24 of the Best Medium Long Hairstyles for 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Medium long hairstyles vary from collarbone to chest-length, letting you have the best of both worlds – enough length to create all types of hairstyling techniques you’d want, but not too much weight for easier management and care.

Medium length haircuts take on a lot of forms that you can customize according to your face shape. Round and heart-shaped faces appear nicest with long angled cuts, while square shapes look gorgeous with soft and face-hugging layers.

Medium Long Haircuts: Volume and Length

Tweak the volume and length, pair with carefree waves or a flattering fringe, enhance with on-point layers and highlights, or simply play with the parting. Combine all these methods, and I’m 100% sure you’ll end up with the best look you could ever possibly own!

Sounds perfect? Well, those aren’t just enough to justify how stellar medium long haircuts are! Keep on reading to learn how you can don yourself with this utterly faultless hairstyle!

Medium to Long Center Parted Hair with Internal Layering
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#1: Center Parted with Internal Layering

If your center-parted cut feels heavy, internal layering can help. This technique creates varying lengths in your hair, but it doesn’t make it look overly layered. Remember to use a good shine spray for added glisten.

Jet Black Medium-Long Choppy Fine Hair
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#2: Jet Black Choppy Fine Hair

If you want to add visual dimension to jet-black, fine hair, consider adding choppy layers. The layers make the hair look more full and bouncy without removing too much natural density.

#3: Trendy Mid-Length Platinum Blonde

Iced and bleached, this version of medium-long hair that’s white is the trendiest right now. Cut some layers in and end bluntly for added texture and volume, even with straight hair.

Medium-Long Middle Part Hair with Butterfly Wispy Layers for Diamond Face Shapes
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#4: Medium-Long Middle Part Hair with Wispy Layers

Try this beautiful medium to long hair with butterfly wispy layers if you like to wear a middle part. This look is very versatile. It can be worn both straight and wavy.

Modern Blunt Beach Waves for Medium to Long Hair
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#5: Modern Blunt Beach Waves

Heart, square, oval and round face shapes can easily rock a mid-length blunt haircut. Blunt beach waves are simple, elegant, and extremely versatile and help your hair look thicker, fuller, and healthier.

Medium to Long Choppy Shag with Effortless Texture
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#6: Choppy Shag with Effortless Texture

The choppy shag with effortless texture is a must-have, especially if your hair is medium-length and has a straight to wavy natural texture to it. You can add more waves to it or smooth it out if you need to. Take your hairstylist’s professional opinion on how short the shaggy layers should be to suit you best.

Chic Medium to Long Light Brown Straight Hairstyle
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#7: Light Brown Straight Hairstyle

A straight hairstyle on light brown hair looks great with face-framing layers. Consider adding textured ends. If you have straight hair and want to wear your hair with a wave, make sure to use a mousse. Use Amika’s Plus Size Volume & Body Mousse in damp hair. Do this before you blow it out to help lock in the style. Wrap strands around a 1.5″ curling iron.

Stylish Medium-to-Long Brunette Shag with No Bangs
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#8: Stylish Brunette Shag with No Bangs

If your hair is thick and you need a lot of movement, an updated shag may be a great cut to consider. This cut is a great choice because it’s flattering on all face shapes and it also gives a lot of options when styling. My favorite way to style this haircut to keep it looking trendy is to add a few bends in your hair with a flat iron and finish with a texture spray.

#9: Blonde Balayage on Medium-to-Long Wavy Hair

Blonde balayage on medium-to-long wavy hair is such a beautiful look when wanting ribbons of dimension. Warm blonde balayage is so soft and trendy, too.

medium-length cute cut with bangs
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#10: Medium-Length Cute Cut with Bangs

A feminine soft medium long haircut with a slight wave ending below shoulder level is a low-upkeep option that is popular nowadays. If you’re searching for medium haircuts for women, go softer with a large swooping fringe that goes excellent with most face shapes.

#11: Gorgeous Medium Long Cut for Thick Hair

Create a marvelous curtain effect with your medium-length long thick hair when you part it from the center. It’s an easy and stylish way to balance the volume and show off those dimensional waves.

#12: Trendy Medium to Long Lob with Side Bangs

Opt for a shadow root and some babylights to go with medium long hair and a razor cut to get that popular lived-in look. You can also add a sweet and long side-swept bang that hides a long forehead for a more balanced result within medium cuts.

Sassy medium to long straight hair
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#13: Sassy Medium to Long Straight Hair

Simple and flat-ironed is one of the best medium long hairstyles. On casual days, an easy midpart can do, and if you feel motivated, you can throw in some bouncy waves to your long straight hair without much effort.

#14: Simple Medium Long Feathered Layers

If you have thick dense hair, choosing a medium long layered haircut would be the best option to remove bulk and manage your hair easier. It’s a simple yet perfect option for any natural hair color and straight to wavy hair.

#15: Messy Medium-Length Layered Cut for Fine Hair

Blonde is a great natural color for medium long thin hair as it hides any scalp-showing areas. Style with short to medium layers and you’ll have a textured yet soft result. Layers are ideal for medium hairstyles for women over 30.

#16: Before and After Medium Long Haircuts

This stunning medium to long cut is the perfect combination of playful and professional! You can have it smooth and polished and then transform it into a completely new medium-long haircut by adding texture spray and messing it up! For women who may be considering a medium-long hairstyle, it’s best suited for medium-length hair textures. It’s very versatile and can suit many face shapes by adding layers and texture, and a fringe!

Styling this longer mid-length cut requires minimal product – a good heat protectant, light texture spray, and a shine spray (optional). Use a 1-1/4″ curling iron to create these loose waves and leave your ends out for a more lived-in vibe! Curly hair goes well with medium-long-length haircuts.

edgy modern medium long shag cut
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#17: Edgy Modern Medium Long Shag Cut

This beautiful medium-long cut is a modern take on the 70s-style rocker shag, ideal for the girl who is always effortlessly cool. With a mix of sweetness and edge, the coolest part about this medium long hair is that it’s a statement for the girl who doesn’t want to just have pretty hair. Long or mid-length hair can sometimes get a little boring, so add curtain bangs and wispy layered ends to elevate your medium hair from the ordinary. You get everything that you would want from long hair – volume, softness, shine, but your longish mid-length hairstyles are just a little cooler than your every day long layers.

Search for a stylist who specializes in dry cutting or razor cutting to achieve the cool grittiness that hairstyles for medium long hair call for. This medium to long hairstyle will work best if you have some waves, as it is meant to be air-dried with a curl balm and spray wax to enhance your natural texture. You can still achieve medium hairstyles with longer layers if your hair is straight or curly, you’ll just need to spend some time with your hot tools.

#18: Amazing Shoulder-Length to Long Blunt Cut

This easy medium long cut is super low maintenance! Long-length inverted bobs grow out really well, and don’t need to be maintained every 6 weeks like a lot of other medium to long hair cuts! The layer allows for an undone, texturized feel. This is the ultimate #coolgirl haircut! Ask for a cut that’s blunt, slightly shorter at the back & with a soft, long layer. Spice it up with a rich brunette with undertones of mahogany & silver, to create a beautiful shine. Of course, Olaplex was also used!

Medium to long hairstyles like this are really adaptable, whether you style your hair every day or leave the natural movement. To encourage natural movement try Mythic Oil L’Oreal & Salt Spray when wet and allow it to air dry. The oil helps to stop frizz & the salt spray helps encourage a wave & groups your hair together to appear textured. It’s a great way to ensure a flattering long bob.

#19: Perfect Mid-Length Cut for Thin Hair

This is a shaggy medium long cut with a solid form.  The best thing about mid to long haircuts is how simple but classic they are. When choosing medium long cuts, consider how you wear your hair on a regular basis and your natural texture. A solid form looks great on everybody, but the cut must be modified in length in order to flatter you individually. Besides getting medium-length haircuts frequently (4-6 weeks), this haircut is very low-maintenance which is great for those with a busy lifestyle.

beachy wavy hair for women with medium long hair
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#20: Beachy Wavy Hair for Women with Medium Long Hair

Medium long haircuts are all about effortless, lived-in hair. This collarbone-length lob is texturized internally and layered in order to increase volume and create movement. Consider your own hair texture, density, condition, and natural color.

Women with very fine hair should consider a more blunt haircut. However, this longer side of mid-length cuts works for most women. The best thing about this color and cut is that it is very low-maintenance. You should only need to schedule a salon visit a maximum of three times a year as it will grow out beautifully.

lovely long layers on medium-length hair
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#21: Lovely Long Layers on Medium-Length Hair

This is an “entry-level medium-long shag” for women wanting to try medium-length hairstyles. The layers frame the face and bring attention to the soft features. The cut itself is a bit bombshell and a bit edgy, and cutting with a razor gives it a kind of undone movement.

Gorgeous medium to long haircuts like this can be worn by any woman. As long as the layering is shaped according to their facial structure. Razor cutting has a way of coaxing out your natural wave pattern and adds so much movement to the fine, curly, wavy, or straight hair. It air dries so beautifully. The only women who should proceed with caution are those prone to breakage and overprocessed ends.

#22: Trendsetting Medium to Long Ombre Hair

Medium to long ombre hair is perfect for low-maintenance ladies. Ombre hair is the perfect choice for you if you do not frequently go for maintenance appointments. Plus, the length range makes it easy for minimal styling. If you want the appearance of thicker hair, the bluntness and blended transition really lend themselves to the overall look of density and healthy thickness. Having a medium to long haircut allows for a huge range of styles from a quick side braid to an elaborate updo, and there are endless possibilities.

Casual medium-to-long shag with a side part
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#23: Casual Medium-to-Long Shag with a Side Part

If your hair is looking a little flat, consider a side part shag on medium-to-long hair. Feathered layers will give your crown area fullness and depth, bringing your hair to life. This style can be achieved with a flatiron and working spray to piece the ends.

#24: Long to Medium Shaggy Cut with Full Curtain Bangs

If you’re looking for haircut inspiration that is on-trend, try a long to medium shaggy cut with full curtain bangs. The curtain bangs beautifully accentuate cheekbones for a feminine touch, and the heavy layering around the face creates volume. This haircut is ideal for women with thick hair because the textured layers remove weight resulting in lots of movement without losing length.