I'm Not Getting A Bob—26 Low-Maintenance, Medium-Length Cuts I'd Rather Try

When you're thinking about getting a new haircut, and particularly if you're looking for low-maintenance medium-length haircuts, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether your hair is short, medium or long, switching up your look can be so exciting, but it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed with choices or unsure of which style to commit to once you're in the salon chair.

The best hairstylists, however, will work with you to find the best haircut and hairstyle for you. It's important to discuss how you would like your hair to look but also what your needs are. For instance, maybe you're thinking about adding in some face-framing layers to your medium-length hair but you still want to be able to tie your hair back easily if you're heading to the gym or want to keep it out of your face with a claw clip. Or perhaps you want a really low-maintenance haircut that you can wash and air dry with minimal heat styling involved—because not everyone has time to do a '90s blowout every day. Or maybe you want to make finer hair look thicker with a blunt long bob (AKA, the lob) that will grow out effortlessly in between salon appointments.


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Another perk of low-maintenance, medium-length hairstyles is that they tend to be a lot quicker to dry and style than longer haircuts and usually require fewer salon appointments than shorter hairstyles do, so they make a great middle-ground. Plus, the good news is that there are so many low-maintenance, medium-length haircuts to consider that you have a solid bank of options to choose from. Ahead, we round up the best medium-length haircuts—that require little to minimal maintenance—as seen on celebrities to fashion insiders.

The 26 Best Low-Maintenance Medium-Length Haircuts

1. Middle-Parted Bob


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Alexa Chung's jaw-length bob has become one of her staple haircuts. The blunt ends keep the look feeling modern, while the length will grow out seamlessly into a lob over time—ideal if you don't have time to regularly book in for a trim. "What's great about this cut is that it can be a transitional look, such as a grown-out Pixie or a statement cut from longer lengths," says Wella Professionals craft expert Jordanna Cobella.

2. Side-Parted Bob


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You can easily switch up a bob haircut by moving your parting from the middle to the side. To get this glamorous look from Rachel Zegler, move your parting a couple of inches deeper than you usually would to achieve volume and height at the roots.

3. Wavy Medium-Length Lob


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If you want to opt for a shorter cut from long hair but feel anxious about going for the chop, then a longer bob will make a statement while retaining most of the length. We love this undone wave in Laura Harrier's hair.

4. Textured Bob


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A bob-length haircut gives curls volume and shape, while layers will help give each of your curls definition. 

5. Shag Haircut With Fringe


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A choppy shag haircut with a fringe gives hair enviable texture and volume, while the layers will grow out effortlessly. This is a great haircut if you have naturally straight hair that has a slight natural wave. 

6. Bottleneck Fringe Haircut


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While a blunt fringe requires regular trims, bottleneck fringes (which are layered to frame around your eyes) grow out into face-framing layers. This look is also a nod to the '70s-inspired haircuts that are trending for 2022.

7. Medium-Length Layered Haircut


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Hoyeon Jung's shoulder-length haircut is ideal if you want to take the length (not to mention the heaviness) out of your long hair without losing too much length. Layers around the front of the face also flatter all face shapes.

8. Effortless Bob


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If you love that effortless French-girl look, then a jaw-grazing blunt bob is for you. We love how TyLynn Nguyen has styled her bob with flicked-under ends.

9. Shoulder-Length Layered Haircut


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Choppy layers throughout the lengths give life and body to medium-length hair and are particularly great if you want to add more volume to fine hair. "The longer face-framing layers encourage natural movement and interest in long hair that can otherwise feel flat or uninspiring," says Cobella.

10. Curly Lob


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Simone Ashley's tumbling curls have several layers that add volume and movement. This would look equally great parted in the middle too. 

11. Mixie Haircut


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If you're growing out a pixie haircut, then a longer mixie might be more your thing. "Inspired by Mia Farrow's classic pixie cut, we're seeing a modern take on the style for A/W 22," says Wella Ambassador and British Hairdresser of the Year Robert Eaton. "Worn with a choppy side fringe and longer layers at the back, this modern pixie cut takes inspiration from the classic cut."

12. Layered Beach Waves


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If you have finer hair that doesn't hold a curl or wave easily, then ask your stylist for a couple of strategically placed layers around your face. Shorter sections of hair will hold a style much more easily than longer hair, which can sometimes weigh your style down. 

13. Sleek Lob


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This shoulder-skimming lob is so versatile. The one-length cut can be worn straight and sleek like Selena Gomez's, but it's still long enough to be tied back into a bun or ponytail. A middle ground between shoulder-length hair and a bob, it's a style that gives you the best of both haircuts.

14. Side-Parted Straight Bob


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If you like to straighten your hair or have straight hair naturally, then a glossy bob like Jourdan Dunn's is always a stylish choice.

15. Medium-Length Hair With Curly Fringe


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We're totally obsessed with this curly shoulder-length look with a wispy fringe.

16. Medium-Length Braids


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Braids are a great choice if you want no-fuss, low-maintenance hair. We love Franny's jaw-skimming braids paired with a side parting.

17. Curly Shag


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A shag is a great haircut if you have curly hair. Ask your stylist for face-framing layers that will grow out seamlessly while adding definition and bounce.

18. Medium-Length Mullet


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It might not be the first style that springs to mind, but this mullet hybrid is surprisingly low-maintenance. Lots of layers lend themselves to embracing your hair's natural texture, and drying time is minimal. 

19. Side-Parted Lob


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As Nicola Coughlan shows us, a side-parted bob looks equally great for day or night. Use a hair mousse and blow-dry hair upside down for maximum lift around the roots.

20. Curly Textured Bob


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A bob allows curls to reach their full-bodied potential while keeping hair health in top condition.

21. Shoulder-Length Haircut


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If you have long hair, a collarbone-length haircut can give your style a new lease of life if you want to go shorter but not too much.

22. The Amélie Bob


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"The bob style continues to reign supreme as the It cut for 2022," says Cobella. "A/W 22 sees the bob take on a Parisian feel with a statement fringe and wavy, undone texture. Perfectly framing the neck and jawline, the Amélie bob helps to create structure and definition, flattering most facial shapes."

23. Shoulder-Length Haircut With Curtain Bangs


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Curtain bangs—or curtain fringes—have taken 2022 by storm and show no sign of stopping amongst the fashion set. They look equally great with one-length hair or layered seamlessly into the lengths of your hair.

24. Wavy Bob Haircut


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How stylish does Charithra Chandran's wavy bob look? This style is versatile enough to style or air-dry, and this length is long enough to avoid the awkward in-between stage you get with shorter bob cuts. 

25. Parisian Bob


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The bob is a French-girl classic haircut and forever timeless. This style is slightly longer and will look great as it grows out too.

26. Layered Curls


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We love the way that layers have been cut into this coily style to create shape and frame the face.

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

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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.