20 Pretty Styles for Short to Medium-Length Hair

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • The Gibson Tuck 5 of 20

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Braid back one side for a lovely way to dress up shorter hair.
    Found on Ma Nouvelle Mode.

  • The Braid & Twist 16 of 20

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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