Long, short, blond, brunette, wavy, or straight; there are so many hairstyles out there, sometimes it can be tough to settle on just one. But, we only have one head of hair, so one style at a time, it is. Fortunately, there’s a new look on the block currently having it’s time in the salon seat. Once a choice cut for those indecisive people who couldn’t choose between long hair or a short crop, medium length hairstyles have recently become the go-to choice for those seeking both style and versatility. No longer are they simply a straight cut just below your shoulders. Oh no; now they are cut on an angle for movement, layered for extra texture and styled with curls and waves. All sorts, then. With that in mind, here are 4 IDEAL medium length hairstyles if you’re looking for something new. 


This is a super trendy haircut with a laid-back attitude that we adore; a way of saying “medium-long hair, don’t care”. Here, the shortest hair nears the neck with gradual elongation towards the front, offering something in between a short and long hairstyle. Choppiness enhances texture and is an easy way to add points of interest to your hairstyle, effortlessly.


If you’re looking for a low-maintenance hairstyle for medium length hair, you can’t go wrong with a wavy bob with disconnected tips. This relaxed style can be achieved by styling your hair with texture twists or beachy waves. The disconnected tips or layering offers a look which is unkempt but in the best possible way, enhancing the texture and volume of your haircut and offering lots of breezy movement and motion.


A simple shoulder length blunt cut is perhaps the most versatile of all medium length hairstyles. A one length style can be parted on either side, at the middle or down. Consider a dip-dyed look loved by A-listers; an ombre or sombre style on medium length hair has a wonderful transitional effect but doesn’t require the heavy dip-dye maintenance of shorter styles. 


What’s a lob we hear you ask. The answer? A cut where the length is between long hair and a bob cut. The lob is cut just above the shoulders, at shoulder level or just below – in other words the ideal medium length haircut.  Lobs are the one cut that somehow flatters nearly all hair types and face shapes. We adore a lop with balayage colouring;  – a subtle style which give softer, less noticeable regrowth lines rather than traditional highlights.


Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.