Medium length hairstyles and haircuts are perhaps the most universal styles, as they flatter every woman regardless of age, and the hair type, also being great hairstyle ideas for women over 50. They are not too long, and some medium haircuts barely reach your shoulders. We love them and we know mid-length hairstyles are gorgeous – if done right. And when you are tired of the long hair that extends beyond your shoulders, you can opt for an alternative, something shorter, a shoulder-length haircut, for example.
Further, you can enhance your looks with our hair styling tips. Here, you will find 51 beautiful medium hairstyles to inspire you along the way, as well as tips on how to choose the best medium length haircuts, and some factors that you should take into account to maintain the cut.
Medium Length Hairstyles & Haircuts for Women: Contents
- How to Choose the Right Medium Length Haircut for You
- Tips for Styling and Maintaining Medium Length Hairstyles
- 51 Medium Length Hairstyles for Women to Try
Unlike long hairstyles, little effort is required to maintain medium haircuts, and many styles are available. Some of the factors that will help enhance your look as you rock your medium hairstyles include:
• Shape of the face
• Hair accessories
Here are some of the tips that will help and ease the decision process:
• For curly and thick hair, layers should be cut wider in order to make that medium haircut look neater.
• In general, medium haircuts are perfect options for women with thin or fine hair. You can have fun adding strategic layers that will visually enhance the thickness of your hair.
• The shape of your face is important when choosing a medium length haircut, or for styling it right. A heart-shaped face would look divine in medium hairstyles parted at the center of the head, while round, diamond or square faces would be complimented if the hair is parted slightly on one side of the head. On the other hand, if you have an oval face shape, feel free to rock any look.
• Change your look by simply changing the side you normally rock. Or if you are not used to parting your hair, try doing it to one side.
It’s one thing to style your medium haircuts perfectly, and another to maintain that style for a long time. Will it still be as beautiful as it was when you newly styled it? This is mainly based on maintenance.
Let’s see how you can style and maintain you medium length hairstyles.
• Use fresh oil to keep your hair protected from heat.
• For a more natural look, use a fat curling rod to smoothen your hair.
• Add a catchy color palette to make your hair pop.
• To maintain a fresh look of your medium haircut, get occasional trims, which will also make your hair look healthier and grow faster in the long run.
• Experiment with cute hair accessories to take your medium haircut to a whole new level. Headbands or tiny bejewelled barrettes can add extra pizzazz to your freshly cut mid length hair.
Tired of your long hair, but afraid to go too short? Below are 51 amazing shoulder length haircuts you can choose from. Moreover, if you already have medium length hair, get inspired to style it creatively every time you walk out the door!
1. Platinum Blonde Mid Length Haircut
The platinum hair extends to the shoulder and is parted stylishly on the right side of the head. If you want something stylish and a little long, this medium haircut is perfect for you.
2. Denim Metallics
Choose this medium length haircut paired with the beautiful metallic balayage! The hair extends to the shoulder and a little to the chest, and that is the magic that frames the face just right.
3. Ash Blonde Medium Hair
This ash blonde medium haircut is for any lady who wants a beautiful style for her oval face. The style is rightly parted in the middle of the head.
4. Softly Textured Wavy Medium Hair
Parted close to the middle, the dark color of the root is just as gorgeous as the shoulder length and the blonde babylights. And you will want to keep it like that for looking radiant.
5. Platinum Blonde Mid Length Hairstyle
This medium length hairstyle in its all shades of white looks gorgeous with the curls. Its length reaches down to the shoulders, and it is rightly parted at the left side leaving an extension of the hair length across the left eye.
6. Satin Copper Melt on Medium Hair with Bangs
Darkish and with a touch of brown at the tips, this medium hairstyle is layered in a way that makes the hair glow. Perhaps due to the deep dark wide root or covering the forehead completely, this is one we highly recommend for your face.
7. Metallic Pastel Pink Shoulder Length Hair
Where are those ladies who love the boost of other-worldly pastel hair colors? This is a style for you! Are you a blonde? Add the touch of pink all over your medium hairstyle from the root down to the tip and make your hair stand out. Parted on the right, with a slight dark root, curls, wispy side bangs, and a touch of pink, this mid length haircut is for women that want to be unique.
8. Cotton Rose Gold Medium Hair
All radiant with a blend of brown, black, and peachy rose gold hair, the roots are dark and wide, and the length to the tip is adorned by this lovely colormelt.
9. Effortless Blonde Mid Length Hair
This one is a successful experiment. The root is so dark, and the tips are so light in greyish blonde colors, you will look stunning. If you want to keep this glow as the length extends to the chest, get a lightening powder and rock this medium hairstyle later.
10. Cotton Candy Cloudy Medium Hairstyle
This medium hairstyle is for the romantics at heart. Wide curls, lovely pastel colors that blend uniquely and dark roots – that is what it takes to transform your look.
11. Layered Lilac Mid Length Hair
Choppy layers and dark roots make this mermaid-worthy medium hair absolutely gorgeous. The hair is blended with two contrasting colors – the root is dark, and the curls across the tips are light in a touch of lilac.
12. Iced Blueberries & Peaches
Blessed with layers and layers of curls, this medium length hairstyle is the pinnacle of beauty. The root is a dark, meeting the blend of brown tips at mid-length. That leaves you with layers of curls blended into two halves of different ethereal colors.
13. Balayage Pink-y Blonde Medium Hairstyle
This is one of those exceptional mid length hairstyles that are elegant and universally flattering. With a deep side part, it covers the end of the left eyebrow with a dazzling effect. The root is dark brown and as it goes to the tips, the brown gets lighter. That is the uniqueness we’ve been looking for.
14. Natural Brunette Mid Length Hairstyle
Fans of natural and effortless medium hairstyles, here is something you can do. The hair is parted in the middle, and soft bouncy waves add movement to this natural hairdo.
15. Matte Bronde Babe
This is an adorable medium hairstyle with bangs. ’70s-style thicker bangs look so perfect in combination with these strategic layers and the deeper brown hair color.
16. Rose Gold Wavy Medium Hair
The rose gold cloud curls are simply too radiant to be ignored. The mid length hair is parted deep to side, leaving her face almost masked.
17. Braided Mid Length Hairstyle
This is a little different way to wear medium length hair, and we love all the Dutch braids here. Adding to the sparkling appearance, the lines of the braids are bright peach, and the root is darkish grey, making the colors a perfect blend. The end result is outrageously pleasing to the eye.
18. Muted Underlights for Shoulder Length Hair
This is an amazing medium length hairstyle in a blend of many juicy colors, made for our dear lovers of hair color experiments. Here again, dye or hair chalk lovers, your choice has increased. Like you want, the hair is a mixture of layers of many blended colors, toned perfectly and accurately. One chunky Dutch braided line crosses behind the head in style.
19. Done-Undone Mid Length Haircut
This medium haircut looks like a semi-finished style. Well, it is perfectly completed despite the mesmerizing effortless effect. Brown balayaged hair with waves is one of the best medium length hairstyles for women to try.
20. Neon Peach Bomb
This is a colorful pastel look meant for the bold. The root is dark and wide, and as the length extends, colors blend along, in purple, neon peach, brown, and blonde. Do you want something simple, unique and beautiful? Well, you can part your hair on one side, and the colors will do the rest for your look.
21. Rainbow Mid Length Hair
This medium length hairstyle is just the choice for standing out. Get layers and layers accurately blended, and colors that will turn heads. Only the root area is left to its natural color, while the length is where you add vivid colors in a beautiful balayage.
22. Medium Hair Spiced up with Hair Rings
For this medium length hairstyle, a section of the hair is decorated with little rings across the hair’s length. The rings stand out, and the two hair colors, dark roots, and the blonde tips stand out as well. And you will stand out opting for this cut!
23. Chestnut Balayage Shoulder Length Hair
Just a slight change to your natural look makes a whole lot of difference. The shoulder length hair is toned dark here, and a section at the front is left brown, enhancing the facial features. To cap it, the hair is parted straight in the middle.
24. Baby Lion
Like a beautiful cub, the style of this medium haircut is gorgeous. The color is kept to a natural-looking balayage, the entire hair is parted at the middle of the head, and soft layers are interwoven.
25. Boho Blonde Medium Hair
The curly medium length hair is parted inwards, the root is dark, and boho waves complete the look. Natural blonde shades enhance the look, just like the soft beachy waves.
26. Blonde Balayage Wavy Mid Length Hair
This medium hairstyle is unique due to the touch of black along the hair length. It is best for blondes who want to add a contrasting color to their hair through balayage. The style is equally cool and effortless, giving it extra volume.
27. Bouncy Shoulder Length Hair
This medium hairstyle doesn’t have too many curls, but the two or three waves it features across the length make the hair look big and beautiful.
28. Neon Cotton Candy Lady
The perfect medium length hairstyle for the bold and attention demanding, this look is unique and bright. Layers are formed at the top and at the sides. Different neon colors are blended into the length of the hair, even at the top towards the roots. Neon red at one side with blue and purple blended throughout, this mid length haircut with bangs is simply exquisite.
29. Blonde Bombshell
Flipping the hair on one side of the face is the magic that makes this medium hairstyle so special. We can’t ignore the dark root or the curls on the length of the hair.
30. Layered Medium Length Hairstyle with Bangs
This medium hairstyle with bangs truly rocks. Just a small section is trimmed to the forehead. The forehead is partially masked, and the hair length is darker at the roots. You should definitely try it if you are looking for a low-maintenance look.
31. Nude Blonde Wavy Medium Hair
No, this medium hairstyle isn’t about too many colors – just two contrasting colors instead, dark roots, and a gorgeous blonde length. The root is kept dark to add a touch of intrigue to the nude blonde hair.
32. Wavy Mid Length Hair
This balayaged mid length hairstyle is parted deep to the side. Soft layered waves and a beautiful color story of blonde and brown shades make it elegant and low-maintenance at the same time.
33. Braids and Buns
If have your medium length haircut already and you still want the braids, we are glad to tell you, you can even add Dutch braided buns to make it look even more stylish.
34. Cross-Braided Half-Up Medium Hair
This medium hairstyle is about all shades of white, but that isn’t the top feature. The curls, the layers, and most importantly the sections of braided hair crossing at the back of the head make this style a must-have.
35. Criss-Cross Fire Colormelt
Yellow, orange, and red unite like fire to make this look one of the most impeccably distinct medium length hairstyles. Its distinct concept is the color of flames, which it delivers. The cropped bangs over the forehead seal the look.
36. The Dreamy Medium Hairstyle
Ice blonde shades and straight styles look so perfect when combined with these choppy layers. The front is trimmed, the root has a touch of black, and the hair is parted slightly at one side.
37. Silver Watercolor Medium Hair
From the root down to the tip, you have the perfect blend of silver hair colors that make this medium length haircut look mesmerizing. As expected, the root is darker, and the effortlessly curly length is light grey. This is a multi-layered hairstyle meant for fans of a low-maintenance cool look.
38. Icey, Wavy Mid Length Hairstyle
If you want soft curls and you want two colors to be blend in, this is your choice. The root is dark and the curly length is made of delicate layers.
39. Medium Hair Made To Be Purple Haze
The length of the medium hair is treated to be totally purple and only around the root to the side is left to its dark brown. And that is what this mid length hairstyle is out to achieve, to make your hair stunning in a blend of purple, and dark brown.
40. Summery Friday Vibes
Here is another simple yet cool idea of a mid-length hairstyle, where bangs and a balayage technique have been incorporated. Honey blonde and bronde shades cascade down smoothly the bouncy curls, combined with straight bangs.
41. Swept-Back Medium Length Hair
If you are the type who likes your face to shine, this medium length hairstyle is for you. It looks good with the blend of balayage blonde colors.
42. Intergalactic Pops of Color
Try this medium length hairstyle for a cosmic finish. The curls are stunning to see, and the blend of colors just make her look out of this world.
43. Wild Rose
This medium length hairstyle is for the bold and daring. The color has been blended enough at the tip and the middle to become bright. The hair is parted at the top in a unique pattern, and at the back of the head there is a loose knot to make it look cool and radiant.
44. Cotton Candy Dream
This is one of the best medium length hairstyles to choose from. Edgy side shaves and cool baby bangs have been combined with denim blue roots that smoothly melt into a bright fuchsia color and then baby pink at the tips.
45. Shattered Rainbow
Made from the color track palette, this medium length hairstyle requires some special effort, but a worthy one, if one considers the final look, the masterful blend of neon colors. Strategically and carefully chosen to challenge, this shoulder length hair looks unique.
46. Sunset Edge Medium Hairstyle
How will the sunset tone look on medium length hair? This look answered that perfectly with its toned effect. For the look, you too can enjoy the magic of the edging brush.
47. Ombre Medium Hair
You must have a lot of hair to achieve this ombre look perfectly. The hair is layered around the head in style. The color is simple, darkish brown, but the beauty isn’t that simple to ignore.
48. Center-Part Straight Mid Length Hair
Parted straight at the middle, this medium length haircut is for all the blonde ladies looking for a simple style. The icy platinum blonde hair has been straightened to perfection to show off the subtle layers at the tips.
49. All the Colors of Rainbow!
This look is pleasing to watch, first, due to the color intensity. Second, the parted section at the top, and finally, the one big section braided down in the middle make it a youthful, cheerful style to adopt.
50. Half Braided Medium Length Hair
Like a mesmerizing work of art, this style must make our list, just because it satisfies the eyes: a beautiful, masterful blend of sunset colors, braided to kill.
51. Fall-yage Blonde Mid Length Hairstyle
Do you like keeping your blonde hair, but with a touch of uniqueness? The wavy curls of this medium hairstyle are a must-try for you! In a blend of black and brown, the balayage style rocks.
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