Laura Martin
Updated on March 21, 2023
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40. Loosely Coiled Tortoiseshell

Blonde Balayage For Brown Bob

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

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.

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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.

Caramel Blonde Layered Hair

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

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.

Messy Blonde Balayage Ombre Lob

Instagram / @stephengarrison

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.

Ash Blonde Balayage Hair With Bangs

Instagram / @hairbybrittanyy

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.

Curly Brown Blonde Long Bob

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

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.

Sandy Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @salsalhair

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.

Bronde Lob With Silver Highlights

Instagram / @maeipaint

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.

Brown Shaggy Bob With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @salsalhair

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.

Medium Layered Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @salsalhair

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!

Medium Blunt Blonde Cut

Instagram / @chrisweberhair

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.

Blonde Wavy Lob With Highlights

Instagram / @hairby_chrissy

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.

Messy Mid-Length Blonde Hair

Instagram / @salsalhair

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!

Medium Blonde Ombre Hairstyle

Instagram / @caitycaatt

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.

Side-Parted Medium Blonde Balayage Hair

Instagram / @ashdoescolor

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.

Caramel Blonde Wavy Hairstyle

Instagram / @maeipaint

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!

Medium Choppy Ash Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

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.

Blonde Choppy Lob

Instagram / @buddywporter

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!

Brown Lob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @alexkhoeunhair

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.

Blonde Wavy Balayage Lob

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

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.

Medium Blonde Shag Hairstyle

Instagram / @mizzchoi

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.

Bronde Hair With Ash Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @saloncouture_ny

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.

Blonde Choppy Long Bob

Instagram / @rafaelbertolucci1

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.

Long Layered Bronde Hair

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

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.

Medium Blonde Balayage Thin Hair

Instagram / @stephengarrison

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.

Sytraight Layered Hairstyle For Fine Hair

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

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.

Ash Blonde Wavy Hairstyle

Instagram / @circlesofhair

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.

Messy Brown Blonde Balayage Hair

Instagram / @buddywporter

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.

Medium Honey Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @ashdoescolor

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.

Long Angled Blonde Bob

Instagram / @rafaelbertolucci1

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.

Mid-Length Brown To Blonde Balayage Hair

Instagram / @hairbynoora

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.

Shoulder Length Caramel Blonde Hair

Instagram / @brendakamt

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.

Blonde Balayage For Brown Bob

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

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.

Medium Ash Blonde Hairstyle For Straight Hair Caramel Blonde Layered Hair Long Platinum Blonde Bob Messy Blonde Balayage Ombre Lob Ash Blonde Balayage Hair With Bangs Curly Brown Blonde Long Bob Sandy Blonde Layered Hairstyle Bronde Lob With Silver Highlights Blonde Layered Hairstyle With Bangs Brown Shaggy Bob With Blonde Highlights Medium Layered Blonde Hairstyle Choppy Blonde Balayage Lob Medium Blunt Blonde Cut Blonde Wavy Lob With Highlights Medium Caramel Blonde Hairstyle Messy Mid-Length Blonde Hair Medium Blonde Ombre Hairstyle Brown Hair With Blonde Balayage Side-Parted Medium Blonde Balayage Hair Caramel Blonde Wavy Hairstyle Medium Choppy Ash Blonde Hairstyle Blonde Choppy Lob Brown Lob With Blonde Balayage Blonde Wavy Balayage Lob Golden Blonde Balayage For Brunettes Medium Blonde Shag Hairstyle Bronde Hair With Ash Blonde Highlights Mid-Length Cut With Face-Framing Layers Long Caramel Blonde Hair Blonde Choppy Long Bob Long Layered Bronde Hair Medium Blonde Balayage Thin Hair Sytraight Layered Hairstyle For Fine Hair Ash Blonde Wavy Hairstyle Messy Brown Blonde Balayage Hair Medium Honey Blonde Hairstyle Long Angled Blonde Bob Mid-Length Brown To Blonde Balayage Hair Shoulder Length Caramel Blonde Hair Blonde Balayage For Brown Bob