If You Got a Pre-Quarantine Bob, It'll Be a Lob Soon—Here's How to Style It

If, like me, you took the plunge and got a dramatic haircut recently, you're probably in a bit of a bind right now. As fun as it is to change up your look, the grow-out process can be a bit challenging. It's going to be a minute before you'll be able to get back into the salon to maintain those shorter lengths, so if you were inspired to really go for gold with a short haircut (get it!), chances are your hair is going to reach shoulder length before you're able to pay a visit to your favorite stylist again. Gulp.

Medium-length hair has gotten some bad PR over the years as an awkward, cumbersome length. For some reason, long hair and short hair are deemed acceptable, while mid-length hair is written off as unwieldy when it's actually so versatile and endlessly cool. My theory is that this narrative took hold pre-internet, when finding hair inspiration was a lot harder than surfing Instagram to find mood board inspiration.  

Sourcing hair inspo these days is as easy as going down an internet k-hole (or two or three), and lucky for you, that's one of my favorite pastimes! Whether your hair is thick, thin, coily, or straight, I've gathered the perfect collection of styles to get you excited about your mid-length tresses. Ahead, check out 35 shoulder-length hairstyles to inspire you to experiment with your length.

Chloë Grace Moretz
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Chloe Grace Morertz

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This deep side part is so easy, but smoothing the other side down behind your ear is a simple way to add a bit of polish.

Yara Shahidi
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Yara Shahidi

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@yarashahidi

Curly girls know that shrinkage can make your locks appear a lot shorter than they actually are. This voluminous blowout is the perfect style to put your length on display.

Kristin Cavallari
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Smooth Hair

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We stan an asymmetrical cut. It's a bob on one side and a lob on the other.

Ashley Graham
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Ashley Graham

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Air-dried waves are always a winning look.

Chrissy Rutherford
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Chrissy Rutherford

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@chrissyford

Hair clips are both stylish and functional for shoulder-grazing lengths.

Kristin Cavallari
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Kristen Cavallari

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This minimalist look is to die for.

Sophie Turner
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Sophie Turner

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@sophiet

These old-school waves bring the drama in the best way. 

Kerry Washington
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Coily Hair

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@kerrywashington

Coily textures can get in on the shoulder-length fun, too. This twist-out is so cute.

Mindy Kaling
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Mindy Kaling

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@mindykaling

Polished, curled tendrils are an easy way to amp up a low ponytail.

A sleek middle part is always a good idea. 

Get your strands bone-straight without the damage with this hairstylist-approved ceramic straightener.

Thandie Newton
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Thandie Newton

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@georgieeisdell

There's honestly nothing more satisfying than a precise part.

Odette Annable
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Odette Annable

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@georgieeisdell

This easy style shows just how effortless medium-length hair can be.

Joan Smalls
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Joan Smalls

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@hungvanngo

If you're toying with the idea of cutting your hair down to shoulder-length, a wig is a fun option to test the look without committing to a haircut. Plus, you can try out other elements, like bangs, at the same time.

Selena Gomez
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Selena Gomez Curly Bangs

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You don't have to have straight hair to rock bangs, though. Selena Gomez and her loose ringlets are proof.

Kim Kardashian West
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Kim Kardashian

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These voluminous, retro curls are making a case for purchasing a set of hot rollers.

These hot rollers will help you pump up the volume.

Diane Keaton
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Diane Keaton

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Long layers are another medium-length hair hack to add some dimension.

Lucy Hale
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Lucy Hale

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This bob is right on the cusp of a lob, and the slight bend throughout the hair makes it look lived-in and effortless.

Angela Bassett
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Angela Bassett

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@im.angelabassett

When in doubt, embrace volume and buxom curls.

Kerry Washington
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Kerry Washington

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@kerrywashington

These shiny, beach waves are perfect at this length.

Jessica Alba
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Jessica Alba

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Add a headband to bring an extra element to laid-back styles.

This sparkly headband is the perfect finishing touch to any style.

Kim Kardashian West
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Kim Kardashian Half-Up Hair

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@kimkardashian

This snatched half-up, half-down style looks so chic on medium hair length.

Selena Gomez
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Selena Gomez

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@hungvanngo

Here's another spin, with solid curtain bangs and flipped ends. In all honesty, we're trying this.

Natural girls, the half-up, half-down look is right for you, too. Just look at how Lizzo styles her glorious mane.

Dua Lipa
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Dua Lipa Half-Up Hair

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@dualipa

If your hair is on the thinner side and you'd like to infuse a bit of body, adding some texture, like these vintage waves, will make it look like you have twice as much hair.

Hailey Bieber
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Small Ponitails

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Mrs. Bieber and her Baby Spice micro-ponytails are a vibe.

These tiny elastics are perfect for securing smaller amounts of hair without creating a tangled mess.

Kourtney Kardashian
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Kourtney Kardashian

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@kourtneykardash

The soft bend in these middle-parted tresses is so pretty.

Jessica Chastain
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Jessica Chastain

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@kdeenihan

These barrel-curled bangs are giving us French-girl vibes.

Selena Gomez
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Bumped Lob

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@hungvanngo

Selena Gomez just might be the queen of shoulder-length hairstyles. This sleek lob is perfectly bumped under for that elevated Lord Farquaad hair look that's been bubbling up among the fashion set.

Khloé Kardashian
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Khloe Kardashian

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This Marilyn Monroe–inspired style might be a bit much for everyday wear, but it's so much fun.

Dua Lipa
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Dua Lipa Head Scarf

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@dualipa

Dua Lipa is serving designer bandana realness, and we are feeling it.

Lucy Hale
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Wavy Ponytail

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@lucyhale

Scoop your curled hair into a high ponytail to get an extra day out of your style.

Dua Lipa
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Dua Lipa Hollywood Waves

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@dualipa

Leave it to Dua Lipa to make styling clips look cool. The resulting sleek, Old Hollywood waves are equally amazing.

Viola Davis
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Viola Davis

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@violadavis

These soft waves are classic and chic.

Hailey Bieber
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair: Hailey Bieber

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@haileybieber

Give us a deep side part any day.

Claire Most
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles and Haircuts For Medium Hair:

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@claire_most

If your natural mane is now grazing your shoulders, you're working with a whole lot of hair. This defined, curly afro is just dreamy.

Get the best curl definition by bringing in the very best curl maintenance products, starting with super-gentle and ultra-hydrating shampoos.

Up next, see what happened when one editor tried the TikTok-famous, no-heat curls that only require a pair of tights.

This post was previously published and has since been updated. 

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