3 ways to style your medium length hair

Try this trio of chic, simple styles

InStyle Contributor / January 19 2017

Tired of wearing your medium strands in a wavy Lob? Here’s good news: we’ve consulted salon experts for the ultimate hairspiration. Three salon-worthy hairstyles suited to your collarbone skimming length, and all are a cinch to recreate. Get set for your best hair day ever.   


Sleek Updo

The look: With a gentle curl to frame the face, Sarah Hyland’s red carpet look is picture perfect.

Recreate it: Stylist Alan White advises washing your hair the day before to assist with hold. Start by pulling out the fringe section, then secure the rest of the hair into a ponytail. Wrap it around itself to create a bun, then smooth the fringe over the forehead. Use curling tongs to style hair across the face, twisting as you go to create a curl. Fix with hairspray.

Star product: Bumble and bumble City Swept Supple Hold Finishing Spray

Medium hair updo


Poker Straight

The look: Face-framing layers add subtle texture to this polished, go-anywhere style.

Recreate it: Prep damp hair with a smoothing balm, then apply a protection spray from the mid-lengths to the ends. While hair is still a little wet, use a medium-sized round brush to section then blow-dry each part straight. “This will smooth the cuticle down,” says White. Then straighten in sections with a straightening iron, on a setting of no more then 180 degrees. Finish with a serum.

Star product: Joico K-Pak Smoothing Balm

Straight medium hair


High Shine Waves

The look: A glamour ‘do at its most glossy.

Recreate it: Hot rollers are the key to this style, and White recommends medium-sized barrels for a natural look. Begin by adding them to the base layers and work your way up. Take out once cool, and using a wide-toothed comb, separate the curls, “combing downwards to loosen into a wave”. Tuck behind the ear and spray.

Star product: Tigi Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray

Glossy waves medium hair

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