Medium to Short Hair Styles

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A medium bob is one of the most popular styles for women.
A medium bob is one of the most popular styles for women. (Photo: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Medium to short hair styles are popular for their versatility and styling ease. In a medium to short style, the hair is cut anywhere from above the shoulders to just below the chin. These cuts look good on any face shape and any hair type. They allow enough length to create fluid movement, but leave the hair short enough to make it easy to manage. The only issue with the styles is that they tend to lose shape quickly and need regular trimming to look their best.

Medium to Short Hair Styles

An asymmetrical bob is a funky style for medium-short hair.
An asymmetrical bob is a funky style for medium-short hair.

The bob is the ultimate classic cut for women with straight or curly hair who want a medium-short style. Cut your tresses in a straight line around the head. A good length is just above the shoulders, so your hair is long enough to still be pulled into a short ponytail. If you like an easy look, leave the hair as it is. If you want a little more definition, round the shape out with light layering. Add blunt, layered, angled or side-swept bangs to finish the look.

If you want to add a punk feel to your style, try an asymmetrical bob. Cut the hair at one side of the head very short, about mid-ear length. Make a swooping line around the head so that the hair on the other side of the head is long, about shoulder length. Trim the hair below the cut line at the back of the head extremely short in gradual layers. Pair the look with some blunt bangs cut at eyebrow length.

A bowl cut is a simple and easy style for men or women. Think of the cut as following a big bowl placed on your head. The bowl should be set slightly back from the crown, so that hair in the front is slightly shorter than hair in the back. The hair at the nape of the neck should reach shoulder length. Cut the bangs to follow the shape and length of the bowl line. If you want to make the look a little more feminine, add some light feathering to the last three inches of hair above the cut line.

A shag cut is a carefree style that helps frame the face. Though the shape looks great on short or wavy hair, it tends to make curly hair look frizzy. Cut the hair straight across at any medium short length. Cut the sides and long, side-swept bangs in jagged, angled layers that brush into the face. The remaining hair should also be heavily layered to create a messy look.

If you're looking for a soft and feminine look, try a medium-short feathered hair style. Cut the hair in a slight oval shape just above the shoulders. Cut the bangs slightly concave, with the middle of the bangs ending at eyebrow length. Softly feather the bangs and sides of the hair. Use a thick curling iron and some hairspray to shape the sides and ends of the feathered layers outward.

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