A bob haircut is too short for your taste and waist-length hair requires too much care? We totally get you! That’s why we think a grown-out lob or shoulder-length hair is the perfect hair length to keep, if you don’t have much patience to grow out your hair or the courage to chop off your mane short and bold. It lets you enjoy the best of both worlds and looks super chic too.
The best thing about this hair length is that it flatters all face shapes and hair types. You could have curly, straight, thin or thick hair and it will look equally amazing on you. However, we understand that shoulder length hair can be boring to style sometimes and that’s why we pulled up the best and the chicest hairstyles for shoulder-length hair for you to try.
These are some really cool and easy hairstyles that you can put together in minutes. No complicated braids or dainty, time-taking buns; just some ridiculously effortless and quick hairstyles to try on your shoulder-length hair. Take a look!
1. Pinned to the side
If you don’t like to spend hours on a hairstyle (like all of us) and still need a red-carpet worthy hairdo every time you step out, this is the hairstyle you should go for. Especially if you have super shoulder-length curly hair, give this hairstyle a try that can instantly glam up your curls without taking much of your time or effort.
To get this look, apply some hair mousse to your hair evenly and create a dramatic side parting. Next, take a small section from the front on the smaller side and apply styling cream to smoothen it out. Brush it back with a fine-toothed comb and stack a couple of bobby pins in a ‘cross’ formation. Make sure the section is secured. You can also use a barrette or blingy hair clips. Finish this look with some hairspray and you are done.
2. The wet hair look
This stunning hairstyle has been a celebrity favourite for quite some time and is taking over our Instagram feeds. While it may take a village to recreate this look on long locks, you can easily pull it off on your shoulder-length hair. All you need is some hair gel (okay, not some; lots of it) and some hair pins. Here is how you can get it.
Divide your hair in two sections horizontally and apply a healthy amount of hair gel on the upper section. Take a comb and create a side parting and then brush both sides back to get a sleek look. Pin both the sections back with some bobby pins. Style the other half of your hair, the lower section, in soft waves and finish the look with a spritz of hairspray.
3. Sleek hair with flipped ends
You may have noticed that swooped ends that were pretty popular in the 60s and then again in the 90s have made a comeback and how! The best thing about this hair trend is that this look is custom-made for shoulder-length hair. If you like to wear your hair down, this is a non-boring way to style your shoulder-length hair and get a chic AF hairstyle. Get it in a few easy steps. Here’s how.
Blow-dry your hair for some volume and to eliminate frizz. This hairstyle looks best when your mane is sleek and straight. Straighten your hair, if it isn’t naturally straight. Brush your hair and part it as you usually do. Now, for the swooped out ends, take a round hair brush, roll your hair outwards with it and blow-dry for about ten seconds to lock the flip. That's it, really!
The messy and casual half-bun is more than just your third day hair look. It can be a really cool and cute way to style your shoulder-length hair and sport on a casual day out. Be it a brunch with your girls or a shopping spree around town, you can put together a half-bun and keep your hair clear from the face while looking on-fleek all day.
To get this hairstyle, section your hair into two, from above the ear and tie the upper section in a ponytail. Secure with a hair tie. Tease the ponytail hair to create volume and wrap it around the base in a bun. Add some pins to secure the bun and tease some hair to the front to create volume at the crown. Brush the rest of your hair and let some hair wisps loose from the front for face-framing flicks.
5. Beach waves
Another high-on-glam hairstyle for shoulder-length hair, beach waves are the best bet to rock at any glam event, nights out and even weddings. It looks super sexy and is insanely easy to work. If you already have wavy or curly hair, getting this look will be a breeze for you. However, if you have straight hair, here is exactly how you can score textured curls on your shoulder-length hair.
Start with clean and washed hair. While your hair is still damp, apply a small amount of mousse and scrunch your hair upwards in small sections to get the required wavy texture. Spray some texturising spray to add texture and volume and create a side parting. Next, you've got to curl your hair using a flat iron for messy, undone waves. Wrap a section of your hair in the flat iron and flip it outward and inward until you reach the end. Repeat this for your entire mane and finish with the same texturising hairspray.
FAQs about Shoulder Length Hair Look
Q. Shoulder-length hair looks best on what face shapes?
Since shoulder-length hair is neither too long nor too short, it flatters all face shapes and looks equally gorgeous on any hair type and texture. If you have a round face shape or thick or curly hair, though, opt for a layered lob that grazes your collar bone.
Q. Which hairstyle looks best on shoulder-length hair?
A. You can pull your hair in a number of hairstyles ranging from a half-bun to a low ponytail. If you like to wear your hair down, try the wet hair look, soft curls and accessorise it with some pins, barrettes or a hair band.
Q. What haircuts are the best to get shoulder-length hair?
A. Lob, shag, layered and blunt cuts are the best haircuts to opt for shoulder-length hair. All these haircuts are trendy, chic and look stunning with this hair length.
Q. Do bangs look good with shoulder-length hair?
A. Yes, you can team your shoulder-length hair with curtain or choppy bangs to get a chicer look. Bangs make your forehead look smaller, your face slimmer and add a glam factor. It is a great idea to make your shoulder-length hair interesting and stylish.
Q. How do you curl shoulder-length hair?
A. To curl shoulder-length hair, use a flat iron as it is easier to work on smaller lengths. Curl your hair by wrapping the strands once and slide it down slowly to the ends to get the exact same results evenly and effortlessly.
Written by Anjali Agarwal on Mar 12, 2020
Author at BeBeautiful.