Medium Curly Hairstyles: 10 Chic Ways to Style Your Curls

Skip the blowout and embrace your curls instead with these medium length curly hairstyles.

When searching for chic and classy medium curly hairstyles, it can be tempting to grab your blow dryer and straighten your curls into a sleek and fuss-free blowout. The right hair products will tame your curls into lustrous, straight strands, and you can head into your evening without worrying about how unpredictable weather will affect your curls. Today, we’re making the case for standing by your curls by featuring ten chic, medium curly hairstyles that will enhance and define your natural texture. With the right products and a few quick styling tips, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to wear your curls in an elegant and streamlined way—without sacrificing their texture, definition and curl pattern:

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An easy way to upgrade a classic medium curly hair style while taking advantage of your natural texture.

1. Sleek With Natural Curls

Your natural curls have a life of their own, and we don’t want to mess with the integrity of their pattern and personality. Leaving them natural allows for a slightly fancier upgrade when they’re streamlined into a tight ponytail that showcases your loose curls. To achieve this, apply Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil from your roots to your ends, then gather your hair up on top of your head into a ponytail. Secure your ponytail on the top of your head with a hair tie, and use your fingers to pull the curls apart for maximum impact. If you have any trouble achieving the sleek look (pictured above), use a comb to gather your hair into the ponytail and pull it tight against your head. This is one of our favorite hairstyles for medium curly hair.

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These medium wavy hairstyles aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

2. Loose Curls

Pulling half of your shoulder length curly hair away from your face and leaving the other side down is an instant recipe for a hairstyle that’s both chic and mature. Start by defining your curls by using Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse then letting your hair air-dry.

You can also diffuse your medium length curly hair if you’re in a rush. Part your hair on the side, and gather a small piece from the front of your hairline and twist it back. Pin it in place with two crisscrossed bobby pins, and hide the pins underneath a back layer of hair. Finish off with a mist of Catwalk by TIGI Work It Hairspray. This particular hairspray works to condition your hair as it holds it in place—while also providing your hair with some gorgeous shine.

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Gather your curls up into a flirty high ponytail. This is one of those curly medium hairstyles that’s ideal for summer.

3. Flirty High Ponytail

This style is ideal for the warmer weather but can really be worn all year round. Gather your curls on top of your head and use a hair tie to secure them into a flirty high ponytail. Pull a few curls out to frame your face for a universally flattering style.

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Pull half your curls back.

4. Half Back

Separate your hair into a deep side part and pull one side back. Pin it into place using two bobby pins for a chic and elegant style you’ll wear over and over again.

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Give your strands an extra dose of volume.

5. Extra Volume

The easiest way to give your hair some extra volume is by flipping your part over to the opposite side. By flipping your hair over and having it fall in the opposite direction than it usually does, you’ll add instant volume and lift.

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Cut your curls into one even length for a change of pace.

6. Even Length

While most curly-haired women opt for a layered haircut, there is something to be said for an even length style. This mid-length naturally curly look is chic and mature in the best way and we love how it looks with a few strategic highlights.

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Brush through your curls.

7. Go Heavy On the Volume

Gently comb through your curls using your fingers or a comb to add more volume and to make them double in size.

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The shorter the layers the higher the curls.

8. Micro Layers

There’s nothing like a layered haircut to add major volume and lift to your look. Just remember: the shorter the layers, the higher the curls.

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Yes, it’s a thing.

9. Curly Bangs

We’re strong believers that all curly haired women should try bangs at least once in their lives. We love this ’80s-inspired style and we’re confident that you’ll fall in love with it, too.

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Go all in.

10. Afro Chic

Go all in with a classic afro style and wear your natural texture proudly.

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