The days when you used to bemoan your hair being in that awkward mid-length stage are gone. We'd argue that the popularity for medium-length hairstyles all started with Jennifer Aniston's must-have "Rachel" cut in Friends, and we've now reached the peak with an abundance of people desperate for their own shoulder-length look. And how do we know this? According to our beauty insiders, this hair length is one of the most requested looks in salons right now.
We spoke to some of the UK's leading hairstylists about the trends they've seen and what their clients are asking for right now. But perhaps most importantly (because this is totally what we do too), we wanted to know which celebrities their clients are bringing into the salon. While we all used to clutch that picture of Jennifer Aniston, what's the shot in everyone's hands right now? Keep scrolling to find out the most popular mid-length hairstyles right now, and how to look after this style.
According to SHOW session stylist Henna Khalid, most clients who come in reference Olivia Palermo, and confirmed that they are "seeing more and more mid-length styles in the salon."
But it's not just Palermo who is popular with clients. Henna also revealed that Khloé Kardashian is also being requested a lot, and there's one particular style they're after.
"Tying in with this, not many customers are really going for straight hair anymore, one of our most asked for styles is now the undone beach wave. This tends to suit and hold really well on mid-length hair."
Scott Ade, a stylist at Daniel Hersheson, confirms everything we thought about the medium-length hairstyle trend and told us that it's especially popular with those who already have long hair but are fearful of going too short. Gwyneth Paltrow is a name that customers at Hersheson's drop on the regular.
"The mid-length haircut is one that has been around for a while and is a great stepping stone for people who want to do something that feels a bit more risky/edgy with their hair, especially after a long spell of being committed to the long hair trend," explains Ade.
When wondering how to ask for a medium-length hairstyle, Scott advised the following: "mid-length hair cuts are generally left slightly longer in the front and kept squarer at the back, think Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gwyneth Paltrow."
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This is sort of a lob-meets-mid-length style. Worth bearing in mind if you're considering growing your hair out.
While Fearne currently has her hair super long, she has often kept her hair in that medium length style. We love this side part with the ends slightly flicked under.
We've made no secret of the fact that we love Jenna Coleman and her beauty looks. But her hair is also a winner too. The slight curl makes this look so wearable for any day or evening event.
So chic, non? We've often lusted after Léa's blonde tousled hair that rests on her shoulders. This is how French girls do the mid-length.
Yes, technically this is a little shorter but that's only because there's a curl in it. Proof that you can do a lot of different looks with a mid-length cut.
While Emma Roberts often changes up her hair colour, she's quite the stickler for a medium length cut.
Always the same length and always imitated, Alexa Chung's hair is the ultimate cool-girl cut.
Thinking of something more dramatic? Check out our 48 hairstyles that will persuade you into the salon.