23 Medium-Length Layered Haircuts to Inspire Your Next Salon Visit

Has this happened to you? You're thinking of changing up your hairstyle with a new chop, but if you've got long hair, you might not want to take your hair too far out of your comfort zone. Similarly, if you've got short hair, you might be thinking of growing it out but want to avoid that awkward in-between phase as you transition the length. Thankfully, we've spotted so many medium-length layered haircuts on our feeds, and they are so versatile.


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"Medium-length haircuts with layers are the ultimate fail-safe look,” says Jemma Mewies, co-owner of Mewies & Co salon."It’s perfect because it’s never too drastic. Therefore, if you’ve had long hair for a long time but perhaps get some anxiety around having your hair cut, it’s such an easy transition. Alternatively, if you’re growing out your shorter hair, medium length is normally an achievable length to reach,” she adds.

A mid-length cut is also flattering for all face shapes and still gives you the versatility to style your hair in several ways, explains Mewies. "Medium-length hair is perfect for having for updos as well as wearing it down without being too long, too heavy or too short to put up,” she says. Low-maintenance haircuts? We're here for it.


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Braided, wavy, textured, sleek and shaggy looks are all achievable without being too much work, adds Mewies, meaning medium-length layered hair is a great option for all hair types and textures. "It’s such a versatile look with the added bonus of needing a lot less product than longer hair, and even some shorter hair, requires,” says Mewies.

Read on for all the hair inspo you need for your next salon visit.

1. '90s Supermodel Flips

"Flicky or flippy ends are having a real resurgence. It’s a trend that feels like it’s been gone for a while, so it feels really fresh, clean and perfect to add a little spring to your step,” says expert hairstylist Larry King. "It takes inspiration from the ’60s but with a more modern, smoothed-down finish and just a little lift at the crown. It feels young, modern and energetic and works brilliantly on a jaw-length bob.”


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Ask your hairstylist for face-framing layers and use a straightening iron through the lengths of the hair, before curling inwards or outwards at the tips.


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Switch up your parting a la Winnie Harlow for a twist on flippy ends.


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Camille's chic flicky ends prove that this style looks just as cool when ends are shaped inwards.

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2. The French-Girl Fringe


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Want a stronger fringe? This visor fringe looks so cool.


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Suki's tousled fringe, face-framing layers, and red lipstick combination couldn't be more 'French-girl'.


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This combination of effortless updo and perfectly parted fringe just oozes French-girl energy. 

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3. The Shag


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A shag haircut is great on medium-length hair, and the feathery, razor-cut layers add volume to fine hair.


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Volume, texture, and root lift are key to styling this iconic haircut.


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Julia Stegner's retro style epitomises the laid-back, cool-girl vibe that the shag cut has come to represent.

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4. Medium-Length Braids


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If you usually go for longer braids, switching to shoulder-length can refresh your look. 


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We love these medium-length box braids with loose ends.


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Jaw-length braids look so chic. Switch it up with a side parting.

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5. The Lob


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Fancy the idea of a bob but intimidated by a big chop? The lob—or long bob—is for you. This haircut is usually cut on the jawline or slightly below. Kim Kardashian's glossy lob has framing layers to add dimension and body.


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A lob paves the way for effortless texture and body on finer hair.


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Alexa has always known how to rock a lob. if you have fine hair, styling the ends helps to create the illusion of thickness.

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6. Face-Framing Layers


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When in doubt, face-framing layers will instantly add polish to medium-length hair. Your hairstylist can guide you on the best layers to enhance your features.


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We love this bouncy curtain fringe with face-framing layers.


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If you're growing out a fringe, a layered, face-framing style is a great way to do so.

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7. The Mullet


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Debby Ryan's shorter layers give body and shape to her natural hair.


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Trust Miley to rock a mullet and look so good doing it.


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Alyssa proves that a micro-fringe is a fun way to keep a mullet looking fresh and modern.

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Up Next: 15 Heatless Hairstyles Tempting Me to Put Away My Straighteners for Good

 This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.

Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.

Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.

When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.