13 of the Best Medium Long Haircuts to Try This Year

Medium long haircuts 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!

Mid-Length Platinum Blonde

Mid-Length Platinum Blonde
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Iced and bleached, this version of white hair is the trendiest right now. Cut some layers in and end bluntly for added texture and volume even with straight hair.

Medium Length Cute Cut with Bangs

Cute Cut with Bangs
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A feminine soft haircut with slight wave that ends at shoulder-level is a low-upkeep option that is popular nowadays. Go softer with wispy fringe that goes excellent with most face shapes.

Gorgeous Cut for Thick Hair

Gorgeous Cut for Thick Hair
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Create a marvelous curtain effect with your 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.

Trendy Lob with Side Bangs

Trendy Lob with Side Bangs
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Opt for a shadow root and some babylights to go with a medium length 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.

Medium to Long Straight Hair

Trendy Straight Hair
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Simple and flat-ironed is one of the best looks to take care of your natural jet black hair. On casual days, an easy midpart can do, and if you feel motivated, you can throw in some bouncy waves without much effort.

Feathered Layers

Feathered Layers
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If you have thick dense hair, choosing a medium length 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.

Layered Cut for Fine Hair

Layered Cut for Fine Hair
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Blonde is a great natural color for thin hair as it hides any scalp showing areas. Style with short to medium layers and you’ll have a textured yet soft result.

Before and After Medium Long Haircuts

Q&A with style creator, Kendra Lee
Salon Owner & Stylist @ Silver Rose Tanning & Hair Salon in Weyburn, CA-SK

How would you describe this look?

This look is the perfect combination of playful and professional! The color is low maintenance and a great way to add dimension to fine, lifeless hair. I love how you can have it smooth and polished and then transform it into a completely new look by adding texture spray and messing it up!

Any advice for someone considering it?

For those who may be considering this length, it is best suited for medium length hair textures. It is very versatile and can suit many faces shapes by adding layers and texture, a fringe! Styling this look requires minimal product – a good heat protectant, light texture spray, and a shine spray (optional). I used a 1-1/4″ curling iron to create this loose waves and left her ends out for a more lived-in look! Curly hair goes well with medium haircuts.

Edgy Modern Shag

Edgy Modern Shag
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Q&A with style creator, Judith Viola
Hairdresser @ The Young American Salon in Tustin, CA


How would you describe this look?

This haircut 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 look is that it is 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 we added piecey bangs and wispy layered ends to elevate her look from the ordinary. She gets everything that you would want from long hair – volume, softness, shine, but her look is just a little cooler than your every day long layers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Put in the work to find a stylist who specializes in haircutting and make the investment, so you don’t have to invest a ton of time into your hair every day. Search for someone who specializes in dry cutting or razor cutting to achieve the cool grittiness that this cut calls for. Do plan to schedule bang trims with your stylist if you want to maintain the baby bangs, but also know that this fringe will also evolve into a cool side sweep as it grows out.

This hairstyle will work best if you have some wave, as it is meant to be air dried with a curl balm and spray wax to enhance your natural texture. You can still achieve this look if your hair is straight or curly, you’ll just need to spend some time with your hot tools.

Shoulder Length Blunt Cut

Q&A with style creator, Rachael Woods
Freelance Hairstylist in Glasgow, UK


How would you describe this look?

This look is super low maintenance, so it was perfect for my regular client who is moving to Australia to travel for a year! Long inverted bobs grow out really well, and don’t need to be maintained every 6 weeks like a lot of other cuts! The layer allows for an undone, texturized feel. This is the ultimate #coolgirl haircut!

I cut blunt, slightly shorter at the back & with a soft, long layer. We chose a rich brunette with undertones of mahogany & silver, which creates a beautiful shine. Of course, Olaplex was also used!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is really adaptable, whether you style your hair every day or leave the natural movement. To encourage natural movement I always suggest Mythic Oil L’Oreal & Salt Spray when wet and allow to air dry. The oil helps to stop frizz & the salt spray helps encourage a wave & groups the hair together to appear textured. This is particularly handy to use when on holiday in humid weather!

To heat style, I would rough dry all the hair forward, no need to use a brush. Then using straighteners I alternate the curls & use my hands to dress out! Often I’ll re-straighten the bottom inch or so for a more relaxed look. I feel this style goes with most face shapes, and I use the collar bones as a reference for length! It’s a great way to ensure a flattering long bob.

Perfect Length for Thin Hair

Perfect Length for Thin Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Dina Ghoulina
Cosmetology Student @ Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is a one length solid form. My client actually had a perm which was mostly cut out, but some of the texture remained giving it that beautiful wave. The best thing about this look is how simple but classic it is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider how you wear your hair on a regular basis and your natural texture. A solid form or bob looks great on everybody, but the cut must be modified in length in order to flatter everyone individually. Besides getting haircuts frequently (4-6 weeks), this haircut is very low maintenance which is great for those with a busy lifestyle.

Beachy Wavy Hair

Q&A with style creator, James Plain
Colourist & Stylist @ Edwards And Co. in Surry Hills, NSW


How would you describe this look?

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. In regards to the color, I wanted to maximize dimension and allow a seamless grow-out by using textural highlights and a root shadow.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider your own hair texture, density, condition, and natural color.

Clients with very fine hair should consider a more blunt haircut. However, this look would work for most people. The best thing about this color and cut is that it is very low maintenance. I would expect to see this client a maximum of three times a year as it will grow out beautifully.

Aftercare is important though, and I recommend all my blonde clients to use Olaplex weekly and a toning treatment such as Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care in order to maximize color longevity and condition.

Lovely Long Layers

Lovely Long Layers
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Q&A with style creator, Hannah Brady
Studio Owner / Stylist @ MALVA House in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

This as an “entry-level shag” for women wanting to try medium length hairstyles. I love the way the layers frame her face and bring attention to her 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 that I just love.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Honestly, anyone can wear a cut like this, 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 people who should proceed with caution are those prone to breakage and overprocessed ends.