Having a cute hairstyle for medium-length hair is awesome. It’s long enough to put up, yet short enough that you don’t need a ton of time to plan your hair routine for a night out.
We have a compilation of some classic, modern, funky, fun, and flirty looks for everyone to try and test. So go on and pick your favorite of these super cute and fun hairstyles. Some of the cutest hairstyles for medium-length hair include braids, curls, waves, twists, feathered cuts, and more!
So before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of cute hairstyles for medium hair!
Bardot-Inspired Layers on Medium-Length Hair
This cut is that it can be worn air-dried on wavy hair, blown out (as shown), curled with a wand for a beachy vibe, or styled with a lot of volume for a more retro feel. It’s one of those cute medium-length hairstyles that’s so versatile.
On wavy hair, apply Davines Oil Non Oil or a curl cream on towel-dried hair for a natural feel. Then, when almost dry, lightly spray Davines Sea Salt Spray for a beachy, lived-in style.
The fringe can be longer and side-swept to give the illusion of length on the face. Or you can ask your stylist for a middle part to frame your face (as shown). Use quality products to ensure low maintenance hairstyling over time.
Cute California Waves on Medium Hair
The blonde balayage contrasting with their natural, darker color really brings out the waves in this cute medium-length haircut for women.
Fun and Outgoing Magenta Red on Medium-Length Hair
Magenta red on medium-length hair? Yes, please! “These colors are fun and subtle tones of lighter and darker pink with some strands of light purple in between,” says style creator Madison Calcaterra of Roseville, MI.
To keep your hair bright and long-lasting, Calcaterra suggests “get a color-protecting shampoo and stay away from alcohol-based products! This is definitely bright and colorful, so you just have to have fun with it and try different styles out.”
There is decent upkeep that comes along with this color, but it is worth it to have cute hair! Anyone can rock this pink hair.
Mid-Length Effortless Pink Petal Half Updo
This pink color is on an effortless half updo. It was created by senior hairdresser Hayley Carter of Albany, Western Australia.
“Use Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Spray on the ends to give it a different effect of looking a little more golden pink and shiny,” suggests Carter.
Hairstyles for girls with medium hair like this are quite easy to do and maintain. Curl your hair with a hair straightener and hold it together with Fudge Skyscraper medium-hold hairspray. Then add a pull-through ponytail over the top.
“This color fades nicely into softer shades of pink. To keep the color looking fresh, use Joico Color Butter in the shade “pink” as it fades. Also, try Joico Color Therapy shampoo and conditioner to help protect the color,” she adds.
Cute Half Up with a Twist Hairstyle
“This look is a half up half down with a twist,” claims stylist Taelin Delyria of Lake Havasu City, AZ. “This cute medium cut is simple but formal. The half up half down provides mobility when dancing, but is still nice and formal enough for the ceremony,” she adds.
To style your hair, Delyria says, “Cute hairstyles for medium hair need mini hair bands, bobby pins, and hairspray! These three items will help keep your style in the way you started.”
Silver Color Melt for Medium-Length Hair Girls
There’s a ton of depth and high contrast in this silver color melt that was created by creative color and blonde specialist Rachel Stefanik of San Francisco, CA. “As a stylist, gray is one of the hardest colors to achieve and as a client, it’s one of the hardest colors to maintain,” she states.
If you are interested in getting gray hair, be prepared for countless hours in the salon and to spend a lot of money. “For the color in this photo, it took eight hours to achieve. However, sometimes gray isn’t even possible in a day. Your hair has to be bleached to the point where it is absent of all pigment,” she adds.
“Because this silver color requires intensive bleaching, proper home care is necessary,” says Stefanik. Use purple shampoo such as Barcelona by Pulp Riot. Also, try Celeb Luxury Silver Colorditioner and Olaplex #3 treatment.
You must wash your hair with cool water, and as little as possible (one to two times per week). Gray is very similar to pastels as it only lasts a few washes. Gray is super high maintenance and not for all women, but wow, it’s beautiful!
Elegant Waterfall Braid on Medium Hair
This medium hairstyle and balayage color are very soft yet elegant and perfect for any occasion. The beach wave curls make it even softer and bring out the dimension of the color. The waterfall braid dresses the entire style up.
Don’t you love how the waterfall braid connects seamlessly? It was created and styled by hairstylist Susana Marques of Baldwin Park, CA.
“This is a very low-maintenance color and cut that only requires a toner and maybe a trim every five to six weeks,” she states. “This, however, is dependant on how often you shampoo your hair and the type of shampoo being used. Always use a sulfate-free shampoo for colored hair.”
As for the hairstyle, medium hair is a lot more manageable. “With this waterfall braided hairdo, you’re able to leave your hair down, but still look flawless for that special event,” says Marques.
Rosey Long Bob for Medium Hair
Opt for a long bob for medium hair with the perfect rose pink color was created by hairstylist Caitlin Louise of Denten, TX.
When it comes to cute medium hairstyles for women, Caitlin suggests you “think about how often you style your hair. A textured style like this looks best with messy undone waves.”
Try the curling iron Dry Bar Three Day Bender. It’s simple to use and creates the perfect beach waves. To add texture, use a dry wax such as AG Dry Wax or Redken Wax Blast.
Side-Swept Braid with Waves on Medium Hair
This side-swept braid with waves on medium hair was created by hairstylist Coco Euchler of Grandview, OH.” If you want to capture that free spirit vibe, adding a braid to your curled or wavy hair will definitely accomplish that,” she says.
You can swag any hairstyle with a braid. Cornrows, fishtails, French braids…they all give some kind of flair to your hairstyle. Even if you don’t feel like doing waves or curls, adding a braid and throwing your hair in a bun can be super chic!
When it comes to practicing this braid, Euchler says, “do not get frustrated. Braiding can be tricky, but keep at it and you’ll get it down. Any hair texture can have this braided style and the possibilities are endless!”
Use a paste or cream to add grip and help keep the braid be in place. Try Kevin Murphy’s Easy.Rider because it’s flexible, it won’t leave a residue, and it controls the frizz. Just remember that a little goes a long way with this product!
For the waves, use Kevin Murphy’s Doo.Over. It’s a dry finishing hair hairspray that you spray on the hair first before you wave or curl. It reinforces the curl to stay a little longer, and since it’s a dry powder spray, it removes any excess oil from the hair and scalp.
Half Updo with Loose Curls on Mid-Length Hair
Co-owner of S&A On the Way, Shayla Eaddy of Charleston, SC, created this half updo with loose curls on mid-length hair. It’s simple and cute!
“Think about comfort first,” she says. “If you tend to sweat around your face or get annoyed with hair around your face, then it would be best to pull that front hair back into a half-up style.”
Additionally, if your hair is thick or thin, a half updo is always an easy way to look good and can be worn for any occasion!
Side-Swept Front Dutch Braid Medium Hairstyle
“This side-swept front Dutch Braid with soft tousles and curls allows for the hair to be completely out of the face,” says stylist Anessa Espana-Reid of Griffin, GA. “All while adding interest with a braid and not looking too harsh or tightly pulled back. It can be dressy or casual for medium to long lengths,” she adds.
For thicker coarse hair, use smoothing products. If your hair is thin or fine, root lifting and volumizing products are a must. It’s also important to use a thermal protectant when curling hair to protect against heat styling. If you have time, set the hair all over first because it gives the hair a bend and helps with the braid. If you are in a hurry, you can always do the braid first then curl the remaining hair.
For the braid, Anessa explains, “take a deep side part and start the braid at the hairline and continue until one to two inches behind the ear. Secure with bobby pins. Touch up the curls and smooth or mess up as desired. This shoulder-length feminine style is good for all women and girls.”
Ashy Ombre Medium-Length Hairstyle
This medium-length hair features a dark root faded into really ashy ends. It was created by hairstylist Graham Nation of Los Angeles, CA. “The cut is a nice mid-length cut with loads of texture and movement cut into it,” he adds.
When it comes to product, Graham says, “you’ve gotta try Phyto Volume Spray and Unite’s Texturiza spray! The volume spray goes in at the roots before the blow-dry. Texturiza will finish the style and help keep the hair cute, looking done but not too polished.”
Medium haircuts for women like this can be worn with almost any face shape because this cut is all in the detail. Choosing the right stylist is key to helping you with your exact hair and style. The color is fun and can be worn by loads of different mid-length ladies.
Pulled Out Fishtail Braids for Medium Hair Girls
A cute hairstyle for medium-length hair was created by stylist Jen McFall of San Diego, CA. “This is a simple and easy fishtail hairstyle for just about all women. The two fishtail braids can be worn sleek and tight or pulled out as shown in the picture for a fuller, more lived-in style,” she states.
All you need to recreate these braids are a few elastics and some dry shampoo! Jen says, “use a dry shampoo instead of hairspray for these lived-in braids. The dry shampoo gives the hair a little bit of grip, but doesn’t leave it too tacky or firm.”
This hairstyle is perfect for medium to long lengths and average to thick hair. To recreate this, you should be familiar with braiding. Fishtail braids are easy to do but do take considerably longer to create than a standard three-strand braid.
Trendy Angled Bob for Straight Medium Hair
This trendy take on a classic angled bob cut was created by hairstylist Ambur Elizabeth of Providence, RI. “The asymmetry gives it that little bit of edge you don’t necessarily get from a classic bob,” says Ambur.
The great thing about this cut is the versatility. You can wear it sleek and straight as shown, or curled and tousled for a more lived-in look. Use a good heat protectant for any hot tool styling, and texture spray is a must for that lived-in, tousled look.
If you opt for a more sleek and straight style, Ambur suggests a product like Davines Oi Oil is amazing for smoothing down any little flyaways at the root and ends.
“It’s not your mom’s bob,” she says. “This is a trendy and modern way to wear short to medium length hair. Straight, fine hair would be the ideal type for this cut, but it can easily be achieved on wavier textures with some extra styling.”
Half Up Dutch Braid Medium Hairstyle
This mid-length cut was created and styled by hairstylist Sintia Balode of London, UK. “It’s a trendy everyday half-up style featuring a Dutch braid into a messy bun and beachy waves. Cute hairstyles for medium length hair like this are super versatile” she says.
Medium-length hairstyles for girls look great on most hair types and face shapes. For fine hair, the multi-directional waves will add some much-needed volume and the loose waves around the face will add a nice softness to the face.
For cute shoulder-length hairstyles like this, Balode says, “use a texture/salt spray for added texture and a setting spray to make it last all day!”
Effortless Spring Knot for Medium-Length Hair
This effortless spring knot for medium-length hair was created by hair artist Jessamy Keith of Perth, Australia. It’s an understated way to keep the hair back off your face.
This style is so versatile, it can be personalized with braids or accessories. You could even add a couple more knots down the back for more of an evening vibe.
Keith recommends you not overload your hair with too many products. “Before blow waving and using hot tools, use a heat protectant. Before setting the knot, use a dry texturizer like Oribe. Set the entire do’ with a malleable hairspray like Working Spray from Oribe,” she says.
If you want to create length on a square face shape, you could backcomb more height into it and soften your face in the front by keeping pieces out.
Relaxed Boho Look for Mid-Length Girls
“This is a textured, relaxed, boho cut for mid-length girls,” says creative style director Isabella Palmer of Perth, Australia. “The center parting mixed with the textured waves and rough “back-knot” creates a feeling of effortlessly casual styling,” she says.
Palmer’s favorite hair products are Mr. Smith’s Texture Spray, Mr. Smith’s Dry Shampoo, Evo’s Haze texture powder, and Sebastian’s Zero Gravity Hairspray.
“Evo is a brutally and hilariously honest product line that prides itself on supplying great products while having some fun,” she explains. “Mr. Smith is a wonderful company whose products just work and smell amazing! Both of these companies choose to use recyclable items in their packaging, are all chemical nasties free, and refuse to test on animals.”
Pro tip: shake your head while you spray to give it gravity while keeping the texture.
She adds, “the lady in the photo has an all-one-length medium haircut and her hair is quite thick. Basically, it’s difficult to do an upstyle. However, having the back-knot takes away that bulk of hair at the back that would otherwise stick out in a triangular silhouette.”
This style looks best with a center part, as the hair will curtain the face perfectly.
Medium-Length Hairstyle with an Urban Edgy Vibe
This medium haircut was created by Angela Cancellieri, a hairstylist at Kip Joint in Hawthorne, NJ.
If you’re looking for a reddish hair color like this, ask for the vibrant, shiny color (5VR by Matrix So Color). This color lasts long but also has a beautiful fade that doesn’t portray brassy tones.
The best way to achieve this style is to first blow dry your hair straight,” saysCancellieri. “Next, use a 3/4-inch curling iron to curl the middle of your hair, grabbing big sections and leaving approximately two inches of the ends out. Curl your whole head like this, hairspray it lightly, then run your fingers through it. Finish off with hairspray again.”
Bold & Bright Copper Medium Hair
Bright golden copper paired with a bold fringe and a blunt cut gives you an edgy vibe.
How To Style Your Medium Hair:
- After shampooing and conditioning hair with sulfate-free color products, apply a smoothing cream.
- Blow dry hair using a flat or paddle brush.
- Smooth hair using a flat iron set at the lowest heat setting for your hair type.
- Finish the style with a drop of oil. Rub it in your hands before you apply it, starting at your ends.
Bright hair color can fade quickly. Try Pravana’s color enhancing treatment in Copper. Make sure to turn your flat iron down. High heat is a major contributor to color loss!
Back Dutch Braid Medium-Length Hairstyle
Who says your hair is too short for braids? This Dutch braid is simple and fun. It’s easy to recreate and the perfect style for second or third-day hair.
How To Style Your Dutch Braid:
- Wash hair and apply a styling cream and a small amount of gel to damp hair. If it’s not a wash day, apply dry shampoo to scalp area and brush through.
- Dry hair completely using your favorite brush.
- Part hair on one side. Starting on the parted side, brush hair down and begin your Dutch braid, adding pieces as you move along back hairline.
- When you get behind the opposite ear, add the last bit of hair and finish your braid. Secure with elastic.
- If you want an imperfect braid, use your fingers to tug softly at the braid, loosening areas as needed.
- Finish with hairspray.
A light hairspray that allows you to layer the hold is great when creating braids. Try Super Shape by Pravana.
Any face shapes can wear this braided style. However, hair that is long enough to braid and is medium to thick creates beautiful braids.
Not the best at braiding? No problem! Practice makes perfect!
Soft Waves on Medium-Length Hair
Beautiful, rich brown color with soft highlights and waves rippling through medium-length hair!
How To Style Your Medium-Length Hair:
- Shampoo and condition hair with moisturizing products.
- Blow-dry hair with a medium to large round brush (depending on hair length).
- Section hair into three sections, one section in front of each ear and one in the back. Keep a two-inch section out and clip the remaining hair out of the way.
- Using a 1 to 1 1/2-inch curling iron, work in two-inch sections and curl them starting midway down the length and down to the ends.
- Let the curls cool, then brush through with a wide-tooth comb.
- Finish with a small amount of smoothing cream.
Keeping brown hair color rich and shiny is as easy as a weekly conditioning treatment. Try Pravana’s Coco Brunette in the Color Enhancers treatments.
Heart-shaped faces wear this wavy style perfectly, while hair that is medium to thick and naturally straight or wavy makes styling easy.
Under Lights for Mid-Length Hair
An extra long bob with bright blonde shining from under a rich dark brunette is both fun and right in style this season.
How To Style Your Mid-Length Hair:
- Work a medium hold gel through damp hair.
- Blow dry with a medium-sized round brush.
- Use a 1 1\2-inch curling iron and curl hair in medium-sized sections from midlength down.
- Let curls cool completely, then flip head over and shake out using fingers.
- Finish with your favorite hairspray.
A great gel for soft hold and no stickiness is Biolage Agave Nectar Gel.
Cute Blonde Lob with Deep Side Part
The medium to long bob is great on so many different beauties!
How To Style Medium Bob:
- While hair is still damp, apply a thickening cream or mousse. Comb through to ensure it is evenly applied from roots to ends.
- Blow-dry hair in sections, pinning hair that is not being dried out of the way using clips.
- Bring sections down and smooth with a large round brush as you dry.
- If desired, finish this style with a flat iron set at the lowest heat setting for your hair type.
For finer hair, a volumizing product is a must. There are both creams and mousses, and it’s up to personal preference on what’s best for you. Kevin Murphy Full Again and Pravana NEVO Full Again is a great mousse to try.
Copper Curls on Medium-Length Hair
A little wild, but totally beautiful, these mid-length highlighted copper curls will draw attention everywhere you go.
How To Style Your Medium Length Hair:
- Apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair.
- Blow dry hair using a diffuser. Set the blow dryer on the highest heat setting, but lowest force.
- Once dry, use a 1 to 1½-inch curling iron or wand to wrap hair away from face.
- Finish your look with a hard hold hairspray to keep curls from falling in your face.
Pravana’s Super Shape Hairspray Extreme will keep hair in place all day (even through high winds) but is easy to wash out. It never gets sticky or builds up either!
Diamond, oval, and heart-shaped faces wear this well. Hair that is naturally curly makes it easiest to style, but straight to wavy hair that is medium to thick can work too.
To make your straight hair easier to achieve curly locks, you may consider getting a perm. They are making a comeback and many stylists are experimenting with them to create natural-looking curls.
Face-Framing Balayage Medium Hairstyle
A center part, soft waves, and face-framing balayage highlights create an easy-to-style hairdo.
How To Style Your Face-Framing Hair:
- Apply a medium hold gel throughout damp hair and a volumizing spray to scalp area.
- Blow dry hair using a medium round brush, making sure to lift hair away from the scalp to give more volume.
- Part hair as desired.
- Curl hair using a 1-inch curling iron or wand from midway down the shaft to the ends.
- Rake fingers through hair and arrange waves. Finish with a light spray of hairspray.
Adding extra volume at your root area is a must for this face-framing style. Try Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity spray near scalp for great volume without build-up.
Heart-shaped faces wear a center part best, but any face shape can wear these pretty waves by just changing where the part is. Hair that is medium in thickness and naturally wavy or straight is best for styling.
Practice these waves! They can be a little tricky to get the first few times, but once you find your groove, it’s this is a fast and easy style.
Soft Ombre on Medium Hair
This flawless transition from rich dark brown to soft caramel on mid-length locks is both soft and striking.
How To Style Your Mid-Length Locks:
- Apply a styling cream or medium hold gel to damp hair after shampooing with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
- Blow dry hair with a side part using a medium round brush.
- Once hair is completely dry, use a 1-inch curling iron or wand to wrap hair in alternating directions.
- While cooling, mist with hairspray.
- Use fingers to soften curls as desired.
Using a high-quality curling iron or wand is important to keeping your hair healthy. Bio Ionic irons are amazing!
This is a great lighter color for the woman who doesn’t want to be blonde. Bring pictures to your stylist and ask if this color would work for you.
Asymmetrical Bob for Medium Hair
There is something fun and exciting about having your hair swept to one side and appear longer! This asymmetrical bob is great for all ages and hair types.
How To Style Your A-Line Bob:
- Apply styling cream to damp hair, comb through to ensure even saturation.
- Blow dry using a medium round brush, smoothing hair down as you dry in sections.
- Once hair is completely dry, use a 1½-inch curling iron and curl hair in sections from midshaft to ends.
- Mist curls with hairspray while the curls cool.
- Separate and arrange curls with fingers.
To style cute medium haircuts like this, a great styling cream that gives you soft hold, body and shine is Pravana’s Model Behavior.
Play around with all the ways to style this asymmetric bob. Braid one side, add tighter curls, or go poker straight!
Sweet Chocolate Auburn Medium Hairstyle
Rich chocolate brown hair that is styled into soft waves gives you a classic yet fresh vibe.
How To Style Your Shoulder Length Hair:
- Apply a medium hold volumizing spray (I love Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity! ) from roots to ends.
- Blow-dry hair in sections, lifting hair up and away from your head to create volume, while turning the ends under. I recommend using a medium-sized round brush, but if you have shorter layers, you can also use a small round brush.
- Wrap hair around a 1-inch curling wand in 2-inch sections.
- Using your favorite hairspray, mist over the entire head and piece out and separate layers.
- Finish off with your favorite shine spray.
For cute medium-length haircuts, Pravana’s Super Shape hairspray is awesome! Use a fine mist for a soft and brushable hold, or layer to intensify the hold factor. It never builds up on your medium-length hair and washes right out. To dress medium hairstyles for girls up a bit, try adding a sparkly clip on the side or an adorned headband.
Soft Shag Cut for Older Women
A soft shag cut for older women can work wonders for softening your facial features and helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The soft layers, especially around the face, can be custom-detailed to compliment your face and hide areas that you want hidden. By keeping layers a bit longer throughout the haircut, you can avoid the mullet look, and achieve something more subtle but beautiful.