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11 Medium Length Hairstyles – Pictures, Trends and Tips

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As a hairstylist I think it’s hard for medium length hairstyles to stand out because they are, frankly, just left inthe middle. Oftentimes clients only have their hair at a medium length because they are trying to grow it out. Sound familiar?

I believe that after looking through a few of these awesome photos you will see that the ride to long hair can be enjoyable and stylish. You may even choose to stay in the middle with these exceptionally beautiful styles.

1. Sultry Curls

This look is perfect for a medium length cut and style. Medium to long layers help this haircut stay light and full of movement while flipped back curls add a fun and flirty vibe that is totally girly. Long side bangs are perfectly proportional to the length and blend into the layers beautifully. Were also in love with this auburn brown color that totally glows!

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How To Style:

Blow dry hair with a round brush or paddle brush to smooth.
When hair is completely dry, take a large barrel curling iron and take medium sized vertical sections of hair, starting at the face, and curl back and away from your face.
When you are done curling, spray with a light hold hairspray or texture spray.
Then rub a small amount of serum in your hands and pull through your curls to break them up a bit and make them look loose.

Recommended Hair Products:

I love Prive’s Finishing Texture Spray because it has flexible hold and a light waxy texture to make your curls and layers look defined. Follow up with Prive’s Shine Serum, just a small dot of serum will do, to finish off your look and add incredible shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is amazing for all faces because it softens any jaw line shape. This style is perfect for naturally wavy haired girls with fine to thick hair.

Tip:

If you use a curling iron for the bangs, curl very quickly or you may get too much of a roll. Try a flat iron to sweep bangs back and still create a flip on the ends without over curling for a better result.

2. Vintage Romance

These fabulous thick curls create an old-world glamour that every girl can appreciate. Rich red colors ignite this fabulous style and it becomes modern with short razored bangs. Always balance off your hard elements with softer ones to stay on trend in 2012.

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How To Style:

Large hot rollers would be great for this style or go the simpler route by using a large barrel curling iron and just curl the bottom lengths of your hair. Flat iron your bangs forward for sleekness and shine.

Recommended Hair Products:

You cant go wrong with L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hair Spray. Spray lightly after you finish curling to secure hair in place.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types should apply for this smoldering style.

Tip:

Spray hair with firm hold hairspray before and after curling each piece for optimum hold.

3. Soft and Sweet

This look is great for girls who have grown out their bangs. By having hair parted right down the middle, this retro flip is easy to create. Short to medium length layers help create volume and shape throughout the style and look fabulous when curled.

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How To Style:

Start by using a comb and creating a crisp center part.
Blow dry hair with a round brush or paddle brush to smooth.
When hair is completely dry, take a large barrel curling iron and take medium sized vertical sections of hair starting at the face and curl back and away from your face.
When you are done curling, spray with a light hold hairspray or texture spray.
Then rub a small amount of serum in your hands and pull through your curls to break them up a bit and make them look loose.

Recommended Hair Products:

Soft healthy curls always look amazing. Use Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum for healthy shiny hair without the frizz. Apply wet or dry.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style softens up all face shapes but does not look best on pear shaped faces. Girls with straight to wavy hair are the best candidates for this style.

Tip:

A different look without a haircut can be achieved by simply changing your part. A quick and easy change that can be done every day!

4. Fun with Curls and Volume

Fun and whimsical curls on the ends contrast smooth soft roots – a great way to make your curls modern and fresh. Long side swept bangs help frame the face and are another way to help balance the curls and the smooth look.

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How To Style:

Diffuse naturally curly hair. If you have straight hair, try curling it with a 1″ or larger curling iron.
Spray with hairspray before and after each piece to really keep the curl tight.
When you are finished curling, spray your entire head of curls again with hairspray and scrunch up with your fingers to add texture.

Recommended Hair Products:

Use a mousse for hold and taming frizz while diffusing. Try EXXUS Mousse Plus from Nexxus. I absolutely LOVE Healthy Sexy Hairs Soy Touchable Hairspray for locking curls in place or for scrunching throughout the day.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Great for curly haired girls with thick hair and any face shape.

Tip:

When scrunching your hair, grab the ends of hair and work your way up, pushing hair up and into the roots.

5. Modern Bob

Chocolate tresses are shaped into a beautiful modern bob with dimensional layers and sweeping bangs. This length is slightly longer that a traditional bob which keeps it fresh and sleek. The short to medium layers throughout add volume and interest and also keep this cut from looking heavy. Keeping the bangs soft and to the side frame the face beautifully and effortlessly.

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How To Style:

Put the appropriate styling products in your hair after getting out of the shower and towel drying.
Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off medium sized sections, starting at your nape.
Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow dry each section, dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry.
Blow dry hair under or out depending on the look you are going for.
Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your add for optimal volume.
Blow dry your bangs forward and to the side and you’re done!

Recommended Hair Products:

Use some type of mousse or foam to help add volume to your look. Try Redkens Body Full Foam at the crown of your head or try Prives Shining Weightless Amplifier. Also use a smoothing leave-in conditioner for softness and shine and also to help protect.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Usually a bob is less flattering on an oval shaped face because it enhances the vertical lines. If you feel confident with a blow dryer, all hair types can try this look though it is probably easiest for naturally straight to wavy hair with medium thickness.

Tip:

Practice makes perfect when blow drying your hair on your own at home. Ask your stylist for help if you need any direction or find yourself getting stuck. Also remember you can use a flat iron at the end to touch up any frizzy pieces you may have missed with your blow dry.

6. Half-Up Hottie

Simple styles you did when you were younger are making a huge comeback. Wearing your hair half up isnt just for schoolgirls anymore. By keeping your style sleek and simple you will look polished and sophisticated.

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How To Style:

It doesn’t really matter what length your hair is to create this look, just make sure you flat iron your hair nice and smooth.
Backcomb your top crown ever so slightly and pull the top sections of hair back from the front and secure with a pretty clip or bobby pins.
Keeping your part deep and to the side adds to the elegance of this look.

Recommended Hair Products:

Always use a heat protectant when styling with heat. Try Frizz Eaze Serum Thermal Protection to help with frizz and keep your strands safe.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for all women who just want their hair up and out of their face and still look put together.

Tip:

Use bobby pins that match the color of your hair.

7. Wispy Waves

If you haven’t caught on that healthy soft looking hair is in style by now start taking notes! This is another example of soft layering, texture, and shape being the new trend for 2012. Even the bangs are softened with the razor instead of bold, blunt bangs. The style looks effortless yet finished with a natural color inspiration to match.

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How To Style:

When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to smooth bangs forward.
Take a large barrel curling iron and take medium sized vertical sections of hair starting at the face, and curl back and away from your face.
When you are done curling spray with a light hold hairspray or texture spray.
Then rub a small amount of serum in your hands and pull through your curls to break them up a bit and make them look loose.

Recommended Hair Products:

Use a hairspray like Pantene’s Fine Hair Touchable Volume Flexible Hold Hairspray. It wont weigh your hair down and will keep the loose waves in place with a great texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Bangs do take up space on your face so if you have small forehead or face shape stay away from forward styled bangs like these.

Tip:

If your curls do start to get a little limp, spritz with hairspray and scrunch to restore some life.

8. Copper Goddess

Reds have taken a fresh comeback lately and rich copper tones like these are really turning heads. Consider adding some red or copper colors to your hair on your next visit to the salon. This simple yet stylish haircut keeps the cut from being heavy and highlights the awesome color allowing the copper hue to be the star.

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How To Style:

Put the appropriate styling products in your hair after getting out of the shower and towel drying.
Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off medium sized sections of hair, starting at your nape.
Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow dry each section, dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry.
Blow dry hair under or out depending on the look you are going for.
Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your hair for optimal volume.
Blow dry your bangs forward and to the side to finish them off.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Healthy Sexy Hair’s Spray In Conditioner. It smells amazing and also has tons of conditioning properties. Then layer in their Taming Foam for amazing volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This classic haircut looks amazing on all face shapes and works best with straight to wavy hair, thick to thin.

Tip:

Always consult your coloring professional when thinking about a new shade. They will be able to give you valuable insight into maintenance, skin tone, and more to help you select the perfect color for you.

9. Scarlet Glow

Another amazing example of a rich red color! Loving this color trend for 2012. This particular shade has a lot deeper base with subtle copper highlighting throughout to help create movement and depth. This adorable cut frames the face beautifully with chiseled layers in the front and longer layers throughout. An extreme part also helps frame the face and create a fun shape.

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How To Style:

Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off medium sized sections, starting at your nape.
Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow dry each section, dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry.
Blow dry your hair under to create this particular style.
Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your hair for optimal volume.
Use a flat iron to really smooth your bangs forward and to the side.
Also use the flat iron to help flick under any pieces that didn’t quite make the cut with your blow dry.

Recommended Hair Products:

Use Moroccan Oils Signature Treatment Serum in your hair wet and dry to protect hair from heat, humidity, frizziness and more.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Believe it or not, this look would be fabulous on a round face shape. Straight to wavy haired girls with thick to thin hair can try out this look.

Tip:

Always consider highlights or lowlights to add dimension to your color. Even subtle pieces will really change the overall look of your style and make you pop.

10. A Medium Blonde Bombshell

Platinum blondes are opting for more toned down and natural colors this year. Blended highlights are flattering and less maintenance than extreme bleached out looks. Lots of layers and long bangs help add tons of softness and movement to this cut.

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How To Style:

Use your blow dryer to remove most of the moisture in your hair and then section off medium sized sections, starting at your nape.
Take your blow dryer and a medium sized round brush and blow dry each section, dropping a new section down after the last one is completely dry.
Blow dry your hair under to create this particular style.
Really pull hair up and back when you reach the top sections of your hair for optimal volume.
Use a flat iron to really smooth your bangs forward and to the side.
Also use the flat iron to help flick under any pieces that didn’t quite make the cut with your blow dry.

Recommended Hair Products:

Pureology Glossing Mist is fabulous for adding shine and a little goes a long way. Simply spray on hair before or after flat iron and run through with an iron or your fingers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A side part is usually flattering on all face shapes and this length hits at a great spot too. The sleeker and straighter your hair is naturally the better for this look. Thick or thin amounts of hair will work just fine.

Tip:

Sometimes too much of something can be a terrible thing. Make sure you aren’t overusing products which can sometimes lead to greasiness, heaviness and hard to manage hair.

11. Ombre Curls

This unique color fades from a deep copper into a dark strawberry blonde. So on trend right now! These fun curls are not overdone because they are balanced with the sleek bangs and a half-up style. A razored fringe keeps this looking soft and not blunt which is much more versatile for styling.

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How To Style:

Drop down a medium section of hair by your neck and clip the rest of your hair up to make it easier for styling.
Take small piece of hair from the section you dropped down and curl with a medium sized curling iron.
Spray the entire curled section with hairspray and then drop down another section and curl.
Continue this process until your entire head is curled.
Flat iron your bangs forward to smooth.
Being careful to not break up any of your curls, take a top section of hair and secure back with pins.

Recommended Hair Products:

Use Big SexyHair Spray and Play Volumizing Hair Spray on curls for amazing hold and volume! Also spray some on the bangs and piece some hairs together with your fingers by pinching to enhance your fun jagged edges.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is great if you have naturally curly hair, simply diffuse with a blow dryer instead of curling to get a similar look.

Tip:

Bows are a hot trend right now so consider clipping one in your hair for an even more hip look.

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