Medium hairstyles for women are among the most versatile, because “medium” can mean so many things! Not only that, but it’s also the most common hair length. However, the styles a woman with medium length hair can pull off are anything but average. To take advantage of all that potential, a willingness to experiment is a must. Maybe it’s time to snag some style inspo and transform those medium-length locks into a fresh new signature ‘do.
Medium Hairstyles for Women – New and Popular Ideas
In the gallery below you’ll find everyone’s favorites – hairstyles we come across looking through popular hair and beauty blogs. There are also some fresh ideas, you’ll be tempted to try.
#1: Shaggy, Tousled Layers
Quite a few medium length hairstyles for women benefit from layers. They create body, give the hairstyle shape, and open up a wide world of styling options. The layers are on the longer side, which is also helpful with styling, but the shortest still frame the face, making it easy to fake a fringe.
#2: Loose Medium Length Waves
A bit of wave or curl will take any medium cut a long way. This hairstyle itself is relatively simple – shoulder length, long side-swept bangs, and a few layers for movement. The waves add dimension and texture, so don’t be afraid to pull out the curling iron or experiment with overnight braids.
#3: Medium Short Shag
Thanks to the layers and angles, this bobbed shag is both medium and short. There are all sorts of levels within this cut, which gives it plenty of movement and keeps it lightweight. It’s easy to see why this is a sought-after choice for both younger and older women.
#4: Sleek, Simple and Sophisticated
This is one of the most flattering medium length hairstyles for women over 50, especially women with thin hair. Upkeep and styling are effortless, the layers framing the face sharpen the jaw line and shape the face, and the bangs soften the look while drawing attention to the eyes.
#5: Medium Length and Messy
This is a fantastic hairdo for women in their 30’s who rock a youthful vibe. The color choice is part of the fun, so it might be worthwhile to at least consider some ombre or balayage color – why not, right?
#6: Long Beachy Waves
The really marvelous thing about medium hairstyles for women over 50 is that they disprove the stereotypical idea that after a certain age, women’s hairstyles have to be short, cropped, or bobbed, at the very least. That’s not true at all. Let it grow long and wear it loose, just add waves or soft curls for volume and body.
#7: Messy Medium Lob
Bobs never go out of style and, even better, they’re timeless and ageless, as well. Bobs and lobs are ideal cuts for women over 40 – and for women under 40, for that matter. This one is layered and beautifully tousled. Use a bit of product and either blow-out or go for an air dry.
#8: Medium Dimensional Shag
Here’s a ‘do that’s favored by ladies on the go thanks to its effortless upkeep. Styling is a breeze, but have a blow dryer and a round brush close to hand. A spritz of hairspray will keep those feathered layers held back.
#9: Caramel Balayage Bob
Not eager to chop off a lot of inches? Angled bobs like this one fall on the longer side of medium, especially at the longest point of the angle. Furthermore, bobs are universally flattering, ideal for women of any age, with any hair length, or hair type.
#10: Medium Length Layers
In general, medium hairstyles for women are perfect for ladies with curly hair. A mid-length cut makes it easier to tame those waves and curls into a flattering ‘do. In this case, lots of long and short layers accomplish that task. Topping it off with bangs, you get a nice transition between the top and the bottom.
#11: Medium Bedhead Waves
Look at all that texture and body, isn’t it enviable? This ‘do is purposely messy, so its styling is fast but always gorgeous. The layers are subtle and long, but they still add so much movement. The cinnamon highlights are worth stealing!
#12: Medium Length and Angled
This bobbed cut is all about the subtle angle and choppy layers. Texture is important to carry off this kind of cut, even if it requires a curling iron or some blow dry magic. Keep the layers razor cut and tousled for a deliberately messy ‘do.
#13: Face-Framing Layers
Looking for timeless medium length hairstyles for women over 40? Don’t be afraid to keep it on the longer side of mid-length. Ask for layers that frame the face, just like these. Notice how the cut sharpens the chin and creates some beautiful angles to flatter the face. The soft side-swept layers in front can double as long bangs, too.
#14: Side Flip
This is a big, bold, sky-high hairdo indeed. Even women who have fine or thin hair can fake volume and thickness like this. It’s all about the layers and shape, but also styling that definitely involves some root lifter.
#15: Straight Bob with Swoopy Bangs
Bangs and bobs go together beautifully, especially longer bangs like this side-swept fringe. This really is the perfect cut for women with medium hair. It’s classic, classy, and it looks gorgeous no matter what the occasion.
#16: Choppy Blonde Bob
Medium length hairstyles for women can be edgy – who says they can’t? This bob is on the shorter side of medium. The uneven, deliberately jagged layers are everything, they’re the highlight of the entire hairstyle. Women who are looking for a fun, youthful ‘do may consider copying this cut.
#17: Medium-to-Long Bob for Straight Hair
How chic is this timeless cut? It’s bobbed but still shoulder length, so there’s plenty of hair to play around with. This is different from other medium length ‘dos because it doesn’t rely on many layers – for the most part it’s all one length, except for that gorgeous angle.
#18: Shaggy and Sexy
Take a walk on the shorter side of the medium length spectrum with a sassy, sexy, tousled haircut like this one. Plenty of shaggy layers make it easy to style and result in a flattering ‘do for women of all ages.
#19: Sophisticated Side-Swept Style
While most medium length hairstyles for women listed here can be worn by ladies of any ethnicity, this is a cut and style that is particularly recommended for black women with straightened natural hair, weave, extensions, or a wig. African American ladies with thick hair, this is something only you can pull off!
#20: Bobbed Volume
This is more of a variation of traditional bobs thanks to the layering. It’s almost a shag, except that it’s smooth and softly rounded, not tousled and messy. Basically, this involves just one layer of layers that bobs softly over the bottom.
Versatility is the main characteristic of many medium hairstyles for women. Playing around with length, layering, shape, and styling finishes opens up a world of chic creative hairdos. What’s the best medium length look of the bunch?