From Veronica Lake to Debbie Harry, many of the world’s most beautiful women have made medium blonde hair a part of their personal image. Variations of this cut and color combination have evolved through the decades, but flaxen shades and shoulder-grazing locks continue to be a classic hair style. These 40 looks offer adaptations for every hair type and personality. Whether you’re looking for an update or something completely new, you’re sure to find inspiration in the images below.
Best Shoulder Length Blonde Hair Looks
Blonde hair is beautiful, but bleaching puts a lot of stress on your strands. As a result, long fair hair often looks scraggly and damaged. Keeping length near the shoulder provides luxurious femininity and easy styling while keeping your locks healthy and neat. Haircut options include blunt or layered, curly or straight, and conservative or edgy.
1. Sleek Ash Blonde Hair
Subtle highlights and lowlights are united with a titanium glaze in this look for blonde shoulder length hair that flows like silk. The ends are texturized but non-layered for a smooth surface with indistinct ends. It’s a great choice for high-density fine hair that’s naturally straight.
2. Shoulder-Grazing Strawberry Shag
This medium blonde hair features a trendy rose gold hue and shaggy layering. Strawberry shades such as these are flattering on most skin colors. The bob-like silhouette is perfect if you love shorter styles but don’t want to take your length above the collar bone.
3. Blunt Cut White Gold Lob
Going lighter can thin out hair and make it look duller. The solution is a crisp blunt cut that maximizes weight and shine. A side part keeps things interesting and creates a pretty peek-a-boo angle at the front. Style sleek with a flat brush.
4. Shaggy Fade
Give your mid length blonde hair an ethereal feeling with bright ends. Leaving roots dark means less upkeep; light tips diffuse the edges. This is a great option if your hair feels heavy or if you simply want a change without sacrificing length.
5. Bi-Color Blonde with Bangs
If your hair is naturally dirty blonde, it’s easy to lighten, making it a perfect base for in-vogue effects like this high-contrast ombre. The rainbow bang helps to visually transition between the colors and draws attention to the eyes.
6. Loose Curls with Streaks
Simple cuts like the one pictured below are a perfect canvas for complex color solutions. Classic highlighting creates defined streaks that accentuate twists and turns of the hair. Images like this are a great source of inspiration.
7. Soft Layers and Side Tuck
This earthy hue and soft layers provide a casual girl-next-door aesthetic. Flipping hair to the opposite side of the natural part creates instant volume without heat styling. Tucking one side behind the ear adds a coquettish touch.
8. Ice Blonde Lob
Give your hair an update with this heavily highlighted long bob. The clean lines of this cut make it perfect for air drying, especially if you have wavy hair. The ultra-pale color and cool tone encourage the otherwise understated look pop.
9. Creamy Blonde Waves with Bangs
Accentuate your porcelain skin with cool neutrals like this natural beige woven with pinpoints of cream. Customizing wispy lengths with bangs modernizes and makes hair look fuller. For loose fluctuating waves, curl the center of each section around a styling wand, alternating directions.
10. Amber Waves
Warm chestnut roots add depth to this medium blonde hairstyle, adapting it for skin tones that can’t normally wear blonde. Pale highlights illuminate the interior and ends, while the center part keeps the rumpled texture neat.
11. Platinum Tresses with Shaggy Cut
A medium length cut, platinum locks and shaggy layers? It may be a bold statement, but it’s one we love. If you do take the plunge and go for an all-over platinum, you’ll be constantly doing blonde root touch ups, but the finished effect is so worth it.
12. Multi-Tonal Mid Length Hair
If you’re naturally fair, why not enhance what you’ve got with some strategically placed highlights? An amazing colourist is all it takes to transform ‘good’ into ‘great’ when it comes to medium blonde hair. Lighter strands around the face and through the ends are key to creating a super flattering finish.
13. Poker-Straight Cool Blonde Style
If you’re stuck for ideas to bring to your next color appointment, consider a light bright hue. With hints of white and creamy marshmellow, an all over icy dye is modern and cool. For a smooth finish and to show off a razor-sharp medium length cut, invest in a pair of straighteners. Just be sure not to scrimp on a heat protectant spray!
14. Icy Highlights and Loose Curls
There’s nothing quite like leaving the salon with a full head of highlights. You instantly feel more chic, but keeping them salon-fresh at home takes commitment. Treat locks to a dose of purple shampoo every-other wash. It’ll neutralize yellow tones and keep your highlights icy-white for longer.
15. Honey Hued Beach Waves
Love honey hues but want something a little more low-key? This medium length blonde hair combines nonchalant waves, manageable lengths and feminine highlights. A variety of warm golden and strawberry hues create a beautiful sun-kissed effect — perfect for beach babes!
16. Sexy Sandy Hairstyle
Textured and choppy, this lady channels ultimate off-duty model vibes. The light sandy blonde shade is ultra flattering on a range of skin tones, while low-maintenance styling and a middle parting makes this hairstyle perfect for the everyday.
17. Subtle Blonde Ombre
For a more natural look, try a soft bright ombre. Featuring bright wispy ends and darker roots, an ombre means you’ll be forgiven for skipping regular root touch ups, while still enjoying the enviable butterscotch dye job for much longer than a solid color. Ask your hairdresser to trim away split ends for a medium length cut that’s ultra healthy!
18. Layered, Bright and Beautiful Locks
Sophisticated and sexy, the dimensional medium blonde hairstyle can transform fine manes. Contrasting your base color with chunky highlights is one way to create the illusion of fullness. Add in some long layers and you’ll achieve voluminous, full tresses all in one salon appointment!
19. Sun-Kissed Style with Sweeping Layers
Lacking inspiration? Layers are a great technique for switching things up without compromising your length. Not only do layers give medium length styles a new lease of life, they look amazing on lighter hair, adding dimension and shape.
20. Medium Honey-Hued Hairstyle
Tumbling vanilla locks are totally versatile. A mid length cut gives you plenty of styling options for special occasions; from feminine curls to an avant garde updo. For a more natural finish, ask for babylights – a super-fine highlighting technique which allows your natural shade to shine through.
21. Dark Blonde with Icy Streaks
Keen to transition from brunette to blonde? Make it a gradual process by embracing a dark blonde hue along the way. It’s one of the coolest medium blonde hairstyles around and will give you more time to adjust between bleaches!
22. Bright Long Bob
Blonde with blue eyes? This classic combo is captivating! Go for a modern straight, choppy cut and an unashamedly bright dye to really make those baby blues pop. For the everyday, styling can be as simple as rough drying and parting at the side.
23. Grown Out Balayage
Contrary to popular belief, light hair isn’t always high-maintenance. Medium lengths look amazing with grown-out roots and highlighted lengths showing off a great contrast in color. Costly salon appointments will be a thing of the past!
24. Glamorous Mid-Length Blonde Bombshell
Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner bombshell. Shoulder length blonde hair exudes confidence (and style) – unleash its full potential by teaming it with red lips and killer curls for a sexy and glamorous effect.
25. Multi-Tonal Golden Bob
Want a thicker mane? A choppy long bob can do wonders for making golden tresses appear fuller. Go one step further by adding brighter strands around the face too. This kind of color contouring brightens your facial features.
26. Light Ash Locks
Attention grabbing ash is so on-trend. Consider teaming this fashionable color with a textured cut and a long face-framing fringe. Graduated lengths around the face are perfect if you don’t want to commit to a full fringe. Just remember to head to the salon for regular toning treatments to maintain your gorgeous ash tone.
27. Tousled Shoulder Length Waves
Blonde shoulder length hair can pull off a multitude of styles, but tousled waves might just be our favorite. They’re low maintenance, feminine and take minutes to do! Remember to spritz a little hairspray over your style so your loose curls hold up through the day.
28. Sleek Style with Grown Out Roots
Transforming raven dark strands to a lighter shade is no easy feat, but a professional will be able to create a color that’s perfect for you. Make the most of your recently lightened locks with a sleek blow out. It’ll make lighter tresses appear ultra shiny and clear. Your blonde ambition is complete!
29. Casual Bright Waves with Bangs
Balance out a medium-to-long hairstyle with classic bangs. Youthful and feminine, blonde bangs complement multiple face shapes. Ensure you’ve got dry shampoo on hand to keep your fringe looking fresh between washes.
30. Angled Wavy Lob
What makes medium length blonde hairstyles so appealing? They’re pretty much the epitome of Instagram-cool. One variation of the style that we’ll never get sick of is a perfectly textured angled cut. With longer wispy strands around the face and a shorter chop at the nape of the neck, the style is only enhanced with a glistening light color.
31. Feathered Cut with Middle Part
Dividing strands just an inch or so away from the middle gives an equal balance but has a soft flattering effect on strong features. Vibrancy comes from balayage highlights which get denser towards the ends. It’s bright yet low-maintenance.
32. Soft Waves with Platinum Tips
You don’t have to choose a solid color to achieve trendy medium blonde hair. Applying a near-white shade to the ends of your layers and to the face-framing strands gives a dazzling effect that also brings in fabulous dimension. A great choice for fine density, – high-contrast coloristic solutions create an illusion of fullness.
33. Dishwater Blonde with Face Frame
Subtle highlights in the shades of taupe and wheat give a natural earth-toned effect that complements this cute and classic shape. We love the bit of texture on the ends, softening the crisp lines. Style with a nylon bristle brush for smoothness and sparkle.
34. Glamorous Silver Blonde Waves
The cool tone and high shine convey these wavy strands the allure of an old Hollywood Starlet. If your skin has pink undertones, an ash blonde shade will flatter and minimize redness. To achieve continuous undulations, twist each section once at the roots before wrapping around a curling wand.
35. Tousled Shoulder-Length Ombre
Wind-blown waves give medium length blonde hair a pretty, beachy effect. The gradient color blends from bronde to butter as softly as if it was made by the sun. This image is a perfect choice if you’re a wash-and-go girl.
36. Side Swept Warm Blonde Hair
Parting long layered hair deeply to one side creates a pretty sweeping faux-bang. The layers visually lengthen, making the most of the shoulder-length mane. This is a great transition shape if you’re growing out a shorter look. Amber and gold provide a sun-kissed finish.
37. Steeply Angled A-Line Lob
If you’re going above the shoulders for the first time, a dramatically A-line bob promises an edgy look with a comforting length. The pale ash hue diminishes the severe geometry while smooth straight styling adds a fashion-forward finish.
38. Balayage with Layered Ends
Everything about this look is progressive, moving from muted roots to striking tips. The color transitions from subtle sand to dense platinum are unusual and captivating. The ends are layered and cut into sharp points. Even the curl pattern is restricted to the ends, contrasting smooth roots with mussed ripples.
39. Choppy Cut with Bright Frame
Adding a brighter and lighter shade to set off the dark blonde base mimics natural lightening patterns and adds an emphasis around the face. The length is slightly shorter at the back of the head creating a pretty angle and shifting strands forward toward the face.
40. Loosely Coiled Tortoiseshell
Medium length blonde hairstyles for natural brunettes require expert blending. Combining multiple shades both subtle and bright gives an overall lighter effect that’s still soft. Styling strands in relaxed curls helps colors merge and mingle, and breaks up the strong exterior edge.
Timeless and timely, medium blonde hair is on-trend but will never go out of style. As this gallery shows, whether your look is glitzy or understated, there’s a variation that’s just right for you.