Having medium length hair can be hard (especially if you're in love with a look like this). I've been growing out my hair for a few months now, which means I'm always looking for hairstyles that actually work with my hair.
Then I found these 14 gorgeous hairstyles for medium length hair, and I couldn't believe how perfect they were. It's like they were made for us. So whether you're trying to grow out a bad haircut (see the best cuts for your face shape here) or just looking for ways to rock your shoulder-length hair, check out my favorite looks below.
Nicole Richie's beachy waves
This really is the perfect hairstyle for shoulder-length hair. Not only do the waves add body, they're so easy to style. Here's how to get the look:
1. Start by parting your hair slightly to the side as soon as you get out of the shower.
2. Apply wave enhancing cream to damp hair, and blow dry your hair using a diffuser to bring out your natural texture.
3. When your hair is halfway dry, split it into several sections. Braid each section of hair loosely, and secure the braids with an elastic.
4. Let your braids dry completely before taking them out. Finger comb through the waves to separate them, and mist them with a bit of spray gel to finish.
Jessica Alba's boho-chic braids
Adorably chic braids to hide your bangs? Yes, please. Now here's how to get the look:
1. This look works best on day old hair. Start by parting your hair down the center.
2. Apply a dollop of texturizing mousse to your hair from root to tip, and really work it in with your fingers.
3. Now take a section of hair from each side of your head. Starting from your part, braid it down toward your ear. Pin the braids down using bobby pins.
4. Once you've got both braids in place, gather the rest of your hair up into a low bun, and secure it with an elastic. Mist your hairstyle with strong-hold hairspray to finish.
Charlize Theron's casual ponytail
Feeling casual but still want to look like you made an effort? It can't get prettier (or easier) than this. Here's how to get the look:
1. Apply smoothing cream to damp hair and blow dry it straight, especially smoothing out the top section of your hair.
2. Once your hair is completely dry, brush it up into a ponytail directly at the back of your head, and secure it with an elastic.
3. Now wrap the ends of your ponytail around a 1-inch curling iron to add some flair to your look.
4. For a polished touch, you can take a small piece of hair from underneath your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic. Pin the ends down using bobby pins.
Heidi Klum's pinned-back updo
This is a cool, edgy way to pin up shorter hair (especially when you're trying to grow it out). Here's how to get the look:
1. Apply texturizing mousse to damp hair, and let it air dry to bring out your natural texture.
2. Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl the bottom half of your hair. It doesn't have to look perfect, since you'll be pinning your hair up anyway.
3. Bring back one section of curls at a time, using bobby pins to secure them in place at the nape of your neck. Keep the hair near your face loose for a romantic feel.
4. Mist all over with an anti-humidity hairspray to tame flyaways.
Selena Gomez's natural waves
This sophisticated style actually works best on shoulder-length hair. Here's how to get the look:
1. Right when you get out of the shower, part your hair to the side. Rub a dollop of volumizing mousse through towel-dried hair.
2. Blow dry your hair using a round brush, lift hair at the roots for more volume.
3. Once your hair is completely dry, wrap the bottom half of your hair around a 1 1/2-inch curling iron in large sections.
4. Finger comb through your waves to separate them, and mist all over with lightweight hairspray to finish.
Malin Akerman's messy bun
Hair not long enough to pull off another style? Might as well fake a bob (at least, that's what we think). Here's how to get the look:
1. This look works best on day old hair. Apply texturizing mousse to the bottom half of your hair and let it set.
2. Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl the bottom half of your hair. The curls don't have to be perfect, you just want to create some hold throughout your hair.
3. Finger comb all of your curls up into a messy bun at the nape of your neck, and secure it with an elastic.
4. Leave out a few pieces of hair around your face, and touch them up them with a curling iron. Mist all over with anti-frizz hairspray to finish.
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