42 Best Shoulder-Length Hairstyles in 2021

Bookmark this gallery of shoulder length hairstyles, so you won't run out of ideas when styling your medium length hair.

Shoulder-length hair has become increasingly popular because it is easier to manage yet it’s long enough to be styled in different ways. You can leave it down without having to worry about strands flying everywhere when the wind blows. And yet, you have enough hair to work with when you want to experiment with various shoulder-length hairstyles.

When styling medium-length hair, feel free to be creative. If you’re in a hurry, you can go for a bedhead look. You can also brush your hair and just add a hair clip or two—this will take you about a minute or two, and you’re all set. But if you have more time on your hands, you can go for stylish waves, braids, and updos for medium-length hair.

If you’re thinking about cutting your long hair to a shoulder-length ‘do, or if you’ve already done so, here are easy ways on how to style your hair.

1. Sleek and Straight

Shoulder length hairstyles: Asian woman with dark straight shoulder length hair
Keep your straight shoulder-length down ‘do frizz-free by applying hair serum or leave-on cream. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you’re a fan of straight hair, flaunt it with a sleek and polished down ‘do. For everyday wear, all you need to do is blow-dry or iron it straight. Don’t forget to iron the tips of your hair inwards to keep flyaways at bay, then finish with a smoothing hairspray to keep it straight and smooth all day.

Editor’s tip: Give your hair expert-quality treatment and care with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It has KERA10 Protein Complex, which penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep. This shampoo gives your hair 10 salon benefits, which include making your hair smooth, soft, shiny, frizz-free, and unaffected by humidity. 

2. Shoulder-Length Hair with Hair Clips

Asian woman with hair clips on her shoulder length hair
Clips add instant pizzazz to your ‘do. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Looking for a quick way to style your shoulder-length hair? Jazz it up with hair clips. You can even mix and match different clips to suit the look you want for the day.

3. Scrunched Shoulder-Length Hair

Shoulder length haircuts: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with scrunched wavy dark brown hair wearing a floral dress outdoors
Scrunched waves can make your hair look thicker than it actually is.

Want to add body and texture to your shoulder-length hair? Scrunch your tresses. First, ask your stylist to give you a softly layered cut. To style your hair, spritz sea salt spray on your locks and curl from mid-length to the tips. The curls don’t need to be perfect; we’re going for loose, casual waves. Split up the waves using your fingers, scrunch your hair to make it look full, and you’re done.

This ‘do is perfect when you want that chic and a bit messy but sexy vibe. So, just scrunch, scrunch, scrunch!

Editor’s tip:  Nail textured and scrunched hairstyles with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Texture Hold Hairspray. It gives your hair a light, invisible hold that lasts and keeps your hair from falling flat. 

4. Shoulder-Length Hair with Wispy Bangs

Asian woman with dark shoulder length hair and bangs wearing a teal blouse
Shoulder-length hair with bangs looks so chic. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Add a bit of volume to your shoulder-length hair by blow-drying it while brushing the tips inwards with a round brush. Do the same with your fringe to give it a good shape, then style it with your fingers to give it a relaxed, kinda-messy look.

5. Shoulder-Length Hair with Hat

Asian woman with shoulder length hair wearing a hat
A hat can be your go-to accessory on a bad hair day. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Look hip and edgy with a hat. Aside from upgrading your look, a hat also protects your scalp from the sun. What’s not to love?

6. Statement Hair Accessory

Asian woman wearing a red rose headband
Choose an accessory that showcases your personality. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Make your shoulder-length hairstyle unique by wearing a statement hairpiece, like a big floral headband. It adds character to your look, and you only need a few seconds to put it on your hair. Effortlessly chic indeed!

Editor’s tip: Make your shoulder-length hair stronger and more nourished with Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo. It has biotin, which helps in strengthening your strands and minimizing hair fall, and aloe vera for nourishment. 

7. Shoulder-Length Hair with Side Bangs

Asian woman with shoulder length hair wearing a black outfit
Make your shoulder length hair look fresh by adding aside bangs. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you want bangs that look more relaxed, go for side bangs. They give you a softer look compared to full, blunt bangs. You can even wear your side fringe together with your eyeglasses.

8. Straight Hair with Baby Bangs

Shoulder length haircuts: Russian girl with black shoulder length straight hair with baby bangs wearing a denim jacket outdoors
Get baby bangs along with a straight shoulder length haircut for that sleek and edgy look. Credit: Shutterstock

Want to add more impact to your ‘do? Get baby bangs! It’s shorter than your regular bangs and requires more maintenance, but the effort is worth it. Straight hair with baby bangs spell edgy and high fashioned; you’ll look like you just came from a runway show.

9. ’90s Pigtails for Shoulder-Length Hair

Asian woman with pigtails on her shoulder length hair
Part your hair using a tail comb to make sure your pigtails are even on both sides. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Feeling nostalgic about your childhood? Try one of the most popular shoulder length hairstyles during that decade: ’90s pigtails. It’s easy to do and will add perky energy to your look on a seemingly boring day.

Editor’s tip: Keep your shoulder-length hair smooth and fragrant by washing it with Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Shampoo.

10. Medium Length Curly Hair

Shoulder length haircuts: Asian woman with dark shoulder length curly hair wearing a denim jacket outdoors
Yes, you can rock a shoulder length haircut even with curly hair.

Tired of dealing with curly hair? You don’t need to have your hair rebonded. You can cut your long curly hair to shoulder length to make it more manageable. When you have curly hair, hair mousse and leave-on creams are your best styling buddies. These can help define your curls and tame frizz so you end up with beautiful curls.

11. Shoulder-Length Hair with Layered Tips

Asian woman with dark brown shoulder-length hair
If you want a bit of texture and shape, go for layered tips. Credit: Dennie Ramon

If you don’t like blunt tips, you can have your stylist add layers to give your hair more shape. To style, iron your hair straight and when you get to the tips, move your hair straightener inwards so the layers end up framing your face.

12. Beach Waves

Shoulder length haircuts: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with dark shoulder length hair with bangs
Chic beach waves can add volume to flat-looking, shoulder-length hair.

Calling all girls who love waves! Bring the beach vibe to your everyday activities with this shoulder-length hairstyle. Beach waves add oomph to your everyday look without making you overstyled. Just curl small sections of your hair with a curling iron and loosen the waves by gently brushing your hair afterwards.

13. Side Twists

Shoulder length hairstyles: Side closeup shot of an Asian woman with styled short hair
This asymmetrical hairstyle keeps you from looking drab on a casual day. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Instead of a half updo, why don’t you twist sections on one side of your hair? There are no hard and fast rules when creating this shoulder length hairstyle. Just prepare several bobby pins to secure your hair twists. This ‘do can be your day-to-night look or your go-to hairstyle when you don’t have time to blow dry and iron your hair before leaving the house.

14. Space Buns for Short Hair

Shoulder length hairstyles: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with space buns for short hair
Go for space buns when you’re in the mood for something playful and fun. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Going to the mall with your friends? Or touring museums and parks? Do it in style while adding personality to your look. Space buns for short hair are perfect for bobs and shoulder length hair when you’re thinking of spicing things up. This hairstyle goes well with a hip, street-style outfit like shorts or skater skirt together with your favorite pair of ankle boots. You can also style your hair this way to look cute when traveling; after all, all you need are hair ties and bobby pins, which won’t take up too much space in your luggage.

15. Easy Half Updo

Asian woman with a half updo shoulder length hairstyle with bangs smiling
Simple, chic, and practical, a half updo can be your go-to hairstyle when you can’t think of anything else! Credit: Natasha Estelle

You don’t have to overthink when it comes to styling your medium length hair. An easy half updo for short hair can spell the difference between a good hair day and a bad one. You can quickly put your hair in one when you’re in a hurry⁠—no blow drying or ironing required!

16. Curly Hair With Metallic Headband

Asian woman with curly shoulder length hairstyle wearing a blue dress
Style your shoulder length hair for dates by creating curls and wearing an elegant headband. Credit: Dennie Ramon

For more dressy occasions like romantic dates at home or virtual wine nights with friends, switch to a metallic headband. Pair it with gorgeous curls, and you’re all set!

17. Half-Up Fishtail Crown Braid

Back shot of an Asian woman with half up crown braid hairstyle
Wear this with your favorite dress for a dainty look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Take your half-up shoulder-length hairstyle by making a fishtail crown braid. To create this ‘do, simply take a small section of hair from the left and right sides. Put each in a fishtail braid and tie the tips using a clear elastic. Pull the sides of the braids to make them look thicker. Then, secure each of the braids at the back of your head using bobby pins. That’s it! You can also add some small flowers on your hair to make your ‘do elegant and dainty.

18. Medium Hair Blowout

Asian woman with black blown out shoulder length hair wearing a striped suit
Go for a bouncy blowout when you’re having a flat hair day! Credit: Hariono Halim

A blow dryer isn’t just for drying your hair. You can also use it to add volume and bounce to your hair by creating a blowout hairstyle. This can help give you that added confidence at work when you need to look your best for a presentation.

19. Medium Length Hair with Side-Swept Bangs

Asian woman wih dark brown hair with side bangs wearing a cold-shoulder top outdoors
Side bangs frame your face in a more relaxed way. Credit: Shutterstock

Side-swept bangs also go well with a bouncy blowout hairstyle. Aside from framing your face beautifully, side-swept bangs are also easier to maintain than full blunt bangs. You can also get a side fringe along with medium length hair to help balance out a long face.

Next Read

Check out ways to style your side bangs!

20. Medium-Length Hair with Straight Bangs

Shoulder length haircuts: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with shoulder length black hair with bangs wearing a white polo against a brown wall
Blow dry the tips of your shoulder length hair inwards to get rid of fly-aways.

Bangs are a great way to give your hair a quick makeover. If you already have a shoulder length haircut but are looking to drastically transform your look without going any shorter, just add fringe. Request for a blunt cut that ends right below your eyebrows to better frame your eyes.

21. Ash Brown Down ‘Do

Asian woman with ash brown medium length hair wearing a pink blouse outdoors
Get this trendy shade of brown for a youthful but edgy look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You can also jazz up your medium length hair by getting a new hair color. Ash brown is super in right now. You can even mix it up with other brown or blonde shades. With a trendy hair color, you only need to do little to make your hair look great!

22. Bright Pink Down ‘Do

Filpina woman with bring pink shoulder length hair wearing a rust-colored top and denim jeans
Be bold with vibrant pink hair! Credit: Michelle Pedron

You can also try a vibrant pink color for your shoulder-length hair. Then, leave your hair down so you can showcase your pink tresses better.

Editor’s tip: Help your colored hair recover from extreme damage by switching to Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that deeply penetrate your strands to repair them from within. It leaves your hair more beautiful and more resilient to damage. For best results, use it with Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Shampoo

23. Bright Red Shoulder Length Hair

Asian woman with red hair standing outdoors
Standout with bold, red shoulder length hair. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Get an edgy, rockstar look with bold hair color. Go for red hair and let your tresses scream passion and energy.

24. Rainbow Shoulder Length Hair

Asian woman with rainbow hair wearing a white and purple top
Can’t decide on one hair color? Go for a rainbow ‘do! Credit: Panadda Suwanjunee

Express your individuality with rainbow hair! You can go for vibrant rainbow colors or their pastel versions for something a bit more subtle. Whatever you choose, the result is always awesome.

25. Pink Shoulder-Length Hair with Baby Bangs

Woman with pink shoulder length hair with baby bangs
Try this look if you want to wear pink in an edgy way. Credit: Marcela Oliveira on Pexels

For an edgier look, start dyeing your hair an inch or two from your roots. Leave your roots dark, then add baby bangs. Add loose waves or scrunch your hair for texture.

26. Round Curls With Headband

Asian woman with curly shoulder length hair wearing ahead band
Wearing a printed headband is one of the quickest ways to style your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Make your big, round curls look more casual by wearing a wide, printed headband. This is also an easy way to look fresh on a hot day.

27. Baby Bun

Side view of an Asian woman with hair in a baby bun wearing a striped top
Baby bun spells cute and fun! Credit: Hariono Halim

While it might be impossible to put your shoulder length hair into a ballerina bun, a baby bun is just as chic. You can even simply finger-comb your hair, gather it on your nape, and put it into a cute, low bun.

Next Read

28. Straight and Bouncy

Woman with straight shoulder length hairstyle
Be a head-turner with soft and bouncy hair. Credits: Shutterstock

If you have naturally thick hair, you can make your straight hair bouncy by blow-drying or ironing the ends towards your chin so your hair curves inwards. This will also combat tikwas that can be a bummer to any look.

29. Brushed Back and Messy

Asian woman with brown messy shoulder length hair smiling
It’s easy to style (or not style) shoulder-length hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Not in the mood to style your hair? Just finger-comb it backwards to get rid of tangles and let your strands fall naturally. It’s easy to do this on shoulder length hair because the length is more manageable. You can also spritz dry shampoo for additional texture if you want.

30. Side-Parted Medium Bob

Asian woman with brown medium bob wearing a leather jacket outdoors
Sometimes, all you need is to change your hair part to get a mini makeover. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want to add a bit more volume to your hair, part it on the side. It’s a great way to balance out heart-shaped and square faces because it helps soften your features.

31. Half-up French Braid

Back shot of an Asian woman with half up French braid
Braids are good for shoulder length hair, too. Credit: Hariono Halim

This hairstyle is easy and you can wear it whether you’re staying at home or going out to run errands. To create a half-up French braid, just gather a section of hair from your hairline up to your crown. Divide it into three sections. Then, cross the left section over the middle section, then the right section over the new middle one. Add hair as you go along. When your braid reaches ear level, tie it with an elastic.

32. Layered Down ‘Do

Woman with morena skin with shoulder length hair wearing eyeglasses
Layers make thick hair more manageable. Credit: Shutterstock

Layers add shape to your hair. If you have thick hair, they even help distribute the volume and add movement to your mane. Just make sure to avoid that annoying tikwas by brushing the tips inwards with a round brush.

33. Triple Knot Accents

Asian woman with triple know accents
Look neat and stylish in your video calls by styling your hair this way. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This is another chic and easy way to style your shoulder length hair. To do this, just take three small sections of hair on one side, tie each into a knot, and secure them with bobby pins. Cover the pins with the rest of your hair, and voila! You’re done!

34. Brown and Wavy

Asian woman with dark brown shoulder length hair
Got naturally dark, wavy hair? Coloring it can help add depth and definition to your waves. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

If you have natural waves, lucky you! You no longer need to curl your hair with a curling iron or various heatless hair hacks. Flaunt your waves even more by dyeing your naturally dark hair to help add depth and definition. Then, you can simply leave your hair down and apply a drop of leave-on cream to make your waves smooth and frizz-free.

35. Ash Brown-Dirty Blonde Ombre Hair

Asian woman with blonde shoulder length hair
Make your shoulder length hair stand out by going blonde. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Want something bold for your shoulder-length hair? Get a dirty blonde ombre ‘do! You can leave your roots naturally dark, then have your stylist gradually lighten your hair as it approaches the tips. The result is quirky, dramatic, and oozing with personality.

Editor’s tip: Say bye to brassy tones by switching to TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner. This pair’s purple formula neutralizes brassy tones, so your blonde hair won’t get discolored over time. It also has jojoba oil to help keep your hair moisturized. 

36. Reverse Ombre

Asian woman with reverse ombre hair with bangs wearing a blue top
Get this flame-inspired look by going for blonde, orange, and red shades. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Start with light colors at your roots and go dark as you go down the tips to get a reverse ombre look. You can also dip-dye the ends if you want a dramatic contrast with the rest of your hair.

37. Low Bubble Ponytail

Asian woman with styled shoulder length hair wearing workout clothes
With this ‘do, you can nail your yoga poses without hair getting on your face. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Keep your hair in place when doing yoga or indoor workouts by styling your hair this way. To create a low bubble ponytail, take a section of hair from your hairline to your crown and tie it using an elastic. Take another section of hair below it and do the same. Then, tie the rest of your hair in a low ponytail, and you’re done!

38. Bobby Pin Hair Crown

Asian woman with bobby pins on her shoulder-length hair wearing a yellow top
Upgrade simple bobby pins into a statement hair accessory. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Jazz up your shoulder-length hair by forming a crown using metallic bobby pins. Choose gold or silver ones so the bobby pins contrast against your naturally dark hair. Form Xs and let the pins run from one side of your hair, the back, and all the way to the other side. You can even get creative with the shapes you make, so go have fun!

39. Tousled Hair with Sparse Bangs

Asian woman with shoulder-length hair and bangs wearing a blue coat
Looking for a chic and relaxed hairstyle? Try this one. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Instead of a full fringe covering your forehead entirely, think of this look as having a few pieces of bangs framing your face. Sparse bangs look great with air that’s slightly tousled or textured, so scrunch your shoulder-length hair or add loose waves to nail this look.

40. Half-Up High Ponytail

Asian woman with a half-up ponytail hairstyle wearing a sleeveless dress
Got a busy day ahead? Keep strands off your face with this hairstyle so you can concentrate better. Credit: Hariono Halim

This perky hairstyle adds a cheerful vibe to your look. Simple gather the upper half section of your hair on top of your head and tie it with a hair tie. Then, wrap a section of hair around your hair tie for a sleek look. If you want your half-up ponytail to look higher, put one or two bobby pins at the back of your hair tie. These will act as support, so your half-up ponytail stays upright.

41. Big, Loose Waves

Asian woman with wavy shoulder-length hair
Want some volume? Go for big waves. Credit: Brayden Law on Pexels

You can create this shoulder-length hairstyle by using a curling wand with a larger barrel or by using a flat iron. To create waves using the latter, clamp a section of hair using your flat iron, then wrap the rest of this section around your hair straightener. Move your flat iron away from your face. Repeat until all sections have been curled, then loosen your curls by combing your hair with your fingers.

42. Orange Medium-Length Hair

Asian woman with orange lob and bangs
Orange hair can look fierce and edgy when worn with a blunt lob with blunt bangs. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Go bold with an orange lob! Make it edgy and high-fashion by adding full, blunt bangs and blunt tips.

With these shoulder length hairstyles, you won’t run out of ideas in styling your medium length hair. They’re easy, practical, and super chic. Try them now!

Next Read

Check out these lob hair ideas that will steal your heart.

 

All Things Hair
All Things Hair PH
Hey, I'm Athena, your personal hair style assistant. How can I help?
Chat with All Things Hair in Messenger