Shoulder-length hair is the perfect style for the modern woman

Though not as daring as a pixie or as enviable as long waves, medium-length hair is far from boring. In fact, medium-length hair is versatile and leaves you with more styling options than you might realize. From a simple lob to blunt bangs, there’s a medium-length hairstyle that will work for you.

Margot Robbie’s Side Parted Long Bob
Margot Robbie's Side Parted Long Bob

You can do just about anything you like with a long bob. While they are commonly parted down the center, take a page out of Margot Robbie’s book and make a deep side part. You can even comb over some extra strands for additional volume.

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Jenna Dewan’s Lob
Jenna Dewan's Lob

Jenna Dewan’s lob is classic. It hits just past her collarbones, is parted in the middle, and includes just a few layers to better frame her face. This ‘do is absolutely perfect if you want a versatile look that you can style in many ways.

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Rosie Huntington’s Layered Lob
Rosie Huntington's Layered Lob

For a look that’s a little more complex, get a lob with layers like Rosie Huntington’s. While still easy to maintain, a layered lob offers more dynamic styling options than a blunt lob.

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Olivia Palermo’s Sleek Shoulder Length Crop
Olivia Palermo's Sleek Shoulder Length Crop

If you want short hair that’s still long enough to pull into a ponytail, opt for a shoulder length crop. Make it sleek and shiny like Olivia Palermo’s to reach an extra level of sophistication or consider curling it if you feel like going shorter.

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Lucy Hale’s Lob with Soft Highligts_
Lucy Hale's Lob with Soft Highligts

Lucy Hale is known for being a hair chameleon, but one of her most exciting looks is this lob with soft highlights. The bright gold highlights frame her face beautifully and draws attention to her eyes.

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Kirsten Dunst’s Soft Wavy Lob and Mid Part
Kirsten Dunst's Soft Wavy Lob and Mid Part

You don’t need to have waist-length hair to rock some soft waves; just look at Kirsten Dunst. The length of her lob works for her hair texture, and the waves look especially nice with at middle part.

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Ashley Greene’s Caramel Ombre
Ashley Greene's Caramel Ombre

To update the ombre trend, try going for more subtle tones, particularly if you have shorter hair like Ashley Greene. Bright blonde at the ends of your hair may overwhelm your face and style, but warmer, caramel tones work to illuminate your face instead.

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Rachel McAdams Shaggy Lob with Straight Fringe
Rachel McAdams Shaggy Lob with Straight Fringe

Don’t be afraid to get bangs if you have a lob or bob! Rachel McAdams proves that blunt bangs pair incredibly well with her lob. The shaggy style contrasts beautiful with the straight fringe to create an unexpected and interesting look.

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Ciara’s Ashy Blonde Balayage
Ciara's Ashy Blonde Balayage

Few highlighting trends have been as popular in recent years as balayage. These highlights happen to work well with lobs – just look at Ciara! – because they both require little maintenance. There’s no need to worry about getting a trim or touching up your roots; the style looks better when it’s less polished.

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Blonde Choppy Bob
Blonde Choppy Bob

Bobs are known for being classy and sophisticated; give this popular ‘do an update by dyeing your hair white blonde. Asking your stylist to add a few choppy layers can also make a bob feel less polished and more modern.

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Blonde Long Bob and Straight Fringe
Blonde Long Bob and Straight Fringe

A straight fringe is attention-getting and shows a certain fearlessness when it comes to your look. Get even more creative with a warm blonde color and stick-straight lob for a style that’s uber-current and totally cool.

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Tyra Banks’ Light Choppy Fringe
Tyra Banks' Light Choppy Fringe

A style like Tyra Banks’ lob looks great on anyone. The natural waves and layers in her lob naturally draw attention to her face, and her choppy fringe is playful and sweet.

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Amanda Seyfried’s Classic Medium Cut
Amanda Seyfried's Classic Medium Cut

For a simple but sophisticated style, opt for a classic medium cut like Amanda Seyfried’s. Her blonde waves are timeless and effortless. In addition, this cut can be styled however you like and is easy to maintain.

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Olivia Culpo’s Classic Shoulder Length Crop
Olivia Culpo's Classic Shoulder Length Crop

Hair that hits your shoulders is a classic length. While still on the shorter side, it can still be put up into a ponytail, bun, or braid. To make this ‘do even more elegant, make your strands as sleek and shiny as Olivia Culpo’s.

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Kendall Jenners Slick Back Look
Kendall Jenner's Slick Back Look

Kendall Jenner proves that you don’t need to have short hair to look edgy. If you want the ultimate cool-girl look, you can slick your hair back like this, regardless of length.

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Cheryl Cole’s Voluminous Half Up
Cheryl Cole's Voluminous Half Up
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Honey Comb Long Bob
Honey Comb Long Bob
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Melanie Liburd’s Generous Waves
Melanie Liburd's Generous Waves
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Amber Heard’s Side Swept Curly Bob
Amber Heard's Side Swept Curly Bob
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Greta Scarano’s Lob with Blonde and Honey Highlights
Greta Scarano's Lob with Blonde and Honey Highlights
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Olivia Wilde’s Honeycomb Ombre
Olivia Wilde's Honeycomb Ombre
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Christina Ricci’s Straight Bangs and Medium Crop
Christina Ricci's Straight Bangs and Medium Crop
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Vanessa Hudgens’ Messy Double Buns
Vanessa Hudgens' Messy Double Buns
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Ariel Winter’s Voluminous Half-Up
Ariel Winter's Voluminous Half-Up
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Natalie Portman’s Relaxed Curls
Natalie Portman's Relaxed Curls
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