Medium length hairstyles don't need to be boring. Learn how to vamp up your mid-length hair here...
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 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."
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.
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!
The inspiring Former First Lady looks chic yet approachable. Here, her curled hair - which has bags of volume and texture - settles on the shoulders, framing her face beautifully.
Reese's fine blonde hair suits bobs, lobs and medium blonde hairstyles perfectly. The blunt cut has been curled at the ends to create shape and softened by a light side fringe. Gorgeous.
Mimic the Sandra Bullock look with a choppy, layered cut and a bang on-trend middle parting. We also love how Sandra has livened up her brunette locks with some subtle blonde balayage highlights - this is a great trick for creating a new look if you're already rocking a medium-length hairstyle.
Margot Robbie nails the medium-length hairstyle here, with subtle, flowing waves which are perfect for a summer holiday. The waves are made even more chic with the slicking down of Margot's roots, which you can easily replicate at home - just be use to ask for a side parting at the hairdressers.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
If you're after a relaxed medium hairstyle, Sophie's is fabulous inspiration. The Countess of Wessex has styled her locks naturally here, showing how low-maintenance a medium haircut can really be.
Try highlights at the front of your mane for an easy breezy summer look, personified here by Rose Byrne. The hairstyle also proves that curls look fabulous on medium hairstyles!
A long bob like Charlize's qualifies as a medium hairstyle, and it's incredibly chic and stylish. The volume has been taken out of Charlize's hair here to create an elegant hairstyle, with a few curls at the bottom adding something special to the look.
Let's face it - we've all envied Jennifer Aniston's hairstyles for decade now - she's a star whose hair is always amazing. Here, her hairdresser has cut in a layered, choppy front to her hair to make the 'do look light and fresh, with longer strands at the back - we love it.
Duchess of Cambridge
Who has better hair than the Duchess of Cambridge? Catherine rocks medium or longer hairstyles. Here she's seen with some strong curls on the bottom and straight strands at the top - classic but very fashionable option.
This look is all about volume. Jessica Alba has made the medium hairstyle look work for her by volumising the right side of her hair cut, while keeping the left straight and pinned back. It adds a brilliant edge to your lock and only requires a few simple clips and a curling iron!
Princess Eugenie tends to favour a medium hairstyle and it really suits her. The side parting on her looks really frames her face, which is wider and shorter rather than long like the Duchess of Cambridge - proving a medium hairstyle looks good on any face shape.
Here, Amanda's easy, laid-back hairstyle proves yet again that medium hairstyles don't need to be overdone to look absolutely stunning. Simply wearing it down with a bit of straightening can look brilliant.
Julia Roberts proves that medium hairstyles aren't just for 20-somethings - she looks absolutely glowing here with her shorter hairstyle. Again, curls are the pick of the day when it comes to medium cuts, so ask your stylist to experiment on how best to curl your locks if you're getting the chop.