has a lot of hair and craves movement and texture. It works great with a fringe and looks when best when product is used to define the ends. This look isn’t for hair that has a rough cuticle layer or expands with humidity!

This haircut air-dried on slightly wavy hair gives a great beachy, lived-in look. Any face shape can pull this haircut off! The stylist will just need to determine where to start the shortest face-framing layer dependent on the face shape, and whether or not bangs are an option based on style and commitment to upkeep!

Light and Layered

Light and Layered hairstyleInstagram @wysongdeidre

Q&A with style creator, Deidre Wysong
Hairstylist @ Salon C International in Naples, FL


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

I would describe this look as a layered bob. I love the ease of this style with her hair type. It is very young, light, fresh and classic. I also love that we’ve backed off of heavy highlights in favor of a more dimensional color that is achieved from leaving out plenty of her natural hair color between highlights.

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

I love products. I’ve worked with plenty of brands and am always trying new things. I prefer a light foam/mousse (here I used Aloxxi Volumizing Mousse) after a wash with professional shampoo and conditioner. I added it to her wet hair and focused mainly on her root area, then combed through before the blow out. I finished the look with a light styling cream (Aloxxi Styling Cream) and touchable hairspray (Keritage 3 Way Spray) so as to not take away from the movement.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I tell my clients that the key to loving your hair is to first accept the type of hair that you have and make the best of it. I recommend this hairstyle for anyone, at any age with naturally straight or mostly straight hair. The fringe and face frame area can be adjusted to suit just about any face shape. Although the volume may take a bit of effort for some, it is really very little work, so hair density may not be an issue either. Maintaining this look would require return visits to the salon every four to six weeks, depending on how fast the hair grows.

Soft Layers

Soft Layers hairstyleInstagram @hairbyharlie

Q&A with style creator, Harlie Perry
Master Cosmetologist @ Fifth&Mae Salons in Roswell, GA


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

This look is a very soft, smooth and textured medium layered cut. My favorite thing about this cut is that it lays pretty much effortlessly! I also love how it accents the red balayage which helps blend it all together. This type of cut gives this particular client’s hair movement and body without being too short, so I absolutely love it on her!

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

The maintenance and styling products I recommend for this look are Smooth Infusion Style Prep, Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, and Air Control hairspray, all of which are AVEDA products. The style prep is put into the hair while it’s wet and then dried into the hair with a blow out. It protects against humidity and smooths the hair for up to 12 hours. Style as desired (in this picture we used a flat iron). After the hair is styled, the smoothing fluid is put into dry hair to help lock in shine and smoothness, followed by the hairspray. This hairspray gives an almost invisible flexible hold so you can’t even feel it in the hair. It’s amazing!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Haircuts and layers should always compliment your face shape! I love a medium layered hair cut on people with an oval shaped face. With an oval shape, the face tends to be more narrow than long, so medium layers (especially layers starting under the the chin) can help accent the oval face shape and balance the length and width.

Although layering can help every hair type in its own way, it is most beneficial for coarse hair, like on the client pictured. Medium layers can help tame fluffy, thick hair and make the hair easier to style. This look is perfect for someone whose lifestyle consists of wearing their hair down and styled often, but also still likes to pull their hair up. Simple styling and maintenance is always a plus!

Versatile Layers

Q&A with style creator, Claudia Castillo
Stylist / Colorist @ Cooper and Strop Hair Parlor in Victorville, CA


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

My favorite thing about this cut is how versatile it is. You can go from looking elegant and sharp to playful and sexy in no time! The color is a deep chocolate base with subtle caramel balayaged pieces to give it contrast.

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

This particular look is pretty low maintenance, so we do a toner in between touch ups to keep the caramel color looking fresh. The haircut requires a trim every six to eight weeks to keep it looking sharp .

For styling, I recommend a flexible shaping hairspray like Vavoom by Matrix to help keep the curls in place and a dry wax pomade to help with definition and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut and color look good on anyone. It’s a classic! That being said, I really like doing it for people with fine straight hair because it creates volume. You will have the ability to create different looks and still look great.

Classic Layers

Classic Layers hairstyleInstagram @asifyvettehair

Q&A with style creator, Asif Shah
Director Stylist @ Asif Yvette Hair in Birmingham, U.K.


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

This is a classic layered haircut. My favorite thing about it is the way the layers fall. Always take the weight out so the layers fall softly to give the hair a nice flow.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this?

I recommend Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Mousse applied to wet hair and blow dryed. Then, finish off with Alterna Caviar Working Hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut will suit most face shapes and lifestyles. It is a fantastic look for someone with thick hair because the weight is taken out in all the right areas. Even if someone has finer hair, the layers are concentrated around the face leaving lots of the heaviness in the back. This look can easily be tailored to the hair type.

Feminine Layers

Feminine Layers hairstyleInstagram @avenue_33

Q&A with style creator, Sue Spires and Sharyn Hadler
Salon Owner & Stylist @ Avenue 33 Hair in Brisbane, Australia


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

This is versatile haircut for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s. It’s easy to wear blow dried and straight, or wavy and tousled for a beachy, carefree look. The cut gives height, flexibility and movement to the hair.

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

We used the beautiful products from the Davines range for this look, specifically their Alchemic Silver shampoo and conditioner. We also like the Minu shampoo and conditioner. These products are great for colored hair that needs shine and increased vibrancy. Our stylist also used Davines’ lightweight non oil to blow dry with, and finished with Davines’ texture spray for additional body.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

All face shapes suit this hairstyle as it highlights the eyes, cheeks and frames the face. It gives body and lift to fine hair, and frames the face with a flattering softness and a very feminine finish.

Effortless Layers

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Kruse
Corrective Color Specialist @ Kenneth Brown Salons in Laguna Niguel, CA


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

I would describe this style as a mid length cut. To me, that means anything that falls on or near the collarbone. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s great for clients that don’t want to go short because they may not feel as feminine, but it’s also not so long that it takes a ton of time to style each day. The loose waves give it a playful and effortless look.

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

For fine haired clients, I always recommend something for volume when blow drying. For this style in particular, a curling iron or flat iron is needed to create loose waves. Adding a texture spray like Oribe Dry Texture Spry or Texturiza from Unite will help to give it that tousled look.

Remember ladies, this look is meant to look beachy and undone! Try alternating the direction of your curls so that they don’t look uniform.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Almost any client can wear this look! It is especially great for a client with long hair that is looking for a change ,but doesn’t want to commit to a really short cut. This look is also great for clients that don’t have a ton of time in the morning to style their hair.

Depending on the thickness or natural texture of your hair, your stylist may want to do an undercut or add layers. Don’t be afraid of those terms, it is just your stylist’s way of tailoring this style to meet your hair needs!

Textured Shag

Textured Shag hairstyleInstagram @hairbyginala

Q&A with style creator, Gina Chioccariello
Hairstylist @ Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills, CA


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

I would describe this look as medium textured shag. MY favorite thing about this cut is the layers are very textured which gives the hair lots of movement and creates that effortless look that gives the cut that extra detail.

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

If you have straight or wavy hair I would say spray salt or beach spray into wet hair …  then flip upside down and dry hair for a bit ( so hair flips up and down )  flip back up  and dry hair with hands .  If you have curly hair I would use a straightening balm/ cream and put it all over wet hair and let it air dry so hair doesn&rsquot look perfectly done. You can blow dry bangs if you have them or just dry top & sides a little with brush . After drying hair, use a texture spray like Oribe DryTexturizing Spray to add volume and texture for finished look!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is great for everyone! The layers flatter any face shape and is the best cut for the girl who wants that sexy lived in effortless look.

Texturized Layers

Texturized Layers hairstyleInstagram @hairbymaria.r

Q&A with style creator, Maria Rios
Hairstylist @ Salon Seven in Eureka Springs, AR


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

This is  a medium bob style with lots of texturized layers that are accented by a caramel, sunkissed balayage effect. My favorite thing about this look is having all the layers without compromising the fullness and length of hair.

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

I used Moroccanoil Hydrating style cream on damp hair and Pureology Color Stylist Root Lift to create some volume on top. I blow dried with a round brush and used Moroccanoil hairspray for texture on layers.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Bobs are universally flattering for every face shape or hair texture, but this specific long bob would be best on a diamond or oval face shape with medium to coarse hair. Just note that this look requires at least 15 minutes to style.

Switch Fringe

Q&A with style creator, Francesco Campagna
Master Stylist / Co-Creative Director @ Fernando Cellini Hair Salon in Ottawa, Canada


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

This look gives a woman the feel of shorter hair while maintaining versatility and still managing a small ponytail. The switch fringe is the main focal point of the cut. It allows the option of wearing the fringe swept to either side or down the middle.

The fringe is sectioned two to three inches deep from the forehead in a pie shape, with both corners sectioned to the outside of the eyes on both sides. The fringe is then cut shorter to longer from the outside of the eye on both sides to the longest length which reaches the center of mouth/chin. This long, V-like center peak length allows for a switchable side part while still allowing for a long split center parting and ultimate versatility.

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

In this particular case, my client has thinner hair so I used TIGI Bed Head Big Head Volume Boosting Foam on wet hair and blow dried it straight with a large round brush. On dry hair, I sprayed in TIGI Bed Head Head Rush Shine Spray with the blowdryer on cool setting to disperse the mist all through the hair for a lived-in texture and shine. I finished with a very small amount of TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Texture Paste on the Fringe for a flexible hold and placement.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look will work on most hair types and age groups, although a woman with very thick hair would require quite a bit more texture to alleviate a bulky broom-like perimeter. Also, for woman with a really round face, I would extend the overall length by a few inches to achieve a more oval appearance. The switch fringe would also be extended to match the overall finished perimeter.

Razored Lob

Razored Lob hairstyleInstagram @prissieo

Q&A with style creator, Priscilla Ochoa
Senior Stylist & Director of Education @ 42 Fair Salon in Pasadena, CA


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

This is a razored and angled lob. It’s perfectly texturized with internal layers to bring out the hair’s natural wave. I love this look because you can have fun with styling!

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

Apply a friss-fighting thermal protectant to damp hair. I used Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Duo-Serum. Not only does it protect against heat and natural aggressors, but it leaves the hair silky as well.

Take sections throughout the hair and twist them going in different directions to bring out natural wave, then diffuse or air dry. Touch up waves with a medium-sized wand or curling iron, leaving the ends of your hair out. Mainly focus on the front and crown area.

Finish by misting the hair with a beach spray to add definition and separation for a lived-in look. I used Tecni Art Beach Waves Spray. I LOVE THIS STUFF! It gives you the perfect amount of texture without felling too gritty or sticky, plus it smells fantastic.

3. What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut is ideal for someone that already has a bend or wave to their hair. The length can be tailored to every face shape, making it flattering for anyone. Styling is a breeze!

Balayaged Bob

Q&A with style creator, Veronica Burke
Hairstylist @ Creative Touch in Arvada, CO


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

This look is a medium length, slightly stacked, layered bob with a dark base and golden balayage highlights. I also added a fringe to complement her face shape. My favorite thing is that it’s very versatile and classic, yet looks polished.

This style is consistently on trend and transitions from season to season. You can round brush and smooth it out for a chic look, or curl it for messy, easygoing style as I have done here. When it comes to styling this look the sky is the limit. Since it is slightly stacked in the back, it adds volume and interest. The layers add movement and the length makes it suitable for most face shapes.

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

I recommend a root lift, shine, and pomade, all of which can be used to make it smooth, textured or wavy. The balayage highlights help to create dimension and interest.

What type of Client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this look for thin to medium density hair. This specific bob is best for round, square, oval and long faces. The length can be adjusted to suite your face shape.

This look is perfect for the client who wants ease of styling, but also a head-turning appearance.

Beachy Layers

Beachy Layers hairstyleInstagram @itsmeganbetch

Q&A with style creator, Megan Colburn
Stylist @ Amarte Salon & Spa in Redding, CA


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

This look is a medium length bob with long layers and lots of texture around the bottom. The texture adds volume and keeps the cut from getting too heavy around the perimeter. I love that you can get that great beachy wave when you style it!

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

I always use Aveda products. The best products for this look are Volumizing Tonic at the roots, Thickening Tonic for your mids and ends, and a lightweight smoothing product like Aveda’s Smooth Infusion styling creme. I like to finish with a lightweight hairspray like Aveda’s Air Control to add weightless texture and hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The beauty of this layered bob is that it works on all types of hair! It also looks amazing on almost every face shape as it is extremely customizable. If your stylist knows what they are doing, this look is great for everyone!

Since it’s still fairly short, it’s quick to style with your curling iron. Just make sure you’re using your heat protectant! It is the perfect look for the on-the-go woman who still wants a stylish cut.

Versatile Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Beverly Berthelet
Owner and Stylist @ Beverly Berthelet Hair in Comox, B.C., Canada


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

I would describe this look as a medium length, layered style with shorter layers toward the back to enhance volume. My favorite aspects of this style are that it is versatile and low maintenance. The cut looks great styled smooth or with added texture.

The color is intended to have a grown out feel with lighter strands framing the face which requires less frequent upkeep. In addition, this look has a bright and fresh vibe that is perfect for the spring and summer seasons.

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

I tend to be a minimalist where product is concerned, but I always use a heat protection spray before heat styling. I like to use KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray. In this case, a flat iron was used to smooth strands and enhance shine. I followed with a small amount of light smoothing cream to define the layers. Bedhead After Party is a great product for that!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ideal for clients that have lifestyles that require that their hair is able to go all back. Fine to medium texture and density is ideal. The cut works well with most face shapes. Rounder face shapes can be offset by deepening the side part, while narrow face shapes and strong jawlines can be broadened or softened by adding some loose waves.

Simple & Soft

Simple & Soft hairstyleInstagram @claudia_doran

Q&A with style creator, Claudia Doran
Hairstylist in Training @ Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness in Milwaukee, WI


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

I would describe this look as a simple and soft cut with light layers and a soft fringe. I love the amount of movement and diversity the fringe and layers provide for this easy to maintain cut.

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

To recreate this look, I recommend a light hold mousse, light hold liquid gel, and a soft hold hair spray. I cocktail the mouse and gel together and work it through damp hair, blow dry smooth with a round brush, and finish with a light hold hairspray to maintain the style while still allowing movement.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect on an oval or square face shap, as it elongates and slims around the neckline. It’s perfect for someone who wants a low maintenance yet still diverse cut with lots of style options.

Effortless Lob

Q&A with style creator, Wendy Vario
Hairstylist @ Studio Booth in Pittsburgh, PA


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

I would describe this look as very versatile. It can be worn straight, natural or you can add some wave for texture. I love that this long bob is effortless to maintain. You can just wake up and go! This cut is also super low maintenance. Even after four weeks, it will still holds its shape.

I love that the color is not far off from anyone’s natural huw. Just a little splash of auburn can be a great introduction for someone trying to move farther into the “red family”, or for someone who wants something different without a lot of upkeep.

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

Pre blow dry, I recommend a leave-in conditioner like Kevin Murphy Untangled. After the blow dry, I recommend a medium texture spray like Kevin Murphy Doo Over Spray to add some volume and texture.

To maintain the color, I recommend a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to help keep the cuticle of the hair closed to prevent fading. My favorites are Phyto Citrus shampoo and conditioner.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

All hair types can wear this style. It will make thin hair look thicker and thick hair can be shaped to appear not so “bell like” or triangler. I would recommend this style for someone who wants a low maintenance, wash-and-go cut, or for someone who needs a conservative look for work and wants a little more edginess when they are going out. Adding a long bang allows this cut to be worn by someone who has a long face shape.

Cool Girl Hair

Cool Girl Hair hairstyleInstagram @melschaefers

Q&A with style creator, Mel Schaefers
Hairstylist @ Helmet Salon in West Hollywood, CA


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

I would describe this look as a mid length, piecy, “cool girl” hairstyle. My favorite part is her soft framed fringe.

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

I always recommend using a leave-in conditioner like Unite 7 Seconds to protect against thermal use and UV rays. It would be helpful to use a styling lotion like Unite Blow & Set lotion before blow drying to help hold your desired style longer. For a finishing product, I love a dry texturizing spray like Unite Texturiza. It will keep the style airy with medium hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is best suited for the client who wants a fun and effortless look, but does know how to use hot tools. A client with a longer forehead or even a longer face shape would benefit from a soft framed fringe. Medium to coarse textured hair would be best for this shape, if you have fine hair however, this can easily be done as long as the proper products are being used.

Textured Lob

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Daniels
Stylist @ Olive The Beauty Lounge in Mansfield, TX


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

This is the perfect summertime, sun-kissed hair for those low maintenance clients. The balayage allows for an easy grow out, but the baby lights provide that high contrast and definition to give the hair an extra pop for summer!

The cut is the highly popular textured lob that looks amazing straight or wavy. My favorite thing about this look is how the color and cut contour the face. It really accentuates all her best features!

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

For every great cut and color you want to start with a good foundation, which is the shampoo and conditioner. We used Davines OI Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only does it smell amazing, but it protects your color while leaving the hair silky and full of shine.

For styling I used R+Co High Dive and Jackpot together. This is my go to “secret sauce” for every client! It’s everything you want in one tube. It’s a thermal protectant, frizz fighter and conditioner, and it leaves the hair super soft and shiny! Once dried and curled, I used R+Co Badlands to give it that matte texture and volume that will last all day.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is PERFECT for the client that is on the go. The color has a soft growout so you won’t need to be in every six weeks for a root touch up, and the cut grows out just as gracefully. This look is pretty universal for most hair types and face shapes, so it makes it easy to create a custom look for each client’s individual needs.

Updated Textured Lob

Updated Textured Lob hairstyleInstagram @hairbytory

Q&A with style creator, Tory Blewett
Hairstylist @ Medulla & Co in Toronto, Canada


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

I would call this the updated textured lob. It’s the new, “grown up” version of the long textured bob that has been popular for the past two years. It has soft, minimal layers and texture throughout, but with a beautiful and blunt silhouette that we will be seeing more of this year, especially coming into fall.

My favorite thing about this look is definitely the fringe. We started with a blunt, straight across fringe about four months ago and transitioned it into this beautiful 70s-style curtain fringe by adding some sophisticated layers.

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

For fine to medium hair, I would use a volume mist at the roots and a bit of a blow dry cream from the mid shaft to the end. This adds that little bit of shine we all love and controls frizz. My go-tos are the Volumist from Davines and Hair Cream from TO112.

For thick hair, I would I would use a combination of the TO112 Hair Cream and TO112 Serum, starting at the ends and working your way up.

With textured styles I always finish the look with the Davines Texture Spray to give it a bit of definition and hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The great thing about this cut and length is that is basically works for any hair type or face shape. That said, medium length hair is the most versatile because it allows for the movement inherent in a textured lob. That being said, there is no “one size fits all”, and even a cut like this needs to be tweaked to suit the client’s lifestyle. If they are more wash-and-go, I would leave the fringe out and do a more A-line silhouette so it’s less work. If they are into styling and drying their hair, the fringe adds that extra bit of interest to this look.

Sleek & Sophisticated

Sleek & Sophisticated hairstyleInstagram @kimmyalessio

Q&A with style creator, Kimmy Alessio
Hair Stylist @ Fenom Salon in Aventura, FL


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

I would describe this look as sleek and sophisticated, but with a little bit of an edge. My favorite thing about this layered haircut is the medium length. Sitting just on top of the shoulders allows the hair to have lots of movement.

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

For this look, I started off with Pureology 21 Benefits all over damp hair. It does 21 amazing things including moisturizing, protecting from heat, frizz control and much more. Then, I would use Pureology Smooth Perfection to achieve a smooth, frizz-free look with added heat protection. After blow drying, finish off with a dime-size amount of Pureology Hydrate Shine Max.

What type of client would you recommend this look for? 

I would recommend this look for all ages and clients who are willing to take the time to style their hair. This look would work best on clients with hair on the straighter side versus curly. It is also great for clients who are thinking about going shorter, but don’t want to commit to a really short cut

Retro Waves

Written by Irene Bredthauer

These soft, messy tendrils boast old-time glamour wave and texture. Beautiful sweeping bangs bounce back and forth into a pile of touchable soft curls.

Retro Waves Cute Casual Medium Brunette StyleStyle by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Use hot rollers on the bangs and roll them over to the side for that big voluminous shape.
  2. Use smaller hot rollers on the rest of your hair.
  3. Allow hair to set and cool.
  4. Remove rollers and run your fingers through to break up the curls and place them where you desire.

Recommended Products:

Use Prive’s Shine Spray on dry hair before ironing for super shiny locks that won’t get crunchy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have loose natural curls you’re already halfway there in creating this style. All face shapes can pull off this vintage look. If you have a larger forehead or a very vertical face, sweep the bangs forward to add balance.

Tip:

If you have naturally curly hair, just throw a big curler in your bangs to create that vintage sophistication.

Shag Haircut

Written by Irene Bredthauer

These shaggy layers create a fun rocker style. Point-cut ends help create the ragged texture that takes this hairstyle to the next level. These thick, full bangs have a slight jagged edge as well to help add to the shaggy effect.

Classic Blonde Shag Cut with Long BangsStyle by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Classic Blonde Shag Cut with Long Bangs Front ViewStyle by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Apply a light mousse or foam to wet hair to add texture while blow drying.
  2. Finger dry or use a paddle brush to smooth out hair and dry it completely.
  3. Don’t go in with a flat iron because you want your hair to have a little bit of grit and texture. Amp up those fun elements by using a texture spray or hairspray throughout.

Recommended Products:

Prive’s Shining Weightless Amplifier is a great blow drying foam that gives your hair protection and won’t weigh it down. Try Big Sexy Hair’s Texture Spray for amazing gritty texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and oval shaped faces would totally rock this awesome shaggy hairstyle. If your hair is too thin, you may want to stay away from these layers as it may make your hair look thinner or stringy. Straight to wavy hair is ideal for this look.

Tip:

Use a dry shampoo on day two of this hairstyle to keep up the rocker look.

Subtle Sophistication

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Subtle layers can make a big impact on your haircut. Just a few layers were cut into the front corners of this hairstyle, adding a gorgeous shape and tapered feel. It’s the details that layers add that can help take your haircut to the next level.

Subtle Layers Medium Length Sophisticated StyleStyle by Michelle Richardson, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Your flat iron will be your best friend for this style. Heat it up and get ready to section your hair.
  2. Start by dropping down a thin section at the neck and flat iron it smoothly and slowly, beveling the ends under just slightly so you don’t get a stick straight result.
  3. Continue to drop down thin sections of hair and run the flat iron through until your entire head is silky and sleek.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil’s Treatment Oil is the best product for hydration and heat protection. Run a dime-sized amount through hair while it’s dry before you go in with any hot tools.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The soft edges of this haircut make it extremely flattering for square shaped faces.

Tip:

Bringing in photos of what type of layering you like and don’t like can help you and your hairstylist get on the same page easier and faster.

Feathered Layers

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Soft, blended layers are a great way to add shape and texture to straight hair. Rounding them towards the face keeps the look fresh and modern.

Long Brown Layered Style with BangsStyle by Alison Burkner, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH
Long Honey Brown Layered Style with Bangs Side ViewStyle by Alison Burkner, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

How to Style:

  1. Use a blow dryer and a paddle brush to smooth hair out as you dry it.
  2. When hair is almost dry, switch to a round brush and roll the ends under for that fun rounded look.
  3. Flat iron bangs when your hair is completely dry.

Recommended Products:

Pureology has an amazing product called Glossing Mist that is great for blowouts!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Adding bangs helps this hairstyle balance out oval shaped faces. Naturally straight hair is ideal for this sleek look, but if you are willing to put in some effort, wavy to loose curls can be straightened out to achieve this look as well.

Tip:

Layers are a great idea to add shape and texture without taking off any length. If you need a change in your haircut but are timid to cut off length, simply start by adding some layers.

If you already have a mid-length hairstyle and want to change up your look without cutting off length, add in some fun layers. Let these gorgeous layered hairstyles for medium length hair inspire you! Whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, layers can be the key to opening endless styling possibilities.