You hear a lot about short hairstyles, and you definitely hear a lot about what you can do with long hair, but for those who are looking for something that falls in the sweet spot between the two, medium-length haircuts are a good go-to. This length has gained popularity over the years in many different forms — from the trendy shag to the "clavicut" — to become a favourite not just for its versatility but also because it suits all face shapes and hair types.
"The medium-length haircut starts just above the shoulders and can reach to middle of your chest," celebrity hairstylist and Matrix brand ambassador Castillo Bataille tells POPSUGAR. "This haircut is a client favourite, including a favourite of my own." The likely reason? Beyond its length, there are very few other rules. This cut can work with thick hair, thin hair, bangs, layers — you name it.
Here, we're breaking down everything you need to know about the medium-length haircut, as well as some of our favourite takes on the look.
Why a Medium-Length Haircut?
The style options to choose from within the medium-length haircut realm are endless. "It can be cut with a blunt line, V-shaped line, or a soft one-length cut," Bataille says. "We've transformed medium-length haircuts into so many fun and trendy styles, including the shag, the wolf cut, the cub cut, and the mullet. The medium haircut is also a great length for extensions. [It] adds volume around the jaw and cheekbones, works amazing with layers, and all types of bang styles."
Whether you opt for a super-sleek and straight look, bouncy beach waves, or a chic updo, you can't go wrong. Medium-length haircuts are also so practical and manageable, no matter your lifestyle. There's ample room for creativity, allowing you to experiment with different styles and textures. From layered cuts to shoulder-length lobs, there are so many options to not only suit your personal preference but also stay current and trendy.
Low-Maintenance Medium-Length Haircut Ideas
One reason many people choose a medium-length cut is because it's easier to maintain than long hairstyles, requiring less time and effort for styling and grooming. It really doesn't get more low-maintenance. Tie your hair up for a sleek updo, or leave it down for a casual, effortless look.
With this cut, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a versatile length that falls between short and long while still requiring minimal upkeep. From lived-in waves to simple, straight styles, low-maintenance, medium-length haircuts offer flexibility and ease. They can be quickly managed on a daily basis, allowing you to save time while still looking chic.