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Trendlooks 2016

Hairstyles for Shoulder-Length Hair

Hairstyles for shoulder-length hair
Freja Beha Erichson for Valentino: Shoulder-length hair with frayed layers and long fringe
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The perfect medium! Let the ends of your hair dance around your shoulders. That is where hair is reaching now. Mid-length is in again. And the trendy styles for shoulder-length hair are not long in coming. Here they are:

Long? Or short? Choose the middle way. Trendsetters are wearing their hair shoulder-length again. There are benefits to the trendy cut: Styling diversity! Layered or cut straight – when you go with the mid-length look, choosing a style depends mostly on your hair type. Fine or thick, we let you know what suits you:

  • Shoulder Length with Thick Hair

    Go with lightness and try a snappy layered style (see photo above). Hair of different lengths avoids heaviness in the look as the ends rest lightly on the shoulders thanks to thinning the cut. Important: The various layers should be connected in a harmonious line. Extra tip: A long fringe makes the style edgy and modern.

  • Shoulder-Length with Thin Hair

  • Hairstyles for shoulder-length hair
    Sweet: Shoulder-length hair with fringe and slight waves

    Geometric or blunt cuts work especially well with fine, mid-length hair. Half-length hair leaves plenty of styling leeway, for example to experiment with fringes (see photo to the left). You should avoid feathered ends or heavily thinned lengths. Cutting the hair to one length makes the shoulder-length look appear full and structured. Style tip: Slight waves create even more volume and a classy effect!

    To find out what other hairstyles to consider for the mid-length mane, visit our gallery:

  • Gallery: Hairstyles for Shoulder-Length Hair

    Shoulder-length hair: Style with parting

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    Shoulder-length hair: Style with parting

    A parting makes life more beautiful! Positioned to the side, styled with some hair oil and tucked behind the ear, it gives shoulder-length (messy) hair that extra trend kick.

     

    How it’s done: Work some styling powder into the hair to create the undone look. Make a side parting and, with a bit of hair oil, smooth the strands from the hairline to eye level. Tuck the hair behind the ear, letting a few strands escape, and you are done!

    Shoulder-length hair: Scrunchy style

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    Shoulder-length hair: Scrunchy style

    Cool comeback: The large, soft, cloth-covered hair elastic is back, offering an extravagant styling version for mid-length hair.

     

    How it’s done: Gather the top hair and use a scrunchy to tie it into a knot or ponytail. Pluck out a few strands in front and the hip 80s styling is finished

    Shoulder-length hair: Sleek ponytail hairstyle

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    Shoulder-length hair: Sleek ponytail hairstyle

    The best thing about mid-length: It’s easy to style! A wet look ponytail tied low in the neck is a new feature.

     

    How it’s done: Spread a hazelnut-sized amount of hair gel on your fingers, distribute through your dry hair and comb in. Gather the hair into a ponytail, tie it low, wrap a strand around the braid and secure with hair clips. Then apply hairspray to the style and blow dry lightly to retain the wet look

    Shoulder-length hair: Half-back style

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    Shoulder-length hair: Half-back style

    Styled half back, hair cut blunt or accurately at should length looks particularly sexy.

     

    How it’s done: Spread mousse through your hair and blow-dry it out of the face. Spread a hazelnut-sized amount of hair gel on your fingers and smooth the hair back from the hairline. Omit the long strands of hair and then secure everything with hairspray

    Schulterlanges Haar: Retro-Frisur

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    Shoulder-length hair: Retro style

    Always a good idea: Half-up hair. Even better: Hair half pinned up in the sixties look! The retro version is worn with volume, a short sleek parting and slight waves in the mid-length hairstyle.

     

    How it’s done: Pin the front section of hair to the side with a clip and work some styling powder into the rest. Tease the top hair at the back slightly, gather it and pin it on the back of the head with a hair clip. Take the strands you pinned aside at the front, work them with the straightening iron, make a short side parting and secure the hair along the side of the head behind the ear. Apply hairspray to the style and you are done!

  • From shoulder-length to wob style

  • Hairstyles for shoulder-length hair
    Varied: The trendy wob with loose waves and shoulder-length hair
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    No matter whether your hair is thick or thin, you can also style the mid-length cut into a trendy wob (wavy bob). Not in the mood for shoulder length? Curly waves pull your hair up far enough so you can wear a chin-length style for a change.

    Star stylist Armin Morbach shows you how to create the natural-curl look in his video:

  • Video: How to style natural curls in your hair