10 Shoulder Length Hair Ideas to Try for Fall

Style this awesome mid-length cut with some of our favorite looks.

With long mermaid tresses and effortlessly chic bob haircuts taking over the fashion and beauty scene, shoulder length hair doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Perfect for someone who wants the best of both hair worlds, we love how this look is not too short and not too long–making shoulder length hair the perfect look for a Fall day and every day thereafter. Read on and get inspired to rock shoulder length hair this fall by scoping out our top 10 picks!

The Perfect Shoulder Length Hair Ideas for Fall

Shoulder Length Hair Natural Curls
Showcase your natural curls in your awesome shoulder length hairstyle. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Natural Curls

Some days you just want a no-fuss look to rock all day long–a naturally curly medium-length cut can certainly fulfill that goal. To make the most of your curls, use some of the TRESemmé TRES Two Extra-Firm Control Mousse to provide your shoulder length hair with added body, definition and control.

Shoulder Length Hair Fishtail Braid

2. Curly Side-Swept Fishtail

Perfectly undone braids are all the rage right now and no one can achieve the look better than someone with a headful of curls. Once you sweep your fishtail braid around to one side, lightly tug little curls out around the crown of your head to bring that effortlessly messy, but totally chic look to life.

shoulder length hair vintage waves

3. Sleek Vintage Waves

Channel your love for the ‘40s with a perfectly smooth, bouncing vintage ‘do. To get the super shiny look, use an ultra nourishing system like Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Rebalancing Shampoo and Nexxus New York Salon Care Restoring Conditioner. Create your loose curls with a curling wand, focusing on the ends of your hair. If you want to amp it up a bit more, evenly distribute a few pumps of Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil for an extra boost of shine and to help with any frizz or flyaways.

Shoulder Length Hair Braided Ponytail

4. Braided Ponytail

Ponytails don’t have to be the quintessential lazy hairstyle, especially if you perk it up with a thick braid. In order to not take away from the braid, use clear mini elastics at the start and finish of the braid. As always, to make your braid appear a bit thicker, just gently tug for the desired look.

Shoulder Length Hair Ombré Curls
Ombré curls on shoulder length hair is one of our favorite looks for fall. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Ombré Curls

Ombré has been such a hot hair trend in 2016, and we just love how there’s no sign of it dying down. When you add the dual hair tones to your curly shoulder length hair, you’ll be able to create quite the contrast in an otherwise clean-cut look.

shoulder length hair afro

6. Afro Hairstyle

Rock your afro hairstyle with pride. We love how this style looks on all hair types, but especially how it gives your face (and hair!) definition in a cool afro style.

Shoulder Length Hair Snake Braided Bun

7. Snake Braided Bun

Braids, braids, braids–we’re all about them. When you look at this tight look, you might think it looks a bit more difficult than a simple over-under braiding technique. Worry not though, the snake braid bun is simply multiple traditional braids all wound together and secured with bobby pins. Master this look for yourself by checking out our snake braided bun tutorial. When you have this many pieces working together for an overall canvas of hair, make sure to lock in your look by using some of the Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray.

shoulder length hair space buns

8. Space Buns

Buns are lifesavers when it comes to getting hair out of your face, even when a gust of wind blows through. And while we love messy buns, every once in a while we advocate adding a more tailored style to the look. Enter the awesome space bun. As an ode to ’90s hair, you simply have to create two high pigtails (another awesome style for shoulder length hair, we might add!) and then wrap each ponytail in a circular fashion to create a fully woven bun. Then, secure it with a traditional thick hair tie for a look that won’t budge and will look super cute all day long.

shoulder length hair pony
Adding multiple ponytails to your hair is an awesome way to showcase your shoulder length hair. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

9. Multiple Ponytails

Back at it again with the braids. This look is perfect for all you ladies who have unruly flyways on the side of your head when you tie up a pony. When you weave little braids on the sides that lead back to the full pony, just think of it as Style: 1, Wisps: 0.

Shoulder Length Hair Braided Crown

10. Braided Crown

Sometimes a girl just wants to leave her hair down without it being obnoxious and getting in her face; the braided crown is so perfect for that look. Showcasing a braided style across the head, typically from ear-to-ear, and secured on the non-starting end with some bobby pins, this look is the perfect solution for shoulder length hair that you can rock at work or on your weekend adventures (apple picking, anyone?).

Love your medium cut, but looking for more ways to style it? Check out our feature on 7 shoulder length hairstyles to try for date night.