Hairstyles for My Mid-Length Hair

Actress Kirsten Dunst shows off her mid-length hair on the red carpet.

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When you want your hair to have enough length to rock a ponytail, but still be short enough for a carefree appearance, a mid-length hairstyle is the best way to go. Nestled nicely in the in-between range of hair length, medium styles are just as sexy as their longer counterparts and just as edgy as their shorter ones. Mid-length hair falls anywhere between the bottom of the neck and the top of the shoulders. Variety is always essential to get the most from your hair, so you need plenty of style options.

Long Bob

A bob haircut is a style that is cut all the way around the head, in varying lengths to accommodate short and medium locks. When you have mid-length tresses, a long bob is a chic, stylish option. Ideally falling at the bottom of the neck and lightly touching the top of your collarbone, a long bob should contain a generous amount of layers throughout for movement and depth. The addition of bangs and the placement of your part are equally dependent on personal preference and face shape, so style accordingly. For smaller faces, a middle part is best because it adds the illusion of length, whereas longer/wider faces benefit from a side part because it "cuts" the face in half.

Loose Waves

The quick-style time and flattering final result are just a few reasons why wearing a head full of loose waves is a fabulous option for your medium length hair. There are a few ways to achieve this look that are sure to get you out of the house in no time. For all you curling iron aficionados, lightly curl hair all over, then finger comb and spray it with finishing spray to set. An even easier method is to apply a light setting lotion to your damp hair, twist it up and let it set overnight. In the morning, simply unravel, finger comb and go!

Textured Ponytail

Let's face it, a ponytail is like a pair of jeans ... always in style and always flattering. Since you have mid-length hair, you don't have the luxury of wearing a lengthy ponytail cascading down your back. Instead, you have to work with what you have. Mid-length hair is just as hot in a ponytail, especially when you apply curl or wave texture. A textured ponytail gives the illusion of thicker tresses and makes admirers totally forget about its lack of length. Whether you opt for curls or waves, apply them all over your head, lightly brush through them, slightly tease your hair at the crown and loosely pull back into a ponytail. Finish the look with a few wisps of hair taken out to frame your face.

Long Shag

A little edgy, a little sexy, but tons of fun, the long shag manages to remain relevant. Generally speaking, a shag is a multi-layered haircut that is significantly longer in the back than the front. The traditional shag is relatively short, but a long shag complements medium-length hair and allows you to keep your medium length in the back and cut the hair in front. Quick tip: The front of your hair should frame your face to accentuate not only the hairstyle, but also your facial features.

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