25 Easy Hairstyles for Medium-Length, Thick Hair

Best Hairstyles For Medium-Length Hair
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Today, we're getting specific. We're not just focusing on the best hairstyles for medium-length hair or the best hairstyles for thick hair. Nope, we're going the extra mile and combining the two to make things easier for you. After all, working with thick medium-length hair is an entirely different game than working with thin medium-length hair. Make no mistake that your hair's specific combination of length and density makes a big difference when it comes to ease of styling.

That's why we thought we'd share a few of our favorite hairstyles from celebs who share the very same medium and thick hair type. You know, just for some inspiration. So keep scrolling to see 25 hairstyles we love, from Yara Shahidi's blunt and bouncy curls to Priyanka Chopra's textured lob. They're all so good.

Blunt Bob

Yara Shahidi
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Yara Shahidi's mid-length style is all about embracing the natural texture of her hair. We love the strong visual shape that's created by her blunt cut and curly fringe. The accompanying shimmery blue cat eye doesn't hurt either.

Side Braided Curls

Here's another look from Shahidi, back when her hair was a tad longer yet still short enough to qualify as mid-length. Here, her hair is braided back on one side and accessorized with rings, though it's easy enough to replicate sans braids if you're short on time. Simply give your hair a deep side part, twist the hair back on one side, and secure with bobby pins.

Deep Side Part

Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez's deep side part and tousled wet-look texture were both edgy and red carpet-appropriate thanks to a refined makeup look. If you're unsure of how to achieve wet-look hair, don't fear; we have an easy tutorial for you from celeb hairstylist Chris Appleton.

Hair Turban

Justine Skye

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Justine Skye demonstrates one of the coolest ways to wear a hair turban in her look from the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show. It's so simple, too. Put your hair in a loose ponytail and slide the turban on. Then, fluff out your curls in the back so they frame your face.

Super Loose Ponytail

Olivia Munn
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Even though Olivia Munn's hair is borderline long (as opposed to being truly medium length), her lovely loose ponytail can still work. After creating slight waves with your hot tool of choice, tie off your hair three to four inches away from your scalp for a relaxed, romantic effect. It's so pretty and simple.

Loose Waves

Camila Mendes
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While we're on the topic of loose waves, we have to give credit where credit is due. Riverdale star Camila Mendes is the queen of the relaxed look. We're guessing she uses a big-barreled curling iron to create shape, before brushing it out for an I-woke-up-like-this look.

Half-Up, Half-Down

Bella Hadid isn't one to shy away from old-school hairstyles. She regularly channels looks inspired by the '60s, '80s, and '90s. We love this simple half-up, half down hairstyle. All you need to replicate it is a curling iron, a hair tie, and some hair spray.

Sleek Middle Part

Leave it to Lauren Conrad to convince us to go back to basics with our mid-length hair. Her middle part and smooth strands are simple yet chic, which pretty much describes her entire beauty style, no? We recommend using Kérastase Discipline Oleo Relax Anti-Frizz Oil Serum ($39), which will smooth the look and texture of rough, dry strands.

Windswept Half-Up, Half-Down

Margot Robbie's hairstylist, Bryce Scarlett, posted this photo of the actress's effortless half-up, half-down hairstyle to Instagram. We love how her hair is brushed back at the root and the ends are perfectly tousled. It makes for a windswept effect.

Bouncy Barrel Curls

Taylour Paige at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Here's a great look served by Taylour Paige, star of Zola. We're loving these bouncy barrel curls, especially when paired with a glossy nude lip and a soft, smokey eye.


Jamie Chung
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People with mid-length hair can also take note from Jamie Chung, who wears her medium-to-long strands slicked back in a modern take on red carpet style. Notice how she keeps the ends looking polished with big barrel curls.

'60s Curls

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Zendaya is another celeb who fluctuates between medium and long hair lengths. We love this ode to '60s style she wore to a Tiffany's event earlier this year. To re-create this, you'll need a curling iron or hot rollers, some shine spray, and a satin headband. It's another look we'll be drawing inspiration from for upcoming holiday parties.

Braided High Ponytail

Willow Smith

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Sure, this style from Willow Smith might be a little glam for wearing every single day, but it's definitely worth calling out for special occasions (or even if you have a little extra time in the morning to get ready). We love her tight ponytail, sleek braid, and super glam hair tie.

The Wet Look

Normani at the 9th Annual Streamy Awards

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We're still not over the slicked-back wet-look style (clearly). Normani wears the style well with a side part and a sultry brown smokey eye.

Sleek Bun

Vanessa Hudgens knows how to take a basic style like a topknot and make it look elevated and effortless at the same time. How? By leaving out two face-framing pieces in front and accessorizing like an expert. That's how.

The Low Bun

Hudgens shows us the power of a good hair accessory. Her low bun is elevated by a diamond-encrusted bobby pin. Lately, we've been loving Justine Marjan's collection with the hair accessory brand Kitsch—namely the Classic Rhinestone Bobby Pins ($49).

Old Hollywood Glam

Emma Roberts
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Make no mistake: Girls with mid-length hair can still get in on the glamorous old-Hollywood action. Take heed from Emma Roberts, who wore polished waves to the 2018 Academy Awards. Her hair is so vintage-inspired yet so modern too thanks to a healthy amount of shine. Our favorite shine-inducing product is Sachajuan Shine Serum ($35).

French Braided-Sides

Priyanka Chopra
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Do as Priyanka Chopra does and divide your textured waves into a deep side part before braiding one side back into a French braid. There's only one word for it: gorgeous.

Textured Ponytail

Jasmine Sanders
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This has been one of our favorite easy medium-length hairstyles for awhile now. Jasmine Sanders's textured topknot is great for busy weekdays, lazy weekends, or the red carpet, as demonstrated here.

Textured Lob

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The key to Ciara's lob seems to be texture spray and lots of it. We like Morrocanoil Dry Texture Spray ($28) since it provides volume and shape without weighing our hair down.

Tousled Wet Look

Tousled texture is the name of the game. Celeb hairstylist Chad Wood shared this image of Jenna Dewan rocking a slightly messy wet-look hairstyle. It differs from others in that her hair is kept slightly wavy in lieu of the slicked-back style we often see.

The Headwrap

Celeb hairstylist Nikki Lee, co-owner of Nine Zero One Salon in Beverly Hills, shared this image of her client Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules. Sariñana is wearing a headband from her collab with Scunci.

Volumnous Ponytail

How about a voluminous ponytail for inspiration, courtesy of Lucy Hale? All it takes is some teasing at the crown for some bounce and lift, and some curling of the ends for an element of glamour. Yet another mid-length style that's simple and chic.

Wavy Half-Up, Half-Down

An easy iteration of the voluminous ponytail is the voluminous half-up, half-down style. It's created in the same exact way, except it uses only the top half of the hair, leaving the bottom half to hang down freely.


Alexa Chung
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Leave it to Brit It girl Alexa Chung to make pigtails cool again. This style shows off her fringed bangs and lived-in texture while staying incredibly easy to re-create.

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