40 Most Flattering Medium Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Emily Gold 02-06-2017 AM ET / 0 Shares

Medium length hair is about as versatile as it gets. Unlike short hair or long hair, having medium length hair affords you the best of both worlds while giving you the ability to achieve almost any hairstyle you wish. While having thin hair isn’t exactly every women’s dream come true, knowing which particular hairstyles to exploit will make having thin hair a non-issue. If nature’s given you the gift of thin hair, then you’re probably no stranger to limp, volumeless days when all you can think about is thick hair and how you don’t have any. But with the right haircut and a little know how, your thin hair can actually be a blessing when it comes to getting the most out of a particular style or cut. Today we’ll go over 40 flattering medium length haircuts and hairstyles that are perfect for women with thin hair.

Beige blonde lob.

One of the best ways to add the perception of volume to thin hair is to add a last minute swept bang. When dealing with thin hair, it’s easier to take advantage of the natural flow of your hair versus using a lot of product or styling to create body and texture. The hairstyle featured below is an excellent example of low-effort styling for maximum effect.

Beige blonde lob by Sal Salcedo

(Sal Salcedo)

Creamy blonde waves.

Sometimes simple really is better. The addition of subtle soft waves combined with a balayage session is enough to make anyone take a second look. Creamy blonde color compliments any skin tone but pair it with a black pair of shades and you’re Hollywood in seconds.

Creamy blonde waves by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Sun-kissed balayage.

If you’re looking for something uber sexy with a seductive rating of 11, then this sun-kissed balayage masterpiece might be something lingering in your alley. With medium length hairstyles, color often makes the cut. Think balayage, ombre or even something bolder.

Sun-kissed balayage by Liz Sustaita

(Liz Sustaita)

Touchable waves.

Sculpt your shoulder length hair with colossal luxurious waves. A great way to add extra volume while still keeping that full look you get with straight hair.  Thick waves that cascade down your shoulders are an easy and fun way to keep your hair from looking thin and empty.

Touchable waves by Chris Greene

(Chris Greene)

Baby blonde highlights.

This medium length hairstyle is causal perfection to the max. With a mix of ombre color and texture galore, you can’t go wrong with this popular haircut. The addition of blonde highlights for a face-framing effect helps to brighten up the overall look while directing the attention towards the face.

Baby blonde highlights by Anh Co Tran

(Anh Co Tran)

Super sleek lob.

Although straight hair has recently taken a back seat to more lively and textured hairstyles, going straight every once in a while reminds you just how beautiful and elegant straight hair can be. One way to keep yourself content with straight hair is to incorporate a balayage technique for a little added dimension and mystery.

Super sleek lob by Taylor Anne Smith

(Taylor Anne Smith)

Soft balayage and waves.

If you can’t live without your waves, then getting a fabulous balayage job will perfectly compliment your hair no matter what type of waves you are feeling on that particular day. Keep the roots dark to show off that dynamic contrast and make the light tones really stand out.

Soft balayage and waves by Christine McMillen

(Christine McMillen)

Gradient from ash brown to silver blonde.

We absolutely love this color and cut. Another gorgeous example of what contrast in the form of a gradual gradient shift can do for your look. It’s a beautiful option especially if you tend to part your hair from the side and wear it relatively straight. This style is causal in essence, but can also work well for more formal settings.

Gradient from ash brown to silver blonde by Population Salon

(Population Salon)

Light honey blonde.

This light honey blonde color is everything we love about hair color. Warm, subtle, and completely natural looking while still attracting the attention of everyone in the room. If you have dark hair, this is a fantastic way to try a new color without taking too much risk.

Light honey blonde by Population Salon

(Population Salon)

Light layers.

Looking for perfect carmel, blonde, and brown balayage? You found it. These dynamic locks hit just about every shade in your colorists summer catalog while still managing to look effortless and natural. To maintain this level of perfection, be sure to go in for touch ups and color adjustments on a regular basis.

Light layers by Emma Chen

(Emma Chen)

Messy lob.

Messy lob by Anh Co Tran

(Anh Co Tran)

Caramel balayage.

Caramel balayage by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Delicate light blonde accent.

Delicate light blonde accent by Marissa Larson

(Marissa Larson)

Ash blonde highlights.

Ash blonde highlights by Jay Fisher

(Jay Fisher)

Gold and beige balayage.

Gold and beige balayage by Chris Weber

(Chris Weber)

Champagne blonde ombre.

Champagne blonde ombre by Patricia J

(Patricia J)

Soft asymmetric lob.

Soft asymmetric lob by Kylee Tangren

(Kylee Tangren)

Rumpled layers.

Rumpled layers by Christine Silverman

(Christine Silverman)

Sun-kissed balayage.

Sun-kissed balayage by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Shoulder grazing layers.

Shoulder grazing layers by Nicole


Choppy lob.

Choppy lob by Anh Co Tran

(Anh Co Tran)

Healthier and lighter vibes.

Healthier and lighter vibes by Marissa Larson

(Marissa Larson)

Creamy dimensional blonde.

Creamy dimensional blonde by Buddy Porter

(Buddy Porter)

Subtle highlights.

Subtle highlights by Population Salon

(Population Salon)

Soft shaggy waves.

Soft shaggy waves by Matt Rez

(Matt Rez)

Sweeping bangs with soft waves.

Sweeping bangs with soft waves by Emma Chen

(Emma Chen)

Soft root melt.

Soft root melt by Rosalinda


Beach waves.

Beach waves by Buddy Porter

(Buddy Porter)

Effortless texture.

Effortless texture by Laci Nicole

(Laci Nicole)

Straight lob.

Straight lob by Jonathan Andrew Serna

(Jonathan Andrew Serna)

Voluminous waves.

Voluminous waves by Karli Noyes

(Karli Noyes)

Soft butter blonde waves.

Soft butter blonde waves by Chrissy Rasmussen

(Chrissy Rasmussen)

Textured layers.

Textured layers by Buddy Porter

(Buddy Porter)

Light blonde balayage with soft layers.

Light blonde balayage with soft layers by Matt Rez

(Matt Rez)


Light hair dark roots.

Light hair dark roots by Mika


Shaggy layers.

Shaggy layers by Sal Salcedo

(Sal Salcedo)

Smooth layers.

Smooth layers by Weylie


Baby blonde lob with bangs.

Baby blonde lob with bangs by Tim Morrison

(Tim Morrison)