When your hair is too long to count as a pixie cut, yet too short to earn you a spot in the Guinness World Records, you're in the ideal zone for trying out virtually every single hairstyle in existence. Congrats, mid-length folks—the (hair) world is your oyster, and is it fantastic. But it wasn't always this way: You were either team long or team super short when it came to the length of your locks. Thankfully, the world has taken a leap towards a compromise, allowing medium-length hair to rule our Instagram feeds once again.
Celebrities ranging from Rihanna to Celine Dion are letting medium-length hair reign. Whether you're in the market for a look that's the ultimate homage to the '90s or want to channel retro Hollywood glamour, we have just the hairstyle for our medium-length hair queens. Never search through endless pins on Pinterest again for inspiration on how to spice up your hair routine, we got just the style you were looking for right here. To help you get started on your new life of excellent hair days, check out 55 of our favorite celeb-inspired haircuts and styles.
A deep part can work wonders on any style. Case in point: Bailey's beautiful locs. Clip one part of your hair with a fun accessory or add a couple of subtle bejeweled hair accents for good measure, as Chloe does.
If your hair is on the thicker side, try this chic style. The cut makes the top layer look longer, with a blunt effect on the edges to round out the shape.
If you're going for the prim and proper vibe, but don't want your style to lean too schoolgirl, adding a chic clip is your best bet. It gets the hair out of your eyes and accessorizes your outfit all in one. Talk about the ultimate 2-in-1.
If you're looking for something low maintenance, but with gorgeous results, try a natural style like twist-outs, braid-outs, or bantu knots. Post-shower, gently wring out any excess water in your hair. Then wrap your hair in a microfiber towel for five minutes. When the time is up, apply your leave-in conditioner throughout or a styler as you proceed with your twists or braids.
If you have curly hair, don't let that stop you from a middle part. Center parts look great with all textures as they automatically draw attention to your face while giving you crazy good volume.
Long gone are the days when your hair had to be the same color all-over. The hair trend "money piece" involves face-framing highlights towards the front of your hair, like Lawrence's, made possible by the balayage technique. The best part of all? It looks good on everyone.
If you have medium-length hair, you know the power of layers, so just think of what subtle layers can accomplish. They automatically add texture to your hair, no hot tools required, and require less upkeep.
Shag is the ultimate cool-girl look. Whether your shag is straight or curled like Oh's, it's a step above basic bangs. For an added twist: curl your hair away from your face rather than towards it, to create even more volume.
When you take this style to your stylist, make sure to let them know you don't want the shorter side to be longer than your chin length. This is to make sure you don't miss out on any volume the haircut will bring.
Buns shouldn't just be for days when you don't feel like washing your hair, they also look great styled. Pull some small pieces out to curl around your face, add a fun headband, then boom you have a red carpet-ready look like Ciara.
Remember that mousse-scrunched hair you did in middle school? This is that same style, all grown-up! First, start with damp hair, use a conditioning mousse or soft gel, then finger comb the product through your hair for this fab, shower-esque style.
Charlize Theron is the queen of hair transformations, so it's no surprise she pulls of this deep part with curled side bangs. Fine hair people this is the style for you since it appears your hair has more volume.
The 90s called and they said Constance Wu rocked this curled-at-the-ends lob. This style perfectly frames multiple face shapes so we highly recommend giving it a go.
On those lazy days it seems like the last thing you want to do is style your hair. I get it. Therefore, adding a hair clip like Elle Fanning here makes all those ones you wore in middle school seem cool again.
If only Nancy Wheeler had this lewk on Stranger Things! Like any good side part, it makes it seems like your hair has way more volume. What's great about this is the small curls give that volume a little extra boost.
Bows are just one of the many accessorizes you can add to make your ponytail a little bit more glitzy this season. Some people might say schoolgirl, but that's just another name for fashion-forward.
When in doubt, throw your hair over your shoulder and give the ends a quick curl. The soft bends will create a pretty spiral that catches the light juuuuust right.
An ombré fade is one of the easiest ways to add some character to a basic brunette lob, and Alba is making us all want to go out and get highlights.
Blunt, thick bangs can look (and feel) heavy when paired with a shoulder-length cut, but Teigen's piece-y bangs stay soft and fluttery, thanks to the graduated layers framing her face.
Let us all bow down to Union's perfectly perfect curls, which are amped up by a slicked-back topknot and waved edges, which adds some structure to this fuller style.
Even if your hair isn't as long as Ratajkowski's, you can fake the length by tying off your over-the-shoulder braid with a long black ribbon, which gives the illusion of Rapunzel-level hair. To keep the look from feeling schoolgirl, gently tug and pull the loose layers around your face and wrap them around a curling wand for texture.
Soft, fluffy, and voluminous, Zendaya's waves look like she just rolled out of bed in the '50s, and we mean that in the most envious of ways. For the most authentic finish, blow-out your hair and, while it's still warm, wrap two-inch pieces of hair around jumbo velcro rollers for 30 minutes. Spritz with hairspray, unravel, and then brush through your curls with a boar-bristle brush.
This simple hairstyle requires just a few bobby pins: Tuck and pin your hair back behind one ear to add an undercut element, then go to town with some over-the-shoulder poses to capture the full cascading effect.
Keri Russell has maintained some of the best hair on TV since her Felicity days, but it's her bouncy waves that have us wondering what gravity-defying feat is happening here. Her hair stylist Brian Magallones has said he relies on volumizing spray for the added bounce. For the waves themselves, he curls them in two-inch sections and pins them to her scalp while they cool for some added staying power.
Dita von Teese has the pin-up look down. Her secrets to that shiny, satiny, wavy finish? Hair masks, barrel rollers, setting spray, and a really excellent cut, sans layers.
Eye-skimming bangs, a smattering of caramel highlights, and subtle waves? Halle Berry has perfected the formula to flattering, never-boring hair.
If you're currently studying this photo saying, "What Hermione magic was done here?" then we're with you. But it's less magic and more really expert coloring: The cornflower highlights at the ends of her hair lend a mystical sun-dipped glow to her waves.
Super-tight curls make for the ultimate level of texture in this red-carpet style. Part your hair on the side for even more added volume.
If you're rocking a lob, nix the satiny, straight-ironed look for a more natural, "I woke up like this" texture. Consider trying out eye-skimming bangs on your next cut to add even more dimension.
The most important take-away of this look? Having a few inches of grow out is actually pretty cute. Instead of re-dyeing your roots, ask your colorist to blend some of your natural hue into the blonde dye by the roots, so it looks more natural.