Summer party hairstyle ideas for medium hair you’ll love

5 occasion-worthy looks to try out now. 

So you’re all ready for your jam-packed calendar of summer parties – you’ve got your outfits, you’re sporting a great tan, and you’ve perfected the niftiest makeup technique that will ensure you look great for all those long soirees that seem to go on forever. But what about your hair? ‘Cos, let’s be honest, when it comes to party hairstyle ideas for medium hair, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

But what many people don’t realise is that mid-length tresses are actually incredibly versatile, plus it’s the perfect length for experimenting with pretty much every hairstyle under the sun – be it low-key and elegant, or more fun and directional. Still looking for inspiration? Check out our favourite summer party hairstyles for medium hair we think you’ll love, below.

5 Party hairstyle ideas for medium hair


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Hairstyle ideas for medium hair: Modernist middle parting. Credit:

Modernist middle parting

Summer is the season of beach waves and bouncy curls, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a more modernist approach and embrace super sleek, straight hair for a party or two.

Spotted on many a designer runway for spring/summer 2016, it seems poker-straight hair is slowly making a comeback as one of this year’s hottest – and most understatedly chic – styles. Don’t forget to continue the minimalist theme and team with a classic middle parting, and perhaps add a bold red lip to amp up the look for evening.

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Hairstyle ideas for medium hair: Brushed out curls. Credit:

Brushed out curls

Soft, brushed out curls are perfect for adding a dose of glam to your summer party look. They’re also perfect for medium hair as there’s enough length there to make an impact, but not too much as to appear too heavy or full-on.

To get the look, start by spritzing your hair with TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (300ml, £4.99*). Divide your tresses into small sections (approximately 2-3 inches-wide), then start curling with a 1 or 1.5-inch curling wand, making to curl each section in the same direction. Do this until you’ve curled your entire head, then part your hair into a centre or side parting, depending on which look you want to go for.

Finally, spritz your mane with a medium-hold hair spray – like the Toni&Guy Classic Medium Hold Hairspray (£7.49*) – and leave for 5 minutes to set, before gently brushing out the curls out to form cohesive, undulating waves.

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Hairstyle ideas for medium hair: Half-up mohawk braid.

Half-up mohawk braid

If you’re heading to a festival this summer, this mohawk braided hairstyle – AKA unicorn braid – is guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling super cool.

To create the look, section off the top part of your hair vertically from your front hairline to the back of the crown (which measures around 3 inches wide). Create a Dutch braid on this section of hair, starting from your forehead, until you reach the back of the crown, then continue to weave a standard plait all the way down until you reach the end. Secure with a hairband.

To make the braid appear thicker and bigger, loosen it up slightly by gently tugging at the weaves using your index finger and thumb. Then, to finish, spritz your mane with VO5 Classic Styling Firm Hold Hairspray (£2.99*) to secure the look in place all day long.

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Hairstyle ideas for medium hair: Blossoming beach waves. Credit:

Blossoming beach waves

No list of summer party hairstyles would be complete without beachy waves now would it? To take your waves up a notch in the style stakes and make them totally party-ready, why not combine them with a super cute flower crown? Or, if you’re not quite ready to commit to a full crown, flower-adorned hairgrips are another great option (see Diane von Furstenburg’s SS16 runway for reference!).

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Hairstyle ideas for medium hair: Upside down braided bun. Credit: Dvora

Upside down braided bun

This upside down braided bun is a great way to dress up a simple bun for all your summer parties – not to mention it gives a little something extra to your standard braided updo.

Simply tip your head upside down and French braid from the nape of the neck upwards towards your crown, before securing all of your hair in a messy bun. For a more detailed how-to, check out our step-by-step tutorial. We promise it’s not as hard as it looks!

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