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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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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 hairstyle

    Instagram @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!

  • Red Raven

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This hairstyle showcases beautiful texture and color. Dark, cherry colored hair with shaggy layers throughout is fun and sexy! Add short side bangs for the perfect finishing touch.

    A medium haircut with dark red hair color

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry your hair with a large paddle brush to smooth and remove all moisture.
    2. Use the paddle brush to blow dry the bangs down and towards the side you want them to go.
    3. When hair is 100% dry, go back in and flat iron. Start with small sections at the nape and move up.
    4. Detail your style by beveling the flat iron slightly under at the ends and on the bangs.

    Recommended Products:

    Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment helps smooth as well as nourish the hair cuticle, making it soft and protecting it from heat.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Side bangs and layers like these help soften all face shapes. This look works best on clients with naturally straight or wavy hair of all hair thicknesses. If you have really thin hair, too many layers may make your hair look even thinner, so take caution and tell your stylist your concerns.

    Tip:

    If you do opt for a red shade for your hair color, keep it looking fresh with regular color appointments. Using good moisturizing shampoos and conditioners will keep you hair healthy and help it hold onto the color longer, too.

  • Burning Brilliance

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This hot copper color sure is a head turner! Add tons of textured layers and spicy bangs and you’ve got a hot new look. Keeping all the ends razored and piecey helps the style grow out beautifully as well as adds tons of movement.

    A bright red hair color with medium layeres

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry your hair with a large paddle brush or medium-sized round brush to smooth and remove all moisture.
    2. Blow dry your bangs straight down and use your fingers to break them up and keep them from looking too perfect.
    3. When hair is 100% dry, go back in and flat iron. Start with small sections at the nape and move up.
    4. Spray your hair with a texture spray or hairspray, then scrunch it up with your hands to add a gritty look on the ends.

    Recommended Products:

    Use a light blow dry serum or shine spray like Pureology Glossing Mist before blow drying. Add grit with Prive’s Texture Spray for slight hold and fabulous texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Square faces should stay away from this linear and angular style. If you have a small forehead, you might opt for slightly longer bangs. This style is not the best for thin hair as too  many layers can make hair look straggly. If you have naturally straight to wavy hair, this style will be easily achieved.

    Tip:

    Don’t use a small round brush on your bangs unless you want them to really bump under. Blow drying them straight down with your fingers will be the perfect technique for smooth, sleek bangs.

  • Color Contrast

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    Here is another amazing example of a rich red color! This particular shade has a lot deeper base with subtle copper highlighting throughout to help create movement and depth. This adorable cut frames the face beautifully with chiseled layers in the front and longer layers throughout. An extreme part also helps frame the face and create a fun shape.

    Face framing medium hairstyle with layers

    Style by Above and Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair, then section off medium-sized sections, starting at your nape.
    2. Take your blow dryer and a medium-sized round brush and blow dry each section, dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry
    3. Blow dry your hair under to create this particular style.
    4. Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your hair for optimal volume.
    5. Use a flat iron to really smooth your bangs forward and to the side. Also use the flat iron to help flick under any pieces that didn’t quite make the cut with your blow dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Moroccan Oil’s Signature Treatment Serum in your hair wet and dry to protect hair from heat, humidity, frizz and more.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Believe it or not, this look would be fabulous on a round face shape. Straight to wavy haired girls with thick to thin hair can try out this look.

    Tip:

    Always consider highlights or lowlights to add dimension to your color. Even subtle pieces will really change the overall look of your style and make you pop!

  • Reba’s Funky Flip

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    Reba is known for her red hair and flirty layers. Make them your own by telling your stylist you want tons of voluminous layering and lightweight texture. This versatile style can be flipped under or flicked out. Add some razored bangs and you’re good to go!

    Reb McEntire with medium layered hairstyle

    Image credit: PRphotos.com

    How to Style:

    First you must decide if you want your hair flipped out or under. If you decide to flip it out then:

    1. Blow dry hair until almost dry and go in with a small round brush and blow dry the hair away from the face.
    2. Use a large-sized curling iron and curl the ends out and away from the face to refresh what you did with your brush work.
    3. Curl the bangs down and under quickly, using just enough heat to bend them under.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Healthy Sexy Hair’s Taming Foam for volume and lift. Apply it at the crown for optimal height.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style would look great on all face shapes and work with all hair thicknesses.

    Tip:

    When having your bangs cut for the first time, ask your stylist to start with a few bangs and keep them longer. You can always add more hair and make them shorter if you want, but not the other way around!

  • Blonde Shag

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This shoulder length shag has tons of movement created by layers and color. Layers are cut into the hair to add texture, while the blonde highlights break up the color for dimension. Jagged looking pieces are placed throughout as well as up and into the side bangs. Have fun with this style by keeping the flippy movement and don’t over flat iron it.

    Shoulder length medium shag hairstyle

    Style by An Va Salon and Spa, Holland, OH

    Should length layered haircut

    Style by An Va Salon and Spa, Holland, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry hair smooth and straight with a paddle brush.
    2. Flat iron the bangs and any other pieces you feel need more smoothing.
    3. Tease the crown loosely to add texture and some height.
    4. Spray with hairspray and scrunch.

    Recommended Products:

    To keep hair tousled and teased, use Loreal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style looks great on oval faces due to the side part and jawline layering. Medium to thick hair would work great and the more straight your hair is, the better.

    Tip:

    Give your hair a break from blow drying and flat ironing every now and then. Heat is hard on the hair, so allow it to dry naturally from time to time.

  • Layered Curls

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This beautiful chestnut brown hairstyle boasts medium to long layers that create a beautiful shape even when curly. Hair falls right at the shoulders for a fantastic face framing look. Add some full side bangs for an all-out amazing style!

    Layered Curls Medium Casual Brown Wavy Style

    Style by Simply Swank Salon and Spa, Hudson, OH

    Medium Length Casual Layered Curls Back View

    Style by Simply Swank Salon and Spa, Hudson, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry your hair smooth and silky. Use a paddle brush to really get it smooth.
    2. Use a medium-sized curling iron and pop in some bouncy curls throughout your whole head of hair.
    3. Use your trusty flat iron to smooth out bangs and bump them over to the side.

    Recommended Products:

    Use heat-protecting products that help add shine. Kerastase’s Oleo Relax has amazing nutrients to protect and nourish hair while giving your strands a fabulous mirror-like finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair that is naturally straight or wavy is an awesome foundation for this particular hairstyle.

    Tip: 

    Spray on some shine spray before you use any irons for amazing and incredible shine.

  • Tapered Curls

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This cute and curly haircut boasts tapered layers around the face and shoulders that create a soft, cascading effect.

    Tapered Curls - Face Framing Layers Honey Colored Brown Hair

    Style by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

    How to Style:

    1. Get your hot rollers heated up and then pop them into your hair.
    2. Allow hair to set and then cool.
    3. Remove and brush through for whole head of full and bouncy curls.

    Recommended Products:

    Use hot rollers that are safer on your hair like Conair’s Instant Heat Compact Setter.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Curls help soften and compliment all face shapes, so have fun with your hot rollers. Straight to wavy textured hair that is thin to thick can achieve this look.

    Tip:

    Hot rollers give more volume and last longer than curls created with an iron.

  • Red Raven

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This gorgeous red crimson color accents beautiful face framing layers. Longer bangs are parted and flipped back to wing out at the sides. The shortest layers start at the chin and then blend down to the lengths gorgeously.

    Red Raven Highlighted Smooth Medium Length Style

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    Red Raven Highlighted Smooth Medium Length Style Side View

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    How to Style:

    1. Grab your favorite blow dryer and trusty round brush to bevel ends under and towards the face as you blow dry.
    2. When hair is completely dry, go back through with a flat iron to smooth and bump under the ends even more.

    Recommended Products:

    Soft, hydrated hair is the most flattering. Keep it that way by protecting your hair from heat. Try Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Keeping the layers around the front of the face is a great idea for thinner hair. This way you can keep the back of the hair full. Round or square shaped faces are great for this hairstyle. The sweeping layers help add shape and soften hard lines.

    Tip:

    Take thin, small sections of hair when flat ironing to get the most out of your iron work. Run through with the iron smoothly and slowly so you don’t have to go over the hair multiple times and increase heat damage.

  • Layered Texture

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This fun and flippy hairstyle shows off an array of fun blended and disconnected layers. Short layers at the crown are flipped out along with the medium to longer shaped layers to help create a youthful and textured style.

    Wispy Brunette Layered Style Flyaway Layers

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    How to Style:

    1. Use your fingers and a blow dryer to remove all moisture out of your hair.
    2. When hair is dry, go in with a flat iron to flick out ends. Grab random pieces throughout your hair and bevel the ends out with the flat iron. Work quickly so you don’t create a curled effect.
    3. Run your fingers through to break up your ironwork slightly, then finish off with a fun texturizing product for hold.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Super Clean Light Hold Finishing Spray is perfect for keeping your cute texture in place.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This hairstyle lacks bangs, so it would be better for face shapes that aren’t long or oval. This cute layered cut is great for all hair thicknesses that are on the straight to wavy side.

    Tip:

    If you want hair to look sleek and straight, don’t add layers. Layers help add volume, shape and texture, so if you don’t want any of those elements added, keep with a simple one length haircut.

  • Blonde Ambition

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This super sleek hairstyle works perfectly because the layers are kept around the face to add a complementary framing. The layers start right at the chin and feather down softly. A side part keeps the look fresh and modern.

    Sleek Medium Blonde Casual Layered Style

    Style by Lindsey Miranda and Sarah PennyThe Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Use your favorite smoothing products while you blow dry. I recommend using a paddle brush while drying to blow hair smooth.
    2. When your hair is 100% dry, turn on your flat iron and go through with small sections of hair to smooth hair out even more. Bevel the ends under only slightly for a nice rounded finish on the tips.

    Recommended Products:

    Heat is always a threat to your hair, so protect it with good products. Try a cream on wet hair like Kerastase Nectar Thermique. It’s heat activated and conditions hair as you blow dry.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Naturally straight hair is ideal for this smooth hairstyle, but wavy hair could be flattened out with minimal effort. Square or round shaped faces would be great for this straight style.

    Tip:

    Only use a flat iron if you really need to. Sometimes a good blow dry is all you need. Keep your hair away from heat as much as possible or give it breaks a couple days a week so you don’t cause uneccessary damage.

  • Three Tiers

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    These disconnected layers work because they fall at all the right places. The top tier hits right at the eyes, the second tier right at the chin, and the last tier falls right past the shoulders. The layers are just enough to add interest, but not too much to be overwhelming and messy!

    Three Tiers Layered Highlighted Style

    Style by Antoine Cutner, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

    How to Style:

    1. This is another hairstyle that calls on your flat iron skills. Flat iron your entire head of hair smoothly and slowly while really concentrating on bumping the ends under for that rolled under look
    2. Roll the bangs out and away from the face on the ends to create the fun, swept away appearance.

    Recommended Products:

    Argan Oil is a flat iron’s best friend. Keep your hair shiny, hydrated and smooth by applying a bit to hair while it’s dry before you use any hot tools.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Round faces and heart shaped faces will really shine with this three-tiered, layered hairstyle. Thick hair that is on the straighter side or girls who don’t mind spending time with their flat iron will be able to pull off this look.

    Tip:

    Hair extensions might be a good option for this look. Since the layers don’t need to be blended, you can get away with adding a tier of hair or two.

  • Bohemian Chic

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    These multi-level bangs are awesome at creating all kinds of different styles. The standout for this particular look are the thick, full bangs that totally rock! Pulling the bangs forward and to the side makes hair look fuller and also helps to frame the face.

    Bohemian Chic Multi Length Bangs

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Pull hair from far back and with a deep side part to create those full, luscious bangs. Flat iron if needed
    2. Use a 1 1/2-inch curling iron to create large curls and define the layers.

    Recommended Products:

    Redken has a great heat-protecting product called Glass. It’s a serum that should be applied to dry hair for amazing shine and it’s perfect for ironwork.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Long, oval faces are best for this full bang hairstyle. Thin to thick hair with wavy texture is the ideal set of hair to have for this look.

    Tip:

    Sleep with your hair in a bun or a twist. When you wake up your hair should be set with some soft waves. Simply brush through and go out on the town!

  • Daring Diva

    Written by Irene Bredthauer

    This super adorable hairstyle is created with long, tapered side bangs and medium layering throughout the cut. Medium layers are often the go-to for creating that hourglass shape with your hair. They’re perfect for adding a little volume and shape without going overboard with the flips and texture.

    Daring Diva Smooth Brunette Layered Style

    Style by Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Glen Mills, PA

    layered hairstyles for medium length hair

    Style by Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Glen Mills, PA

    How to Style:

    1. Put in your favorite smoothing products and grab your blow dryer and round brush. A medium to larger-sized brush will be easiest.
    2. Remove most of the moisture out of your strands with your fingers and then go in section by section, starting at your neck, and round brush your hair as you blow dry. Pull hair towards your face to create that face framing shape.

    Recommended Products:

    Use a product to protect your hair from heat with smoothing capabilities like Redken’s Smooth Down Line. Their shampoo and conditioner, as well as their leave-in cream, will help you get an amazing blowout.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Thick heads of hair that are on the straight side are the best types of hair for this hairstyle. All face shapes would look stunning with this look.

    Tip:

    Use a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove any build up on your hair. Your moisturizing products will be able to penetrate your hair shaft again and do their job more efficiently.

  • 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 Style

    Style 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 Bangs

    Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Classic Blonde Shag Cut with Long Bangs Front View

    Style 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 Style

    Style 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 Bangs

    Style by Alison Burkner, Sheer Professionals Salon, Wooster, OH

    Long Honey Brown Layered Style with Bangs Side View

    Style 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.