The 9 Best Medium-Length Haircuts to Flatter Every Face Shape
Collarbone Length with Long Layers
This collarbone-grazing length with long layers is a perfect cut for those with naturally thick, curly hair. The cut is just long enough to let curls look polished and bouncy, especially when you're using a nourishing curl cream, like the Briogeo Curl Charisma Leave-In Cream ($20, Ulta). It's also an excellent option for those who like to wear ponytails because they can easily be pulled back.
If you're growing out your bangs, consider a cut with face-framing layers. This below-the-shoulder cut gives hair a face-flattering lift at the crown. The style is also a smart pick for those with balayage hair, as the layers will show off highlights (some loose, beachy waves will make them really stand out).
Angled Cut with Side Fringe
A slightly angled shoulder-length cut and side fringe is a flattering cut to frame your face (just know you'll have to trim your bangs in-between cuts, so they don't cover your eyes). If you have thicker strands, ask your stylist to thin out your hair so the blunt cut doesn't overwhelm your face. To keep the fringe from getting greasy, use a few spritzes of The Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($26, Living Proof) when you notice a little oil.
Long, Subtle Layers
Create the illusion of a swooping side bang and lots of body with long layers that start below the chin. And don't forget to add some texturizing spray, such as the amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray ($25, Sephora) for more bounce. The tousled look that gives those with thin hair the illusion of thickness, especially when parted down the middle. It's an ideal look for low-maintenance individuals who don't want to spend much time styling.
If your hair is long but you're not fully ready to commit to short strands, this versatile cut will give you the best of both worlds. A collarbone-length (or slightly longer) cut will prevent curls and waves from appearing weighed down and stringy, but give you enough length and volume to pull back, curl, straighten, and make waves.
Soft Layers with Long Bangs
Even if your end goal is length, you should start with a fresh cut to get your ends healthy and help hair grow faster. Long bangs and soft, cascading layers that start just below the chin will give hair body and movement without weighing it down at the bottom. When you're styling, use a soft hold hairspray, like the Pacifica Big Waves Soft Hold & Volume Hairspray ($12, Ulta) that won't weigh down your strands.
Tousled Long Bob
A long bob (or lob) hits just above the shoulders. Add a few face-framing layers and you can create an effortlessly tousled look. Like this style but want to test it out before committing? You can get a preview by asking your stylist to pin under sections of your hair.
A straight, almost one-length cut looks classic and polished. This low-maintenance style is also a win for thin-haired gals; the straight-across cut will create the illusion of thicker, fuller strands. Make sure you're applying the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer ($28, Bumble and bumble.) before using any hot tools to prevent damage.
This long shag and wispy cut with eyebrow-skimming bangs gives you a modern, rocker-girl vibe. It's perfect for someone with naturally wavy texture so you don't have to spend a lot of time styling (and if you don't have wavy hair, use this flat iron trick to create beach waves in just a few minutes).