11 short to mid-length hairstyles that’ll break you out of your beauty rut

Stuck in a beauty rut? These short to mid-length hairstyles have totally got your back!  

Have you got short to medium length hair? Are you also guilty of wearing the same hairstyle over and over again (don’t worry, we are too)? If so, there’s something you should know: we’ve made it our mission to help you #beathairboredom with one of the inspirational short to mid-length hairstyles, below.

Whether you’re in the mood to jazz up your regular pony, try a braid or add an accessory or two, the A-listers we’ve scouted out are slaying the short to medium hair game! Come on, take a look…

Short to mid-length hairstyles: 11 looks you’ll want to copy, stat

close up shot of tess haubirch with long pixie hairstyle with side braids in it, wearing all black on the red carpet
Take your pixie to cooler heights with some side braids! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Side braids

Instead of wearing your long pixie hairstyle or bob cut sleek, make like Tess Haubrich and work in some pretty side braids. The result? A fierce and fabulous ‘do that’s ready to take on the day-to-night hum, in style.

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Editor’s tip: Want to make your braided short to mid-length hairstyles last? You’ll need the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspraywhich will ensure your ‘do stays put, while also tackling frizz.

short medium hairstyles: close up shot of logan browing with milkmaid braid on the naacp runway
Short to medium haircuts look ultra-cool in milkmaid braids! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Milkmaid braid

Logan Browning’s mane is a brilliant example of how to rock milkmaid braids with short to medium haircuts. Romantically styled up, this gorgeous ‘do is just want you need to make your lengths feel fresh again. Ooh la la!

If this braided hairstyle isn’t your cup of tea, here are 7 braids that’ll solve your hair drama.

medium short hairstyle: close up shot of diane kruger with side braided hairstyle, wearing beret and gingham dress
Are you ready to channel your inner French girl? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3.  Side braided ponytail

When it comes to flattering hairstyles for both medium and short hairstyles, you really can’t go wrong this ultra-stylish side braided ponytail and beret combination, which we spotted Diane Kruger slaying on the red carpet.

The best thing about this look? It’ll help you disguise greasy roots and also allow you to channel your inner French girlOui, oui!

short to medium hairstyles: close up shot of debby ryan with wavy medium hairstyle, wearing blue and posing on red carpet
When it comes to short/medium hairstyles, you can’t go wrong with beachy waves! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Beachy waves

We, for one, think that beachy waves look incredible with both short and medium hairstyles. Need proof? Just look to American actress and singer, Debby Ryan for inspiration.

So, are you ready to sass up your go-to straight hairstyle for this beach-ready look?

Editor’s tip: Don’t have the desired volume needed to create this look? Then spritz your mane with the VO5 Dry Texturising spray, to really give your locks some added oomph!

short to medium haircuts: close up shot of Brooklyn Decker with medium length hollywood waves, posing on the red carpet and wearing all blacl
Hollywood will be calling! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Hollywood waves

Brooklyn Decker’s Hollywood waves get top marks from us. Not only is this elegant hairstyle perfect for those with short to medium haircuts, but it’s also the perfect date night look.

Psst… Before you get major mane envy, take a look at our tutorial on how to get Hollywood waves at home.

short medium hairstyles: close up shot of skyler samuels with wavy short hair, with stars hair accessories in it
Starry, starry hair… Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Loose waves + star hair accessory

If you’re struggling to recreate Hollywood waves with your short hairstyle (be it a pixie or a chin-length bob), you can easily take your mane to starry heights with some elegant star hair accessories.

Using stars as accent pieces like Skyler Samuels does will instantly add an extra touch of sophistication and class to your otherwise simple medium or short haircuts.

short to mid length hairstyles: close up shot of bella hadid with half up half down ponyail hairstyle on the red carpet
Want to show off your strands? Try this! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Half-up, half-down ponytail

Can’t shake off your love for half-up, half-down short to mid-length hairstyles? Neither can Bella Hadid! Here, she’s styled her mid-length hair into a sleek half-up, half-down ponytail. And guess what? You can do it, too!

Discover more inspiring half-up, half-down hairstyles, right here.

Editor’s tip: To make short to medium haircuts look flawlessly sleek (Bella would never be caught dead without shiny locks!), we suggest you take another look at the TONI&GUY Flawless Sleek Creation Hairspray, which is ideal for creating and finishing your polished look.

close up shot of nina nesbitt with half up half down bun hairstyle on short hair, wearing pink on the red carpet
Those with short to medium haircuts can rock a hun hairstyle, too! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Half-up, half-down bun

If you’re a little apprehensive as to whether a half-up, half-down hairstyle will work for your short hair, Nina Nesbitt’s gorgeous mane is all you need to convince you otherwise.

short to mid length hairstyles: close up shot of vanessa kirby with messy low ponytail hairstyle, wearing floral dress on the red carpet
Messy ponytails = #hairgoals! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Messy ponytail

We know, we know: ponytails aren’t always the most exciting short to mid-length hairstyles! However, this messy one we spotted on Vanessa Kirby is anything but ordinary.

This undone style actually works better on lived-in locks and makes the perfect go-to for any last-minute shenanigans.

Psst… Nab this gorgeous look for yourself with our easy how-to.

close up shot of margot robbie with topknot with ribbon tied around it, on the critics choice awards red carpet
Give your topknot a romantic upgrade with a ribbon. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Topknot + ribbon hair accessory

You’ve got the messy bun down to a T, so now it’s time to dress it up for work or brunch with a pretty ribbon, just like Margot Robbie has done — stunning, right?

With so many mane accessories to choose from, you’ll never have dull-looking short to medium hairstyles. Now, you can’t argue with that!

close up shot of cardi b with short bob with bangs, wearing all white at the pre-grammy gala
Short to medium haircuts can be easily transformed with bangs! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Bangs

To fringe or not to fringe, that is the question! Well, if you’re really looking for a quick way to vamp up short to medium haircuts, we suggest you try jumping on the bangs bandwagon.

With so many bang types out there (be it blunt or Bardot), there’s a hot style out there that will make your short to mid-length hairstyle look extra chic, isn’t that right Cardi B?


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