In a world where extremes rule, medium haircuts often get overlooked for long and flowy or super-short cuts. But the truth is, mid-length cuts are where it’s at. They’re flattering on pretty much every face shape and hair type, and the styling possibilities are endless—there’s a reason shoulder-length hair has become celebs’ go-to length.
Part of this is thanks to the embrace of the lob—or long bob—which has remained the ultimate in medium haircuts. “A lob gives you the look of a shorter haircut, but with the feeling of longer hair,” says Ryan Trygstad, co-owner of New York City’s Mark Ryan Salon. “It has the option to look both long and short, and has so many styling options. They can be waved for a beachy look, air-dried for a lived-in cool-girl look, or flat-ironed for a sleek, polished look.”
However, lobs are just the tip of the iceberg. We rounded up the coolest mid-length haircut ideas to try if you’re ready to go a little shorter. Scroll on for all the inspo you’ll need.