These 17 Easy & Low-Maintenance Hairstyles Are Perfect for Shoulder-Length Hair

Perhaps you’ve just had to chop or maybe you’re growing out a long bob—either way, if you’re new to shoulder-length hair, then you’re probably after some styling inspiration. And likewise, if you’ve worn your hair shoulder length for a while, then it’s understandable that you may want to mix things up. 

Since it’s not quite short and not quite long, it can be easy to fall into a hairstyling rut when you have shoulder-length hair. However, this length of hair is actually super versatileyou’ll be surprised by how many low-maintenance styling options there are to choose from. Whether your hair is curly or straight and whether you prefer to wear it loose or style it in an updo, having shoulder-length hair gives you room to try far more hairstyles than those who are restricted by short hair length or by the weight of long hair.

What’s more is that this hair length looks good on pretty much everyone. To prove it, we’ve rounded up a bumper edit of our favorite hairstyles for shoulder-length hair—from mermaid waves to block fringes and micro buns. Oh, and to make things even easier, they’re all super low-maintenance.

1. Mermaid Waves

Laura styles her shoulder-length hair in mermaid waves using a triple-barrel curling iron.

2. Sculpted Layers

Ask your hairdresser to cut layers into the front of your hair. Then style these by focusing on adding volume to the ends for a dramatic sculpted effect.

3. Micro Fringe

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @NICOLEOCRAN



One way to freshen things up if you're feeling bored with your shoulder-length hair? Cut in a fringe. A micro fringe like Nicole's is fresh, fun, and bang on trend.

4. Soft Waves

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @AIMEESONG



There are plenty of ways to create soft waves in your hair—loosely braiding your hair before bed, sculpting with your straighteners, or combing out fresh curls are just a few.

5. Blocky Fringe

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @MARIA_BERNAD



As much as we love the combination of a blocky fringe with a micro bob, we also think a bold, blunt fringe looks great with shoulder-length hair.

6. Voluminous Waves

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @CHRISSYFORD



If you have fine hair and are concerned about it looking flat in a mid-length style, just add loose curls to the ends of your hair for instant volume.

7. Retro Flicks

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @MISSTPW



Based on the number of times we've seen this look on Pinterest, this '90s-inspired hairstyle is going to be a big hair trend for 2023. Use straighteners to curve the ends of your hair outwards.

8. Centre-Part Fringe

Growing out a fringe? Parting your bangs in two and styling them into the lengths of your hair adds interest to a mid-length style and is a great way to frame your face.

9. Micro Bun

Gone are the days when supersized topknot buns were all we saw on Pinterest. These days it's all about the micro bun—and shoulder-grazing hair is the perfect length to pull off this trend.

10. Super Straight

A sleek straight look is both low-maintenance and always on-trend.

11. Face-Framing Layers

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @LINDATOL_



If you're growing bored of one-length hair, long, face-framing layers will add interest and dimension to shoulder-length hair—both when worn down and when styled into an updo.

12. Hidden Braid

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @DEBORAROSA



It takes less than a minute to add one tiny, barely there plait into your lengths, but the result is super cute.

13. Claw Clip Updo

The claw clip updo reigned supreme in 2022, and it's going nowhere this year. The key is having just enough (but not too much) hair, so if yours is shoulder length, you'll have just the right amount to pull off this style.

14. Half-Up, Half-Down

This combination of half-up, half-down hair; face-framing strands; and a cute hair ribbon looks especially good in shoulder-length hair.

15. Deep Side Part

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @MELODIEBANCE



Center-parted hair has been "in" for a while now, but if you have curly shoulder-length hair, a classic side part will always look good.

16. Low Bun

Best Hairstyles for Shoulder Length Hair: @JORDANRISA



A low, messy bun is so easy to create when you have shoulder-length hair—it really doesn't get more low-maintenance than this.

17. Beachy Waves

Curling each strand of your hair in opposite directions will result in this beachy, tousled wave effect. So effortless.

The best products for styling shoulder-length hair:

This light-hold, texture-enhancing spray is perfect for finishing off a wavy style.

No matter what style you opt for, shiny and glossy hair will always be on-trend. Run this gel-cream through the lengths of your hair (after washing) to add a glass-like sheen.

Applying styling foam to your roots is the quickest and easiest way to add volume and lift.

If you're a low-maintenance kinda person and don't have time for hair masks, try this rinse-and-go solution instead. It leaves hair unbelievably silky soft.

Practical and chic, this strong-hold claw clip is a styling essential.

Next Up: 6 Classic Hairstyles That Never Go Out of Style

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.