Shoulder-length straight hair creates sleek, medium cuts that are easy to style. It offers versatility and low maintenance, apart from looking chic. This trend allows women to wear their tresses down or with curls and waves no matter when!
Hairstylist Krissy Moore from Phoenix, AZ guarantees that a shoulder-length cut suits women of any age. “It has a sense of youthfulness but can look and feel professional and sophisticated,” she adds.
A medium haircut with blunt edges benefits straight, fine hair to appear thicker. Adding a fringe or face frame is an option to accentuate your best features and flatter your face shape. Opt for a slight angle that follows your jawline to create movement in tresses.
Moore also recommends layers to achieve a voluminous shoulder-length style. “Soft and disconnected layers create lift and volume to even the bluntest length lines,” she states.
According to Moore, one drawback of this cut is the ability to pull your hair back away from your face or neck. So, consider your lifestyle or profession first before adjusting your length.
Some ladies may feel anxious about getting a medium length for the first time. If you’re one of them, Moore suggests, “ask your stylist to leave the length a couple of inches longer instead.”
Once done, let your hairdresser teach you some styling techniques. Don’t forget to ask about which tools and products to use.
We collected pictures of the most popular styles for shoulder-length straight hair. Check them out here!
#1: Ginger Mid-Length Layered Hair
Try a mid-length layered haircut if you are a natural ginger looking for a new look. Redheads naturally have fewer hair strands than blonde or brunettes but have thicker individual strands. So ask your stylist to thin your hair to ensure it lays beautifully. Adding layers to your hair will help it to lay nicely while also giving volume to the hair. Try adding face-framing layers to enhance your face when hair is both up and down.
#2: Mid-Length Blunt Cut with a Curtain Fringe
A mid-length blunt cut with a curtain fringe is a clean, soft, and youthful style. Having a blunt edge on the hair’s length gives the illusion of fullness for thinner hair densities. Shoulder-length straight hair with bangs is a versatile look that promotes ease of style and is still put together yet manageable.
#3: Voluminous Hairstyle for Straight Hair
A voluminous medium-length hairstyle for straight hair hinges on styling products, and the use of styling tools. Shoulder-length straight hair with side bangs can benefit from a good root plumping spray or mousse and a blowout with a round brush. Be sure to ask your stylist for styling tricks using a round brush and blow dryer for better results.
#4: Shoulder-Length Cut with Long Bangs
A shoulder-length cut with long bangs is perfect for most hair types but works great to help pump up the body in fine to medium hair textures. With a longer bang and a middle part, the hair naturally fills in any noticeable thinning areas at the hairline and adds shape and volume around the face, perfect for shoulder-length hairstyles for fine straight hair.
#5: Medium Mullet Haircut
A medium mullet haircut on shoulder-length straight and thick hair is a great option to add volume to the crown and play off the face’s natural shape. Shortening the length around the face doesn’t have to be dramatic, and can be done softly by adding texture and feathered layers. Oval face shapes pull off a mullet well, but you can ask your stylist about ways to achieve a mullet style that will suit your natural face shape.
#6: Straight Lob Cut with a Side Part
Perfect for women over 40, a straight lob cut with a side part is a great style choice to brighten the face and add a ton of shape without requiring hours of styling. A shoulder-length straight haircut is playful yet classic and doesn’t drag the face down.
#7: Deep Side Part on a Shoulder-Length Bob
Trying a deep side part on a shoulder-length bob will help push the volume to one side, creating the illusion of asymmetry which perfectly compliments a rounder face shape. Perfect for all hair types. a medium-length haircut will take a load off of heavy hair densities, as well as fill in thin hair textures.
#8: Sleek Haircut with Heavy Bangs
Try a sleek mid-length haircut with heavy bangs for a cute and youthful look. Shoulder-length straight blonde hair is a very classic and romantic medium style. Be sure to ask your stylist if a heavy bang will work for your hair type as it is not well suited for thinner hair densities.
#9: Shoulder-Length Straight Hair with Curtain Bangs
Shoulder-length hair with curtain bangs should be your next look. Curtain bangs are bangs that are left longer and are softened in the ends to provide face-framing bangs. Plus, they are all the rage right now. Shoulder-length straight hair with a fringe of any kind is youthful and fresh, as well as easy to style and maintain.
#10: Blonde Balayage on Sleek Mid-Length Hair
Try a blonde balayage on sleek mid-length hair as your next look. Perfect for any hair type, a shoulder-length balayage on straight hair is very low-maintenance. To keep your straight style looking smooth and healthy, be sure to talk to your stylist about proper at-home aftercare.
#11: Medium Hair with an Off-Center Part
Try easy hairstyles for medium hair with an off-center part as an alternate look to your everyday style. Sometimes, a simple change of your parting can really make you feel like a different woman without committing to any major changes like color or a dramatic length change. Ask your stylist about what parting would suit you best and if blonde highlights can enhance your overall straight hairstyle.
#12: Brown Balayage on Medium-Length Hair
Try a brown balayage on medium-length hair for a simple yet subtle change. Shoulder-length straight brown hair with highlights creates sun-kissed dimension and is relatively easy to care for. Ask your stylist about the different toning options to add or remove warm to best compliment your complexion.
#13: Straight Layered Cut with Thin Bangs
Perfect for full hair types, a straight layered cut with bangs is a go-to choice. Remove unwanted weight from the hair’s density, add movement and ease of style with shoulder-length layered straight hair. The addition of a soft and thin fringe is great to soften the face and even compliment a chubby face.
#14: Long Blunt Bob on Black Women
A long blunt bob on black women is a lot of maintenance but is definitely worth it for how manageable the shoulder-length haircut and style can be. Shoulder-length straight hair for a black girl must be cut after the hair has already been washed, dried, straightened, or chemically treated to remain straight prior to cutting. Not doing so can cause the straighter hair to spring up too much and be too short. Be sure to see a stylist that is experienced in cutting this delicate hair texture.
#15: Straight Hair with Subtle Layers
Perfect for fine hair types, straight hair with subtle layers is a great choice to add volume and movement to your crop. A straight cut keeps the density in the ends full, giving the illusion of thicker hair. As for styling, shoulder-length straight layered hair can be styled in a breeze, just wash and wear or blow out with a round brush for a smooth and sleek mid-length style.
Related: Medium-length hairstyles for fine hair.
#16: Mid-Length Hair with Ombre
Try mid-length hair with ombre color as your next style! Ombre is a low-maintenance color option that works well with most medium hairstyles for straight hair. Ask your stylist about personalizing the color and cut to make it just for you!
#17: Straight Shaggy Layers and Bangs
Straight shaggy layers and bangs for women over 60 are the perfect options for women looking for a low-maintenance style. Shoulder-length straight hair with layers adds softness around the face and volume in the crown. Try this straight hairstyle as wash and wear or blow out to add some texture. Ask your stylist to point cut or use a razor on the ends to really soften your look.
#18: Highlights and Lowlights on Straight Locks
Adding highlights and lowlights on your straight locks will add major dimension to your color. Perfect for any hair type, shoulder-length straight hair with highlights created the illusion of density on fine to medium hair textures. All this while adding movement and a sense of youthfulness. Ask your stylist about alternate color options to bring out and enhance your hair’s natural color tone.
#19: Medium Haircut with Wispy Layers
A medium haircut with wispy layers is perfect to remove weight and add movement to layered shoulder-length straight hair. Thick hair types may require additional texturizing with the use of thinning shears. Be sure to ask your stylist about using a razor if you desire maximum wispy-ness within your mid-length cut.
#20: Sleek Long Bob
A sleek long bob may just be your next favorite hairdo. A shoulder-length lob on straight hair textures provides a lot of shape with very minimal styling required to keep the hair tamed. Ask your stylist about the addition of face-framing layers to take your look to the next level.
Related: Straight bob haircut ideas.
#21: Shoulder-Length Hair with Wispy Bangs
Shoulder-length straight hair with wispy bangs is a very classic and youthful look. Wispy bangs are a great addition to your shoulder-length hairstyle, especially for fine hair densities. Make sure to not ask for too much texture in the fringe for extremely fine hair, as it can create a loss of volume and difficult manageability. Be sure to ask your stylist about adding a round brush to your styling routine to really show off that fringe!
#22: Straight Face-Framing Layers
Women over 50 may want to try straight face-framing layers on their next mid-length hairstyle. Framing the face can be used to help mask fine lines and wrinkles, as well as create a soft and youthful glow. Ask your stylist about the different length and styling options to help target the right areas.
#23: Money Pieces on Medium-Length Hair
Try money pieces on a medium-length hairstyle to add flare to your shoulder-length straight hairstyles. Face-framing highlights brighten around the face and liven up any style.