When you’re on the fence about whether to keep your hair long or to cut it short, a shoulder length haircut can solve your dilemma. It’s short enough for days when you want to rock almost-short-hair; yet long enough to be styled in an updo or to give you the illusion that you have long, flowy hair. In this case, we can say that shoulder length hairstyles are the best picks when you’re undecided about your hair length.
It’s easy to think that shoulder length haircuts are relegated to a simple, straight snip above the shoulder. There’s more to this haircut than you think! Here are some ways on how you can sport a shoulder length hairstyle.
Our Fave Shoulder Length Hairstyles
1. 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, 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.
2. Sleek and Straight
If you’re a fan of straight hair, flaunt it with a neat and blunt shoulder length haircut. 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 hair serum or leave-on cream to make your hair smooth and shiny.
3. Straight Hair with Baby Bangs
Want to add more impact to your ‘do? Get baby bangs! It’s shorter than your regular bangs and require 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.
Editor’s tip: When blow drying or ironing your hair, protect your hair from heat damage by spraying TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray before styling.
4. ’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.
5. 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.
Editor’s tip: Apply a dollop of VO5 Extra Body Mousse on your curly hair with it’s damp. Then, blow dry it on low to medium heat to help set your curls.
6. Wavy Lob
Calling all girls who love waves! Create beach waves for shoulder length hair when you want to add a bit of drama to your locks. Make regular days feel special with a hairstyle that’s extra chic. Blessed with wavy tresses? Great! All you need to do is apply leave-on cream before you leave the house so your hair stays nourished and frizz-free.
Editor’s tip: Does your hair look dry and dull by lunch time? Freshen it up with Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream. This helps moisturize your hair and control frizz so it looks healthy and beautiful.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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!
10. 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.
11. 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. The blowout hairstyle can also be a day-to-night look, so go for this ‘do when you have after-work plans.
12. Medium Length Hair with Side Bangs
Side bangs also go well with a bouncy blowout hairstyle. Aside from framing your face beautifully, side 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.
13. Shoulder length bob 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.
14. 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!
15. 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 Intense 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.
16. Fiery 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.
17. 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.
18. Big 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.
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. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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!
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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!
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!