The 6 best medium length haircuts inspired by Kerry Washington, Olivia Munn, and more

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The 6 best medium length haircuts inspired by Kerry Washington, Olivia Munn, and more

Olivia Munn

We start with something sleek: a one-length, collarbone-grazing cut that's insanely swingy—and glossy, too. "In a sea of beachy curls, this is so chic," says Josh, adding that the clean lines are especially flattering on round faces. While it's obviously perfect for those with naturally straight hair, curlier types can achieve the style with a flatiron—Sedu Icon Styling Iron is a Best of Beauty Award winner—and a shine serum like Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist. "Don't forget the razor-straight part and subtle bend at the ends, which you can get by pulling the flatiron in toward your face," he says.

Ali Larter

Allover layers are ideal for fine, wavy hair—they make it appear fuller. Plus, it's a cinch to style. "All it takes is a little mousse, and you can let it air-dry," says Josh, who loves John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse. "Or, if your hair is curly, use a diffuser." He does have one warning: "If you're someone who loves to wear her hair up, be prepared for lots of loose pieces, since this style is so layered."

Rose Byrne

Thick, curly hair types will love Byrne's sexy, disheveled layers. "They frame the face nicely, and because they're below the chin, they thin it out a bit," says Josh, who recommends keeping layers longer in the back. "Anyone can pull this off, but those with rounder faces should ask their stylists for fewer layers. Otherwise, it will make the face appear wider." To style, wrap sections of hair haphazardly around a curling iron (we love T3 SinglePass Whirl Professional Styling Wand) and clamp the ends quickly with a flatiron for a piecey finish.

Alexa Chung

"What's cool about this is that the texture—natural, but a little rough—makes it look effortless," says hairstylist George Northwood, who cut subtle layers two inches from the bottom to create Chung's shaggy style. "That's where the movement and piecey ends come from, without it looking overdone." And the bangs keep it modern: If you have a round or oval-shaped face, ask your stylist for brow-skimming fringe that angles down near the temples ("This will help it blend into the rest of the cut," Northwood says). He recommends lash-grazing bangs for square or heart shapes.

Carey Mulligan

Short, wispy layers add body to Mulligan's fine hair. "It looks so airy and lightweight, plus her grown-out bangs blend in perfectly," says Northwood. Ask your stylist for a shoulder-grazing cut and soft, scattered layers (the shortest pieces are concentrated in the middle) with an off-center part. "With the loose, easy curls, it's much cooler that way," he says. After you've curled, Northwood suggests dabbing Pureology Cuticle Polisher on the ends. "The finished look is piecey but polished—not messy."

Kerry Washington

It looks all one length, but a few delicate layers just below the collarbone keep Washington's cut from looking severe; the bangs should begin about an inch and a half from the forehead and span from temple to temple, Northwood says. Like Munn's, this cut's clean, sophisticated lines are more flattering on a round face. "It's a look you need to own," he says. "And it definitely requires some straightening, so if your hair is supercurly, know that there will be a lot of styling involved."

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Shoulder-length hair: "I's the magical length," says hairstylist Harry Josh. "It has the flexibility of long hair, great for a bun or ponytail, but it can do its own thing down." Though you don't need a wand to pull it off, there are a few tricks involved -- and the ones we've rounded up are way easier than pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

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