Medium hairstyles: 13 celebrity looks to inspire your next cut

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    You might be tempted to cut your hair short as you age (browse our hairstyles for women over 50 for inspiration), but if you’d rather keep your longer locks, get inspired by these youthful, medium hairstyles instead.

    Why a medium hairstyle rocks

    Medium hairstyles are super versatile and look incredibly chic. Long enough to sweep into a gorgeous up-do, but short enough to avoid split ends, a mid length style is the cut that suits almost everyone.

    “I would recommend a midi hair style, because at collar bone length the midi is longer than a bob, so you don’t get that awkward ‘flaring off the shoulder’ stage,” recommends Melissa Timperley, stylist and director of the multi-award-winning Melissa Timperley Salons in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. “Midi hair is more manageable and it’s versatile, too,” she says. “You can make a statement with a blunt look, but you can also have a layered, softened look. And the midi suits all face shapes; the length – at longer than the jaw – is flattering, and your stylist can add width and softness to complement your bone structure. Great celeb examples of the midi look are Michelle Obama and Reese Witherspoon.”

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    Falling anywhere between the jaw and collarbone, medium hairstyles are incredibly flattering and ultra modern. They can be cut and styled to a length that most flatters your features – and are one of the easiest looks to pull off, whatever your face shape and hair type. Not to mention, a shoulder-length cut is much easier to manage than longer locks. And it requires less maintenance than shorter styles.

    The trick? To ensure your mid-length hairstyle is well kept and – most importantly – suits your face shape. Long faces can be flattered by face-framing layers and a side-fringe, while oval-shaped faces can take a heavy fringe. Got a rounder face? Opt for a long layers and gentle waves. And don’t forget your hair type: For fine hair, create volume with soft curls; or for thick curly hair, embrace your natural hair type and create a multi-layered, tousled style.

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    Medium hairstyles inspiration to take to your hairdresser

    These celebrities with medium hairstyles are the perfect inspiration. Whether you prefer the choppy middle parting of Sandra Bullock, or the curly side parting seen on Princess Eugenie.

    Ready for the new you? Scroll through our pick of the best medium hairstyles and be sure to print out your favourite and bring it with you on your next salon visit!