24 Shoulder-Length Hairstyles We're Pinning for 2019

Updated 01/09/19
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Yara Shahidi and Lucy Hale
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Shoulder-length hairstyles are quite possibly the easiest to pull off, making them the cut we're going to opt for when we want a mid-season refresh. The thing is, they're not as daunting as short hairstyles, and they don't require the styling upkeep of a longer length. They also work with any texture, from tight curls to fine pin-straight strands—and, despite what you might think, they actually offer up some serious styling opportunities.

Essentially, this mid-length is the easiest suits-all style. You can also play fearlessly with colour (if you so wish), and because regular trims are required to keep the hair grazing your shoulders, you won't have to suffer from split ends. Not convinced? Take a look through the gallery below and get used to the idea.

shoulder-length hairstyles: Mila Kunis
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Mila Kunis

Okay, we've already told you why we love this look, but take a look for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Mila looks mega, right?

Shoulder-length hairstyles: Emilia Clarke shoulder-length blonde hair
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Emilia Clarke

Blunt ends were everywhere in 2018 (just as we predicted here) and Emilia Clarke's super-healthy platinum long bob is making us want to continue the trend into 2019, too. But if you're considering going super blonde, make sure you stock up on the relevant care products, like Colour Wow's Brass Banned Correct and Perfect Mousse for Blonde Hair (£13).

Shoulder-length hairstyles: Oprah Winfrey shoulder-length hair
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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's glossy blow-dry looks like the work of a strong round brush (Raincry's Magnesium Volumizing Brush Plus, £55, is particularly sturdy) and a gloss-inducing hair serum like Davines's MINU Illuminating Hair Serum (£20).

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Kate Mara With Balayage and Waves

Kate Mara

Kate Mara adds texture to her shoulder-length hairstyle with beachy waves and balayage.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Olivia Culpo With Sleek, Centre-Parted Hair
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Olivia Culpo

Love Kim Kardashian West's long, sleek, minimal hair as of late but don't want to deal with extensions? Olivia Culpo shows how you can create the same feel with a mid-length cut.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Yara Shahidi Hairstyle 2017
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Yara Shahidi

With carefully placed layers and a sharp centre part, Yara Shahidi's afro-textured hair looks great at this length.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Lucy Hale Hair 2017
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Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale is known for her striking dark hair colour, but these subtle waves and the slightly above-the-shoulder crop add a soft edge to the style.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Kerry Washington With a Sleek Long Bob and Fringe
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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington shows that a high-shine, sleek bob with a full fringe looks super sophisticated. Amp up the sheen with Sachajuam Straight and Shine Spray (£22) before straightening.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Jessica Alba With A Mid-Length Wavy Hairstyle
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Jessica Alba

Waves can often be one of two things—retro or beachy. Jessica Alba has mastered a wave that is neither of those; it just looks super groomed. The secret? Use a large-barrel tong like the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong (£120) on mid-length hair to re-create this effect.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Kylie Jenner With a Sleek Bob
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Kylie Jenner

A classic, long bob will always look timeless, as Kylie Jenner proves.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Margot Robbie Slicked Back Hairstyle

Margot Robbie

A clever (and free) way to change your look is to alter your parting. Here, Margot Robbie has disguised hers altogether with a panel of hair pulled back. Stock up on gel and hair spray if you want to get this look at home.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Freida Pinto With Wet-Look Hair
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Freida Pinto

Sure, the wet look isn't an everyday style, but for an occasion, it can set you apart from the crowd. Freida Pinto pairs her wet-look texture with a deep side part. Try VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel (£4).

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Emma Stone With a Side Fringe
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Emma Stone

Want a shoulder-length hairstyle that is even more versatile? Make like Emma Stone and have a long side fringe. It can be parted it in the middle or disguised into an updo.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Sienna Miller Boho Waves

Sienna Miller

Trust Sienna Miller to nail a beachy, boho effect with her mid-length hair. We love the wheat blonde colour, too. 

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Rihanna With Wet-Look Curls
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To re-create Rihanna's wet-look curls, snap up some scrunching jelly. We love Umberto Giannini’s version for just £7.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley With Loose Waves

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's subtle balayage and easy waves make for one effortlessly glam hairstyle.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Jessie Ware Hair 2017
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Jessie Ware

A blunt-end, shoulder-length bob tucked behind the ear is a great way to show off your favourite earrings—just ask Jessie Ware, who pulls off the cut effortlessly.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Elizabeth Olsen Effortless Waves
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Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen is proof that you don't need to spend too much time on a shoulder-length hairstyle. Simply sweep the hair to one side and just tong around the front. You'll be out of the door in no time.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Selena Gomez Shoulder-Length Thick Hair

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has thick hair, and the fullness lends itself well to this length. The bigger you blow-dry it, the sassier it will look.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Elisabeth Moss Hair 2017
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Elisabeth Moss

Here Elisabeth Moss proves that a bouncy blow-dry works just as well on shoulder-length hair—but you'll need extra shine to make it look healthy. Try Balmain Paris Hair Couture Argan Moisturising Elixir (£28).

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Jennifer Lawrence With Blonde Hair
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Jennifer Lawrence

The well-maintained shoulder length meant that Jennifer Lawrence could take her hair to a super-icy white-blonde colour.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Karlie Kloss With Textured Hair

Karlie Kloss

The piecey texture of the hair throughout the lengths gives it a modern '70s feel. It sits just below shoulder length, so if you're particularly nervous about cutting your hair, start with this slightly longer mid-length. 

Shoulder-Length Hairstyles: Chrissy Teigen With Textured Curly Hair

Chrissy Teigen

We love the texture in this hairstyle on Chrissy Teigen—not just from the tonging but the highlights, too.

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Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian looks incredible with her super-blonde shorter hair. The curls give her hair a slightly 80's vibe, and we kinda love it.

Next up, tempted to go even shorter? Check out our gallery of short hairstyles.

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