35 Gorgeous Natural Hairstyles For Medium Length Hair
When it comes to natural hair, most of the focus tends to lean towards funky, short cuts and TWAs (teeny weeny afros) or larger than life afros and curls. As a result, medium lengths often get overlooked and lost in the shuffle. However, medium length natural hair offers the best of both worlds: more styling versatility than short hair and less time to maintain than long hair. Some women love this stage and others hate it. If you fall into the latter group, try to appreciate this length while you can: you might find yourself missing it once your hair gets longer. Here are 35 stunning ways to style medium length natural hair.
1Flat Twist And Curl
Flat twists are a great way to create beautifully defined curls on almost any length of hair. Add perm rods to the ends of your flat twists for even more curl definition. Separate and fluff gently for more volume.
2Accessorized Two Strand Twists
Two strand twists look great on medium length hair. This is a great low-maintenance style you can rock for days at a time before unraveling the twists for a twist out. Adding a sparkly barrette is an easy way to dress up two strand twists.
3Bantu Knots And Loose Curls
A Bantu knot out can create beautiful, bouncy, heat-free curls. Create medium sized Bantu knots with triangle parts, then unravel all except the ones right in the front for a cute, funky look.
This cute pin-up style is an easy way to style medium length hair. All it takes is some tucking and pinning with bobby pins along with a single, chunky cornrow along the side. This style is great for work or play.
5Flat Twists And Curls
This gorgeous updo is perfect for any special occasion. The hair is flat twisted up towards the crown of the head and the ends are styled into a cascade of pretty spiral curls.
6Half Up High Pony
This is a cute style that can be done on a wash n go or an old twist out. Simply take the front section of your hair and pull it up into a high ponytail, leaving the rest of your hair down.
7Tapered Rod Set
If you are growing out a tapered short cut, this rod set is the perfect style for you. Use smaller perm rods on the tapered sides to create tighter curls and larger rods for the rest of your hair.
8Curly Puff With Flat Twists
This gorgeous style is created by parting the hair down the middle and making two chunky flat twists along the hairline. Pull the ends of the hair into a pony puff at the crown of the head for a simple but elegant look.
Finger coils are a great style for medium length hair. Create a side part if you’re going for a look like the one pictured here and cover your hair with a satin bonnet to preserve the style overnight.
10High Bun With Curly Bangs
This style is ideal for medium length hair because the hair is long enough to style into a bun but short enough that the bangs won’t hang in your eyes. It’s a great way to modify the traditional high bun.
11Wash N Go With Side Bangs
This style is an easy way to modify a simple wash n go. Just create a side part, slick back one side with gel and bobby pins and style the other side into side bangs.
12High Bun With Two-Toned Bangs
This sleek, textured high bun can be created a couple different ways: using two-toned Marley hair for the bangs or with just your natural hair. If your hair isn’t dyed, you can use hair chalk or another kind of temporary color to create the two-toned look.
13Flat Twisted Updo With Curls
This funky updo is created by flat twisting the hair upwards towards the crown of the head. Unravel the ends of the flat twists for defined curls in the front.
14Curls With Chunky Cornrow
This style is a cute way to style a wash n go. Part your hair from ear to ear and create a chunky cornrow along the hairline.
This curly Mohawk can be easily created by smoothing the hair up towards the crown of the head and securing with bobby pins. Create this look on a Bantu knot out or a rod set done on stretched hair for more length.
You can never go wrong with a simple curly fro. Medium length hair looks great when styled this way, especially when the hair is cut into a flattering shape.
17Bantu Knots, Braids & Curls
For this style, the hair is parted from ear to ear and the hair in the front is cornrowed towards the front of the head. The ends of the braids are twisted into bantu knots and embellished with gold beads.
18Flat Twist Out
Flat twists offer so much styling versatility. For this style, all of the flat twists are unraveled except for a few on one side of the head.
19Loose Voluminous Curls
These loose, voluminous curls can be created a few different ways: with large Bantu knots, with large rollers or flexi rods, or with a curling wand on blow dried hair.
These cute double buns are a cute, simple way to style medium length hair. Just part your hair down the middle and pull the hair up into two high buns.
21High Puff With Headband
This curly puff is accessorized with a simple black headband. This is the perfect way to style your hair when you’re working out.
The twist out is every natural girl’s best friend. Use your fingers or a pick to lift the roots for more volume.
23Stretched Twist Out With Shaved Side
If the sides of your head are shaved, a stretched twist out can easily create a Mohawk style.
24Flat Twisted Headband
This look is created by making a single flat twist along the hairline. The result is a “headband” made of your own hair. This is a cute way to style a simple wash n go and a great way to spice up a basic look when you start to get bored with your hair.
25Flat Twist Updo
This intricate updo is created by making chunky horizontal flat twists around the back of the head. The ends of the flat twists are tucked and secured with bobby pins in the front. This is a great protective style that can easily be maintained for several days by covering with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf at night.
You can never go wrong with a simple curly puff. If you have really thick hair, tie and secure your puff with a scarf, shoelace, or pantyhose. This allows you to control how tightly your puff is secured, which can help avoid tension headaches.
27Perm Rod Set
The perm rod set is a tried and true method of creating uniform curls. For the best results, sit under a hooded dryer to help set the curls. Separate the curls gently with oiled fingertips to help avoid frizz.
28Bantu Knot Mohawk
Create bantu knots on both sides of the head for a Mohawk look. This can either be done on an old twist out or by creating bantu knots on your entire head, unraveling all except the ones on the sides.
These flat twists are a simple, pretty protective style for medium length hair. Unravel the twists after a few days for a super defined flat twist out.
This cute, funky faux hawk style is created by splitting the hair into three sections. Divide each section into two mini buns down the center of your head and secure with bobby pins.
31Fluffy Twist Out With Flat Twists
This fluffy flat twist out is embellished with three small flat twists on one side of the head.
32Two Strand Twists
Simple two strand twists look great on medium length natural hair. This is great protective style that can last for days at a time. As always, you can unravel the twists after several days a rock a twist out for a few more days.
33Defined Curls With Highlights
One of the greatest benefits of medium length hair is its ability to be styled into a cute heart shaped cut. This defined wash n go is a great way to show off subtle highlights.
34Flexi Rod Set
A flexi rod set is a great way to style medium length hair. You can either sit under a hooded dryer or air dry overnight. Like perm rods, different sized flexi rods will create different sized curls. Use larger rods for larger curls.
35Classic Wash N Go
The wash n go is a style that looks great on any length of hair: medium length hair is no exception. Add a side part to help keep your hair out of your eyes.