28 Cutest Hairstyles & Haircuts for Medium Length Hair

Cute medium length hairstyles

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 hairstyles

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Fun and Outgoing Magenta Red

Q&A with style creator, Madison Calcaterra
Hairstylist @ London Calling Salon in Roseville, MI

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as fun and outgoing! It definitely has all the fun colors, but I would say it’s outgoing because my client is extremely outgoing and she allows me to be creative.

My favorite thing about this look is the fun that went into it, but also the very subtle tones of lighter and darker pink with some strands of light purple in between.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 cool/fun hair! Anyone can rock this pink hair and I think that’s my favorite part about this color.

Urban Edgy Vibe

An urban edgy vibe haircut and color
Instagram @lovelovehairr

Q&A with style creator, Angela Cancellieri
Hairstylist @ Klip Joint in Hawthorne, NJ

How would you describe this look?

This medium haircut has an urban, edgy vibe to it. My favorite thing about this look is the versatility of it. It can be a casual, everyday look or a formal look. I love how she can play up the shaved sides or style them in a blended in sort of way.

Another favorite about this look is 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The best way to achieve this look is (if you don’t have straight hair already) to first blow dry your hair straight. 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 the whole head like this, hairspray it lightly, then run your fingers through it. Finish off with hairspray again.

I like to use Total Results High Amplify by Matrix because it has a strong hold that’s also flexible and it’s great against humidity. Even though this look is good for all hair types, I feel it is mostly a great hairstyle for someone with straight hair that would like a fun, stylish look that’s quick and easy. Who wouldn’t want a fun, low maintenance look that’s perfect for any lifestyle?!

Effortless Pink Petal Half Updo

Q&A with style creator, Hayley Carter
Senior Hairdresser @ The Associates Hair Studio in Albany, Western Australia

How would you describe this look?

This pink look is an effortless updo. It is a style that shows off all the different shades of pink through the hair, looking like a pink sunset. This look can be worn anywhere on all types of hair.

We used Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Spray on the ends and I love how it gives a different effect of looking a little more golden pink and shiny.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The style is quite easy to do and maintain. I curled with a hair straightener and held it all together with some Fudge Skyscraper medium hold hairspray. We created a pull through ponytail over the top.

This color fades nicely into softer shades of pink. To keep the color looking fresh, I recommend using Joico Color Butter in the shade “pink” as it fades. I also recommend Joico Color Therapy shampoo and conditioner to help protect the color.

Half Up with a Twist

Q&A with style creator, Taelin Delyria
Owner @ Behind the Veil and Stylist @ Trendsetters Salon in Lake Havasu City, AZ

How would you describe this look?

This look is a half up half down with a twist! I really love this look because it is simple but still formal. The half up half down still gives her mobility when dancing, but it is still nice and formal enough for the ceremony.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For someone who is trying to achieve this look, I recommend making sure you have mini hair bands, bobby pins, and hairspray! These three items will help keep your style in the way you started.

This look can also go either with straight or curly hair, so it’s very interchangeable!

Silver Color Melt

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Stefanik
Creative Color & Blonde Specialist @ Hair Painted With Love in San Francisco, CA

How would you describe this look?

I love the depth and high contrast of this color melt! 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are interested in getting gray hair, be prepared for countless hours in the salon and to spend a lot of money. For this look, in particular, it took me 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.

Because this look requires intensive bleaching, proper home care is necessary! I always send my clients home with purple shampoo, and my favorite is Barcelona by Pulp Riot. I also send them home with Celeb Luxury Silver Colorditioner and Olaplex #3 treatment.

Clients must wash their hair with cool water as little as possible (one to two times per week). Gray is very similar to pastels as it only lasts a few washes. As you can see, gray is super high maintenance and not for everyone, but wow is it so beautiful!

Bardot-Inspired Layers

A stunning Bardot-Inspired layered haircut
Instagram @glamourembalmer

Q&A with style creator, Sandra
Senior Stylist @ The Local Salon in North Hollywood, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a layered haircut with a lot of layering around the face. The look is between a shag and long layers. I like to call it a modern-day Brigitte Bardot.

My favorite thing about this cut is that it can be worn air dried on wavy hair, blown out (as shown), curled with a wand for a beachy look, or styled with a lot of volume for a more retro look. It is so versatile!

Any advice for someone considering it?

On wavy hair, I apply Davines Oil Non Oil or a curl cream on towel-dried hair for a natural look, and when almost dry, lightly spray Davines Sea Salt Spray for a beachy, lived-in look.

With a bit more effort, you can blow dry with Davines Volumizing Mousse for lots of volume and movement. Then finish with the dry texture spray for a subtle, lived-in look. This is a classic sexy look that is perfect for windy days!

The fringe can be longer and side-swept to give the illusion of length on the face. Use quality products to ensure low maintenance hairstyling over time.

Elegant Waterfall Braid

Elegant Waterfall Braid hairstyle
Instagram @bestofmarques

Q&A with style creator, Susana Marques
Salon Manager / Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Olivia’s Hairstyling in Baldwin Park, CA

How would you describe this look?

This 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 look up.

My favorite thing about this look is how the waterfall braid connects seamlessly.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very low maintenance color and cut that only requires a toner and maybe a trim every five to six weeks, depending on how often you shampoo your hair and the type of shampoo being used. I recommend a sulfate-free shampoo for colored hair.

As for the hairstyle, medium hair is a lot more manageable, but it can be hard to find a hairstyle for an event like a wedding or prom. With this waterfall braided look, you’re able to leave your hair down, but still look flawless for that special event.

Rosey Long Bob

Q&A with style creator, Caitlin Louise
Hairstylist @ Caitlin Louise Hair in Denton, TX

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a fun take on a long bob because of the perfect rose pink color. My favorite thing about this look is that the color works on most skin tones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For someone considering this look, I would suggest thinking about how often you style your hair. A textured look like this looks best with messy undone waves.

My personal favorite curling iron is the Dry Bar Three Day Bender because 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

Q&A with style creator, Coco Euchler
Hairstylist @ The Blowout Bar in Grandview, OH

How would you describe this look?

This is a side-swept braid with some playful waves. It is the perfect quick style for a date or night out with your friends. If you want to capture that free spirit look, adding a braid to your curled or wavy hair will definitely accomplish that!

My favorite thing about this look is how you can swag any hairstyle with a braid. Cornrows, fishtails, French braids…they all give some kind of flare 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!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Do not get frustrated. Braiding can be tricky, but keep at it and I’m sure you will get it down, especially with all the tutorials there are on hand these days. Any hair texture can have this braided look and the possibilities are endless!

Use a paste or cream to add grip and help keep the braid be in place. I used 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, I always use Kevin Murphy’s Doo.Over. It’s a dry finishing hair hairspray that I usually spray on the hair first before I wave or curl. It reinforces my curl to stay a little longer, and since it’s a dry powder spray, it removes any excess oil from the hair and scalp which sets me up to create the perfect beachy look.

You can add a braid to almost anything! If you play sports and need your hair out of your face, adding a braid and throwing your hair in a ponytail is both practical and cute.

Half Updo with Loose Curls

Inspiring Half Updo with Loose Curls
Instagram @sandaontheway

Q&A with style creator, Shayla Eaddy
Co-owner @ S&A On The Way in Charleston, SC

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a half updo with loose curls.

I have two favorite things that I love about this hairstyle. First, it’s simple and cute. Second, I LOVE the color, even though I did not do it!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about comfort first. 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

Q&A with style creator, Anessa Espana-Reid
Owner / Stylist @ Elevate Salon in Griffin, GA

How would you describe this look?

This side-swept front Dutch Braid with soft tousles and curls allows for the hair to be completely out of the face while adding interest with a braid and not looking too harsh or tightly pulled back.

My favorite thing about this style is its versatility! It can be dressy or casual for medium to long lengths. It’s a style that morphs for any occasion with a few minor tweaks in styling.

Keep the waves relaxed and the braid messy and you have a boho chic look or fun festival hair. Want soft and romantic? Set the curls tighter, brush them out, and make the braid full and fluffy. Going to a formal event or in a wedding? Keep the braid full but neat, finger through the curls, but keep them more formed for shine and durability throughout the event.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For thicker coarse hair, I advise using 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 the heat styling. I like to 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, 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 anyone from the girl-on-the-go to the bridesmaid who doesn’t want any hair in her face so she can dance the night away.

Ashy Ombre

The nicest ashy Ombre hair color
Instagram @grahamnation

Q&A with style creator, Graham Nation
Hairstylist @ Ken Paves Salon in Los Angeles, CA

How would you describe this look?

Colorwise, this look is a very ashy ombré. My client wanted a really dark root faded into really ashy ends. The cut is a nice mid-length cut with loads of texture and movement cut into it. It gives a very lived-in feel and looks like she didn’t just leave the salon.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I cannot live without the Phyto Volume Spray and Unite’s Texturiza spray! The volume spray goes in at the roots before the blow dry. Texturiza will finish the look and help keep the hair looking done but not too polished.

This hair looks light (in weight) because it is. My client has a lot of hair, but it’s a medium texture and holds wave pretty well. I think the mid-length cut can be worn with almost any face shape because this cut is all in the detail that makes it personalized for each client. Choosing the right stylist is key to help you with your exact hair and style.

The color is fun and can be worn by loads of different people. With the roots any darker it will appear edgier, and with the ends less ashy it will appear more wearable for anyone. I love this client’s style. She can pull off anything we do with her hair, so going edgier was a great choice for her.

Pulled Out Fishtail Braids

Awesome Pulled Out Fishtail Braids
Instagram @nerdybirdhair

Q&A with style creator, Jen McFall
Stylist @ Bellus Academy in San Diego, CA

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

This is a simple and easy hairstyle for just about anyone. The two fishtail braids can be worn sleek and tight or pulled out as shown in the picture for a fuller, more lived-in look.

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

All you need to recreate this look are a few elastics and some dry shampoo! I like using 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. I still want the hair to move naturally in this type of style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle is perfect for medium to long lengths and average to thick hair. The client pictured also has a wispy fringe, so it pairs really well with bangs too! I recommend this look to clients who don’t mind taking a little extra time to style their hair and who are 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

Q&A with style creator, Ambur Elizabeth
Hairstylist @ La La Luxe Salon in Providence, RI

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

I would describe this look as a trendy take on a classic cut.

I love a good angled bob. The asymmetry just gives it that little bit of edge that you don’t necessarily get from a classic bob.

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

The great thing about this look is the versatility. You can wear it sleek and straight as shown, or curled and tousled for a more lived-in look. I always recommend 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 look, a product like Davines Oi Oil is amazing for smoothing down any little flyaways at the root and ends.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is definitely for someone who likes to be a little adventurous. It’s not your mom’s bob. 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. I feel like this cut can be modified to work for most clients which is why it’s one of my favorite haircuts to do!

Half Up Dutch Braid

Flattering Half Up Dutch Braids
Instagram @sinthiamua

Q&A with style creator, Sintia Balode
Makeup/Hair Stylist and Hair Extension Specialist @ Wildlocks Hair & Beauty in London, UK

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

It’s a trendy everyday half up style featuring a Dutch braid into a messy bun and beachy waves. I love this look as it looks very edgy and trendy, yet it’s very simple to create.

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

I recommend a texture/salt spray for added texture and a setting spray to make it last all day!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style looks 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.

This look is very trendy and highly requested right now, so you don’t need a special occasion to wear it. It’s great to spice up your everyday style! It’s also a great as a festival or summer/beach party look.

Effortless Spring Knot

Q&A with style creator, Jessamy Keith
Hair Artist @ Circles of Hair in Perth, Australia

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

I would describe this look as an effortless spring knot. It’s great for day events and sunny gatherings with friends and family. It’s an understated way to keep the hair back off your face.

My favorite thing about the style is that it can be personalized so easily with braids or accessories. You could even add a couple more knots down the back for more of an evening look.

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

I wouldn’t overload the hair with too many products. Before blow waving and using hot tools, I would use a heat protectant. Before setting the knot, I would use a dry texturizer (Oribe have a fantastic one!). Set the entire look with a malleable hairspray like Working Spray from Oribe.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is versatile and can by worn with many hair types, but I think it’s particularly good for people with fine hair that aren’t sure how to do something different with their hair for an event or even just on a daily basis.

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

Relaxed Boho Look hairstyle
Instagram @gaminedynasty

Q&A with style creator, Isabella Palmer
Creative Style Director @ Gamine Dynasty in Perth, Australia

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

I would describe this look as being a textured, relaxed, boho look. The center parting mixed with the textured waves and rough “back-knot” creates a feeling of effortlessly casual styling, which is what boho is all about.

My favorite thing about this look would be that you can wear it to multiple events. You can dress it up with a high-end style dress or you can wear it on a casual day out with your crew to the beach. It’s a super versatile look.

This lady is wearing this look for her wedding. Her dress is one of those “simply sophisticated” designs that doesn’t require much to make it amazing, so we decided to go with something more casual and relaxed to balance the overall look. I think we have nailed it.

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

I am a huge fan of texture products, so you can’t go past Mr. Smith’s Texture Spray, Mr. Smith’s Dry Shampoo, Evo’s Haze texture powder and Sebastian’s Zero Gravity Hairspray. These are my go-to faves! If you haven’t heard of Evo or Mr. Smith before, do a Google search and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Evo is a brutally and hilariously honest product line that prides themselves in supplying great products while having some fun. 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. We prefer to support companies with these values. We know it won’t make a huge difference, but at least that is one more dollar that isn’t going to hurt our planet or a poor defenseless animal in exchange for beauty.

After tonging all the hair and using my Evo Roy Comb to separate the curls into waves, I started with the dry shampoo and lightly sprayed it through the hair to get rid of that fresh and clean feeling, then lightly teased the crown and the front sections at the roots and sprinkled the texture powder over to hold that teasing in place. After I tied off the crown sectioned into a ponytail, I spritzed the section with the texture spray before knotting it and securing with some bobbies.

Another light spritz of the texture spray and, while asking the client to shake her head, we finished with the hairspray. By asking the client to shake their head while you spray, it gives the hair that defying gravity look while keeping it textured. This is a good little trick I picked up along the way!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look could be used by almost anyone. Obviously, it would look completely different on everyone depending on their hair’s color, texture and style of cut, but it is a pretty versatile style that is quite forgiving.

This lady has an all-one-length medium haircut and her hair is quite thick. This means that it’s basically a one-hit wonder because it has no layers, making it quite thick and heavy to deal with in an upstyle. However, by having the back-knot, this takes away that bulk of hair at the back that would otherwise stick out in a triangular silhouette.

I believe this style looks best with a center part as the hair will curtain the face perfectly.

Cute California Waves

The blonde balayage contrasting with their natural, darker color really bring out the waves in this cute medium length haircut.

Bold & Bright Copper

A bold and bright copper red hair color with bangs
Susanne Dillge and Makeup by Betty Mekonen for Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany Makeup Betty Mekonen

Bright golden copper paired with a bold fringe and a blunt cut gives you an edgy look that works for both the office and evening.

How To Style:

  1. After shampooing and conditioning hair with sulfate-free color products, apply a smoothing cream.
  2. Blow dry hair using a flat or paddle brush.
  3. Smooth hair using a flat iron set at the lowest heat setting for your hair type.
  4. Finish the look with a drop of oil. Rub it in your hands before you apply it, starting at your ends.

Recommended Products:

Bright hair color can fade quickly. Try Pravana’s color enhancing treatment in Copper.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and diamond face shapes wear this look well, while hair that is medium in thickness and naturally straight to wavy is best for recreating this bold style.


Make sure to turn your flat iron down. High heat is a major contributor to color loss!

Back Dutch Braid

An elegant back dutch braid hairstyle
Hair Alyssa Shatek, Makeup Abi Kolosik for Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Dry hair completely using your favorite brush.
  3. 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.
  4. When you get behind the opposite ear, add the last bit of hair and finish your braid. Secure with elastic.
  5. If you want an imperfect braid, use your fingers to tug softly at the braid, loosening areas as needed.
  6. Finish with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

A light hairspray that allows you to layer the hold is great when creating braids. My favorite is Super Shape by Pravana.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shapes can wear this braided look, while 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. Search YouTube for easy videos and you’ll have it down in no time.

Soft Waves

Gorgeous soft waves
Elon Salon in Marietta, GA

Beautiful, rich brown color with soft highlights and waves rippling through will have everyone asking you for styling tips!

How To Style:

  1. Shampoo and condition hair with moisturizing products.
  2. Blow dry hair with a medium to large round brush (depending on hair length).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Let the curls cool, then brush through with a wide tooth comb.
  6. Finish with a small amount of smoothing cream.

Recommended Products:

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.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

A perfect bob with under lights
Hair by Taylor Robinson, Makeup Yesenia Bustos for Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

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:

  1. Work a medium hold gel through damp hair.
  2. Blow dry with a medium-sized round brush.
  3. Use a 1 1\2-inch curling iron and curl hair in medium-sized sections from midlength down.
  4. Let curls cool completely, then flip head over and shake out using fingers.
  5. Finish with your favorite hairspray.

Recommended Products:

A great gel for soft hold and no stickiness is Biolage Agave Nectar Gel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart, round and diamond face shapes wear this wavy style well. Hair that is medium to thick in density and naturally wavy or straight make recreating this style easiest.


Blonde not your color? Try any color of the rainbow to peek from underneath — red, violet, or even blue!

Blonde Lob with Deep Side Part

A dazzling blonde lob with deep side part
Acacia Cronic for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

The medium to long bob is great on so many different beauties! It’s easy to style and can be worn casual or dressed up.

How To Style:

  1. While hair is still damp, apply a thickening cream or mousse. Comb through to ensure it is evenly applied from roots to ends.
  2. Blow dry hair in sections, pinning hair that is not being dried out of the way using clips.
  3. Bring sections down and smooth with a large round brush as you dry.
  4. If desired, finish this style with a flat iron set at the lowest heat setting for your hair type.

Recommended Products:

For finer hair, a volumizing product is a must. There are both creams and mousses, and it’s up to personal preference on what is best for you. My favorite cream to add volume is Kevin Murphy Full Again and Pravana NEVO Full Again is my favorite mousse.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Diamond, heart and round faces wear this style well.  Hair that is finer in texture and thickness will achieve this look easily.


To dress up this look, try adding loose curls with a 1-inch iron or curling wand. Paired with a sparkly clip or headband, this look will fit right into any evening event.

Copper Curls

Unique copper red curls
Susanne Dillge and Makeup Betty Mekonen for Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

A little wild, but totally beautiful, this mid-length highlighted copper curls will draw attention everywhere you go!

How To Style:

  1. Apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair using a diffuser. Set the blow dryer on the highest heat setting, but lowest force.
  3. Once dry, use a 1 to 1½-inch curling iron or wand to wrap hair away from face.
  4. Finish your look with a hard hold hairspray to keep curls from falling in your face.

Recommended Products:

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!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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 looks, you may consider getting a perm. They are making a comeback and many stylists are experimenting with them to create natural looking curls. Check out stylists focusing on perms by searching with hashtags for your city and messaging them on Facebook or Instagram.

Face Framing Balayage

Stylish face framing balayage for light brown hair
Shantell Nunez for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

A center part, soft waves, and face-framing balayage highlights create an easy-to-style look that can go from day to evening.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a medium hold gel throughout damp hair and a volumizing spray to scalp area.
  2. Blow dry hair using a medium round brush, making sure to lift hair away from the scalp to give more volume.
  3. Part hair as desired.
  4. Curl hair using a 1-inch curling iron or wand from midway down the shaft to the ends.
  5. Rake fingers through hair and arrange waves. Finish with a light spray of hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Adding extra volume at your root area is a must for this look. Try Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity spray near scalp for great volume without build up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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. Video tutorials can be helpful as well.

Soft Ombre

A dashing soft dark to light brown ombre hair color
Miroslava Montiel for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

This flawless transition from rich dark brown to soft caramel on mid-length locks is both soft and striking.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling cream or medium hold gel to damp hair after shampooing with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Blow dry hair with a side part using a medium round brush.
  3. Once hair is completely dry, use a 1-inch curling iron or wand to wrap hair in alternating directions.
  4. While cooling, mist with hairspray.
  5. Use fingers to soften curls as desired.

Recommended Products:

Using a high-quality curling iron or wand is important to keeping your hair healthy. Check your local beauty supply or Ulta store, then read reviews and research online. I love Bio Ionic irons!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces wear this style beautifully, while hair that is any density and wavy to straight will hold the style best.


This is a great lighter look for someone who doesn’t want to be blonde. Bring pictures to your stylist and ask if this color would work for you.

Asymmetrical Bob

A beautifully asymmetrical bob haircut
Jessica Antoskow for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

There is something fun and exciting about having your hair sweep to one side and appear longer! This asymmetrical bob is great for all ages and hair types.

How To Style:

  1. Apply styling cream to damp hair, comb through to ensure even saturation.
  2. Blow dry using a medium round brush, smoothing hair down as you dry in sections.
  3. Once hair is completely dry, use a 1½-inch curling iron and curl hair in sections from midshaft to ends.
  4. Mist curls with hairspray while the curls cool.
  5. Separate and arrange curls with fingers.

Recommended Products:

A great styling cream that gives you soft hold, body and shine is Pravana’s Model Behavior.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape can wear this look. If you have an oval or diamond face shape, give yourself a little more length on the shorter side.


Play around with all the ways to style this asymmetric look. Braid one side, add tighter curls, or go poker straight!

Sweet Chocolate Auburn

Rich chocolate brown hair that is styled into soft waves give you a classic yet fresh look.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a medium hold volumizing spray (I love Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity! ) from roots to ends.
  2. 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.
  3. Wrap hair around a 1 inch curling wand in 2 inch sections.
  4. Using your favorite hairspray, mist over entire head and piece out and separate layers.
  5. Finish off with your favorite shine spray.

Recommended Products:

What’s my favorite hairspray? Pravana’s Super Shape! Use a fine mist for a soft and brushable hold, or layer to intensify the hold factor. It never builds up on your hair and washes right out.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The best face shapes for this easy and soft style are oval, diamond or heart. Hair that is medium to thick in texture and straight makes styling a breeze.


This is a great look for day or evening. To dress it up a bit, try adding a sparkly clip on the side or an adorned headband.