How to style medium hair: 6 Looks to elevate your mane game

Now's the time to reinvent yourself with a new mid-length look!

Feeling a little tired of your midi haircut and want to take your look to the next level? Then look no further. Whether you’re growing it out, or simply want a manageable length that’s as on-trend as it is versatile, learning the tricks on how to style medium hair will open up a world of new possibilities! Read on for some fantastic styling tips, plus a few inspiring ideas to get you started.

How to style medium hair 6 ways


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How to style medium hair: Tousled layered waves. Credit:

Tousled layered waves

Layers are a great addition to a medium-length haircut, as it can help give shape and movement, while also opening up your styling options. One gorgeous way to give this style extra impact is by creating soft, tousled waves through the layers. Use a curling iron to create your curls, then soften them out gently, using just your fingertips. The added volume gives the cut a relaxed and laid-back vibe: the perfect “I-woke-up-like-this” look!

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How to style medium hair: Long bob. Credit: Dvora

Long bob

The long bob (AKA lob) works a treat with mid-length hair, and can be styled to give a gorgeously glammed up finish by boosting volume. Before blow-drying your hair, apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Blow Dry Lotion (250ml, £5.50*), then blow-dry using a round brush to create extra bounch, while also giving it a sleek, smooth finish.

To gain height, use the brush at the roots and blow-dry from underneath, curling the ends of your hair in towards your face. The end result? A pretty, everyday look that’s chic, yet easy to maintain. What more could a girl ask for?

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How to style medium hair: Soft feathered fringe. Credit:

Soft, feathered fringe

Want to know how to style medium-length hair with a fresh twist? The perfect way to do this is by simply adding a fringe to your base cut. But note that this is no ordinary bangs; this feathered fringe is a softer, but edgier look than its blunt-cut counterpart – and perhaps one for the slightly braver souls among us. But the good news is it works well on most hair types, so whether you have straight, wavy or curly textures, this look is certainly not out of bounds.

Tip: If you have really straight hair, why not try adding a little texture to your bangs with some TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte (£17.50*) for a more casual, stylised look?

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How to style medium hair: Shoulder length blunt cut. Credit:

Shoulder-length blunt cut

Blunt cuts are a brilliant way of mixing up your usual hairstyle, as the straight edge creates a much bolder, more directional look than their layered counterparts. Try styling your blunt in a smooth and sleek way for a brilliantly contemporary outcome, and give your hair an extra smooth-looking finish by lightly spritzing the VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame & Shine Spray (£3.99*) all over after styling.

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How to style medium hair: Grown-out shag cut. Credit:

Grown-out shag cut

A shag cut is not only one of the trendiest ways to style your medium hair, it’s also really flattering on longer and square-shaped faces.

The secret to successfully rocking this cut? Work with your natural textures. If you have slightly wavy or kinky hair, just scrunch in some TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam (£5.50*) and let your hair air-dry, or if you have straight locks, get your stylist to work lots of dramatic choppy layers into the cut to boost that natural-looking texture and movement.

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How to style medium hair: Voluminous curls. Credit:

Voluminous curls

Mid-length cuts don’t have to be about keeping things smooth and sleek all the time; it’s also a great length to work fabulously retro waves and curls. To get this dramatic, full-bodied look, you’ll need a good set of heated rollers, like the Toni&Guy Professional Extreme Rollers Set.

Then work in sections, wrapping each section of hair around rollers and pinning them in place around your head. This will help to create gorgeous, bouncy curls that are perfect for when you need a high impact look.

So now that you have all these options on how to style medium hair, which one will you go for?

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