Medium-Length Hairstyles Flattering on Thick or Thin Hair

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Yes, This is the Most Flattering Length on Everyone

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January Jones. Getty Images

There is one medium hairstyle length that's perfect on everyone, no matter if their hair is thick or thin or what their face shape is. It's shoulder-length hair, and everyone, including actress January Jones, seems to be getting it these days.

The editors of Allure Magazine dubbed this cut the most flattering hair length on everyone. So why does this it work? Here are the top five reasons:

  1. It's flattering on all face shapes from round to long and thin to square and heart-shaped.
  2. It works with all hair textures. Typically curly hair needs to be worn longer than the chin and fine hair can fall flat if too long. To the shoulders is the perfect compromise.
  3. Yes, we've all heard that men prefer long hair to short. But long hair doesn't work on everyone. It makes women with fine hair and long faces appear "horsey". So again, the medium cut is the perfect compromise.
  4. It requires very little styling. You can wash and go and it dries faster than it would if it were long but doesn't require the styling tools that a short cut may need.
  5. It's low-maintenance. Short hair is very high maintenance. You have to get cuts every four to six weeks if you have a short style. And long hair can quickly grow too long, making you appear a bit dated like you belong at Woodstock. Shoulder-length cuts buy you time between cuts.

It seems the celebrities are listening because more and more are cutting off their long locks and going with this swingy-yet-sexy collarbone grazing length.

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Mena Suvari

Actress Mena Suvari wearing the same haircut in 2 different ways. Left Michael Buckner, right Jason Merritt for Getty Images

Mena Suvari's hairstyle here hides her large forehead.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Jon Kopaloff, Anthony Harvey for Getty

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proves that you can have sexy waves without extensions. Here, her hair is a gorgeous length.

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Finola Hughes

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Shoulder-length hairstyles are a great option for older women. Can you believe Finola Hughes, pictured here, was born in 1959?

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Shoulder-Length Looks Great Wavy

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Marta Fernandez. Carlos Alvarez // Getty

You can blow dry your naturally wavy hair straight with this cut or let it air dry, scrunching it into its natural waves.

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Emily Blunt: Sweet & Subdued

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Emily Blunt. Karwai Tang for Getty Images

When asking for a haircut, instead of telling the stylist to cut a certain amount of inches, show the stylist what you want by putting your hand up exactly where you'd like your hair to fall.

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Edgy and Cool

Lauren Santo Domingo. Lauren Santo Domingo / Getty Images

This cut is super simple but manages to be edgy. Make sure you don't get too blunt a cut on the ends.

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Camilla Belle Sports a Long Bob

Camilla Belle straight. Kristian Dowling / Getty Images

The long bob still remains a popular hairstyle.

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Bedhead: Super Sexy

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You saw Camilla Belle's hair straight, now here it is wavy. You can get this bedhead look by allowing hair to dry naturally while scrunching it as it dries.

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Shoulder-Length Hair Can Be a Huge Improvement Over Long Hair

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There are a number of pros to cutting your long hair off into a long bob, or at least shoulder-length. Here, Jessica Alba proves why.

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Alice Eve's Waves

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This hairstyle is absolutely gorgeous. This wavy look works best on thick hair. 

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Try a Bob

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Diane Keaton in two different shoulder length haircuts. Andreas Rentz for Getty

Shoulder-length cuts work on women of all ages, including those over 50.

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Rachelle Carson

Rachelle Carson. Alberto E. Gonzales

Go shorter if you have flat, thin, wispy hair.

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Giselle Fernandez

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Lovely curls.

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Amy Poehler's Angelic Blonde Curls

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Curls flatter almost everyone.

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Thick Hair Needs a Bit of Layering

Lisa Butcher. Fergus McDonald / Getty Images

Gorgeous hairstyle on ex-supermodel Lisa Butcher.

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Elizabeth Olsen

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Mark Townsend's Instagram

This is a really cool look on Elizabeth Olsen.

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Long Layers Are Great on Shoulder-Length Hair

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Note the layers cut into Kate Capshaw's hair here. Cutting in layers takes away some of the heaviness in hair and adds movement.

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Curly Hair Works Best a Bit Longer

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Mark Townsend's Instagram

If you have naturally curly hair, it's best to let it grow a bit longer. Longer hair weighs down curls, whereas shorter hair can "pouf" up on you. It's important to get long layers cut into hair, and some stylists prefer to cut curly hair dry, so they can see exactly where the curls lie.

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Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

Medium-length locks complement Reese Witherspoon's heart-shaped face.

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Jennifer Aniston

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Chris McMillian's Instagram

Jennifer Aniston has naturally wavy hair that she often wears straight and shoulder-length.

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Two Versions of Shoulder-Length Cuts

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Astrid Stawiarz for Getty. Donna Mills; Hoda Kotb

These hairstyles flatter Donna Mills and Hoda Kotb.

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Jaime Pressly

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Jaime Pressly. Cindy Ord

Jaime Pressly shows off a lovely haircut.

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Jenna Dewan Tatum

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Jenna Dewan Tatum. Getty Images: Michael Buckner and Steve Granitz

Jenna rocks the shoulder-length hair.

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Diane Kruger

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Mara Roszak's Instagram

This curly style on Diane Kruger (courtesy of her stylist Mara Roszak's Instagram) is gorgeous on her.
 

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Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt. Alberto E. Rodriguez of Getty

Emily Blunt's hair always looks good, and she often wears it shoulder length.

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Kim Kardashian

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Chris McMillian's Instagram

When Kim Kardashian cut her hair from long to shoulder-length, everyone went crazy. This is a particularly nice version of her cut.

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Ashley Olsen

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Genevieve Herr's Instagram

This cut is simply stunning on Ashley Olsen.

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Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks. Frazer Harrison // Getty Images

Christina Hendricks' flaming red locks look sensational.