Hairstyles and haircuts are supposed to fit your mood, right? Medium short hairstyles let you get rid of length, yet they’re long enough to throw into a ponytail, braid or even an updo, and allow you to style your hair any way you please. Your style changes day by day (sometimes even by the hour!); wouldn’t you want short to medium hairstyles that give you the choice to do your tresses in any way you fancy?
We here at All Things Hair know exactly how you feel, i.e. We’re always doing a little somethin’ to our hair. To prove our point, we’ve gathered up 15 medium short hairstyles guaranteed to give you hours of playtime:
15 Medium Short Hairstyles You Need to Try
Looking for new haircut inspo? Check out these medium short styles, that are sure to have you running to the salon.
1. Layered Lob, a.k.a. The Rachel
There’s a reason why this ubiquitous style from the ’90s is still around; it’s versatile AF! You can blow it straight, wear it curly or braid it. The layered lob with long bangs is truly a modern classic.
2. Low Loose Bun
Gather your lob in a low, loose pony. Then take the ends and loop them into the ponytail. Cover with a ribbon (or not), and you’re done.
3. Layered Lob with Full Fringe
Brush your shoulders with short medium hairstyles like a layered lob with full fringe. Use Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat-Protection Spray as a lightweight leave-in styler that also protects your hair from heated styling tools to keep hair shiny and frizz-free.
4. Wavy Shag
Hair that has waves will shine in medium short hairstyles like the shag. Hair is layered all over, and more layers are cut around the face; this lets the waves move vertically, instead of horizontally. Instead of bulky hair that seems to grow wider when it’s humid, it shimmers with movement. Lock-in your waves with Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray.
5. Layers and Micro Fringe
Try long layers and micro fringe to shake things up. This piecey fringe is going to have a huge moment in 2022, so you’ll want to keep your eye out for bangs like this next year.
6. Red Brown Ombré
7. Full ‘Fro
Natural gals, let your ‘fro go! Take a hair pick, and gently use it on your ‘fro until you get the style you desire. And since natural hair is oftentimes dry and definitely delicate, keep your strands moisturized and defined with Emerge Glow Off Oil Serum.
8. Disco Diva
Be a dancing queen with this curly retro style. Use SheaMoisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Styling Gel on your roots, blow roots straight and then let your curls run riot.
9. Messy Bun
Cool medium short hairstyles like this one are super-duper easy to do. Simply create a tiny bun at the nape, and then let your bangs frame your face. Love Beauty and Planet Hope & Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Hope & Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Conditioner smell divine and keep your hair soft, shiny and healthy.
10. Center Part Lob
Wear a middle part with your lob for an on-trend curtains style. The fringe style is perfect for adding a face-framing aspect to your look.
11. Feathered Waves
Feathering was big in the ’70s. It’s been modernized, and layers are softer and more blended. Shake and go!
12. Layered Cut and Highlights
Try an easy to wear a layered cut that kisses your shoulders. Then shine some light on yourself with multi-hued highlights.
13. Hair Tinsel Hairstyles
It never hurts to add a little sparkle! Whether you have a natural hair color or or a fun, colorful hue, you can make your look stand out when more with subtle hair tinsel throughout the closely matches your hair color.
14. Sleek Lob
A sleek, mid-length cut is a fool-proof style. This can work for a variety of occasions, and never fails to leave you looking put-together.
15. Natural Mid-Length with Bangs
The mid-length cut is great for natural hair! It shows off your curls without making your hair feel like it’s too long. Plus, we love how the bangs add extra interest to the stye.
From curtain bangs styles to trendy mid-length shags, there are many styles you can try when going for a short medium haircut.