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16 Medium-length hairstyles that are super versatile

/ 07.20.2015

Neither too long nor too short, medium-length hairstyles are basically the best of both worlds. They can be super versatile as they leave plenty of length to style updos, and play around with different hair textures, but require much less management than longer locks. To see exactly what we're talking about, scroll through the beautiful mid-length hairstyles below!

1. Liya Kebede's layered blowout

Liya Kebede's layered blowout
Liya Kebede's layered blowout

Model Liya Kebede's mid-length layered hairstyle was blown out to perfection on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this year. With just the right amount of light-weight, airy movement through the lengths and ends, the style struck a perfect balance between polished and understated.

Styling tip

To speed up your blowout, use a priming product like Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray. Apply it from roots to ends, then once your hair is only slightly damp, start the brushwork.

2. Julianne Moore's middle parted waves

Julianne Moore's medium-length waves
Julianne Moore's medium-length waves

Actress Julianne Moore has some of the best hair in Hollywood, and we think it looks amazing when styled in smooth, cascading waves. This style is oh so elegant, and it can be pinned back into a chic low chignon on day two!

Styling tip

Add shine to your completed 'do with a glossy finishing spray like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray. It will eliminate any existing flyaways while helping to prevent any more from forming after you're done styling.

3. Soo Joo Park's bob with sideswept bangs

Soo Joo Park's bob with sideswept bangs
Soo Joo Park's bob with sideswept bangs

Long bobs always look gorgeous, but we really love Soo Joo Park's layered locks complete with sideswept bangs. As face framing styles go, this look is one of the most universally flattering we know! The layers prevent it from falling flat, and the bangs can be moved around or shortened to look great on any face shape.

Styling tip

If blowouts tend to make your arms ache, cheat with a curling iron! A large 1" barrel will create loose waves that can be scrunched for a tousled look or brushed out for a smooth finish. Just don't forget to apply a heat protectant like Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blowout Heatspray first!

4. Curly bob haircut

Brushed back curly bob
Brushed back curly bob

The bob haircut is one of those magical unicorn hairstyles that looks fantastic with all hair textures. The shape may change a bit, but you can rock a bob with curls, waves, pin straight hair and even tight, kinky strands. It also looks effortlessly cool when swept back with a small amount of gel!

Styling tip

For a clean, understated look, make sure you only use as much as you need when applying products like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel. Start with a dime-sized amount, then add more as needed.

5. Messy, mid-length sideswept hair

Messy mid-length side sweep
 Messy mid-length side sweep

With a messy, almost piecey finish, this sideswept hairstyle is full of volume and brings its fair share of drama. The full-bodied finish seems totally effortless, and that deep side part creates the perfect frame for a sultry night out makeup look.

Styling tip

To create a subtly undone look, apply a texturizing product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to damp hair, then rough dry it. Using your hands instead of a brush, sweep the hair to one side as you run the dryer over it. This will set the hair in place while creating plenty of natural looking movement.

6. Karlie Kloss's beachy, wavy hair

Karlie Kloss's beachy, wavy hair
Karlie Kloss's beachy, wavy hair

Karlie Kloss not only has some of the longest legs we've ever seen, the model also has one of the best medium-length haircuts, too! It began life as a short bob cut a couple of years ago and has since evolved into a thing of shoulder-grazing beauty, allowing Karlie to do beach waves better than anyone. Whether she wears it parted to one side or straight down the middle, we're 100% sure there's no bad way to wear this hairstyle!

Styling tip

After creating the waves, scrunch some flexible hold, matte product like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the ends of your hair to enhance the texture.

7. Curly bob with bangs

Curly bob with bangs
Curly bob with bangs

Don't let anyone tell you bangs can't be done with curly hair. This mid-length bob wouldn't look quite as cool without a fringe! The thing you need to bear in mind if you're thinking about getting bangs, is that they need room to move and bend, even if you are prepared to put in a lot of styling time. This means sticking to slightly longer cuts, rather than cropped baby bangs or asymmetrical looks that are a lot shorter on one side.

Styling tip

To get defined curls without heat, try plopping your hair! All you need to do is apply a curl enhancing product like Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream, then gently wrap your hair in an old t-shirt or microfiber towel to dry.

8. Eva Longoria's medium-length wavy layers

Eva Longoria's medium-length wavy hair
Eva Longoria's medium-length wavy hair

Like Liya Kebede, Eva Longoria has a gorgeous layered hairstyle that can do pretty much anything. It looks perfect as it is for red carpet events, but can be pulled up into a ponytail for a more casual look. The off-center part, the polished waves and subtly glossy finish combine to make this particular mid-length 'do a must-try hairstyle!

Styling tip

Shiny, healthy looking hair like Eva's only happens when strands are well cared for, which pretty much translates as well conditioned. So, make sure you're using a good conditioner regularly, and make time in your beauty routine for a weekly hair mask to replenish lost nutrients and moisture.

9. Sleek, middle parted layers

Sleek, middle parted layers
Sleek, middle parted layers

Definitely at the longer end of the medium-length range, this sleek hairstyle is beautifully understated and ready for anything. It's chic, but not over-styled, and the sharp middle part keeps the hairstyle polished.

Styling tip

When parting your hair, use a tail comb to get the most accurate line, then brush the hair through on each side to fix the part in place. If your hair is particularly stubborn, you may need to part your hair when it's damp so that it dries itself into place, whether you choose to air dry or blow-dry.

10. Messy layered hair

Messy, middle parted, layered hair
Messy, middle parted, layered hair

Medium-length, layered hair looks impossibly cool with a controlled bed head finish. Team it with some bold makeup for a night out or keep it pared down for an off-duty weekend look. The well-defined center part gives it a subtle 'high fashion' feel, but you can flip the hair to one side or move the part slightly off-center if you feel it works better with your face shape.

Styling tip

Try adding texture to your finished look with an old toothbrush. Silly though it sounds, if you cover the bristles in a strong hold hairspray, you'll create long lasting texture with way more accuracy than random backcombing or simply scrunching a few pieces here and there.

11. Long, air dried bob

Long, air dried bob
Long, air dried bob

A long bob with that understated 'French girl' hair texture is very easy to wear, and even easier to maintain! This versatile hairstyle looks great both with and without bangs, and it only needs a trim every 6-8 weeks or so because a small amount of growth won't create an awkward silhouette.

Styling tip

Before leaving your hair to air dry, apply a smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream to keep it calm and fuzz-free.

12. Soft, shoulder-length curls

Soft, shoulder-length curly hair
Soft, shoulder-length curly hair

A medium-length cut creates the perfect showcase for soft curls because it's long enough to display all that gorgeous texture and movement, but short enough that haircare isn't too time consuming (or product consuming). If you have really thick hair, make sure you talk to your stylist about where to remove bulk for a manageable, even look.

Styling tip

When drying curly hair with a diffuser, make sure you stick to a medium heat. It's more than enough to get the job done, and dialling down the temperature means you'll be less likely to end up with damaged strands.

13. Wavy bob

Bob with loose waves
Bob with loose waves

Perhaps the most on-trend look of the year (and the previous two), a wavy bob truly is a failsafe look. It can be tailored to suit all face shapes, and it's so easy to style and care for! The thing we love most about it is that you can leave it pretty much as it is for any and every occasion.

Styling tip

To seal your hair against the elements and keep flyaways at bay, make sure you always finish with plenty of hairspray.

14. Mid-length hair with center parted bangs

Mid-length bob with center parted bangs
Mid-length bob with center parted bangs

A more modern take on the retro Bardot bouffant hairstyles of the 1960s, this messy, mid-length cut with bangs is pretty, and totally effortless. It's messy, but the vintage vibe keeps it chic. Not only that, it's also really easy to style with second day hair as the natural oils give the hair more texture.

Styling tip

Use dry shampoo to refresh and lift the hair at the root when you're between washes. Leave it to sit for five to ten minutes before you brush it out in order to get the best results.

15. Messy bob with peekaboo bangs

Messy bob with peekaboo bangs
Messy bob with peekaboo bangs

If you want a romantic hairstyle, try a long bob with peekaboo bangs. Thanks to the soft boho texture, it's an adorable look that flatters every face shape, and it looks great with a slightly imperfect finish.

Styling tip

For an airy, voluminous look, spritz hairspray all over, focusing on the roots and ends, then muss your hair with your hands. If necessary, backcomb the lengths using a fine-tooth comb.

16. Voluminous medium-length layers

Voluminous medium-length hair
Voluminous medium-length hair

For a full-bodied look that's easy to style, try some voluminous layers. This hairstyle is perfect for naturally quite thick hair as the layers remove bulk in all the right places. It also creates a really cute frame with the long bangs drawing attention to the eyes, cheekbones and lips.

Styling tip

If you color your hair and/or heat style it regularly, make sure you keep it well conditioned and don't skip any trims! Even with the best will in the world, the only ways to deal with damaged ends is to prevent or remove them.

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