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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Hairstyles For Medium-Length Hair

Forget complicated braids, fishtails, and 25-step chignons. These hairstyles are the ones you actually have time for.

Bad hair day? Not for long. We asked hair professionals Jeff Chastain, Paola Mathé, Ezmeralda Meco, and Sarah Potempa to teach us some fresh hairstyles for shoulder-length hair. And they delivered. Keep scrolling to learn how to style your hair in fun new ways.

1. Double Buns

double buns walk-through

2. The Half-Up Bow

blonde hair styled half-up tied in a bow

3. Effortlessly Chic Low Pony

low ponytail

4. Knotted Pigtail Braids

knotted pigtail braids

5. Flower Braid

Four photos illustrating each of the four steps

6. A Crown for Curls

Photos illustrating the 10 steps

7. Braided Bun

Four photos illustrating the steps

8. Twist ’n’ Pin

Photos illustrating the four steps

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9. Half-Up Hair Wrap

Photos illustrating the six steps

10. The Undone Bun

blonde hair in a half undone bun

11. Piled-Up Pony

12. The Knotted Pony

photos illustrating the eight steps

13. The Braided Half-Up

Photos illustrating the eight steps

14. Side Sweep

15. Shorty on the Side

Four photos showing the steps

16. Quick Twist for Shorter Hair

Four photos showing the steps

17. Bangin' Braid

Four photos showing the steps

18. Loose Braid

Six photos showing the steps

19. Barely There Wave

wavy light brown hair

20. A Dressed-Up Pony

Photos showing the six steps

21. Half French Twist

Photos showing the six steps

22. Frohawk

Photos showing the four steps

23. Shanice never really got into head wraps because she thought her hair was way too big to rock them. Of course we were excited to prove her wrong with this retro style.

Photos showing six steps: Put hair into a bun, place wrap around head, tie knot in front, bring ends around, bring ends to front and tuck into folds, and tuck hair to the side for a faux bang

24. The Mini Bun

Photos showing the four steps

25. The New Topsy Tail

Photos showing the six steps

26. The Fun Bun

Photos showing the four steps

27. Triple-Threat Braid

Photos showing eight steps

28. 10-Minute Fancy Updo

Photos showing the 10 steps

29. Chic Chignon

Photos showing the seven steps

30. French Hawk

Photos showing the six steps

31. Front Bump + Pullback

32. Secret Braid

Photos showing the six steps

33. The Double-Layered Pony

34. Beach Braids

Photos showing the six steps

35. The Fake Bob

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Use a wrap-up to tuck your long hair up into a short style. Watch this tutorial to learn how to style a fake bob — plus two other cute dos.

36. Tucked Up

photos showing the four steps and the style

37. Triple Bun

photos showing the five steps

38. The Crisscross

photos showing the eight steps

39. The Game of Thrones–Inspired Style

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It's three different braids that look like a damn dream when they're put together.

40. Wraparound Braids

photos showing the six steps

41. Fishtail Braid

model showing the style

42. Love-Heart Fish Braid

43. Morgan's effortless slay proves that head wraps work for straight strands, too. Tell me your day wasn’t made 100 times better by this fab style (and that adorbs gap)!!!

Photos with steps for head wrap: Tie a knot in the back, make a bow, and play with the bow loops to add some shape and drama

44. Pony + Side Bangs