How to Cut Medium Length Stylish Haircuts for Teens

Teen hair cuts are often inspired by the trends and styles of celebrities and other pop culture figures. Whether teenagers have short, long or medium length hair, there are stylish looks from which to choose. For medium length hair, trendy cuts are attractive and practical. The individual can style the hair down or pull it off the face into a pony tail when active. If cutting a teenager's hair, carefully plan the cut before snipping any hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Magazines
  • Sticky notes
  • Shears
  • Comb
  • Spray bottle
  • Mirror


    • 1

      Review popular magazines and other teenager-oriented literature for inspiration. Make notes about the kinds of hair cuts and styles that you--or the teenager whose hair is to be cut--like. For instance, note if you prefer bangs or no bangs. If you do prefer bangs, decide if you prefer short bangs or long bangs. Insert a tab or sticky note on the pages of pictures to reference just prior to or during the hair cut.

    • 2

      Dampen the hair with a spray bottle of water, as hair is easiest to cut when wet, but not soaked. Part the hair down the middle of the head with a comb. Use the comb on the entire head of hair to detangle and remove knots. Place the hair on the top of the head in clips to keep it out of the way as you cut the bottom.

    • 3

      Cut the bottom layer of the hair, according to the desired length. Medium-length hair styles range from a few inches below the shoulders to slightly above the shoulder. Angle the hair by cutting the hair in the back of the head shorter, leaving the strands in the front longer than in the back. Alternatively, angle the hair on only one side of the hair for a trendy, but edgy, look.

    • 4

      Gradually release hair from the clips, essentially cutting from the bottom layers and working your way up. Layer the hair by cutting layers shorter as you cut. For instance, if the bottom layer reaches the shoulders, cut the next layer of hair that you release from the clips an inch shorter. Then, cut the next layer another inch shorter. For dramatic, chunky layers, cut layers that vary in length by as much as two or three inches. For a more subtle, layered look, cut layers that vary by only a half inch.

    • 5

      Cut bangs to give the hair cut more style. Angle bangs by cutting the hangs shortest in front, leaving longer strands at the sides of the face. Alternatively, use a comb to part the bangs on one side of the face and angle on one side only.

Tips & Warnings

  • Give the teenager a mirror to hold so that he or she can add comments and suggestions as you cut.
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