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Hairstyles and Haircuts for Medium-Length Hair

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    The Long Bob with Bangs

    Not too long, not too short, the "lob," or longer sister to the classic bob, adds even more versatility and styling options to your haircut — yep, this is a bob long enough to pull into a ponytail! Change it up with long bangs, wispy sideswept bangs, or even extra-short baby bangs.

     
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    Sleek Bob

    Slightly angle longer bangs to lengthen and slim your face. Keep the layers to a minimum and let choppy ends hit just above the collarbone. Finish this look with a flatiron and an anti-frizz serum for the ultimate sleek, chic 'do.

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    Tapered Layers

    Refine a shoulder-length haircut by using a razor to taper only the hair that frames the face, starting anywhere from cheekbone to chin. The result? Swingy stands that highlight your features, and gently drift from updos in that oh-so-pretty way.

     
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    Curlicues

    Fashion a riot of natural spirals: All-over layers and a big dose of shine products help define and separate strands in hair this curly.

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    Shoulder-Length Layers

    Remember the "Rachel" — that medium-length, multilayered cut popularized by Jennifer Aniston in Friends, circa 1995? Consider this style the modern equivalent — only softer and more rounded. These gentle layers combined with the mid-length cut flatter any face.

     
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    Flip for It

    Add a few layers just at the ends of hair to gain these pretty, flipped-up ends. Want hair this neat? Use a smoothing serum and flat brush to tame flyaways.

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    Sideswept Bangs

    What's more flattering than long layers and soft, sideswept bangs? As far as haircuts go, this one's a winner. Few styles work on almost any face shape — but this one will.

     
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    Red Alert

    This medium hairstyle's beauty is in its simplicity: A center part with long layers, which add movement. And the vibrant crimson shade? Simply gorgeous.

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    Instant Volume

    Curl ends under or flip them out with a big-barrel curling iron to add body to your hair.

     
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    Band Together

    Instead of the basic ponytail, smooth medium-length hair away from your face with the easiest style-maker ever: the headband. Wear more than one to create a unique look.

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    Do the Wave

    Wearing your wavy hair medium-length or longer? If the hair is layered, make the first cut close to chin length to avoid too-springy curls on top, and cut to follow the its natural loose swirls.

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