Medium Hairstyles

15 Shoulder-Length Hairdos that Aren’t Boring

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Style that lob!

2017 is the year that everyone is finally getting in on the lob a.k.a that coveted medium-length chop. And we’re obsessed, to say the least. In general, shoulder-length hairdos look good on everyone and they can be styled in tons of cool ways! It’s all the variety you can get with long hair, but without having to deal with the extra length. But as with any hair type, you can get bored by wearing your hair the same old way. To inspire you to try something new, we’re sharing some new ways to style your shoulder-length hairdos.

Interesting Shoulder-Length Hairdos to Try

Blonde woman wearing shoulder-length hairdos fluffy curls and curtain bangs.
Rock those barely-there curls. Photo credit:

1. Fluffy Curls and Curtain Bangs

These easy breezy curls can be done in mere minutes, depending on the thickness of your hair. You just need to use a large three inch barrel curling iron to wrap random bits of hair around for bendy curls. Then you can add in that texture with a defining cream. We like to use the Bed Head By TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream for a cool matte finish. Worn with a center part and curtain bans, you can’t go wrong!

Blonde woman wearing shoulder length hairdos of dutch braids.
Our favorite braids for shoulder grazing cuts. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

2. Double Boxer Braids and Bangs

Braids are still achievable on shorter hair. We love these Dutch braided pigtails! Dutch braids (or boxer braids or cornrows) are essentially just a French braid, but you braid under instead of over. This lets the bulk of the braid sit on top of your hair, and it also looks pretty cool to be honest. Pair up your Dutch braids with long and sleek side bangs.

Red haired woman wearing shoulder length hairdos of slicked down '70s style hair.
A perfect mix of ’20s and ’70s styles. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. ’70s Center Part

You can wear ’70s hair even if you don’t have hair down to your waist! All you need to do is wear a cool ’70s center part. We like this style on all hair types, not just pin straight hair. You can emphasize the center part on curlier textures by slicking down your roots with hair gel.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos knotted low ponytail.
Cool knots look sleek, not messy.

4. Knotted Low Ponytail

The low ponytail trend is still kicking, but we have a minor alteration for shoulder length hairdos. Because a standard low ponytail may be lacking a bit of drama without extra long hair, we like to give it just a little more attention. Enter the knotted ponytail! All you need to do is brush your hair back like your regular ponytail. Then, separated your hair roughly in half and tie once like you’re starting to tie a bow. Secure with a hair tie both sections together, right under the knot for a cool dimensional look.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos curly hair.
A gradual curl looks best!

5. Curly Ends

Who needs volume all over when you can wear this chic partially curled look? We suggest working in these mini twists with a conical curling wand. You know, the kind that are skinnier at the tip? It will help you get a good flow from where the curls start around your ears, through to the ends. When you’re done curling make sure to add in some shine with the Catwalk By TIGI Camera Ready Shine Spray.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos deep side part and beach waves.
The deepest side parts help give more volume. Photo credit:

6. Deep Side Part

For shoulder length hair, the deeper the side part, the better! We love this look for adding in extra volume into thinner hair types. It’s also a great option if you want to add some asymmetry to your look without getting a haircut.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos braids and updo.
Braid from the neck upwards and finish it off with a bun. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

7. Back Braided Updo

The one drawback to shorter hair is that you may have a harder time getting it all up into an updo at once. We like to cheat our way to a cool updo with upside down braids. It can help you get all those shorter hairs from the nape of your neck, to fit into the updo hairstyle!

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos tousled and wavy hair.
Voluminous second-day hair? Sign us up. Photo credit:

8. Rough Tousled Lob

How gorgeous is this look? We’re a little in love with the simplicity of this style. We always think this look works the best with a little extra oil in your hair. You can  achieve this style by loosely curling freshly washed hair. The next day, once the curls have fallen a bit you can add in more texture! We suggest using the Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist to refresh your roots and add volume.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos voluminous and curly hair.
For non curly girls: take your time and curl from root to tip! Photo credit:

9. Tight Coiled Curls

Shorter curly cuts are our cup of tea. They add gorgeous shape and volume to naturally curly hair. You can always curl your hair to get this effect if you use a half inch curling wand.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos space buns and center part.
Double buns are twice as fun!

10. Space Buns

We’re totally on board with the space buns hair trend! On shoulder-length hair, you can wear all of your hair in space buns to get a voluminous look. We’re also big fans of doing half up space buns on lob length hair to give you a little more hair to frame your face.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos tucked braid updo.
Tuck that tail for a sleek braided look. Photo credit:

11. Tucked Braid

If you love your lob length hair but sometimes need all of it out of the way, this style is for you. The tucked braid is one of those deceptively easy styles that anyone can do! Create a French braid from the top of your head all the way down to the ends. Secure it in place with a clear mini hair elastic. Then, you can take the tail of the braid and fold it up and under. There should be a little space under the braid at the nape of your neck where the tail can fit! Just tuck it in and pin into place.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder-length hairdos wet hair look
Anyone and everyone should try the wet hair look at least once. Photo credit:

12. Wet Look Hair

Wet look hair is so trendy all of the sudden and we are here for it. This NYFW look is easy to replicate at home, all you need is some hair gel! We’re particular fans of the TRESemmé Tres Two Mega Firm Control Gel. Just apply to your hair, comb back and rock this fun wet look.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder length hairdos messy hair updo.
This messy updo is almost victorian, no? Photo credit:

13. Messy Bun Updo

An updo anyone can try is the simple bun. Mixed together with messy, tousled hair and you’ve got yourself an interesting hairstyle! You can start with day old curls, just make sure not to smooth down your hair before styling. You want it to look messy! Then just pull back and secure into a simple bun. You can pull out random sections of hair to make it look even messier.

Brunette woman wearing shoulder-length hairdos dutch braid and voluminous hair.
The bigger the braid the better!

14. Beefy Braid

This is the perfect example of how dutch braids show off the texture of braids. They also make it so much easier to get a larger look to your braid. Just braid it on back, then you can pull and tug on the curves of the braid to get a larger look!

Brunette woman wearing shoulder-length hairdos french girl hair and center part.
Casual and chic, french girl hair can do no wrong. Photo credit:

15. French Girl Hair

We’re pretty sure that it’s only possible to get that authentic French girl hairdo when it’s brushing around your shoulders. We love this style because it’s quick and easy and looks good with everything. Start off with a center part, and add in random curls here and there. Inconsistency is key! Rough it up a little bit and you’re good to go.

Need even more shoulder-length hairdos to inspire you? Check out how to create messy updos on medium length hair.

15 March 2017