Mid-length hair is versatile, stylish and oh-so-cool. Check out our favourite celebrity styles here to inspire your next trip to the salon.
Mid-length hairstyles are one of the most versatile cuts out there and we can see why. You can wear a midi cut in an updo or leave it down and loose, wear it curly, wavy or straight… However you style it, we guarantee it always looks good. Even better, it’s completely ageless.
Make like these red carpet regulars and shake things up with a new mid-length hairstyle for the season ahead. Mid-length hair is ideal for those who want to shake up their long hair. They are also great for those wanting to grow out a bob hairstyle. Remember mid-length cuts aren’t boring – rather, they are stylish and chic and ideal for women of all ages.
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The midi flatters every face shape and hair type. It also looks great with blunt bangs or a side-sweeping fringe, cut bluntly or styled with lots of shaggy layers.
Just flick through our gallery below to see over 100 mid-length hairstyles that are just waiting to be copied. From Claudia Winkleman’s long layered cut with a blunt fringe (great for hiding forehead wrinkles by the way!) to Christina Hendricks’ waves and curls. Every mid-length style featured here is perfectly wearable and suits women of all ages. Which one will you choose? Take a look at this celebrity hair-spiration!
Holly Willoughby wears her midi cut slightly longer, grazing her collarbone, which helps to slim a round or heart-shaped face.
A heavy blunt fringe adds instant cool to a midi cut, as seen on Claudia Winkleman.
Ex TOWIE star Jessica Wright creates the illusion of body and length with a subtle ombre colour, fading from dark roots to honey ends.
Having a bad hair day? No problem. Katy Perry dresses her raven black hair with a plush green turban.
A midi cut is long enough to create versatile styles, like a retro finger wave as worn by Jessica Alba.
Jennifer Aniston’s separated layers look modern and fresh! This cut will suit you if you have a pear-shaped face as the first layers sit just below your jaw line which helps to lengthen and slim the lower half of your face’ says celebrity stylist Charles Worthington.
Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton says, “Jane Moore has some quite striking features including defined cheek-bones and a heart shaped face. Her fringe softens her look and is uber feminine. She’s also go quite a lot of thick hair. If this cut was all one length it could sit quite flat. Instead she’s opted for a few layers to help with texture and volume. Top marks Jane!”
Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton says, “Jodie Whittaker’s shoulder length bob is very classic and works with her ‘English Rose’ look. She’s chosen to wear a side parting which suits her – a strict centre parting would be too harsh. This style of bob suits ladies with round faces.”
Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton says, “Kate Garraway’s mid-length cut is both modern and chic. The sweeping fringe really suits her and is great for any ladies with oval faces. The styling of her long bob, with a curl at the end, makes this on-trend cut a bit more classic and elegant – it works really well.”
Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton says, “Kaye’s cut and colour combination really does look fantastic on her. Her sweeping fringe (with a flick) is youthful, and her shoulder grazing bob is a great example of how to wear longer hair past your 50’s. She’s also tried a side parting which was a good decision – moving your parting is so simple but really can make an enormous difference and can take years off!”
To help open up your features, part your mid-length cut in the centre like Karlie Kloss.
Zoe Ball makes her edgy mid-length appear thicker with her bluntly cut ends and fringe.
Lydia Bright softens her mid-length cut with a sweeping side fringe and a bouncy blow dry. A sophisticated and glamorous style.
Gwen Stefani’s trademark bleach blonde locks look super sleek. Shorter layers throughout the ‘do add texture to the mid-length hairstyle.
Sophia Bush’s curls look glamorous and are easy to achieve with the help of a curling wand.
Jessica Chastain has updated her mid-length hairdo by adding a fringe. It looks stunning and really frames her face.
Cameron Diaz is the queen of waves. To copy the actress’ look, divide your hair into a centre parting. Ideally use a wide-barrelled curling iron to add loose waves.
Allison Janney proves how glamorous mid-length hair can be with a combination of highlights and waves.
Dr Who star Jenna Coleman looks stunning with a side-parting and sweeping fringe. Invest in a shine spray to emulate Jenna’s glossy sheen.
Gentle balayage adds natural depth to Kerry Washington’s mid-length hairstyle. If you don’t get your hair dyed very often, balayage is ideal as you don’t need to worry about your roots showing!
Alexa Chung always manages to make a casual hairstyle look polished. Use sea salt spray to create a tousled mid-length hairstyle.
Actress Kate Mara shows you can rock a ponytail with mid-length hair. Copy this look by taking a small section of your hair from the bottom of your ponytail and wrapping it around your hair tie. Keep in place by pinning with kirby grips.
If you love your long locks but want to experiment with a shorter style, simply tuck the tips of your hair underneath itself and pin to secure like Emily Blunt.
Be inspired by Thandie Newton with a longer mid style. For a modern spin work two different textures: sleeker up top and big-bodied curls at the ends!
Claire Danes works soft, subtle layers that fall in all the right places. To get a salon-worthy finish like hers, use a shine spray after styling.
As Kate Garraway shows, a blunt fringe is a great way to update this style as it draws attention to your eyes and hides any lines on your forehead. Most salons offer free fringe trims too!
Mid-length styles look great worn up too. Make like Christina Hendricks and try a twisted chignon that sits at the nape of the neck with a side-swept fringe.
Julianne Moore has gone for the chop and ditched her longer length in favour of a flattering midi. Keep the texture natural for an effortless style.
Alex Jones looks as glam as ever with bouncy curls and a soft fringe that skims her eyes. Use a tong with a medium-sized barrel to get a similar relaxed curl.
Fearne Cotton’s transition “lob” or long bob is a perfect length that really suits her! A centre parting will help open up your features and is very on-trend.
Sweep your hair to one side like Kylie Minogue to create a face-flattering silhouette. This simple step instantly makes hair look dressier for a glam occasion.
Karlie Kloss is the perfect example of how a mid-length style with invisible layers can give the illusion of thickness. We approve!
We love Emma Watson’s longer length that’s a far cry from the short pixie crop she sported for so long. Make this your go-to hairstyle for summer parties and weddings as it’s low maintenance but oh so elegant! Add a plait or small fascinator on one side for extra style points.
Channel Hollywood glamour like Jessica Alba with retro waves and glossy colour. No hairspray is needed as the shorter length means your curls won’t drop! Sweep to one side to open up your face.
If you have fine hair, try adding in a deep side parting like Ashley Roberts. Combing your fringe over like this will help give your roots some height and as the front section is styled off your face it’s really flattering too.
We love Alesha Dixon’s ombre dip-dye. If you’re worried about the colour looking a little too much, keep the rest of your style simple – a smooth and sleek centre parting can work wonders and help balance things out.
Keep your hair looking fabulous like Joan Collins’ volumised midi! Her style is all about the volume, so use plenty of hairspray and ask your hairdresser to cut layers in that start below your fringe at temple height.
Naomi Watts updates her look with bluntly cut ends for a sophisticated style choice. We approve! Blunt ends are great for making your hair look thicker too!
Plaits are having a moment so take note from Emma Stone who proves how versatile mid-lengths can be. Swish hair to one side and plait using three sections – it looks super stylish!
Pippa Middleton looks younger and fresher with a shorter haircut that opens up her face. She definitely gets the Royal seal of approval from us! We wonder if Kate will follow suit!
Alex Jones proves a shoulder-skimming length teamed with bouncy curls is a great option to keep things looking glossy. If you don’t want to experiment too much this summer, then this is the perfect style choice for you!
We love Coleen Nolen’s sophisticated midi with flicked out ends. Update your style and get a fringe added in – it’s just the length that needs perfecting, one that sits just above the brows can hide wrinkles and looks pretty!
Amanda Holden updates her look with flicked out ends and a side-sweeping fringe.
Style fine mid-length hair over to one side like Jayne Torvill.
Myleene Klass proves just how versatile mid-length hair can be! These ’50s style waves and curls have given her look a retro feel.
Jerry Hall, renowned for her flowing locks, has had her hair chopped off. The supermodel shared her new look on Twitter and said: “I have cut off my long locks and got the short “Lob” haircut. Thanks to the @lorealpro team!” Looking good lady, looking good.
Sam Bailey’s modern mid-length is down to big barrelled loose waves which give it instant wow-factor!
We love Samantha Cameron’s neat mid-length that incorporates kicked out ends and a pretty fringe.
American actress Teri Hatcher chooses a side parting and loose waves to give some extra volume to her mid-length look.
Stylish and chic, Darcey Bussell’s full fringe, loose curls and glitzy accessories create a sophisticated mid-length hairstyle that’s great for parties.
Actress Cate Blanchett tucks her hair behind her ears for a neat, preppy finish that works day and night. Ultra-polished, we approve!
Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack’s relaxed waves with soft caramel highlights look effortless and pretty. They’re perfect if you don’t want to experiment too much.
Amanda Holden oozes Hollywood glamour with a sweeping side fringe and shoulder-skimming bouncy curls that earns serious style points!
Emily Mortimer proves mid-length waves are great for fine hair, adding instant texture and volume with a natural looking finish.
Ashanti ditches her long wavy locks for this poker straight asymmetric style that’s smooth, glossy and sophisticated.
New redhead Claire Danes’ shows off her glossy colour with a flicky mid-length style that kicks off her shoulders with serious swish!
For the party season why not run a wand through the lower sections of your hair like Jessica Alba for a dazzling tousled finish.
With a bluntly cut side fringe and flicky layers, Eva Mendes is every inch a superstar. We love the actresses’ fashionable finish.
We think Alice Eve’s centre parted style and softly parted fringe looks super flattering on mid-length hair.
For special occasions why not curl your hair like Katy Perry. Being mid-length will mean the curls don’t drop as much so perfect if you need your look to last.
Growing her hair out from a bob, Cameron Diaz leaves some of the layers shorter round her face to keep the cut flattering and easy to manage.
Smooth and sleek, by tucking one side of her hair behind her ear, Jennifer Garner’s straight hair doesn’t drag your face down.
Run a wand through the lower sections of your hair to give your hair a tousled finish like Kate Upton’s.
Copy Olivia Munn’s mid-length look by spritzing some salt spray through the ends of your hair to give it some volume and oomph.
We love Carey Mulligan’s super straight mid-length Cannes hairstyle.
Dita Von Teese works big barrelled reto waves.
Laura Dern has the perfect cut for curly mid-length styles.
Rachel Stevens makes her hair look thicker with a flicky fringe and mid-lengths and ends.
Classy and chic, Karren Brady parts her hair in a deep side parting, adds a glitzy hair accessory and curls the ends creating a glam mid-length hairstyle that’s great for weddings and parties.
Actress MyAna Buring curls her mid-length hair before pinning it back at the nape of her neck for a soft and tousled finish that looks super sexy with her backless dress.
We love Gwyneth Paltrow’s smooth and straight look. Curl the ends under for a more relaxed finish – it works on women of all ages.
Alexa Chung’s shaggy mid-length style has that messy rock-chick vibe – perfect for lazy Sundays!
Heidi Klum’s flicky ends and voluminous look works well with the on-trend centre-parting.
American actress Jessica Szohr chooses a centre parting, loose beachy waves and a hint of caramel highlights at the ends to liven up her mid-length look.
Fringes work really well with mid-length hairstyles and we love actress Alexis Bedel’s waved look that’s not too overdone but still looks perfect for special occasions.
The latest Dr Who squeeze, Jemma Louise Coleman curls her hair and pins back the front sections to create a soft, relaxed style that gives hair extra volume too.
At the Star Trek premiere, actress Catherine Bel, added a slight bend to the mid-lengths of her hair but left her side sweeping fringe and roots smooth and glossy for an ultra-polished look.
Kerry Washington blends a straight fringe into her shoulder skimming style and it looks fab!
Reese Witherspoon didn’t stay brunette for long choosing to return to a blonde, mid-length cut after just a few weeks. The blunt ends make it look in great condition despite all the colour changes!
Arlene Philips shows that mid-length styles are great for fine hair with her soft shoulder-skimming style that naturally flicks off her shoulders.
The lovely Lorraine gives her mid-length look some serious root boost, tucking the ends under to add an extra dimension of oomph!
Nicole Kidman has ditched the curly look for this poker straight style that adds instant glamour. Great for a night out.
Emma Roberts’ adds some light caramel highlights to the ends of her wavy mid-length look to bring it right up to date.
Mid-length styles are great for experimenting with new hair trends as Salma Hayek proves with this half-up half-down wet-look style. Edgy but wearable.
Model Christy Turlington adds soft layers to her style for this rounded, sophisticated finish.
A few subtle layers that fall around the jawline help Anne Heche create this full, swishy style.
Julianne Hough has flicked out all her layers and ends for a choppy, fashionable finish.
Sally Field adds instant glamour to her red carpet look with a whispy, long fringe and flicky layers.
We love Kimberley Walsh’s latest mid-length hairstyle – the natural waves look relaxed and pretty and are perfect if you don’t want to mess about with your hair too much in the morning!
Jessica Ennis’s multi-dimensional colour with dark brunette tips makes her mid-length cut look thick and glossy.
Kate Moss practically invented the bedhead look but by keeping the roots smooth, this is a more grown-up way of wearing it!
Thandi Newton tucks the ends of her hair under to give the perfect finish to her sleek, side parted style – gorgeous!
By curling her layers outwards, Olivia Wilde gives her mid-length hair a slight 70s twist.
American actress, Rose McGovern not only makes the transition from brunette to blonde, she’s chosen a mid-length shoulder skimming cut to show off her new look.
Christina Hendricks makes the most of the natural kink in her hair, pairing it with a deep side parting and smooth, sweeping fringe
Leaving the shorter layers to work free and frame her face, we love Jo Whiley’s soft side ponytail
Straight hair can drag your face down and look ageing. Not a problem for Davina whose mid-length hair is so glossy it has the opposite effect
Pixie Lott pumps up the volume on her mid length style by flicking out the layers to give extra texture and movement to her hair
Heidi Klum’s sophisticated low ponytail is brought up to date by wrapping a strand of hair around the base to hide the band
Textured hair isn’t just for 20-somethings as Sharon Stone proves with her multi-tonal mid-length hairstyle
Charlize Theron flicks out and curls under the ends of her hair for this bouncy mid-length style
Textured mid-length hair by Headmasters
Naomi Watts keeps her mid-length style polka straight for a stylish finish
Blonde mid-lenth hair with blunt fringe by Aveda
Want to inject some fun into your mid-length? Then try pinky ends like this Indola style!
Soft side-swept lob by Rae Palmer
Platinum blonde lob by Rae Palmer
Sixties style mid-length lob by Saks