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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Cute California Waves on Medium Hair

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

Fun and Outgoing Magenta Red on Medium Length Hair

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

How would you describe this?

Magenta red on medium length hair? Yes, pleaese! These colors are fun and subtle tones of lighter and darker pink with some strands of light purple in between.

What’s your best advice?

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

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


How would you describe this?

This pink color is an effortless half updo. It is a style that shows off all the different shades of pink through the hair, just like a pink sunset.

Use Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Spray on the ends to give it a different effect of looking a little more golden pink and shiny.

What’s your best advice?

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.

Cute Half Up with a Twist Hairstyle

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?

This look is a half up half down with a twist! 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.

What’s your best advice?

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

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


How would you describe this?

There’s a ton of depth and high contrast in this silver 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.

What’s your best advice?

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.

Because this silver color requires intensive bleaching, proper home care is necessary! 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!

Bardot-Inspired Layers on Medium Length Hair

Bardot-Inspired Layers on Medium Length Hair
Instagram @glamourembalmer

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


How would you describe this?

This is a Bardot-inspired layered haircut with a lot of layering around the face. The cut is between a shag and long layers.

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!

What’s your best advice?

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. Use quality products to ensure low maintenance hairstyling over time.

Elegant Waterfall Braid on Medium Hair

Elegant Waterfall Braid on Medium Hair
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?

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?

What’s your best advice?

This is a very low maintenance color and cut that only requires a toner and maybe a trim every five to six weeks. 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.

Rosey Long Bob for Medium Hair

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


How would you describe this?

This is a fun take on a long bob for medium hair with the perfect rose pink color. This pink color works on most skin tones.

What’s your best advice?

Cute medium hairstyles for women like this, 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

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


How would you describe this?

This is a side-swept braid with waves on medium hair. If you want to capture that free spirit vibe, adding a braid to your curled or wavy hair will definitely accomplish that!

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!

What’s your best advice?

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

Half Updo with Loose Curls on Mid-Length Hair
Instagram @sandaontheway

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


How would you describe this?

This is a half updo with loose curls on mid-length hair. It’s simple and cute!

What’s your best advice?

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 Medium Hairstyle

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


How would you describe this?

This side-swept front Dutch Braid with soft tousles and curls allows for the hair to be completely out of the face. 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.

What’s your best advice?

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 the 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, 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

Ashy Ombre Medium Length Hairstyle
Instagram @grahamnation

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


How would you describe this?

Colorwise, this is a very ashy ombré. This medium length hair features a dark root faded into really ashy ends. The cut is a nice mid-length cut with loads of texture and movement cut into it.

What’s your best advice?

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 help 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

Pulled Out Fishtail Braids for Medium Hair Girls
Instagram @nerdybirdhair

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


How would you describe this?

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.

What’s your best advice?

All you need to recreate these braids are a few elastics and some dry shampoo! 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

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


How would you describe this?

This is a trendy take on a classic angled bob cut. The asymmetry gives it that little bit of edge you don’t necessarily get from a classic bob.

What’s your best advice?

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, 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. 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

Half Up Dutch Braid Medium Hairstyle
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?

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.

What’s your best advice?

For cute shoulder length hairstyles like this, use a texture/salt spray for added texture and a setting spray to make it last all day!

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.

Effortless Spring Knot for Medium Length Hair

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


How would you describe this?

This is an effortless spring knot for medium length hair. 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.

What’s your best advice?

Don’t 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.

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

Relaxed Boho Look for Mid-Length Girls
Instagram @gaminedynasty

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


How would you describe this?

This is a textured, relaxed, boho cut for mid-length girls. The center parting mixed with the textured waves and rough “back-knot” creates a feeling of effortlessly casual styling.

What’s your best advice?

Try 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 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.

Pro tip: shake your head while you spray to give it gravity while keeping the texture.

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, by having the back-knot, this 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

Medium Length Hairstyle with an Urban Edgy Vibe
Instagram @lovelovehairr

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


How would you describe this?

This medium haircut has an urban, edgy vibe to it.

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.

What’s your best advice?

The best way to achieve this style is 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 your whole head like this, hairspray it lightly, then run your fingers through it. Finish off with hairspray again.

Bold & Bright Copper Medium Hair

Bold & Bright Copper Medium Hair
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 vibe.

How To Style Your Medium Hair:

  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 style with a drop of oil. Rub it in your hands before you apply it, starting at your ends.

What’s your best advice?

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

Back Dutch Braid Medium Length 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 Your Dutch Braid:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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

Soft Waves on Medium Length Hair
Elon Salon in Marietta, GA

Beautiful, rich brown color with soft highlights and waves rippling through medium length hair!

How To Style Your Medium Length Hair:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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

Under Lights for Mid-Length Hair
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 Your Mid-Length Hair:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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

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

Cute Blonde Lob with Deep Side Part

Cute 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!

How To Style Medium Bob:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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

Copper Curls on Medium Length Hair
Susanne Dillge and Makeup Betty Mekonen for Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

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:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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

Face Framing Balayage Medium Hairstyle
Shantell Nunez for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

A center part, soft waves, and face-framing balayage highlights create an easy-to-style hairdo.

How To Style Your Face-Framing Hair:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

Adding extra volume at your root area is a must for this 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

Soft Ombre on Medium Hair
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 Your Mid-Length Locks:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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

Asymmetrical Bob for Medium Hair
Jessica Antoskow for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

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:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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 give you a classic yet fresh vibe.

How To Style Your Shoulder Length Hair:

  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.

What’s your best advice?

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.