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Medium-Length Hairstyles You’ll Want in 2020

Before You Cut

No matter the length of your hair, it can be tricky trying to figure out the right way to cut, shape, and style it to fit your face, your personality, and your hairstyling skills. If you’re growing your hair from short to long, and you’re stuck in the middle phase and unsure of what to do with it, this article can help.

Young blonde woman sitting in a salon chair looking at her haircut in a mirror during an appointment with her hairstylist

If you simply like having hair that is medium-length but need to change up your look, you can also find some inspiration here. Whether you’re young or old, you can wear any hairstyle you like. Don’t let anyone tell you that a hairstyle is too young and trendy for you to rock.

When considering what medium-length hairstyle you’d like to try, you need to take into account your face shape, hair texture, and lifestyle, and hairstyling ability. If you choose a style that fits into your life, you can easily knock years off the look of your face. If you live a very busy, fast-paced life, you won’t want to choose a hairstyle that requires an hour of styling in the morning. If you work in a position that requires you to look your best every day, and you have the time, you can opt for a hairstyle that can be curled, straightened, put up, left down, etc. so that you can look your best and have some variety.

Style Options

One of the most popular hairstyles for medium-length hair is called a “Lob.” This hairstyle is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time to mess with their hair. Or those who don’t want their hair to compete with their wardrobe. If you have fun fashion sense, this will be perfect for you. It’s the simplest medium-length cut that you can go for. There are no layers and no bangs. This haircut is all one length and works great for people who wear glasses, too. You can make a statement with your clothes and glasses without your hair taking all of the attention.

If you are looking for a hairstyle with a little more personality, the layered bob may be a good option for you. You can wear it straight, curly, or wavy. You can add many layers, choppy layers, or a few layers. Let yourself express your personality with the way you choose to wear it. For a lot of body and personality, wearing it wavy works wonders.

Woman with layered bob hairstyle

This hairstyle, while being more fun with a wider variety of styling options, also requires more work to style (unless your hair naturally lays nicely). If you’re losing volume due to aging, or other reasons, this style can help cover that up. Layers will add volume effortlessly. You can blow dry your hair with a diffuser or use mousse to scrunch it.

If you have flat hair, thick hair, or curly hair, a lightly layered cut could work great for you. It can give body to flat hair, add texture to thick hair, or help to keep curly hair under control. Layers are the key to a flattering haircut – just make sure you don’t go overboard. If you want to be able to put your hair into a ponytail, and you have too many layers that go too far up your head, you might end up not being able to pull all of your hair up. One of the rules of thumb is to never cut layers above your eye (short hair) or above your ear (longer hair). Most of the layers should be focused at the front, to help shape your face.

Next is the wavy bob, which is becoming a more popular cut, especially for those who don’t want to put a lot of work into their hairstyling every day. This haircut can be anywhere from your chin to your shoulders to be considered a bob. When you go to the salon to ask for this cut, make sure that you know how long you want it to be, what you want your waves to look like, and how you want the layers around your face.

The best face shapes for the wavy bob include heart-shaped, oval, and round. The density of your hair will play a large role in the way this haircut turns out. If you want to optimize the volume, you can actually do so with hair dye, because it makes your hair cuticles swell up.

If you like the look of a bob, but don’t want to have your hair above your shoulders, then a lob may be a great choice for you. It’s basically the same cut, except longer. You can have it all one length for a dramatic look, or you can add layers to make it more voluminous. Wearing a lob with a side-part can change up your look entirely. If your face is diamond or heart-shaped, a side part will help to soften the look of your cheekbones and chin lines.

Another way to wear a bob hairstyle is to embrace your natural hair. If you have naturally curly hair, the bob could be very flattering for you. Someone who absolutely rocks this look is Oprah. She embraced her natural hair after years of straightening it. In today’s society, a person is no longer looked down upon for embracing their natural hair texture. Embrace it and wear it proudly.

Woman with Lob haircut

If you have naturally wavy hair, it can be a challenge to find a flattering length. If your hair is thick and wavy, it’s a good idea to cut it at shoulder length. If you cut it too short, it could end up sticking out in ways that are hard to tame. If you grow it too long, it can end up making your face look older. We may be speaking for ourselves, but we don’t think many women want to make themselves look any older than they actually are.

Do you have naturally straight hair? Do you like hair that requires the bare minimum when it comes to maintenance? If so, you may want to go for a cut that adds a bit of volume without being too dramatic. A single-length cut that is parted to the side could bring a new elegance to your look. You could wake up in the morning, run a brush through your hair, and be ready to go.

An easy way to make your face look more youthful, and to draw attention away from your neckline, is to get bangs. They will draw attention to your eyes and are flattering on almost anyone. The one problem with bangs is that they require a lot of maintenance. If you can’t trim them yourself and don’t want to visit the salon every few weeks, they might not be the best idea. They grow down into your line of vision very quickly.

If you’re not a fan of bangs that are cut straight across, you could always try longer bangs that are swept to one side of your face. Bangs cut in this style will draw attention to the eyes and help cover up wrinkles or a high forehead. There are many ways to wear bangs. You can have long bangs, layered bangs, swooped bangs, fringed bangs, and straight across bangs. What works best for you will depend on your face shape, age, hair texture, and personality.

If you have thick, wavy hair that tends to become frizzy, you can work all day every day to tame that frizz, or you can embrace it and show off how much hair you have. If you cut your hair to shoulder length and add some bangs, your hair will have so much volume and personality that it will steal the show wherever you go. If you’ve got it, rock it.

If you have straight or wavy hair and wish that you could pull off a curly style, wish no more. All you need is to know what length will look best on you. Cutting your hair to shoulder length and then using a curling iron (curling away from the face) can make a huge difference in your look and confidence. Another way to boost your confidence, and make yourself look more youthful is to go for a shaggy cut.

Cut your hair between your chin and shoulders, add plenty of layers, and, if you desire, cut some bangs in there, too. You’ll be able to make yourself look ten years younger in no time. This hairstyle is fun to style. You can straighten it, leave it wavy, scrunch it, or even curl it. The possibilities are endless.

Men Can Wear It Too

Medium-length hair isn’t only reserved for women. Men can have medium-length hair, too, and sometimes they can pull it off even better than women. While some people make fun of men with longer hair, others absolutely love it. What does it matter what anyone thinks, anyway? If you want your hair longer, grow it. There are many ways a man can style longer hair.

It can be difficult for a man to transition from a short cut to a longer style. You need to commit to many trips to the barber to thin it out, trim the ends, and change the style so that you don’t look too shaggy in the process. Granted, you don’t have to do this. You can just simply grow it out and deal with the way it looks on the way to your end goal. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Young photographer adjusts his long hair

About 80% of men have medium thickness hair, and by growing it a little longer, they can embrace the texture. Even if you don’t fit into the 80%, you can find ways to grow your hair longer. Whether it’s curly, wavy, straight, frizzy, or an afro, there is a way to get longer hair that will work for you, not against you. Consult with your barber to find out what works best for your hair texture, face shape, personality, and maintenance level.

Medium-length for men’s hair can range from a few inches longer than a buzz cut to shoulder-length. A style that was popular in the 1960s (made popular by Elvis), that is making a comeback, is called the pompadour. This style is about 3-5 inches long and is swept up and back. This leaves your face completely visible, so if you have confidence issues, it may not be the best choice for you. Or, it could end up boosting your confidence.

If you don’t want to push all of it back, you can leave some strands loose to fall around your forehead and eyes, giving the look more of an edgy feel, like maybe you don’t care too much about your hair looking perfect. This hairstyle can look great on men who have beards and men who are clean-shaven.

Don’t be afraid to grow your hair to your shoulders. Men who have naturally curly or wavy hair can rock longer hairstyles like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re a musician, longer hair is widely accepted and encouraged. There’s no need to worry about cutting bangs or layers or making sure it’s perfectly styled all the time.

You can shower, let it dry, and go out without having to mess with it at all. If you’re active, and you’re worried about dealing with longer hair being in the way while you’re exercising, there is a solution. All you need to do is put your hair up in a ponytail or bun, and you’re ready to tackle the job at hand. This is great when you need your hair out of the way for work, as well.

Conclusion

Whether you’re a man or woman, whatever texture your hair is, whatever shape your face is, and however old you are, there are ways to cut and shape your hair to give you a youthful look without making you spend hours styling your hair. Before you go to the salon or barber shop, make sure that you do your research. Find out what cuts and layers work best for heart, diamond, round, oval, square, pear, or oblong face shapes.

Portrait of beautiful young woman getting haircut

Find out how much maintenance you’re willing to deal with. Do you want to make trips to the hairstylist once a month to keep bangs and layers in check. Do you want to be able to wait a couple of months to have to go back? Do you want to be able to trim up your bangs by yourself?

You will need to consider the texture of your hair as well. What works for thin, straight hair may not work great for thick, wavy, curly hair, and vice versa. There’s nothing worse than getting a haircut that doesn’t work for you, even though you love it on someone else. Once you cut your hair, if you don’t like it, you’re stuck with it until you can grow it into another style, or you have to cut even more off, and that could potentially make the situation worse.

If you’re a woman and you’re interested in medium-length hairstyles, the good news is that they can work for anyone. You just need to know exactly what length you want, what kind of layering you want, whether you’d like bangs or not, and what cut will work best with your personality and lifestyle. Don’t choose a cut that requires a lot of product or curling and straightening if you don’t want to have to bother with it every morning.

In most cases, when you choose a shoulder-length cut, it won’t require too much maintenance. Depending on your hair, you should be able to get up and go without spending too much time trying to get your hair to lay right. If you’ve got straight, thin hair, go for a blunt bob or lob so that you can just brush it and go. You could even add layers for a little bit of volume and still not have to do much work to style it. If you’ve got thick, wavy, or curly hair, there are specific medium-length cuts that work best for your hair type. A wavy or curly bob can flatter most face shapes and require a small amount of styling and maintenance.

If you’ve worn your hair long for a considerable time, and you’re ready to switch it up, but you’re not ready to go too bold with a short look, a medium-length cut would be a great start. Some people have their hair down past their shoulders for so long that they don’t even realize it’s not the most flattering look for their age, face shape, hair texture, or personality.

Many people have decided to cut off their long locks and have discovered that they are more confident than ever because medium-length hair can make you look so much more flattering. With the right shaping, layering, styling, and length, any face shape and hair texture can be optimized. The same goes for men. If you’ve always worn a short cut, and want to change it up, going for a longer look can bring you more confidence, can make you feel as though your hair better fits your personality, setting you apart from others. If you end up not liking it, you can always cut it back off.

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