21 Perfect Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair in 2018

So you’ve got medium length thin hair or fine hair? You’ve always envied those girls with all that long, thick, amazing hair, right? Well, envy no more my thin haired ladies.

Medium length hair gives you endless possibilities! Whether it’s stylishly pulled back or down and framing your gorgeous face, there’s no style you should eliminate simply because you have thin hair. If you keep your hair healthy with frequent trims, you have nothing stopping you from rocking any of these gorgeous hairstyles.

We’ve compiled some of our absolute favorite shoulder length hairstyles for thin hair (and fine hair) that will complement your locks and help you ditch those clip-in extensions!

Edgy Razor Cut

Edgy Razor Cut
Instagram @cassiestradling

Rock a razored shag and pixie fringe easily with a lived-in look like this! Perfect for women who love a wash-and-go lifestyle!

Long Inverted Bob with Dark Hair

Long Inverted Bob with Dark Hair
Instagram @hijoaveda

Make the most out of your thin straight hair by going with a simple brunette balayage that goes with the season! Cutting it asymmetrical makes it easier to maintain without making it less stylish.

Brown Medium Length Layers with Highlights

Brown Medium Length Layers with Highlights
Instagram @margaret_doeshair

Featuring a chocolate chestnut hair, this look is very easy and effective in giving your mane beautiful depth. The layered ends create a choppy style that adds a soft edge to the whole cut.

Layered Hair to Add Volume

Layered Hair to Add Volume
Instagram @ochanelperfeito

Enhance your look with this beautifully shaped short straight cut with long layers and a brightening ombre. It’s best flattering on round faces for a narrow and dimensional appearance.

Cute Cut for Straight Hair

Cute Cut for Straight Hair
Instagram @lovely.lady.locks

This blunt blonde balayage is a super sweet look to recreate! It can elongate a square or wide face and give its wearer a light and refreshing feeling.

Collarbone Length Shaggy Cut

shaggy haircut for fine medium length hair
Instagram @salsalhair

The shag is back and modernized with sexy layers and blunt ends, creating the perfect haircut for fine-haired gals.

Tousled Medium Length

medium length haircut for fine hair
Instagram @jandrewserna

Join “Team Tousled” with this gorgeous layered haircut and give new life to your fine hair.

Medium Length Bangs

Medium Length Bangs
Instagram @beaute_operateur

Short layers on a medium length lob provide so much dimension and volume without having too much bulk. Those bangs that highlight the eyes, together with the subtle rose gold, make this look very charming.

Neck-Length Angled Bob for Curly Hair

Neck-Length Angled Bob for Curly Hair
Instagram @uptowncurlsphx

This features a neatly angled A-line bob ideal for curls that are controlled and intact. Use a moisturizing product to achieve bouncy soft curls.

Perfect Long Bob for Black Women

Perfect Long Bob for Black Women
Instagram @hair_by__ashley

A lob is a sleek and simple choice of hairstyle over long braids for easy upkeep. It’s sassy and goes well with round small faces especially when styled with a center part.

Modern Choppy Hair Cut

Modern Choppy Hair Cut
Instagram @stefan_desczyk

A really cool shade to pair with fine tresses is an atomic platinum blonde for a solid definition. The messy layers give an edgy vibe and makes it an easy-to-style ‘do.

Q&A with style creator, Stefan Desczyk
Hair & Makeup Artist @ Reza Hair in Berlin, Germany

How would you describe this look?

This cut is a structured messy long bob. The color has a more classic feel with a metallic finish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This kind of hairstyle fits perfectly to clients with a more bohemian lifestyle, but who also wanna be a bit conservative. With the shape of the haircut, you can’t really go wrong. It almost fits ever face shape. Depending on the face shape, you may have to adjust some details (length, fringe, etc). The best hair type for the messy lob is fine to medium thick hair. A wavy base would be even more perfect. For blow-dry, I used a thickening pre-style spray, just to give the hair some strength and that bit of fullness. When it’s dry I’m going to use a GHD Platinum Styler for adding some waves if needed. For the finish, I used a styling serum for definition and control.

Easy Layered Cut for Round Faces

Easy Layered Cut for Round Faces
Instagram @beth_ibrva

Q&A with style creator, Beth Spurlock
Hairstylist @ Immortal Beloved RVA in Richmond, VA


How would you describe this look?

I’d have to say this cut is all about framing the face and complementing the length with long layers. I always dry cut the hair after the initial wet cut of the length. This adds separation and texture in all the right areas to keep the style loose and natural. The color is actually quite a shift from her natural, she is normally a very cool natural ash blonde.

We’ve balayaged her in the past, but in this look, I did an all over color to make her more of a golden-strawberry blonde. She was styled and finished with the company I work for (Immortal Beloved Salon in Richmond, VA) very own product line ‘Outskirts’. I used our ‘Outskirts Beach Spray’ from roots to ends to give her volume and memory to show off all that lovely texture in this blowout.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If someone was interested in this look I’d fine tune it to suit their face shape and hair texture. I was taught to cut with my eye so I wouldn’t even call this a certain type of “haircut”. I always cut in a shape to best enhance what the guest already has. This is a practical length, and since the color is demi-permanent. It’s pretty low maintenance, and if she wants to change it up, that can be done easily! I can see a lot of women getting this type of style done because of the versatility. It’s lovely air dried, blown out, curled, and straight. I see Catie here probably every 6-8 weeks for a glaze and cut to maintain this look.

Messy Choppy Layers

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Fraitag
Stylist / Barber @ Julius Michael Hair Salon in Scarsdale, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look was inspired by my client’s edgy personality. She wanted something trendy while encompassing her rock and roll spirit. I love this look for the multidimensional tones that really pop with her shattered layers. She can easily dress this up or down depending on her mood. No matter how she styles this cut, it looks effortlessly chic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is perfect for any fast-paced, get up and go trend-setter. A classic silhouette with an edge is very easy to style. Using any texturizing products (putty, dry texturizing spray, even your favorite dry shampoo!), a quick tousle, and you’re ready to run the world. Most hair textures can carry this style with the proper personalization and products.

Mid-Length Curly Hair

Mid-Length Curly Hair
Instagram @elenadamovaa

Q&A with style creator, Elena Adamova
Curly Hair Specialist @ Cavalry Salon & Nails Spa in Washington, DC


How would you describe this look?

I’ve cut this client’s hair back in March, so it was pretty long. We weren’t trying to take too much length off or add short pieces around the face, so she can pull it back in a ponytail. To me, this look is very soft and feminine.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Whit this collarbone length, you have two options: going for longer bob where it’s shorter in the back longer in the front (A-line perimeter), or the opposite, longer in the back and shorter around the face.

The layers/shape for curly or wavy hair is a little different. Usually, people with textured hair end up with a triangular look. That’s why these types of hair always need layers.

Curly, wavy hair always craves moisture! It needs good organic, botanical water-based products meaning when people choose a shampoo, conditioning cleansers, gel, creams, it’s important to see first if the ingredient has water! If it starts with oil or silicone – don’t buy as it will dry your hair in a long-term. Using too many oils on the hair is not recommended because it coats around the hair shaft and prevents moisture to penetrate.

Especially for the winter, I recommend conditioner cleansers for the scalp only. That way when rinsing off the hair all of the natural oils from the scalp goes to mid-shaft and ends. After that, just finger comb it with conditioner. If the conditioner is water based you don’t have to rinse it off all the way. You can leave some in your hair. Also, apply your styling products on very wet hair and don’t towel dry it before that. Scrunch it to force the curl to come out then scrunch with a microfiber towel to remove access water.  Let it air dry. A cotton t-shirt will do the trick. The point is not to remove extra water/moisture. A regular towel has more texture that absorbs more, and scrunching with it will create frizz.

I’d like to use cream and gel as styling products – cream for moisture and gel for hold. With curly, wavy hair, there are lots of little steps you need to do. It’s not just simply “use this & it will fix your hair.”

Fine Romantic Updo

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Welsh
Freelance Hairstylist in Charleston, SC


How would you describe this look?

A soft, modern take on one of my all-time favorite updo’s is the elegant and ever classic French twist. When I get a request for a variation of this style, my fingers twitch in creative excitement! What I love most about this upstyle is both its versatility and timelessness.

There are endless ways to alter this look to fit most personalities encompassing either a sleek and polished look or a less structured boho and undone design. One thing that I’ve been doing with this style recently is to soften it by pulling out pieces of hair to achieve an intentional, slightly undone look.

No matter what the occasion might be an updo like this, will never look dated in pictures, something I always encourage my clients to consider for heavily photographed events like weddings.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The versatility of a modern French twist makes it an ideal choice for a shoulder to medium length hair and can be easily altered to flatter most face shapes.

A good stylist will round out an oblong face shape by incorporating bangs and curled shorter pieces, framing the face for volume. To lengthen a round face shape add longer sweeping bangs and backcomb more volume into the crown area giving the illusion of height. The French twist works exceptionally well on fine or thin hair.

The key to successful execution of this style is in properly prepping the hair. Starting with a dry shampoo and backcombing the hair with a good hairspray will add immense volume to fine hair, giving the appearance of a thicker, fuller hairstyle.

Low Maintenance Cut

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Shabino
Haircutting Specialist @ ROAR Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look?

This particular cut is a slightly triangular, textured long bob with long layers and a soft perimeter. The loveliest thing about it is that it is so low maintenance for the client but still edgy enough to stand out in a crowd. It air dries beautifully, while also maintaining the ability to be worn straight or with waves.

This is also a really fun cut to do as a stylist because of all of the texture you get to cut into the shape. Starting at the line of the cut and ending in the layers and face-framing you really get to look at the hair and decide how piecy each section can be. It’s actually quite a technical cut but at the same time allows the stylist to be creative and really personalize the look client to client.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I highly recommend this haircut for a client with long hair who is looking for a change but isn’t willing to go “short short”. The shape lands right past the “awkward length” where the hair starts flipping at the shoulder, so there really isn’t an awkward moment if you decide to grow it out again. It is still able to be put into a ponytail or bun, which is great for my active clients or clients with small kids that need their hair off the face.

If cut correctly, this cut should look great air-dried with some styling cream, blown out straight with smoothing spray or styled with beachy waves using texture spray to finish. I have put this length on all textures of hair, and I have just adjusted the amount of weight removal needed for the density of the hair I am working with.

This cut is also amazing for clients testing their length removal limits – I have noticed that most clients losing major length to get to this cut get excited and a little more confident, wanting to go shorter and even shorter in future appointments. It is a great haircut to get clients out of a hair rut.

Medium A-Line Bob for Oval Faces

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Thurlow
Stylist @ The Headroom Salon in Lansing, MI


How would you describe this look?

I absolutely love this look. I think my favorite thing about it is that it looks natural and it’s so versatile. I did do the color as well, we were coloring her a bright blonde for a while and I took her back to a much more low maintenance look. I blended in her natural color with lowlights so there will be no harsh grow outline. We left in some subtle honey-colored highlights, more so around the face to create a softer look.

This cut has so much movement and several styling options. It can be worn with natural curl/waves, styled straight, or curled with an iron, and this length will still go up for those who need their hair out of their face at times.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it! It’s very much in style and I don’t see this look going “out” anytime soon. It’s so versatile. It can be styled in many different ways to be worn to look professional, fun, sexy, casual, etc. I think it’s flattering on every face shape. Depending on hair texture and look (natural curly, vs. straight, etc), like most looks, you’ll need to use some product and tools.

Emma has a medium texture with a  subtle natural wave. I first used a detangler/conditioning spray to comb her out. I then used a volumizer and a styling cream for body, protection, and shine. I rough blow-dried her 80% dry and then sectioned into 4 sections and used a large ceramic round brush to achieve body and movement. I ran a flat iron over the top layer and sprayed with moveable hairspray to finish the look.

Layered Shoulder Length Bob

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Garcia
Cosmetologist @ Grand Avenue Salon in Chino Hills, CA


How would you describe this look?

Textured bobs are my most recommended styles simply because they’re an effortless look to recreate at home. Hand-painted balayage and color melting is a natural way of highlighting the hair to achieve a blended root.

This low maintenance style is perfect for clients who cannot come in for routine touch-ups every 4-6 weeks.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is the “power cut” for all the badass women who are always on the go! No more daily fights with long blow drys, curling irons, and tons of product!

Face Framing Highlights

Face Framing Highlights
Instagram @sadieface

Q&A with style creator, Sadie Curtin
Extension Expert & Creative Color Specialist @ The Livingroom Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is an updated version of a graduated bob. Its textured layers and fresh balayage give it a modern approach to an old classic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When considering a new hairstyle, you should always take into account your hair density. For fine hair, you may need to add a new product to your regimen or a curling iron to help achieve your end results.

Sitting in the chair while the service is being performed is the perfect time to ask your stylist for a quick tutorial on styling your new do. If it’s a color change you’re after, highlights are a great way to add volume at the root and update your look. Always keep in mind yo skin tone when considering a new shade.

Sleek and Sassy Bob

Relaxed Look for Medium Fine Hair

This look is so relaxed and it’s a super easy look for my medium fine haired ladies to pull off. With almost no work at all, you can easily rock this sleek and sassy style.

How To Style:

  1. Begin by round brushing wet hair. Use a medium-sized boar bristle round brush as you blow dry.
  2. Apply a shine serum to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect if you have an a-line haircut with longer layers. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

If you have super straight hair, applying a mousse or root boosting spray will be helpful. If your fine locks are wavy or curly, apply a smoothing cream or serum (like Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell) to your locks before you dry.

Tips:

A boar bristle round brush is great for smoothing hair and making it appear soft and shiny.

Mid-Length Curly Q’d

Naturally Curly Fine Hairstyle

This look is up there as one of our favorite medium length hairstyles for thin hair. It’s a fun, trendy take on your typical curly style.

How To Style:

  1. If you have naturally curly hair, apply curl cream and use a diffuser to dry curls.
  2. If you have naturally straight hair, use a 1-inch curling iron to curl very small sections of hair.
  3. Pick up large sections and use a brush to gently backcomb each section. This will create body and volume.
  4. Use a strong hold hairspray when finished curling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have plenty of short layered locks you will have an easier time creating this look. A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

I love Air Control Hairspray by Aveda. The aroma is fresh and earthy and it will keep your curls looking fresh all night!