A woman's hairstyle is often an important part of her overall appearance and personal style. The length of the hair is a critical aspect of the hairstyle as this forms the base from which all other styling elements are built. Medium haircut styles are often preferable because of the versatility of styling and maintenance, as well as the fact that they can be either bold or subdued.
One of the more common medium-length hairstyles is the plain medium cut. The plain medium cut features hair that comes to about shoulder length, with a simple center part that allows the hair to fall evenly to either side. For a more offbeat look, an off-center part can be implemented that will allow a small portion of hair to hang over the face. With plain medium haircut styles, the hair is often straightened with a slight inward curl at the bottom of the hair. This hairstyle is very low maintenance, requiring only a brush and hairspray or a little gel to achieve the perfect look.
Among other contemporary medium haircut styles is the simple fringe cut with outwardly curled ends. This style was very popular in the 1960s, but remains a popular choice in the 21st century. Many women with naturally straight hair constantly battle to keep their hair from flipping outward at the ends, while other women prefer this style. This style is very versatile and can be worn with various lengths, as well as a middle or off-center part. Maintenance is very simple, and requires only a straightener, as well as a curling iron and hairspray to style the ends.
Less common, but equally attractive, medium haircut styles also include the tapered cut with a full fringe. A tapered cut style features shorter hair in the front with progressively longer strands as you wrap around to the back, which creates a sort of downward slope along the edge of the hair. This style is usually worn with a center part and a full-length fringe that actually serves as the foremost section of the taper leading all the way around to the back of the hair. The hair should be layered to prevent the hair looking too uniform, but is usually worn straightened so that the taper is noticeable. Maintenance for a tapered hairstyle is extremely simple and can be accomplished using only a brush; however, the fringe is often styled using a gel or spray.