Whether you’re growing out shorter locks, chopping off damaged ends or just prefer a lower maintenance cut, there’s a medium-length hairstyle out there for you. These 10 celebrities rock their own medium-length styles and have plenty of awesome looks we’d like to steal.
#1: Cara Delevingne
Model and actress Cara Delevingne once let her balayage blonde locks fall well past her shoulders, but the Suicide Squad star chopped several inches off her locks and embraced a sexy, shaggy long bob courtesy of Los Angeles stylist Mara Roszak. Before stepping foot outside the salon, Delevingne posted an Instagram photo of the cut off locks, but she didn’t debut her new look until Comic-Con International in San Diego. A long bob is the perfect versatile medium-length hairstyle for anyone who loves the ability to wash and go without any other hair maintenance to worry about.
#2: Kate Hudson
Over the years, we’ve seen Kate Hudson’s hair evolve from beach waves that graze her mid-back to more sleek, sophisticated and shorter styles. The actress recently founded Fabletics, a fitness brand operated by JustFab, and chose to show off her killer abs at the Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards, though our eyes were also drawn to her hair. This medium-length cut frames the face with long layers and side-swept bangs, which perfectly suits an oval-shaped face.
#3: Lily Collins
Actress Lily Collins isn’t one to shy away from a daring hair transformation. The Rules Don’t Apply star has rocked straight long locks, cascading ringlets and a pixie cut that she flawlessly grew out in every shade, from strawberry blonde to jewel tones. Our favorite look ever might be her current dark auburn-brown long bob. By keeping her hair one length, Collins is able to play with updos, but the actress cleverly frames her face with curls instead of layers. Her gentle waves give this style even more volume.
#4: Kerry Washington
While Scandal star Kerry Washington often wears her medium-length locks in sleek, straight styles, we love the style she wore on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Washington went with a deep side part and spiral curls to give her medium-length locks a flirty, voluminous twist. To create these soft, defined curls at home, use a small barrel curling iron and start at the back of the head, dividing your hair into 2-inch strands and working your way to the front. To avoid the heat, leave small curlers in wet hair overnight to dry.
#5: Carrie Underwood
Country music’s reigning queen, Carrie Underwood, traded in her long blonde locks for a shorter medium-length look, and her hair has never looked more adorable. The Storyteller singer posted this Instagram shot while she was getting ready for the Grammys. This is one medium-length hairstyle we definitely want to try at home. Underwood’s messy, piecey curls prove sexy bed head isn’t just for women with longer locks. If you’re replicating the medium length style at home, it helps to have some clearly defined layers cut into your hair already. From there, just have fun. Don’t worry about creating the perfect curls in each section of hair, because you don’t want it to look too uniform. When you’re done curling, tousle your locks with a little pomade for hold.
#6: Kristin Bell
Kristen Bell has always stuck with her signature blonde locks, but her length has changed over the years, going from mid-back grazing curls to a medium-length cut that doesn’t overpower her heart shaped face. The House of Lies and Frozen star is currently rocking a medium-length cut with side swept long bangs. After she flawlessly recovered from a teleprompter fail at the People’s Choice Awards, Kristen Bell snapped this shot with Tyler Perry that shows off her longer on the top layers and beachy waves.
#7: Yara Shahidi
We can’t get enough of Yara Shahidi’s carefree and cool medium length cut. The Black-ish star has shorter, face-framing layers that create a soft shape. Keeping her medium-length locks trimmed and healthy lends even more volume to Shahidi’s style. Shahidi’s playful medium-length cut paired with her makeup is serious summer style inspiration.
#8: Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy has been donning a wig for her hilarious Sean Spicer impression on Saturday Night Live, so you may not have noticed the Ghostbusters star recently joined the medium=length hair club. McCarthy once rocked long auburn locks, but she made a drastic change with lighter brown locks that graze her shoulders, and pretty face framing highlights. Not only is a medium-length cut a low-maintenance hairstyle, it’s also the perfect hairstyle for playing with color while maintaining healthy locks.
#9: Eva Mendes
Model and actress Eva Mendes has the kind of thick hair some of us dream about, but her hairstyle also plays a big part in how amazing she looks. Mendes often rocks a dramatic side part, which allows all that volume to cascade over one side of her head. The volume is further emphasized with a dynamic color and curls. If you aren’t blessed with Mendes’s genetics and need to fake it until you make it, blow dry your hair toward the left if you’re parting on the right, then flip it over. Using a wide barrel curling iron will give you more voluminous curls.
#10: Karlie Kloss
Fashion model and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss used to rock long locks, but we’re loving what her medium length hairstyle is doing for her delicate bone structure and heart shaped face. Kloss posted this photo of herself on Instagram of her look for the Academy Awards, and we can’t get enough. A deep side part and classic waves give this medium-length hairstyle some serious Golden Age glamour.
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