Not quite long enough to pass as long but also not short enough to count as short hair, medium-length cuts are the perfect middle ground. And the best part is, they can work for any hair type, whether your hair is on the thinner side, super thick, straight or curly.
To help inspire your next cut, we’ve put together an edit of some of the best medium layered hair looks. Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite celebs rocking the mid-length style and read our expert tips on how to make it work for you.
1. AnnaLynne McCord’s face-framing layers
Editor’s tip: Don’t forget to protect your delicate strands with a heat protectant before straightening. The TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray contains a heat activated complex to help protect your locks from heat, so you can rest assured that not only does your hair look good, it’s being cared for, too.
2. Emilia Clarke’s soft layered lob
Whether you’re growing out a bob or contemplating getting one cut, this mid-way length is a great transitional style and the soft shaping at the ends makes all the difference.
3. Keira Knightley’s medium layers
Thought medium layered hairstyles were a little too ‘out there’ for you? Then take inspiration from Keira Knightley’s staggered, medium layered hair and ask your stylist to incorporate a mixture of short, medium and long length layers for a wispy, feminine look.
4. Gemma Chan textured layers
Editor’s tip: There’s nothing worse than limp layers, so pump up the volume with a texturising spray, like the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray. This spray is great for adding an undone, messy texture to make your style look instantly cooler.
5. Elle Fanning’s long layers
Want to maintain your length? No problem! Opting for mid-length layered hair with long layers (like blonde actress Elle Fanning) is a great way to work layers into your look, without sacrificing any of your length.
6. Hailey Baldwin’s beachy layers
7. Alexa Chung’s tousled layers
8. Jenna Coleman’s classic layers
How chic does Jenna Coleman look with this mid-length layered look? We love her gently curled ends, which bring out the shorter layers around her chin.
9. Anne Hathaway’s choppy layers
Choppy shoulder-length layered hair might seem like something your mum would have rocked, right? Well, we thought the same until we saw this photo of Anne Hathaway absolutely killing it on the red carpet with this shoulder-skimming style. With a deep side parting and blown-out curls, mom hair never looked so good!
10. Jennifer Aniston’s long layers
Jennifer Aniston adds the illusion of extra length to her mid-length hair with a swooping side fringe and long layers. Try this look if you’re craving a trim but still want to hang onto your length.
11. Eva Longoria’s flicky layers
For a sexy, sultry look, try working some flicked-out layers into your mane a la Eva Longoria. Adding a glam twist to mid-length layered hair, this is the perfect haircut for the woman who does it all, taking you seamlessly from desk to date night!
12. Margot Robbie’s lived-in lob
Margot Robbie is proof that layers always look better when styled into barely-there curls. So if you’re looking for the best way to show off your newly-cut layers, you know what to do!
13. Felicity Jones’ layers with bangs
Love medium layered haircuts but worried they won’t work with your fringe? Well, worry no more, as Felicity Jones is all the proof you need that bangs and layers are perfectly paired!
With her full, blunt fringe and subtle face-framing layers, this look brings out her stunning green eyes like a dream.
14. Olivia Culpo’s rock chick layers
Olivia Culpo proves that medium layered haircuts can have just as much volume than longer, flowing styles.
Editor’s tip: Tempted to try out Olivia’s rock chick style? For Bardot-worthy volume, turn to the Toni&Guy Root Lift Sculpting Powder. Simply sprinkle into your roots and the weightless, matte formula will instantly create masses of volume, without leaving your hair feeling like its full of product.
15. Lily Collins’ shaggy layers
16. Priyanka Chopra’s layers on thick hair
Who better to look to for hair inspiration than an actual Miss World winner, right? Priyanka’s shoulder length layered cut has volume and sass aplenty and is the ideal source of inspiration for any thick-haired ladies.
17. Tina Fey’s blunt layers
If you’re in need of an office-appropriate, shoulder-length layered hair look, Tina Fey’s simple layered ends are all the inspiration you need.
Letting all of your hair remain the same length but adding slight shape to the ends with some neat layers, this look is perfect if you’re looking for a more mature style.
18. Sarah Hyland’s flicked-out layers
Stay in keeping with the current retro hair trend with flicked-out layers. Sarah Hyland’s flattering style is also a good one to consider if you have thin hair as it’s the ultimate body-booster.
19. Victoria Justice’s sleek and straight layers
Nickelodeon actress Victoria Justice knows that straightening your hair can really help to make the most of any layers in your mane. With her raven mid-length layered hair divided into a perfect centre parting (with chic straightened lengths), this is the perfect way to wear your layers for an evening out.
20. Selena Gomez’ highlighted layers
The best way to really make your medium layered hair shine? Highlights, of course! Note how Selena Gomez has added in some lighter chocolate highlights through her shoulder-length cut to accentuate her hue and make her eyes pop.