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9 Best Medium Length Haircuts For Every Hair Type & Texture

02 January 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

In 2017, it seems like every woman has a lob. The shoulder grazing, voluminous style has absolutely taken over the beauty world. In part, that’s because it’s so versatile. Whether you’re interested in cool girl waves or super straight locks, the lob is your best friend.

Still, even the best style can get a little tired. If you’re interested in medium haircuts but don’t want the same old ‘do, rest assured that we’ve found you inspiration. From shags to bobs, we’re loving fresh takes on the neck length style.

While mid length hair is bouncy and photogenic, it’s important to remember that short cuts will always require a more effort than a long mane. Whether you’re blow drying or applying product, there’s a whole skill set to learn. Be sure to talk it over with your stylist before you fully commit to a new lifestyle.

If you’re tired of wrangling your lengths every morning and can’t stop daydreaming about the breeziness of a lob, it’s time to make a move—a mane move, that is.

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Blunt Cut

Feeling like you’re ready to make a statement? There’s no better way to let your mane speak for you than with a haircut that’s as sharp as a knife. Although the look requires regular trims at the salon, don’t let that dissuade you from trying it out.

To get the most out of this look, style it in a way that’s silky and sleek (bonus points if your wear a center part, too). We recommend treating your hair with a frizz-preventing blow dry cream before heat styling. Don’t be afraid to spritz a little hairspray on an old toothbrush and brush down any flyaways around your hairline, either.

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Face-framing Layers

There’s a common misconception that a stylish haircut should be the focal point of your look, but we’re here to disprove that theory once and for all. Your face is always the star of the show, so ask your stylist for a cut that highlights your looks.

If you’re looking for a trim that’ll put you on display, ask for face-framing layers that fall just under your chin. Just make sure to keep them subtle, so you don’t end up looking like a ‘90s sitcom extra.

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Long Bangs

Have you gotten the memo yet? Bangs are back, baby, and they’re better looking than ever. To make this trend your own, ask your stylist for thin fringe that falls just below your eyebrows.

We know that bangs often get a bad rap, but that’s just because they’re often cut incorrectly. Avoiding the temptation to pull lots of hair from the middle of your head, your stylist should section off the hair that’s right at the point where your forehead naturally begins sloping. Instead of fighting to style your bangs every day, you’ll be surprised at how easily they fall in place.

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Baby Bangs

While we’re on the subject of fringe, it’s important for you to know that all kinds of bangs are fashionable at the moment. We’re loving the look of ‘90s-inspired baby bangs, a cropped cut that’s reminds us of girl-led pop bands and extra-shiny lip gloss.

If nostalgia is the note you’re looking to hit, ask your stylist to take you back to the ‘90s in a hair time machine. Baby bangs look extra punk when they’re matched with a blunt cut, so don’t be afraid to go there.

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Single Length Cut

If you’ve had layers for most your life, it’s difficult to imagine a universe in which hair can be just one length and still look good. Welcome to a new generation of haircuts, the kind in which a blunt look can be just as striking as cascading layers.

To keep this style as striking as possible, we recommend asking your hair professional to cut it between chin and collarbone length. If you’re a deep side part or center part girl, this is the moment to really commit to it.

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Choppy Lob

For most women, the ultimate hair goal is texture, visually interesting hair that looks as if it could belong to a model on her day off. That’s easier said than done, particularly if you have naturally wavy or curly hair.

To maximize your texture in the prettiest way, we love the look of very choppy layers on a long bob. The shorter pieces will curl more easily, providing all the bounce and movement you’ve been seeking.

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Shoulder Length Razor Cut

If you have thick, heavy hair, a razor cut can be the solution to your weighted down woes. This look means feathery, light ends and a voluminous crown—plus plenty of delicate layers, of course. For a woman with wavy hair who’s interested in boosting her texture, a razor cut is a game changer.

Once you’ve sheared off your excess inches, think about investing in a curl-boosting cream and a diffuser. The resulting look is summery and youthful, a far cry from pin-straight strands.

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Curly Mixed Layers

Women with curly hair know that it’s a journey, one that takes dozens of haircuts and products to conquer. When you’ve finally achieved a winning style, however, the entire process turns out to have been worthwhile. Cutting off length can help your curls spring into place, so we always recommend a good cut when you’re ready to get serious about styling.

When you’re ready to schedule your hair appointment, be sure to choose a stylist who’s known for curl know-how. A good indicator of experience: He or she should always cut your hair dry, since wet curls look very different than the everyday kind.

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Angular Lob

If you’re like us, you may still be shaking off the nightmares from years of bad bobs. The bowl cut? The wannabe pixie? We’ve tried it all (and regretted it all, too). Luckily, today’s cropped cut isn’t the one we remember from adolescence. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much it’s changed.

Those looking for a sharp cut with added visual interest should try out an angular lob, one that’s subtly slanted to show off volume and movement. It’s an excellent choice for hair that tends to fall flat, and looks particularly beautiful with a few added beach waves.

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