When you're thinking about getting a new haircut, and particularly if you're looking for low maintenance medium length haircuts, it can be hard to know where to start. Whatever your current hair length, whether it be short, medium or long, switching up your look can be so exciting, but it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed by choice, or unsure of which style to commit to once you're in the salon chair.
The best hairstylists, however, will work with you to find the best haircut and hairstyle for your lifestyle. It's important to discuss how you would like your hair to look, but also what your needs are. For instance, maybe you're thinking about adding in some face-framing layers to your medium length hair, but you still want to be able to tie your hair back easily if you're heading to the gym, or want to keep it out of your face with a claw clip. Or perhaps you want a really low maintenance haircut that you can wash and air dry with minimal heated styling involved. Because not everyone has time to do a 90s blowout everyday. Or, if you want to make finer hair look thicker with a blunt long bob (AKA, the 'lob') that will grow out effortlessly in-between salon appointments.
Another perk of low maintenance and medium length hairstyles is that they tend to be a lot quicker to dry and style than longer haircuts, and usually require fewer salon appointment than shorter hairstyles do, so they make a great (literal!) middle-ground. Plus, the good news is that there are so many low maintenance medium length haircuts to consider that you have a solid bank of options to choose from. Ahead, we round up the best medium length haircuts—that require little to minimal maintenance—as seen on celebrities to fashion insiders.
The 25 Best Low-Maintenance Medium-Length Haircuts
1. Middle-Parted Bob
Alexa Chung's jaw-length bob has become one of her staple haircuts. The blunt ends keep the look feeling modern, while the length will grow out seamlessly into a lob over time—ideal if you don't have time to regularly book in for a trim. "What's great about this cut is that it can be a transitional look, such as a grown-out Pixie or a statement cut from longer lengths," says Wella Professionals craft expert Jordanna Cobella.
2. Side-Parted Bob
You can easily switch up a bob haircut by moving your parting from the middle to the side. To get this glamorous look from Rachel Zelger, move your parting a couple of inches deeper than you usually would to achieve volume and height at the roots.
3. Wavy Medium-Length Lob
If you want to opt for a shorter cut from long hair but feel anxious about going for the chop, then a longer bob will make a statement while retaining most of the length. We love this undone wave in Laura Harrier's hair.
4. Textured Bob
A bob-length haircut gives curls cool-girl volume and shape while layers will help give each of your curls definition.
5. Shag Haircut With Fringe
A choppy shag haircut with a fringe gives hair enviable texture and volume, while the layers will grow out effortlessly. This is a great haircut if you have naturally straight hair that has a slight natural wave.
6. Bottleneck Fringe Haircut
7. Medium-Length Layered Haircut
8. Effortless Bob
9. Shoulder-Length Layered Haircut
Choppy layers throughout the lengths give life and body to medium-length hair and are particularly great if you want to add more volume to fine hair. "The longer face-framing layers encourage natural movement and interest in long hair that can otherwise feel flat or uninspiring," says Cobella.
10. Curly Lob
Simone Ashley's tumbling curls have several layers that add volume and movement. This would look equally great parted in the middle too.
11. Mixie Haircut
If you're growing out a pixie haircut, then a longer mixie might be more your thing. "Inspired by Mia Farrow's classic pixie cut, we're seeing a modern take on the style for A/W 22," says Wella Ambassador and British Hairdresser of the Year Robert Eaton. "Worn with a choppy side fringe and longer layers at the back, this modern pixie cut takes inspiration from the classic cut."
12. Layered Beach Waves
If you have finer hair that doesn't hold a curl or wave easily, then ask your stylist for a couple of strategically placed layers around your face. Shorter sections of hair will hold a style much more easily than longer hair, which can sometimes weigh your style down.
13. Sleek Lob
This shoulder-skimming lob is so versatile. The one-length cut can be worn straight and sleek like Selena Gomez's, but it's still long enough to be tied back into a bun or ponytail. A middle ground between shoulder-length hair and a bob, it's a style that gives you the best of both haircuts.
14. Side-Parted Straight Bob
If you like to straighten your hair or have straight hair naturally, then a glossy bob like Jourdan Dunn's is always a stylish choice.
15. Medium-Length Hair With Curly Fringe
We're totally obsessed with this curly shoulder-length look with a wispy, cool-girl fringe.
16. Medium-Length Braids
17. Curly Shag
A shag is a great haircut if you have curly hair. Ask your stylist for face-framing layers that will grow out seamlessly while adding definition and bounce.
18. Medium-Length Mullet
It might not be the first style that springs to mind, but this mullet hybrid is surprisingly low-maintenance. Lots of layers lend themselves to embracing your hair's natural texture, and drying time is minimal.
19. Side-Parted Lob
As Nicola Coughlan shows us, a side-parted bob looks equally great for day or night. Use a hair mousse and blow-dry hair upside down for maximum lift around the roots.
20. Curly Textured Bob
A bob allows curls to reach their full-bodied potential while keeping hair health in top condition.
21. Shoulder-Length Haircut
If you have long hair, a collarbone-length haircut can give your style a new lease of life if you want to go shorter but not too much.
22. The Amelie Bob
"The bob style continues to reign supreme as the It cut for 2022," says Cobella. "A/W 22 sees the bob take on a Parisian feel with a statement fringe and wavy, undone texture. Perfectly framing the neck and jawline, the Amelie bob helps to create structure and definition, flattering most facial shapes."
23. Shoulder-Length Haircut With Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs—or curtain fringes—have taken 2022 by storm and show no sign of stopping amongst the fashion set. They look equally great with one-length hair or layered seamlessly into the lengths of your hair.
24. Wavy Bob Haircut
How stylish does Charithra Chandran's wavy bob look? This style is versatile enough to style or air-dry, and this length is long enough to avoid the awkward in-between stage you get with shorter bob cuts.
25. Parisian Bob
Low-Maintenance Styling Essentials
If the thought of using a hairbrush and hair dryer to style your hair fills you with dread, then look no further than this styling tool. It allows you to dry damp hair while styling at the same time. It includes a round brush attachment for bouncy blowouts and a smoothing paddle brush for creating sleek lengths.