Shoulder-length hair has become increasingly popular because it is easy 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.
You can also go for medium layered hair to add texture to your tresses. And if you want it simple, a straight, one-length haircut might be a good choice.
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 to style your hair.
Our Fave Shoulder-Length Hairstyles
1. Sleek and Straight
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
3. Scrunched Shoulder-Length Hair
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, 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: Styling your hair with heat-styling tools often can make your strands dry and brittle, leaving them more prone to hair fall due to breakage. Use Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner, which has revolutionary fiber actives that penetrate up to a cellular level to make hair stronger and prevent breakage.
4. Shoulder-Length Hair with Wispy Bangs
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. Medium Layered Hair With Wispy Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are usually long, parted in the middle, and worn at the sides. It’s a great way to add more body to your hair, especially if it’s thin. Then, loosen some more strands in your fringe and let them graze your forehead to create a laidback, wispy look.
6. Shoulder-Length Hair with Hat
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?
7. Medium Layered Hair With Bonnet
For a more casual ‘do, wear a bonnet instead of a hat. If you have bangs, place your bonnet a little far back from your hairline so you can showcase your fringe.
8. Statement Hair Accessory
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!
9. Shoulder-Length Hair with Side Bangs
10. Straight Hair with Baby Bangs
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.
11. ’90s Pigtails for Shoulder-Length Hair
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.
12. Medium Length 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.
13. Shoulder-Length Hair with Layered Tips
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.
14. Beach Waves
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.
15. Side Twists
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.
16. Hair Studs
They add sparkle to your hair without going over the top. You can a tousled, shoulder-length hairstyle with hair studs to give it a little bit of glam.
17. Space Buns for Short Hair
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.
18. Easy Half Updo
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!
19. Curly Hair With Metallic Headband
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!
20. Half-Up Fishtail Crown Braid
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.
21. Medium Hair Blowout
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.
22. Medium Length Hair with Side-Swept Bangs
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.
23. Medium-Length Hair with Straight Bangs
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.
24. Ash Brown Down ‘Do
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!
25. Bright Pink Down ‘Do
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.
26. Pink Hair With Dark Roots
Leaving your roots dark adds depth to your ‘do. This technique also helps make your hair color low-maintenance, as you won’t need to head back to the salon asap for a color retouch once your hair starts growing. You can choose a richer and deeper shade of pink for a more seamless transition from your dark roots.
27. Bright Red Shoulder Length Hair
Get an edgy, rockstar look with bold hair color. Go for red hair and let your tresses scream passion and energy.
28. Rainbow Shoulder Length Hair
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.
29. Pink Shoulder-Length Hair with Baby Bangs
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.
30. Round Curls With Headband
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.
31. Baby Bun
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.
32. Straight and Bouncy
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.
33. Brushed Back and Messy
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.
34. Side-Parted Medium Bob
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.
35. Half-up French Braid
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.
36. Layered Down ‘Do
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.
37. Triple Knot Accents
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!
38. Brown and Wavy
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.
39. Ash Brown-Dirty Blonde Ombre Hair
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.
40. Reverse Ombre
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.
41. Low Bubble Ponytail
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!
42. Bobby Pin Hair Crown
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!
43. Tousled Hair With Sparse Bangs
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.
44. Half-Up High Ponytail
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.
45. Big, Loose Waves
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.
46. Orange Medium-Length Hair
Go bold with an orange lob! Make it edgy and high-fashion by adding full, blunt bangs and blunt tips.
47. Jet Black Shoulder-Length Hairstyle
The key to nailing jet black hair is keeping it smooth and shiny. Achieve this by using a shampoo-and-conditioner duo that moisturizes your hair so it won’t get dull and dry,
48. Deep-Strawberry Blonde Layered Hair
Add oomph to your layered shoulder-length hair by dyeing it deep strawberry blonde! This reddish-blonde color adds warmth to your face, makes your hairstyle unique, and updates your look.
49. Purple Shoulder-Length Hair
Unleash your artsy side with purple hair! This color gives you a bold, trendy look that will definitely make you a head-turner.
50. High Ponytail
Whether you have medium layered hair, a blunt shoulder-length haircut, or natural waves, you can put your hair in a classic high ponytail. You can even add bangs to add oomph to your look.
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!