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Updated on March 25, 2023
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Medium hairstyles for women are among the most versatile, because “medium” can mean so many things! Not only that, but it’s also the most common hair length. However, the styles a woman with medium length hair can pull off are anything but average. To take advantage of all that potential, a willingness to experiment is a must. Maybe it’s time to snag some style inspo and transform those medium-length locks into a fresh new signature ‘do.

Medium Hairstyles for Women – New and Popular Ideas

In the gallery below you’ll find everyone’s favorites – hairstyles we come across looking through popular hair and beauty blogs. There are also some fresh ideas, you’ll be tempted to try.

1. Hairstyle with V-cut Layers

Medium-To-Long Layered Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @by_linds

Want something a little smoother? Angled, v-cut layers look great when styled straight and will make your cut unbelievably low-maintenance. If your color is starting to look a little dull, liven your hairdo up with sandy blonde highlights mixed with a lighter shade on the top layers of your hair.

2. Bobbed Volume with Highlights

This is more of a variation of traditional bobs thanks to the layering. It’s almost a shag, except that it’s smooth and softly rounded, not tousled and messy. Basically, this involves just one layer of layers that bobs softly over the bottom.

Layered Blonde Balayage Bob

Instagram / @muhamed_balasiev

3. Long Disconnected Bob with Highlights

Gone are the days when bobs would be prim and proper. Today’s bobs embrace choppy layers and modern dye jobs. One of fun hairstyles to play around with is the faded-out highlights that are a new take on the ombré style. Cut choppy layers into a long bob for the ultimate A-lister hairdo.

Shaggy Lob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @hairbykimtran

4. Centre-Parted Disheveled Blonde Bob

With medium hairstyles, you can easily part your hair down the middle without it looking flat and dull. Style your locks in messy, uneven waves for an effortlessly undone vibe. Top off the hairdo with a fresh and cool blonde color to add some brightness to your hair.

Long Choppy Bob With Middle Part

Instagram / @anhcotran

5. Messy Wavy Lob with Disconnected Ends

If you’re new to the mid-length hair world, one of the best options here is the long bob. You won’t have to deal with the upkeep of super short hair, but you can still enjoy the fun, carefree nature of the cut. Opt for disconnected ends to amp up the texture and volume of your style.

Tousled Wavy Lob With Balayage Highlights

Instagram / @romeufelipe

6. One-Length Medium Cut with Feathered Layers

Here’s a cute idea of medium length haircuts for women who seek a carefree and sophisticated appearance. Feathered layers swirl around the head creating texture and movement for straight hair. Hitting just below the shoulders, the all-one-length lob can be parted on the side or down the middle.

7. Center-Parted Ash Brown Hair

A shoulder-length haircut is very versatile as it works for both thin and thicker locks. You can style it in many different ways, depending on the result you want to achieve. If you need to add volume to your mane, curl your strands a bit to repeat this gorgeous wavy hairstyle or step it up with stunning ash blonde balayage.

Center-Parted Mushroom Brown Midi Hair

Instagram / @colorbymaddie

8. Feathered Mid-Length Style

For some, wearing hair in downdos is a scary thought because hair tends to look flat and boring. If this sounds like you, a longer mid-length cut that can easily be styled straight is the right one for you. Cut feathered layers to add extra texture, keeping some shorter ones around the crown.

Shoulder-Length Cut With Layers

Instagram / @armineh_capelli

9. Straight Wispy Chocolate Brown Bob

If you have fine straight hair, add some excitement and bounce to your strands with a simple smooth bob that barely grazes the shoulders. Razored or point-cut ends bring interest to one-length hairstyles.

One-Length Bob With Razored Ends

Instagram / @anhcotran

10. Wavy Angled Blonde Combover Lob

Sassy and sexy, a shoulder-length combover lob is the perfect choice when you want an easy-to-manage hairstyle that will show off the angles of your jawline. The wavy tendrils can be tucked behind one ear or easily swept up and pinned in a pompadour style.

Shoulder Length Blonde Lob

Instagram / @rafaelbertolucci1

11. Wavy Caramel Balayage Lob

The lob continues to be the most stylish cut for women, making mid length hair highly requested at salons everywhere. Worn with balayage coloring, it becomes the epitome of an up-to-date ‘do — soft caramel, in particular, is the perfect shade to brighten any face.

Long Brown Bob With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @mmseportfolio

12. Rounded A-Line Lob

If you’re looking for polished hair cuts, you really can’t go wrong with a rounded long bob. Keep the sections of your hair that are closest to your face longer than the rest for a nice angled yet softened shape. This also allows you to cut long side bangs to frame your face.

Asian Bob Blowout

Instagram / @priss_duarte

13. Cute Side-Parted Ash Brown Bob

Medium haircuts for women can be simple and sporty, as shown here by this side-parted ash brown bob. For an extra face-framing touch, tuck a couple of strands behind one ear to perfectly balance the long peek-a-boo bangs on the other side.

Medium Ash Brown Bob Haircut

Instagram / @yunuskarat

14. Medium Hairstyle with Swoopy Layers

Shoulder length hairstyles often need well-shaped layers in order to create a nice, smooth flow in your hair. For a rounded shape, opt for side bangs and swooping layers that fall right at your shoulders. You can even add in highlights for some extra dimension that enhances the dynamic effect from layers.

Mid-Length Feathered Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @hairby.ashleypac

15. Shoulder-Skimming Caramel Balayage Lob

Chocolate and caramel balayage adds flavor to every mane. Placed miscellaneously, the lighter streaks highlight mid length hair, bringing an extra dose of freshness and dimension to the lob. Make sure to lighten strands that fall close to cheeks for a more luminous complexion.

Caramel Highlights For Medium Brown Hair

Instagram / @hairbykatlin

16. Medium Shag Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Layers benefit dense locks and create a fundamental structure. Shag cuts work well for medium length hair, giving off the appearance of controlled chaos. Also, this ‘do suits women who work in a professional environment and don’t like too short cuts.

Brown Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @niquestudio11

17. Shoulder-Length Cut with Textured Ends

Medium hair looks stunning when cut in layers as it allows to give thick hair a more flattering shape. Styled with a deep side parting, this haircut looks really sassy, so if that’s what you want – show this photo to your hairstylist right away! Curl your hair for soft waves, and you’re ready to impress everyone around.

Mid-Length Sliced Comb-Over Hairstyle

Instagram / @alex_saadallah

18. Medium Blonde Cut with Feathered Ends

If your medium-length hairstyle with a middle part seems too ordinary for you, ask your stylist to add long curtain bangs and cut more layers over the entire length of your hair. This hairdo will be perfect for a romantic date or summer walk along the beach.

Medium Wispy Blonde Shag

Instagram / @colorbymaddie

19. Tousled Layered Blonde Balayage Lob

An edgier take on the lob is created through layered cuts, bleached locks and tousled styles. With the said trio, your morning styling routine can be minimized, because here imperfection is the aim.

Messy Blonde Lob

Instagram / @alchemyxartistry

20. Shoulder-Length Shaggy Cut with Choppy Fringe

Layered shag is extremely good in adding more movement and direction to locks, especially when paired with a fringe. Medium haircuts with choppy bangs like this is a real stunner on straight and wavy hair.

Wispy Collarbone Hairstyle with Bangs

Instagram / @rodrigues_ricardo

21. Medium Blonde Hairstyle with Bright Highlights

If you’ve been blessed with wavy or curly hair, try a lob with random layers. The ash brown base color with bright blonde highlights adds a dash of femininity and dresses up the playful, sporty hairstyle.

Ash Brown Wavy Lob With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

22. Brown Style with Bangs and Caramel Highlights

Calling all our brunette babes! Add some dimension to your brown hair cuts by subtly highlighting your base (but sticking to the same color family). Top off the new style with bangs — a sweet addition to any midi haircut!

Medium Cut With Straight Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

23. Long Bob with Waves and Side Bangs

This elegant wavy hairstyle with sun-kissed balayage looks incredibly gorgeous. To create this slightly wavy texture, you need to apply a volumizing spray or any other appropriate hair product to your locks and curl their ends a bit with a curling wand.

24. Blonde A-line Lob with Face-Framing Layers

Haircuts for women who want to keep their hair at the shoulder length work best when bangs are involved. Get a cute accent and cut side bangs that easily flow across the main stream of your locks. Add in blonde highlights to top off this sweet hairdo and style with a straightener or a curling iron — the choice is yours!

Blonde Lob With V-Cut Layers

Instagram / @sidvisage

25. Cute Medium Hairstyle with Flipped Ends

Looking for a style that’s a little bit longer? Let your hair stay past your shoulders and cut long angled bangs. Textured ends can be curled or flipped up for a gorgeous style full of depth and energy.

Medium Flicked Hairstyle

Instagram / @paulolinn

26. Wavy Shaggy Blonde Balayage Lob

Is it a lob or a shag? Actually, it’s both, and it’s one of our favorite shoulder length hairstyles for women. Center-parted, with a tomboy tousled finish, the piece-y honey blonde locks graze the cheekbones and chin, landing squarely at the top of the shoulders.

Shoulder Length Lob Shag

Instagram / @donovanmillshair

27. Dimensional Blonde Balayage Bob

Finding the right hairstyles for women with graying hair can be daunting, but a good way to ease into the transition is with chunky ash blonde highlights. Coordinate the blonde shade with your layers for an interesting two-toned look. Style your hair straight and enjoy a sleek hairdo all day long.

28. Medium Style with Long Feathered Layers

Hairstyles with longer layers and bangs are great for anyone looking for a cut with little upkeep. You can opt for no layers at all, but in order to give your hair movement and texture, try long, feathered layers. You will have a lasting hairdo that looks great.

Long Layered Haircut

Instagram / @hairmeroar

29. Caramel Blonde Layered Bob

Medium hair styles for straight hair also need some layers for a boost of visual interest. If you like this look, layered bobs can be done on any hair type, but suit naturally straighter strands best.

Two-Tier Bob With Side Bangs

Instagram / @beckybromleyhair

30. Medium Hairstyle with Backswept Layers

To really get a volumized and texturized style, cut a shoulder-length hairdo with at least three different levels of layers. Use a curling iron to get your hair into the perfect wind-swept style. With colored or highlighted hair, don’t be afraid to let your roots show through for added depth.

Mid-Length Layered Haircut

Instagram / @sidvisage

31. Messy Chocolate Lob with Caramel Highlights

Upgrading medium length hairstyles with messy waves or curls is the ultimate go-to for busy women. A long bob won’t take long to style, so you’ll never have to go another day without a great hairdo. Place caramel highlights sparsely throughout your hair for pops of color.

Brown Shag With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @texturedbymeg

32. Long Tousled Lob with Root Fade

Medium haircuts for women mesh seamlessly with root fades, as both benefit the ‘in-between’ length. Neither short, nor long, outgrown, but still intentional, fashionable, and modern. Tousle your lob for a lovely casual look.

Messy Blonde Long Bob

Instagram / @chelscaruso

33. Medium Ash Blonde Shag with Bangs

Shags are inherently a more alternative cut, and pairing it with an ashy tone takes the hairdo to the next level. Plenty of layers with razored ends and heavy bangs complement an edgier wardrobe.

Medium Layered Hairstyle With Bangs

Instagram / @buddywporter

34. Medium Layered Golden Blonde Hairstyle

Midi cuts are extra sweet in golden blonde hues. A layered cut offers loads of diversity as your entire look can change depending on how the layers are styled. Curl the ends (using your flat iron or a curling wand) for a ladylike, bouncy ‘do.

Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle

Instagram / @leenahairartist

35. Middle Part Bob Cut for Fine Hair

Ladies with naturally straight hair often want to get a hairstyle that will bring more dimension to their locks. If it sounds like you, we recommend focusing on this particular ’do. With straight long bangs and gorgeous blonde balayage, your fine hair will look thicker and more stylish!

Blunt Collarbone Bob with Long Bangs

Instagram / @pirania_ya

36. Choppy Blonde Bob

Medium length hairstyles for women can be edgy – who says they can’t? This choppy bob is on the shorter side of medium. The uneven, deliberately jagged layers are everything, they’re the highlight of the entire hairstyle. Women who are looking for a fun, youthful ‘do may consider copying this cut.

Straight Cut Bob With Choppy Layers

Instagram / @ka_espacobeleza

37. Straight Bronde Bob Blowout

There’s just something so sleek and sultry about blown out medium cuts! The look is sharper than long hair that has a blowout. Update your favorite bob with a fresh hair color idea, like silver highlights in bronde hair, to bring it closer to perfection.

Blunt Blonde Balayage Bob

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38. Neck-Length Bob with Blunt Ends

The straight bob is one of the most popular medium haircuts! It can make your thin hair look really chic and charming, not to mention that it gives you space to experiment with your hairdo. With a haircut like this, you won’t need to spend much time on its styling – just learn how to blow-dry your locks to create that fantastic volume!

Straight Layered Bob for Fine Hair

Instagram / @thximenes

39. Lob with Face Frame Layers and Bangs

Feathered edges of the cut are excellent at making shoulder length hair less harsh and more feminine. Sparse, long bangs that start further back from your forehead are also ultra dainty!

Ash Blonde Lob With Bangs

Instagram / @caitycaatt

40. Blunt Bob with Long Angled Bangs

Just when you thought your fine short to medium hair was doomed to be dull and boring, enter a fantastic blunt bob with added angled layers. Wispy, chin-length bangs frame the face, and a slight tease on the crown gives it a bit of height.

Short To Medium Blunt Bronde Bob

Instagram / @ktpaezhair

41. Angled Lob with Long Choppy Layers

With a lob, you don’t want to make your layers too short, or you’ll have too much of a stacked shape. For those ladies with a naturally wavy texture, it’s best to think on the longer side when it comes to cutting different levels of layers into your hair, but you can use an angled cut for more structure.

Long Caramel Balayage Bob

Instagram / @kristen.lumiere

42. Gorgeous Mid-Length Cut with Body Waves

This medium-length haircut is one of the styles for women that enhance hair texture, especially in combination with waves and caramel highlights. Style it on the side to add more volume and create beautiful beach locks.

Comb-Over Brunette Lob with Highlights

Instagram / @rafaelbertolucci1

43. Long Bob with Face-Framing Highlights

Even though shoulder-length haircuts help to show off hair texture and color, they are quite simple compared to other styles, which makes them comfortable in everyday life. If you want to make your lob more stylish and eye-catching, add some blonde money-piece highlights, which are extremely trendy this season!

44. Asymmetrical Shattered Blonde Lob

A new hairstyle is always a great idea when you want to change a style. And with this chic haircut, you will make people look at you differently, with a touch of admiration. Flip your hair to style a deep side part in your medium hair, and get ready to receive many compliments.

45. Shaggy Honey Blonde Lob

Take a cue from the ‘70s and let your loose waves hang down with shaggy layers. Amp up the cut with thin honey blonde highlights, and don’t be afraid to style the hairdo in messy waves.

46. Curly Messy Bronde Lob

Medium length hairstyles for women come in all shapes and textures, as can be seen in this photo. The back of this lob is just a teeny bit shorter than the sides. The messy locks are easy to style; just a shake of the head and a little teasing in the crown and you’re all set to go!

Messy Curly Medium Length Bob

Instagram / @thebraidedblondee

47. Medium Length Hair with Front Layers

Front framing layers are an excellent way to add volume and romantic vibes to your hairstyle. Just imagine how wonderfully this layered hair will emphasize your facial features! You can pair mid-length haircuts with highlights and lowlights to complement the texture of your tresses.

Below-the-Shoulders Feathered Cut

Instagram / @salt_andwaves

48. Medium Chestnut Brown Shag

A tomboy shag is a great option if you are trying to grow your hair out from short to medium. The wispy and uneven razored layers keep the cut edgy and modern. The side-swept bangs that touch the eyebrows add a sultry feel.

Short To Medium Razored Shag

Instagram / @salsalhair

49. Mid-Length Razored Black and Brown Hairstyle

A razored shag is a popular way to wear your medium hair as you transition from short to long hair lengths. Ask your stylist to part it on the side and to work with your natural waves to ensure they curve around your cheekbones and frame your face nicely.

Razored Shag For Medium Hair

Instagram / @jinniejinniedc

50. Voluminous Collarbone Bob with Side Bangs

This long bob is modern, cute, and fun! Why not try it? Short styles like this give much space for experiments with the texture, as they look great, both straight or wavy. You can also consider adding some curtain or side-swept bangs. Be sure you won’t regret it!

51. Shoulder-Length Haircut with Layered Bangs

Just look at this lovely layered cut! The layered bangs give this hairstyle more movement and frame the face beautifully, while the textured tips make the strands look fuller. A perfect haircut for fine hair that requires more volume and dimension.

Airy Feathered Shoulder-Length Hairstyle

Instagram / @griproff

52. Rooted Blonde Medium Hair

Don’t have time to style your locks in the morning? No worries: with a middle parting and feathery layers, you can always count on a fantastic natural bounce! Also, if you want to refine your style, try to add highlights to your natural hair color for a trendier and more sophisticated look.

53. Shoulder-Length Hairstyle for Wavy Hair

Perfect for any occasion, this mid-length hairstyle oozes so much elegance! The curly locks add extra dimension and texture to your locks, making your naturally wavy hair even more voluminous and appealing. This hairdo will look great both with your daily outfits and evening gown.

54. Face-Framing Layered Cut

Looking for timeless medium length hairstyles for women over 40? Don’t be afraid to keep it on the longer side of mid-length. Ask for layers that frame the face, just like these. Notice how the cut sharpens the chin and creates some beautiful angles to flatter the face. The soft side-swept layers in front can double as long bangs, too.

Medium-To-Long Blunt Haircut With Bangs

Instagram / @lifebydoni

55. Bob Cut with Wispy Layers

Medium length haircuts for women pair beautifully with ombre and balayage. Elevate the glamor of your bob with swoopy layers strewn around the coif. If you have naturally straight locks, this is a low maintenance look with a personal touch.

56. Midi-to-Long Cut with Feathered Layers

Shoulder-length hairstyles are meant to show off the beauty of your free-flowing locks, whether you have a thick or thin hair type. Thanks to the long layers, the haircut looks more voluminous and fuller. Also, the blonde balayage refreshes this look and makes it more charming and eye-catching.

Medium Flipped-Up Hairstyle for Fine Hair

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57. Warm Toned Wavy Bronde Bob

Why choose one or two shades when you can indulge in a plethora of them! Compiling a wide range of hues brings intrigue and sophistication to your hairdo and makes for a great color solution if your want to amp up simple womens haircuts.

Curled Lob Hairstyle

Instagram / @kimjettehair

58. Wispy Collarbone Dishwater Blonde Bob

Looking for a neat and stylish hairstyle that stands out? Check out this cute layered bob! A perfect length for ladies with an oval face shape and a stunning blonde hue, which perfectly complements anyone’s skin tone.

Wispy Collarbone Dishwater Blonde Bob

Instagram / @griproff

59. Softly Layered Caramel Blonde Lob

If messy manes aren’t your cup of tea, go for a structured, layered lob. The pristine quality of medium haircuts with organized layers suit ladies preferring picture-perfect hairdos. When packed with wispy ends, however, the lob is softened and made look more delicate.

60. Caramel and Blonde Blend for Messy Layers

Unevenly cut strands and ribbons of color guarantee a fuller hairstyle with movement and dimension. When styled messy-chic, an effortless girl-next-door vibe is easily achievable.

Medium To Long Choppy Hairstyle

Instagram / @lookdujour_ca

Versatility is the main characteristic of many medium hairstyles for women. Playing around with length, layering, shape, and styling finishes opens up a world of chic creative hairdos. What’s the best medium length look of the bunch?

Medium-To-Long Layered Blonde Hairstyle Layered Blonde Balayage Bob Shaggy Lob With Blonde Balayage Long Choppy Bob With Middle Part Tousled Wavy Lob With Balayage Highlights Blonde Lob With Feathered Layers Center-Parted Mushroom Brown Midi Hair Shoulder-Length Cut With Layers One-Length Bob With Razored Ends Shoulder Length Blonde Lob Long Brown Bob With Caramel Highlights Asian Bob Blowout Medium Ash Brown Bob Haircut Mid-Length Feathered Blonde Hairstyle Caramel Highlights For Medium Brown Hair Brown Shag With Bangs Mid-Length Sliced Comb-Over Hairstyle Medium Wispy Blonde Shag Messy Blonde Lob Wispy Collarbone Hairstyle with Bangs Ash Brown Wavy Lob With Blonde Highlights Medium Cut With Straight Bangs Flared Shaggy Lob with Side Bangs Blonde Lob With V-Cut Layers Medium Flicked Hairstyle Shoulder Length Lob Shag Shoulder-Grazing Bob With Layers Long Layered Haircut Two-Tier Bob With Side Bangs Mid-Length Layered Haircut Brown Shag With Caramel Highlights Messy Blonde Long Bob Medium Layered Hairstyle With Bangs Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle Blunt Collarbone Bob with Long Bangs Straight Cut Bob With Choppy Layers Blunt Blonde Balayage Bob Straight Layered Bob for Fine Hair Ash Blonde Lob With Bangs Short To Medium Blunt Bronde Bob Long Caramel Balayage Bob Comb-Over Brunette Lob with Highlights Soft Lob with Swoopy Layers Asymmetrical Shattered Blonde Lob Mid-Length Blonde Shag Messy Curly Medium Length Bob Below-the-Shoulders Feathered Cut Short To Medium Razored Shag Razored Shag For Medium Hair Textured Medium Peek-a-Boo Bob Airy Feathered Shoulder-Length Hairstyle Voluminous Disheveled Shag for Fine Hair Black Blunt Curly Lob for Thick Hair Medium-To-Long Blunt Haircut With Bangs Layered Brown Bob With Bangs Medium Flipped-Up Hairstyle for Fine Hair Curled Lob Hairstyle Wispy Collarbone Dishwater Blonde Bob Lob Haircut With Layers Medium To Long Choppy Hairstyle
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