Medium hair styles & haircuts for teenagers

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Medium hair styles & haircuts for teenagers
Styling can take any hair from flat to fabulous. (hair texture image by Xavier MARCHANT from

Teenagers can style their hair in many ways. Most school policies allow for a wide variety of hairstyles, cuts and colours, allowing teens to change their hairstyle and figure out what works best for them. Medium-length hair works for both boys and girls, and can be done in a variety of different ways.

Vertical Waves

Teen celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift have consistently shown off their vertical waves at awards shows and photo shoots. This style is easy to achieve on medium-length straight hair. Simply hold a large-barrelled curling iron vertically and wrap hair around in 2-inch chunks. Hold for a few seconds and release. This makes for a nice springy curl. Finish off with some hairspray to keep curls from losing their bounce.


Colour is one area where anything goes for teens. Some cliques and groups even identify themselves with hair colour. For example, goth teens may dye their hair dark, while those who identify as emo may dye swatches of hair in bright colours. Pink is a very popular colour and is often seen on just the tips of the hair or in one or two stripes. This can easily be done with a home kit, but if you've never tried it before, it's best to seek help from a professional colourist.

Boys' Hair

Medium-length hair on teenage boys is more acceptable today than it used to be. While a tied-back ponytail has long been a solution for men with long hair, there are now many options for teen boys with long hair. A shaggy layered look is popular today, using the cut to shape the hair. This allows for a minimum of work and product usage because the cut of the hair itself makes the style. Long fringe are also popular and help to frame the face.

African-American Styles

African-American hairstyles are now more diverse than ever before. Because African-American hair is usually quite thick and full, it can be difficult to maintain a medium-length hairstyle. Cutting layers into the hair makes it easier to work with and can make it lay in a different way. Layering hair that would usually stand up can make it lay down and result in a more flowing style. Improvements in flat irons have made them much more effective on curly hair, making harsh chemicals and relaxants largely unnecessary. Achieving a straight style with African-American hair is now much easier and far less damaging on the hair.

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