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20 Pretty Styles for Short to Medium-Length Hair

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Mid-length cuts have been really popular this fall. Long bobs continue to be popular, along with “the chop” hairstyle that usually falls just above or just below the shoulders. I got this cut myself, and I absolutely love it but I’ve had to rethink how I style my hair. I assume I’m not the only person in this situation, so I’ve compiled 20 pretty styles that can be done on short to medium-length hair. Being a busy mom, I’m a fan of the fast, easy, and messy ‘do, so I’ve focused on tutorials that you can create quickly with a little practice. These hairstyles are also super versatile, so you can transition from the grocery store to an evening event without ever feeling out of place.

  • Emma Stone-Inspired Casual Bun 1 of 20
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    The front twist is such a pretty addition to this casual bun.
    Found on The Small Things Blog.

  • Fishtail Braid Ponytail/Bun Tutorial 2 of 20
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    This gorgeous take on a ponytail can be done on shorter length hair, as long as the layers aren't too short.
    The how-to is on Sidewalk Ready.

  • Quick Twisted Updo 3 of 20
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    Twisting hair back into two cute buns is a great way to incorporate shorter layers and get them out of your face.
    Get the tutorial on Parlor.

  • The Longer, Fuller Ponytail 4 of 20
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    If your hair is long enough to pull back but the ponytail looks a little wimpy, here's a great trick to beef it up.
    Check it out on Makeup.com.

  • The Gibson Tuck 5 of 20
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    The Gibson tuck is one of my go-to styles when I'm short on time, but want to look chic. It seriously takes just a couple minutes to create on a long bob or longer length hair.
    Found on Beautylish.

  • Easy Twisted Updo for Long or Short Hair 6 of 20
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    Use a ribbon to make a twisted back style even prettier.
    The how-to is on A Blossoming Life.

  • 13 Different Ways to Wear Your Bangs 7 of 20
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    Tying back the front fringe section of your hair is a great way to style a short or medium-length cut.
    Check it out at Ma Nouvelle Mode.

  • Faux Updo Tutorial for Short Hair 8 of 20
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    This genius tutorial shows you how to pin your shorter hair higher with some height and then hide the pins with a pretty scarf.
    Found on Keiko Lynn.

  • Quick Twist for Medium & Short Hair 9 of 20
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    This great updo designed for shorter lengths is super cute and easy to create.
    The how-to is at The Beauty Department.

  • Hot Crossed Bun (Remix) 10 of 20
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    Created on medium-length hair, this pretty updo makes it look like you had more to work with.
    See the tutorial at The Beauty Department.

  • Wavy Hair Tutorial for Short Locks 11 of 20
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    Add some pretty waves to your short-to-medium-length hair with this great tutorial.
    Find the step-by-step instructions at Keiko Lynn.

  • The French Twist 12 of 20
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    You don't need super long hair to create a simple but chic French twist.
    Watch the video at Latest-Hairstyles.

  • 1960s Hair Flip 13 of 20
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    Medium length hair is perfect for channeling "That Girl," aka Marlo Thomas. I wore my hair like this once to a wedding when my hair was growing out from a bob. It was a big hit, and I still have fond memories of wearing this sassy style.
    Learn how it's done at XO Jane.

  • Half French Braid 14 of 20
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    Create a French braid for a sweet half up look.
    Get the how-to at Parlor.

  • Half Up Dutch Side Braid For Short Hair 15 of 20
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    Braid back one side for a lovely way to dress up shorter hair.
    Found on Ma Nouvelle Mode.

  • The Braid & Twist 16 of 20
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    This great article offers four fun ways to style shorter hair, including this super rad braided and twisted updo.
    Find the step-by-step instructions at Refinery 29.

  • Chic Updo 17 of 20
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    The gorgeous messy updo can be dressed up or down, making it appropriate for just about any event from a playdate to a wedding.
    Watch the video at The Small Things.

  • Three Twisted Buns 18 of 20
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    Twist three sections into mini buns at your nape for a super fast style in no time.
    Found at My Soul Is The Sky.

  • Four Ways to Style Short Hair 19 of 20
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    This great post gives you four fun ways to style shorter hair, but these three twists pinned back is my favorite.
    See them all at A Beautiful Mess.

  • Fast and Easy Up Style Tutorial 20 of 20
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    This great everyday style would be great for medium-length hair, and twisting the top section back first helps hold in shorter layers.
    Watch the video at Sidewalk Ready.

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