If you haven’t jumped on the medium length haircuts bandwagon yet, you’re missing out on these adorable styling options. You know, just saying.
Why bother obsessing over whether to leave your hair long or cut it short, when there’s another option that’s oh so sweet? Medium length haircuts are the best of both worlds: You can enjoy the gorgeous, windswept look without being weighed down, as well as a bajillion styling options—and not have to deal with any “G.I. Jane” references.
If you’re wondering whether or not to give shoulder-length a whirl, here are 12 chic styling options that will make you wonder why you’ve been avoiding medium length haircuts for so long:
1. Get Twisty
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Give yourself some messy waves, then twist a piece of hair and pin it back. Simple yet chic.
2. French Roll
This is one of those timeless ‘dos that can be tricky to pull off on your own head of hair. Luckily, this tutorial changes all that.
3. Big Top Knot
You’d think that joining the medium length haircuts club would mean saying sayonara to those huge top knots you love so much—but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Get the full tutorial here.
4. Lacebraided Updo
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Go from day to night in no seconds flat? Sign me up!
5. The Flowerbraid
This adorable flowerbraid will make it look like you just stepped out of the ’60s. You know, if you dig that sort of thing. Get the full tutorial here.
6. Long Ponytail
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On those (rare) occasions where you miss your long hair of yore, make it look long with this handy—and quick—ponytail tutorial.
7. Braided Ponytail
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Loosely braid the front side of your hair before popping the rest up into a pontail. Take a section of hair and wrap it around the ponytail holder for a polished look. Bam.
8. Quick Twist
If you’re crunched for time, just give your hair a twist and shout—this look is great for second day hair.
9. The Bump and Twist
This chic updo is perfect for medium length haircuts, and makes it look like your hair’s long without having to deal with the bulk. What’s not to love? Get the full tutorial here.
10. Front French Braid
If you’re sporting bangs, this front french braid is where it’s at. It’s perfect for day, but would also look stunning during a night out on the town. Get the full tutorial here.
11. Twisted Side Ponytail
This look says, “Formal, but knows how to party.” Get the full tutorial here.
12. Beachy Waves
I love beachy waves because they’re low maintenance… and you know, make you feel like you were just at the beach. They’re especially striking on medium length haircuts and make it look like you’re sporting a whole new ‘do. Get the full tutorial here.
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