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Popular Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Updated on September 14, 2015
Wow with your medium length hair
Wow with your medium length hair | Source

Medium length hair is really easy to deal with. There are lots of different hairstyles and dos to choose from, whether you need something casual or want to impress on a night out. Many styles work for all thicknesses of hair, although fine hair is often the hardest to work with, since curls fall out quickly.

Coming up with new ideas can take time. You want something that works for the event, but will look good for the long term. Here are four great style options for the whole year round.

Thick Bangs to One Side

One of the more popular hairstyles for medium length hair is to have bangs on one side. These can be as thick or as thin as you want them, but thicker helps to frame out the face. This works really well when the remaining hair feathers around the cheeks and underneath the chin. One of the best things about this hairstyle is that it suits the majority of people, and can hide some insecurities, such as large foreheads or misshapen eyebrows.

There is no need to worry if you have colored hair, as this hairstyle works well. Multi-tonal shades can really shine through with this type of cut.

It does work for those with thin hair, but it can take longer for the hair to tame. Thin hair is often so light and fair that it falls back the way that it once sat.

When choosing bangs to one side, it is important to think about the length. It is best to start short and work longer so that it blends in with the rest of the hair; however, it is possible to go too short. Avoid anything shorter than above the eyebrow to start. You will need to maintain this hair style regularly, though, since the hair can get in the way of the eyes.

Put your bangs to one side and layer your hair.
Put your bangs to one side and layer your hair. | Source

Wavy Hair Styles

Medium length hair looks great with waves. This is often harder for those with fine hair as the waves fall out. However, you can use hairspray and other products to help keep the style over a prolonged time. It often takes trial and error to find the right item to help make waves. Some people will find that old fashioned curlers are perfect, some need curling wands while others will just need to plait their hair overnight.

Waves are great for adding volume and just giving the hair that extra oomph. They’re also wonderful if you want a more girly style for the night. It doesn’t matter what type of haircut you have, either. It works for colored hair with side bangs and natural hair with no bangs.

When using heat to create the waves, it’s really important to protect your hair. There are a number of products available to help do that. TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray is a great option for this.

Braids and Plaits

When you hear about braids and plaits, you may think about being children. However, it’s a great idea of medium length hair. You don’t just need to opt for that boring plait that keeps your hair out of the way. There are just so many ideas, including French braids and fishtail plaits. It’s important to look through ideas and find something that suits your style and particular need.

One of the benefits of braids is that you can focus on one particular part of your hair, instead of the whole head. Plaits are great to add more detail to the front or back for a night out or to keep medium length hair out of the way during a sporting match. Braids can also be turned into buns with extra detail.

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Add a braid to your up-style hairdo.
Add a braid to your up-style hairdo. | Source

Get the Vintage Look

Medium length hair is perfect for all types of vintage styles. These can include the 1920s up-do style and the 1950s ponytail. I’d suggest taking a look through Pinterest and on Google images for different vintage hairstyle ideas for your length of hair.

If you have side bangs or normal ones, you could pin them backwards, creating a 1950s style quiff. You just need a couple of bobby pins to hold your hairstyle in place, with maybe a bit of hairspray.

These vintage styles are perfect for all types of hair. They can be much easier to do with thick hair, but they work just as well with thin hair and a bit of patience.

Medium length hair is the easiest to style in a variety of ways. There is no limit to the things that you can do with your locks, whether you need something up or something casual. Whatever you decide to do, think about the type of event you have and what you want to get from it. This will give you an idea of the idea that will work best for your needs.

Once you do have your hairstyle, you need something to help make it stay. Hairspray, hair wax and mousse are all popular options for this. Browse around sites like Amazon and eBay for cheaper versions than in your local beauty salon.

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