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20 Effortlessly Chic Medium Wavy Hairstyles

A great way to perk up your style is by adding some waves. Many wavy hairstyles can be adapted for medium length hair. Try an modern twist like a textured, beachy wave.

Some of these relaxed hairdos can be easily achieved without the use of hot tools, using a few braids and rubber bands instead. Elegant vintage waves are classy and instantly upgrade your hair to star status.

A variety of techniques can be used to achieve waves; from twisty buns, pin curls, braids or by using a flat or curling iron. Whatever your style, you’re certain to make a statement with one of these medium wavy hairstyles!

  • #1 Twist ‘n Shout

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Break away from traditional waves with this ‘bent’ wavy bob.

    Medium Bent Wavy Bob Hairstyle

    Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Medium Bent Wavy Bob Hairstyle Side

    Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Use a large-barrel curling iron and wrap select pieces of hair along the surface layers only. Keep the ends out to create this signature ‘bent’ look.
    3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to thick hair.

    Tip:

    Vary your waves by using different iron sizes.

  •  #2 Amber Waves

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Offset, alternating waves enhance both volume and length with straighter ends.

    Medium Wavy Hairstyle with Volume

    Style by London Hair

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a medium-barrel curling iron and wrap hair away from face. Keep the ends out for a look that’s straighter on the ends.
    3. Run fingers through hair for light separation.
    4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on medium hair.

    Tip:

    Pin ends under for a faux bob hairstyle.

  •  #3 Lava-licious

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Classic ‘S’ waves go from sleek to vavoom celebrating this fierce red hue.

    Medium Hairstyle with Classic Waves and Red Hue

    Style and Makeup by Onita Luisi, Chips Salon Marlboro, NJ

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Curl hair using a medium-barrel curling iron. Slide the curl out leaving it undisturbed, then set using a pin curl clip. Continue curling all the hair.
    3. Allow hair to cool and set then spray hair all over with a flexible hold hairspray.
    4. Once completely cooled, remove clips and brush hair using a paddle brush to finish the look. Backcomb the ends for extra volume.
    5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy SHIMMER.SHINE for a soft, shiny finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

    Tip:

    Keep waves neat and sleek for a vintage touch.

  •  #4 Beige Bombshell

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Gentle waves adds the perfect touch of movement to this mid-lenth hairstyle.

    Blonde Hairstyle with Gentle Waves

    Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a large barrel curling iron, wrap large sections of hair vertically away from face.
    3. Allow hair to cool and set, then spray hair all over with a light hold hairspray.
    4. Once completely cooled, brush hair using a paddle brush to finish the look.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for square, oval and heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

    Tip:

    Gather ends up and twist into a simple chignon.

  • #5 Golden Dreams

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Long and lean alternating waves are a great look for thick hair.

    Medium Hairstyle with Waves for Thick Hair

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

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a small to medium-sized barrel curling iron, curl small sections of hair vertically in alternating directions.
    3. Allow hair to cool and set, then spray hair all over with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try DevaCurl SET IT FREE to eliminate frizz, add shine and enhance curls.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for square, round or oval face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

    Tip:

    Add a few accent braids to dress up this look.

  •  #6 Fiery Phenom

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Edgy, deconstructed waves add that rock ‘n roll vibe to an A-line cut.

    Edgy Medium Hairstyle with Waves

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

    Edgy Medium Hairstyle with Waves Back

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

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a small to medium-sized barrel curling iron, curl small sections of hair vertically in alternating directions.
    3. Run fingers through hair for light separation. Backcomb the interior for extra volume, then spray hair all over with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    Twist that fringe up and back for a slight pompadour.

  • #7 Caramel Curls

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    These curls are softly piled high to accent this side-swept layered hairstyle.

    Medium Wavy Hairstyle with Caramel Curls

    Photo Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

    Medium Wavy Hairstyle with Caramel Curls Side

    Photo Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Create a deep side part. Using a medium-sized barrel curling iron, start on the bottom layers and work your way up to leave curls undisturbed on the surface layers.
    3. Run fingers along the underside for slight volume and separation in the interior layers and on the ends.
    4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    Pin the sides back for a lovely formal style.

  • # 8 Golden Ombre

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Messy, sexy bedhead curls look amazing with a layered bob cut.

    Messy Medium Hairstyle with Waves

    Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Messy Medium Hairstyle with Waves Side

    Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a large-barrel curling iron and curl hair in alternating directions.
    3. Run fingers through hair for light separation.
    4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER to boost finely textured hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    You can also try this look using a straightening iron.

  •  #9 Vintage Beauty

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Classic merges with modern in this retro bob and wavy accents.

    Vintage Medium Hairstyle with Waves

    Style by Megan Arbuckle, Makeup by Lindsay Disset, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

    Vintage Medium Hairstyle with Waves Side

    Style by Megan Arbuckle, Makeup by Lindsay Disset, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a large barrel curling iron, curl hair in a horizontal direction from the ends up.
    3. Allow hair to cool, then create a deep side part. Brush hair using a paddle brush to finish the look. Backcomb base for extra volume. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    Accent this style with a sparkly barrette.

  •  #10 Espresso Coils

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Perfect, springy coils are fashion forward any way you wear them.

    Medium Hairstyle with Springy Coils

    Style by Danielle Downes, Makeup by Marti Petritisis, Hair by Danielle Downes, Old Bridge, NJ

    How To Style:

    1. On dry naturally wavy or curly hair, create defined coils by wrapping hair around an extra small curling iron or wand. Slide the curl out, leaving the shape undisturbed. Continue throughout the rest of the hair as desired.
    2. Run fingers through the interior for light deconstruction and separation.
    3. Finish with a shine spray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try DevaCurl MIRROR CURLS for maximum curl reflection.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer Bug.

  • #11 Twisty A-Line

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Upgrade your A-line Bob cut with a few spiral waves for fullness with soft volume.

    A medium wavy hairstyle in bob haircut

    Style by An Va Salon & Spa, Holland, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a light volumizing mousse on damp hair.
    2. Blow dry hair using a round brush for a smooth finish.
    3. Working on the top layers only; take a flat iron and twist hair round and release for a spiral finish.
    4. Spray with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Sebastian Whipped Crème. This light conditioning style whip lifts deliciously nourished curls and waves to perfection.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


    This look is great for oblong and diamond-shaped faces. This style is perfect for fine hair.

    Tip: 

    Add a volume boost at the root area by using your finger tips and rubbing in a circular motion.

  • #12 Cranberry Fille

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Add some french-inspired pizzazz with luscious, bouncy curls.

    A medium and wavy spiraled hairstyle

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Work a light hold gel into damp hair.
    2. Starting with the top layers; wind small sections of hair into curls and pin into place. Continue down the head until all hair is pinned into place.
    3. Let hair air-dry or use a diffuser on a low setting.
    4. Once hair is completely dry, remove pin curl clips and softly shake hair.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Redken Soft Spin 05 Curl Enhancing Gel.  A great product to boost curls or waves, control flyaways and add shine to your hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


    This look is suitable for diamond or oval-shaped face shapes. This style works best on medium hair.

    Tip: 

    Brush curls out using a paddle brush for a soft french wave style.

  • #13 Boho Chica

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Add some bohemian flair with loose curly waves that work wonders on light layers.

    Bohemian inspired medium wavy hairstyle

    Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    Bohemian inspired medium wavy hairstyle angle

    Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How To Style:

    1. Blow dry hair using a round brush keeping the crown area smooth.
    2. Using a small barrel curling iron take small sections and wrap hair around the iron leaving the ends out and unfinished.
    3. Spray with a hard hold hair spray to keep style in place all day.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Aquage Working Spray for a firm hold.  This workable hairspray allows you to style and texturize with fingers or brush as you build hold. Locks in style, gives radiant shine and works great for thermal styling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


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

    Tip:

    Work a bit of Aquage Illuminating Gelade through the ends for added shine and definition.

  • #14 Brunette Glam

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Simple loose waves add voluminous body to finely textured locks.

    A medium length loose wavy hairstyle

    Style by Alicia Krusiensay

    How To Style:

    1. Finger dry hair with a blow dryer.
    2. Use a medium barrel curling iron and wind horizontal sections of hair working from the bottom to the top.
    3. Allow hair to cool and lightly brush hair with a wide-tooth comb to create loose waves.
    4. Spray with a light hold hairspray to keep hair touchably soft.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Redken Body Full Instant Bodifier Volumizing Foam.  This foam works great on baby fine hair for lasting anti-gravity volume, conditioning and shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


    This look is most suitable for heart-shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

    Tip:

    Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add instant body.

  • #15 Surfer Girl

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This relaxed textured look is great for the girl on the go.

    A medium length textured wavy haircut

    Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Light dry hair using your fingers.
    2. On damp hair, light mist hair with a spray hair gel.
    3. Scrunch hair into place to lock in style and allow to air dry.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Pureology Anti-Fade Complex Spray Gel.  This alcohol-free spray gel provides flexible hold for color-treated hair. The versatile formula adds weightless body, control and shine with UVA/UVB sunscreens to help maximize color retention and thermal protection.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    Refresh this style by adding a few twists or a face-framing braid and pin away from face.

  • #16 Auburn Elegance

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This rich auburn shade is enhanced with light waves and swept away fringe.

    A light medium wavy hairstyle

    Style by Heather Douville, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair smooth using a paddle brush.
    2. Take a large barrel curling iron and wind large horizontal sections of hair. Loosely brush wave using a paddle brush for fullness and body.
    3. Back comb fringe and crown area and style hair away from face.
    4. Spray hair all over with a strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Sebastian Shaper Plus Hair Spray. Shape your hair into fashion with this strong holding hair spray. Terrific for medium and heavy hair textures.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

    Tip:

    Try different fringe styles from side-swept to full bangs to create a different look.

  • #17 Vintage Allure

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Add a touch of class to this beautiful brunette shade with gorgeous Old Hollywood waves.

    Medium length hollywood inspired waves

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Medium length hollywood inspired waves side angle

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using the blow dryer and a round brush.
    2. Use an extra-large barrel curling iron and wrap horizontal sections from the mid-shaft to the ends leaving the crown and fringe area smooth.
    3. Spray hair with a shine spray.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try TIGI Bed Head Headrush for extreme gloss.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


    This look is most suitable for round shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

    Tip:

    Pin sides up into victory rolls for more of a retro look.

  • #18 Golden Power

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    From the boardroom to the dance club, this sexy style will have you meeting all the right people in all the right places.

    A simple medium wavy hairstyle

    Style by An Va Salon & Spa, Holland, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a blow dryer and round brush.
    2. Using a large barrel curling iron take horizontal sections and wrap hair from the ends upward toward the midshaft.
    3. Wrap the fringe area using the curling iron back and away from face for a side-swept finish.
    4. Spray with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Davines Defining Invisible Hairspray for instant volume, hydration and weightless shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


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

    Tip:

    Wrap hair in a low bun for a chic daytime style and let loose later for a fresh, bouncy look.

  • #19 Girl Friday

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Let your hair down when the work week comes to an end with fun waves that will have you ready for the week-end.

    A medium length haircut with heavy wavy bangs

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and blow dryer.
    2. Using a medium barrel curling iron; wind vertical sections of hair from the mid-shaft to the ends leaving the crown area smooth.
    3. Alternate curl direction for a casual look keeping the face framing lengths curled away from your face.
    4. Spray hair with a sea salt spray for added texture and separation.

    Recommended Hair Products:


    Try Redken Radiant Sea Spray for lightweight texture with an oceanic fragrance.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


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

    Tip:

    Twist hair into a chignon for an elegantly textured evening look.

  • #20 Retro Lass

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Bring your inner screen siren out with this very classic ‘S’ wave style.

    A medium length classic s-wave hairstyle

    Style by Amy Meyer, Kenneth’s Studio for Hair, New Orleans, LA

    A medium length classic s-wave hairstyle side angle

    Style by Amy Meyer, Kenneth’s Studio for Hair, New Orleans, LA

    How To Style:

    1. Dry hair using a round brush and your blow dryer.
    2. Using a double-barrel curling iron, wind large horizontal sections of hair into a figure 8 shape from the mid-shaft to ends.
    3. For a controlled, smooth finish use a large barrel curling iron to wrap the ends under.
    4. Allow hair to cool and set then spray hair all over with a hard hold hairspray.
    5. Once completely cooled, brush hair using a paddle brush to finish the look.  Spray hair again.

    Recommended Hair Products:

    Try Davines Defining Glam Power Hair Spray. This unique and versatile finishing spray shapes, defines and set any style. It also provides strong, long-lasting hold without that stiff or sticky feeling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


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

    Tip:

    You can also try this look with a single large barrel curling iron.

    You’ll have lots of fun with medium length hair since it’s perfectly suited for a variety of styles. Instant feminine allure is achieved with these soft wavy hairdos when worn loose.

    Plus, updos are a cinch as you have no worry over the shape collapsing due to the weight of long hair. With options ranging from daytime casual to an evening at the opera; the versatility is endless.