Pretty Hairstyle Ideas For Mid-Length Hair

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Medium length hair is no longer just an in-between-cuts look. The midi haircut is having a moment – and we’ve got the pictures to prove it (/subtly persuade you to give it a go when you next visit the salon).

This season is not just all about the midi dress, the midi skirt or the midi jean, it’s the midi haircut’s time to shine too, as demonstrated by the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Emma Watson and Jessica Alba.

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How to maintain mid-length locks

The secret to keeping your mid-length hairstyle looking good is to have regular trims. It's easy to think that mid-length locks need less maintenance because an extra inch here or there doesn’t affect the style – but you still need to schedule regular salon visits to keep it looking sharp.

You should also treat your hair regularly to moisturising treatments, and apply nourishing hair oil to the tips as needed. Avoid silicone-based products that will coat your mid-length hair, rather than treating and hydrating split ends.

Have you thought about using argan oil for hair on your mid-length locks? Called 'liquid gold' for hair, it is really rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, making it extremely beneficial for improving hair condition.

How to style mid-length hair

It can be fun to experiment with styles when you get a new do, and there is a lot of looks a medium-length hairstyle can offer. You can play around with bangs - whether straight cut or more casualn - and lightly trimming away at the middle to avoid the awkward growing-out stage.

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You can also use curling irons or straighteners to give your hair some bounce or volume. You should also consider a heat-protection product if you regularly straighten or blow-dry your hair.

Play around with your parting to switch up your look, whether it's a sweeping side parting or a slick down-the-middle parting like Kendall Jenner.

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Also, get creative with up-dos, be it half-up/half-down, ponytails, or (tiny) buns.

Colour ideas for mid-length hair

Colour trends like balayage, pastel washes and babylights all work really well on mid-length haircuts, and lightening processes are often better on this style than longer ones as the hair is less damaged. If you're choosing a colour that involves bleaching your tresses, consider asking your hairstylist about Olaplex, a reparative treatment that can limit damage caused to your hair in the lightening process.

We've also spotted some lust-worthy mid-length locks on Instagram for your viewing pleasure and inspiration...

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mid length hair instagram


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mid-length hair style


mid length hair style


mid length hair style


mid length hair style


So if you’re after some hair-spiration of how to style your mid-length locks, you’ve come to the right place. Pick up ideas from our gallery of A-listers with covetable hair below.


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Mid-length hairstyles Carey Mulligan1 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Carey Mulligan

Yes, we loved Carey Mulligan's signature pixie crop, but this mid-length curly hairstyle is seriously pretty, too.

Mid-length hairstyles Cate Blanchett2 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett's cool wavy hairstyle just crosses the line from lob haircut to laid-back mid-length style.

Mid-length hairstyles Elizabeth Olsen3 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen's glossy ombre mid-length locks are top of our lust list. A mid-length cut is a great choice if you want a longer style but have fine hair, while a choppy medium cut will thicken up your tresses.

Mid-length hairstyles Emma Watson4 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Emma Watson

Emma Watson wears her mid-length locks in a loose up-do with a few wavy tendrils falling loose.

Mid-length hairstyles Jessica Alba5 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba never has a bad hair day. This super glossy side-swept look is pure Hollywood.

Mid-length hairstyles Jessica Chastain6 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain's tangerine graduated style is absolutely beautiful.

Mid-length hairstyles Kristen Stewart7 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart shortens her mid-length locks by adding voluminous curls and sweeping them over to one side.

Mid-length hairstyles Lily James8 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Lily James

Lily James wears her ombre mid-length waves in a causal centre-parting.

Mid-length hairstyles Lottie Moss9 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Lottie Moss

Lottie Moss' ice-blonde locks are picture perfect worn swept over to one side.

Mid-length hairstyles Olivia Palermo10 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo's shiny locks look gorgeous worn in chunky loose waves.

Mid-length hairstyles Rachel Brosnahan11 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan's 'hun' (half-up half-down bun) hairstyle is perfect for keeping mid-length locks away from your face.

Mid-length hairstyles Selma Blair12 of 13
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Mid-length hairstyles Selma Blair

Selma Blair switches up her mid-length locks with statement side-swept bangs.

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rosie huntington-whiteley hair style

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley softly straightens her sun-kissed tresses for a relaxed look.

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