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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. Flower Braid

Four photos illustrating each of the four steps

2. A Crown for Curls

Photos illustrating the 10 steps

3. Braided Bun

Four photos illustrating the steps

4. Twist ’n’ Pin

Photos illustrating the four steps

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5. Half-Up Hair Wrap

Photos illustrating the six steps

6. Victoria's Secret Angel Beach Waves

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We used the Beachwaver, a curling iron that rotates itself, to get the look.

7. Piled-Up Pony

8. The Knotted Pony

photos illustrating the eight steps

9. The Braided Half-Up

Photos illustrating the eight steps

10. Side Sweep

11. Shorty on the Side

Four photos showing the steps

12. Quick Twist for Shorter Hair

Four photos showing the steps

13. Bangin' Braid

Four photos showing the steps

14. Loose Braid

Six photos showing the steps

15. The Tease and Tie

Photo of the style, showing teased hair and the braid tied around the back

16. A Dressed-Up Pony

Photos showing the six steps

17. Half French Twist

Photos showing the six steps

18. Frohawk

Photos showing the four steps

19. 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

20. The Mini Bun

Photos showing the four steps

21. The New Topsy Tail

Photos showing the six steps

22. The Fun Bun

Photos showing the four steps

23. Triple-Threat Braid

Photos showing eight steps

24. 10-Minute Fancy Updo

Photos showing the 10 steps

25. Chic Chignon

Photos showing the seven steps

26. French Hawk

Photos showing the six steps

27. Front Bump + Pullback

28. Secret Braid

Photos showing the six steps

29. The Double-Layered Pony

30. Beach Braids

Photos showing the six steps

31. 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.

32. Tucked Up

photos showing the four steps and the style

33. Triple Bun

photos showing the five steps

34. The Crisscross

photos showing the eight steps

35. 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.

36. Wraparound Braids

photos showing the six steps

37. Fishtail Braid

model showing the style

38. Love-Heart Fish Braid

39. 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

40. Pony + Side Bangs