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The Top 20 Shoulder Length Hairstyles to Try Now

Not too short and not too long, these elegant shoulder length hairstyles fall right at the perfect spot! Get your hair cut at this mid-length to achieve multiple looks. Straight and sleek, wavy and fun, or curly and cute — there is sure to be a style right up your shoulder length alley!

#1 Dangerously Sleek

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This ultra sleek look is ironed out to perfection. A deep side part and shoulder grazing strands are smoldering hot without any hint of a wave or curl in sight.

Sleek Shoulder Length Hairstyle

Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side and detangle.
  2. Blow dry hair as straight as you can.
  3. Go in with a flat iron and smooth out hair strands even more for an ultra sleek finish.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Treatment Serum is a the perfect product for sleek styles like this one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round shaped faces are best for this hairstyle. Thin to thick amounts of hair that can be ironed out easily are ideal.

Tip:

Don’t overuse hair oils or serums on your strands. Product build-up can make your hair look greasy!

#2 Slicked Back

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Get your strands out of your face with this super sleek style. Hair is ironed straight and brushed back behind the ears.

Slicked Back Shoulder Length Hairstyle

Style by Chelsea Fox, Makeup by Stephanie Parja, Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Flat iron strands from roots to tips.
  2. Use a strong hold hairspray to plaster hair back and away from the face.

Recommended Products:

Sexy Healthy Hair Soy Flat Iron Spray is a great heat protectant to use on straight styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or square shaped faces wear this look best. The straighter your strands are naturally, the better.

Tip:

This look is very dramatic and can look harsh without soft and girly makeup.

#3 Natural Beauty

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This mid-length haircut is super simple yet extremely flattering. The subtle side part and cascading curls are absolutely stunning! All the hair is cut to one length to keep it looking full, but without the dreaded pyramid shape.

Shoulder Length Hairstyle with Side Part and Curls

Style by Alison Wilson, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply your favorite curl-enhancing products to damp hair and comb through.
  2. Use your hand to scrunch up the strands.
  3. Attach a diffuser to your blow dryer and dry your strands until they are dry.

Recommended Products:

Try Moroccan Oil Curl Control Mousse to both tame and enhance your natural curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All faces shapes can wear this look as long you have naturally wavy or curly texture.

Tip:

Avoid touching your curls throughout the day as this can create frizz.

#4 Curly Edge

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This shoulder length hairstyle is another great option for girls with naturally curly hair. A few long layers are cut in to keep the style from looking too heavy. A deep side part helps soften up the look even more.

Curly Shoulder Length Hairstyle

Style by Kasey Whitfield, Makeup by Ashley Nicole Pugh, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply curl-enhancing products to damp hair and comb through.
  2. Part hair to the side.
  3. Use your hands to scrunch up the strands from ends up to the roots.
  4. Attach a diffuser to your blow dryer and dry your strands.
  5. When hair is completely dry spray a light hold hair spray on strands to lock them in.

Recommended Products:

Bed Head Foxy Curls Extreme Curl Mousse is the perfect product to help show off your natural curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes on ladies with naturally curly hair can rock this look.

Tip:

When hair is about 75% dry, spray a light hold hairspray on your curls to help it set. Then, continue diffusing until hair is completely dry.

#5 Sweet Disposition

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This medium length hairstyle falls right at the shoulders and has a slight flip. This simple silhouette is flattering on most ladies and very versatile, too.

Straight Medium Hairstyle with Slight Flip

Style by Cassie Gray, Makeup by Ashley Nicole Pugh, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Straight Medium Hairstyle with Slight Flip Side

Style by Cassie Gray, Makeup by Ashley Nicole Pugh, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair nice and smooth.
  2. Use a round brush on the ends to give hair a slight flip.
  3. Use a curling iron on ends if you want to enhance the flip a little more or use a flat iron to run through strands to fight frizz if needed.

Recommended Products:

Apply Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam before blow drying to help maintain your style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would work well with this style. Thin to thick amounts of hair on the straighter side naturally is ideal.

Tip:

Adding bangs to this hairstyle would help break it up and look good on ladies with longer foreheads.

#6 Wavy Lob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This long bob, nicknamed the “lob”, has been on trend for awhile now and still going strong. This voluminous version is full of sultry waves and even sexier with a deep side part.

Wavy Lob Should Length Hairstyle

Style by Victoria Romano, Makeup by Amber Beck, Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Part clean dry hair deeply to one side.
  2. Use a large-sized curling iron (1 1/2-inch) to curl your entire head of hair.
  3. Spray your curls with a light hold hairspray.
  4. Brush the curls and create soft waves.
  5. Spray again to hold.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, heart or square shaped faces will be flattered by this style. Medium to thick amounts of hair with straight to lightly curly hair would work with this look.

Tip:

This look could be achieved with hot rollers, too!

#7 True Texture

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This shoulder length haircut is full of whimsical texture and an awesome side bang. The tousled strands contrast nicely with the smooth fringe.

Shoulder Length Hairstyle with Texture

Style by Becca Hoppe, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Shoulder Length Hairstyle with Texture Back

Style by Becca Hoppe, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Diffuse natural curls.
  2. Iron out bangs for a sleek finish.

Recommended Products:

Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Style Mousse is great product to help enhance your hair’s natural wave.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval or rectangular shaped faces would be flattered nicely with the soft texture and swooping bangs. Thin to thick amounts of naturally curly hair is ideal.

Tip:

Keeping the bangs on the longer side keeps them more versatile with the styling. You can wear them curly or straight and still get a killer look.

#8 Disco Diva

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This mid-length hairstyle has tons of texture and movement! A dramatic side bang feathers out into messy and scrunched up waves. All the fun layers cut into the hair create a light and whimsical feel.

Mid Length Hairstyle with Side Bangs

Style by London Hair

How To Style:

  1. Create a deep side part on clean dry hair.
  2. Use a medium-sized curling iron to bend bangs away from the face.
  3. Curl your entire head of hair and then brush it through.
  4. Spray on a texture spray to add grit.
  5. Scrunch hair up with your fingers and shake hair out to play up the texture.

Recommended Products:

Prive Texture Spray is a great option for this style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval or rectangular shaped faces wear this look well. Straight to wavy textured hair would work well with this style.

Tip:

Pack a travel-sized hairspray or texture spray in your purse to touch up your strands throughout the day.

#9 Simply Stunning

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This shoulder length hairstyle is straight and simple, but it is a real head turner! A deep side part and healthy, shiny strands make this look a total winner.

Simple Shoulder Length Hairstyle

Style by Annette Jones, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Simple Shoulder Length Hairstyle Side

Style by Annette Jones, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Use a comb to part damp strands to the side.
  2. Blow out strands as straight as possible.
  3. Go in with a flat iron if needed to really tame strands and make them as sleek as you can.

Recommended Products:

Try Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry to really add some shine to your strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All faces shapes with straight hair types can pull off this look.

Tip:

Add some bangs to this style to make it extra fresh and fun!

#10 Beach Babe

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hairstyle features asymmetrical waves and a cool texture that makes it flirty and fun.

Asymmetrical Hairstyle with Waves

Style by Alysha Frary, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side and the blow dry as smooth as you can.
  2. Use a large-sized curling iron and a small-sized curling iron on your strands to create different sized ringlets.
  3. Focus your iron work on the middle of the hair strand to the ends.
  4. Blast your strands with a texture spray and then go in and break up your curls with your fingers.

Recommended Products:

Redken Wax Blast is the ideal texture spray for this style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes that have straight to wavy hair types can pull off this look.

Tip:

Pin half of your strands up for a sweet and girly style!

#11 Professional and Polished

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sleek and simple hairstyle is elevated by thick curls. The hair is cut a couple of inches past the shoulders and frames the face beautifully.

Polished Medium Hairstyle with Thick Curls

Style by Felicia Maine, 10 Gems Salon, Beaufort, SC

Polished Medium Hairstyle with Thick Curls Side

Style by Felicia Maine, 10 Gems Salon, Beaufort, SC

How To Style:

  1. Part clean dry hair to the side and comb through.
  2. Apply a heat protective serum to strands.
  3. Use a large curling iron to create large curls around the face.

Recommended Products:

Argan Oil Treatment is a great serum option!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square shaped faces would look much softer with these luscious curls. Straight to wavy hair textures will style into this look the easiest.

Tip:

Brush these curls out for softer waves on day two.

#12 Sleek Southern Belle

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Sometimes all you need to shine is simplicity! This sleek, shoulder length style has long side bangs, gorgeous highlights and subtle tapering at the ends. Having a haircut with minimal layers accentuates smoothness and shine.

Sleek medium shoulder length hairstyles

Style by Cara Hodge

How To Style:

As always, put the appropriate styling products in your hair after getting out of the shower and towel dry.

  1. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair. I recommend using a paddle brush for this to really help make your hair smooth
  2. Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow-dry medium sized sections of hair starting near your neck. Drop down a new section and continue until hair is completely dry. Blow dry hair under or out depending on the look you are going for.
  3. Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your add for optimal volume.
  4. Blow dry your bangs forward and to the side.
  5. Take a few sections of hair up at the crown and tease for added height.
  6. To really make the bangs flip out use a flat iron to direct the ends of the strands in the direction you would like them to go.

Recommended Products:

Start by using great products in the shower. Redken’s Bodyfull line has a shampoo and conditioner that will lay a fabulous foundation for your blow-dry. After you get out of the shower use something to amp up your look even more. I love Healthy Sexy Hair’s Taming Foam because it is light and can be used on all hair types. It gives a great lift and volume to blow-outs.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Try this style out if your face is the shape of a circle or oval. The shoulder length helps elongate and frame the face. Fine haired girls would look fabulous with this style because there are no layers to take away any fullness. The straighter your hair is naturally the easier it will be to create this look on your own.

Tip:

Always emulsify products in your hands by rubbing them together before applying them to your hair. You will get a more even distribution throughout.

#13 Tapered Temptress

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sleek look has touches of texture just under the chin. Layering starts right at the jawline and then moves down to create a soft look that really frames the face beautifully. Angled wispy bangs also help frame the face as well as add more dimension to the haircut.

A dark brown shoulder length layered hairstyle

Style by Keely Martinez

A dark brown shoulder length layered hairstyle side view

Style by Keely Martinez

How To Style:

As always, put the appropriate styling products in your hair after getting out of the shower and towel dry.

  1. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair. Use a paddle brush for this to really help make your hair smooth
  2. Take your blow dryer and a medium-sized round brush and blow dry medium-sized sections of hair starting near your neck. Drop down a new section and continue until hair is completely dry.
  3. Blow dry your bangs forward and to the side.
  4. Take a flat iron and really bevel hair under and towards the face. Also use the iron to add smoothness and shine to any pieces that need it.
  5. Recommended Products: If you have wavy hair and want to go straight start off with Moroccan Oil’s Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in the shower so that your blow dry is easier. Follow up with a touch of their Treatment Oil for silky soft strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style would compliment heart, square, oval and round shaped faces. Pretty much everyone can pull this off due to the side part and subtle layers. Thick to thin hair with little to no wave would be great candidates for this style.

Tip:

Make sure you’re using an appropriate sized flat iron. Most people think getting a larger flat iron mean less time, but that’s a myth. I recommend a 1-inch sized flat iron. You can get closer to the scalp for smoothness and it’s easier to work with.

#14 Auburn Aura

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Minimal layers mean you can really highlight your smooth, shiny hair. The angled layers in front and textured bangs make this look really va va voom! Adding a touch of red to this brunette makes a fun spicy statement, too.

 

How To Style:

As always, put the appropriate styling products in your hair after getting out of the shower and towel dry.

  1. Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair. Use a paddle brush for this to really help make your hair smooth
  2. Take your blow dryer and a medium-sized round brush and blow dry medium-sized sections of hair starting near your neck. Drop down a new section and continue until hair is completely dry.
  3. Blow dry your bangs forward and down.
  4. Take a flat iron and really bevel hair under and towards the face. Also use the iron to add smoothness and shine to your bangs and any other pieces that need it.

Recommended Products:

You don’t need to add any hold to your hair when you want to blow it out straight. Choose products that will help smooth like Biolage Smooththerapie Deep Smoothing Serum by Matrix. Not only will it help protect your hair from heat but it has anti frizz and humidity control. Also helps with shine!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle would look great on all face shapes. The thicker bangs shown in the picture would look great on girls who already have a lot of hair. The straighter your hair is naturally the easier it will be to pull off this sleek style.

Tip:

Make sure the amount of bangs you opt for is proportional to the overall amount of hair you have. If you have tons of hair choose a thicker bang and vise versa with thinner hair.

#15 Seductive Waves

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Soften up your look with these thick waves that rise and fall with elegance. This style again shows off how a simple cut with no layering can look amazing. We are also in love with the bright copper color that totally glows!

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush or paddle brush to smooth.
  2. When hair is completely dry take a large barrel curling iron and take medium-sized vertical sections of hair, starting at the face, and curl back and away from your face. When you are done curling spray with a light hold hairspray or texture spray.
  3. Put a small amount of serum in your hands, rub, and pull through your curls to break them up a bit and make them look loose.

Recommended Products:

I love Prive’s Finishing Texture Spray because it has flexible hold and a light waxy texture to make your curls and layers look defined. Follow up with Prive’s Shine Serum, just a small dot of serum will do, to finish off your look and add incredible shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is amazing for all faces because it softens any jawline shape. This style is perfect for naturally wavy haired girls with fine to thick hair.

Tip:

If you use a curling iron for the bangs, curl very quickly or you may get too much of a roll. Try a flat iron to sweep bangs back and still create a flip on the ends without over curling for a better result.

#16 Simple Elegance

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This style has a beautiful old-time glamour about it. We love the caramel color, too! Simple sultry curls are totally making a comeback, so become bffs with your curling iron again. A long, side sweeping part amps up the elegance of this gorgeous shoulder length style.

A medium shoulder length hairstyle with curls

Style by Alinda Galdona and Lauren West

A medium shoulder length hairstyle with curls side view

Style by Alinda Galdona and Lauren West

How To Style:

Keep in mind when you start curling this style to only curl the bottom half of the hair strand.

  1. Start with clean dry hair that is smooth from blow-drying.
  2. Drop down half of your hair and clip the rest of your hair up to make it easier for styling.
  3. Take small vertical pieces of hair from the section you dropped down and curl with a medium-sized (1-inch) curling iron. Continue until entire section is curled.
  4. Spray entire curled section with hairspray and then drop down another section and curl. Continue this process until your entire head is curled.

Recommended Products:

You can’t go wrong with L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray. Spray it lightly after you finish curling to secure hair in place.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great for heart shaped faces since the volume on the bottom of the style will help balance it out. This look is also great for any hair type or thickness.

Tip:

Get a whole different style without a haircut by simply changing your part. This is a quick and easy change that can be done every day!

#17 Creative Contrast

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This unique color contrasts a platinum blonde with a deep burgundy wine. Curly ringlets and straight bangs also contrast, making this medium length style fun and unique. Keeping the part deep and to the side gives a more asymmetrical appearance that flatters most face shapes.

A shoulder length hairstyle with curly ringlets

Style by Alyssa Westlake and Marianne Shook, Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair.
  2. Drop down a medium section of hair by your neck and clip the rest of your hair up to make it easier for styling.
  3. Take a small piece of hair from the section you dropped down and curl with a medium-sized (1-inch) curling iron. Continue until entire section is curled.
  4. Spray entire curled section with hairspray and then drop down another section and curl. Continue this process until your entire head is curled except the bangs.
  5. Leave the side bangs smooth and only curl the ends.

Recommended Products:

Use Big SexyHair Spray and Play Volumizing Hair Spray on curls for amazing hold and volume!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is awesome for all face shapes. Curls are a great way to add softness and balance. All hair types and thicknesses can create this style.

 

#18 Big Curls

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This medium length style has big bouncy curls around the shoulders that help soften and frame the face. Side bangs sweep fantastically over to blend in to the curls. Keeping the curls near the ends of the hair strands make this look fuller around the shoulders and smoother on top.

Shoulder length curly hairstyle with bangs

Style by Amaryah Benjamin

Shoulder length curly hairstyle with bangs side view

Style by Amaryah Benjamin

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair.
  2. Curl entire head with a 1-inch or larger curling iron. Small hot rollers would work great as well!
  3. Really focus on curling the ends with the iron.
  4. Use a flat iron to smooth bangs over to the side.

Recommended Products:

Always apply products to protect your hair from heat when using any type of iron. Pureology Glossing Mist helps smooth hair and adds amazing shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great for heart shaped faces since the volume on the bottom of the style will help balance it out. This look is also perfect for natural curls that are looser. If your hair is wavy or straight, try large rollers for lots of volume and bounce.

Tip:

Use a zig-zag part in this style to create more volume on top.

#19 Crimson Crush

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This raging red look is sleek and polished due to its one length cut and blunt bangs.

A red sleek shoulder length hairstyle with blunt bangs

Style by April Broa

Red sleek side view

Style by April Broa

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair to the middle and detangle as soon as you get out of the shower.
  2. Section out all of your bangs and comb them forward.
  3. Use your blow dryer to remove all of the moisture in your hair. I recommend using a paddle brush for this to really help make your hair smooth
  4. Since you want the ends to look totally straight and smooth, use a flat iron to finish off the look, beveling the ends under slightly.
  5. Use the iron again to run through your bangs and bump them slightly under.

Recommended Products:

If you have thick frizzy hair, try using Redken’s Smooth Down shampoo and conditioner to help tame frizz and make your blowout easier. Apply more smoothing products like Kerastase’s Oleo Relax to wet hair before you blow dry to protect it from heat and to add shine. You can also use a touch of serum before flat ironing.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would look great with this look. If you have a very small forehead, you may want to reconsider the bangs. Thicker hair would look best to totally emulate this full-bang style. Curly haired girls should skip this look and go for a more wavy style.

Tip:

If you decide you want to grow out blunt bangs, ask your stylist to add a little texture to the ends. This will soften up the harsh line and make them easier to grow out.

#20 Gwyneth Paltrow’s Straight Edge

Written by Irene Bredthauer

A subtle side part on healthy smooth hair looks effortless and breezy. When you have such a simple cut, don’t forget that it’s the details that count! Keeping every hair smooth and sleek is important. Keep your color in mind to avoid ordinary looking hair.

Gwyneth Paltrow with a shoulder length hairstyle

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair to the side and detangle right when getting out of the shower.
  2. Use your blow dryer to remove all of the moisture in your hair. I recommend using a paddle brush for this to really help make your hair smooth
  3. Since you want the ends to look totally straight and smooth use a flat iron to finish off the look.

Recommended Products:

You always want to put some sort of blowout product in your hair before applying heat to protect your strands. Try Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Blowout Balm for a super shiny result. It refines and polishes hair strands without removing fullness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style would look best on round and oval faces. Thick to thin hair can achieve this look as long as you don’t have crazy curls.

Are you ready to try a new shoulder length hairstyle? Hopefully you found some inspiration and are ready to own one of these fierce looks. These mid-lengths are great because they look gorgeous up or down and have tons of versatility with countless styling options.