Don’t believe the hype: layered haircuts aren’t difficult and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. (Honestly, though… even if they did, the bouncy, voluminous locks they provide would be worth it.) In reality, layered cuts are flattering on almost any face shape, and they work wonders on thin hair. If you’ve been thinking about changing your look but aren’t sure which layered hairstyles will work for you, read on.
What defines a layered cut?
Layered haircuts consist of two or more hair lengths and locks that frame the face. There are layered styles to suit every face, from shaggy layers to blunt, edgy layers. The type you choose depends on your desired style and volume. That being said, layers should always be even, properly proportioned and neatly cut.
There are many beautiful layered hairstyles. These are the most popular.
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#1 Longer layers
Long layers are achieved by leaving your locks long and cutting into the hair just a few centimeters above the ends. The goal is to avoid jagged, hard lines. A medium to long layered hairstyle does just that. Ask your stylist for long, soft layers that add volume and texture to the hair.
#2 Short layers
In the short hair category, pixie and shag cuts with side-swept layers increase volume and add dimension. For a bold look, cut subtle layers throughout the length of your mane, starting from the bangs. The short layers will flatter your face and add movement to your hair.
#3 Layered Bobs and Layered Lobs
Do you like to keep your mane short and tidy, but want a little swing? Level up your lob (long bob) or standard bob haircut with layers. This modern spin on the classic short hairstyle adds volume and fullness to the hair. Create a deep side part for a dramatic short haircut.
#4 Mixed layers
If you hate piece-y layers, ask your stylist to blend your cut for a softer shape. While blended layers look great on almost anyone, they’re especially flattering on women with curly or balayage hair, as they tend to make locks appear more flowing and flowing. To achieve this look, advise your hairdresser that you want your layers to blend seamlessly into each other.
#5 Face Framing Layer
Choose face-framing layers to highlight your jawline and highlight your facial structure. Bonus: This gives the look of longer hair without the hassle of maintaining long hair.
#6 choppy layers
If you’ve always wanted “beachy waves,” choppy layers are the way to go. Flawless beach waves don’t require actual sea salt. You can get them by cutting asymmetrical layers that add texture and bounce. Whether you have red, brunette, black or blonde hair, beachy waves have an “I woke up like this” vibe that’s sultry and feminine. (This trendy choppy layered style also works well with ombre hair color.)
#7 Wispy Layers
Not a fan of the blunt cut? Ask your hairdresser about tousled layers. By running the sharp side of the scissors down the hair and cutting upwards in discreet sections (a technique known as clipping), your stylist will create tapered, delicate layers that frame the face and flow gently across the neck.
#8 feather layer
Designed to look like a bird’s feathers (hence the name), feather layers provide lift, volume and texture without thinning the hair too much. This style is typically cut into a V-shape using a razor, as these airy feathered ‘dos are a highly textured version of a layered haircut.
#9 Side parted layers
One of the greatest things about layers is that they look amazing with either a center part or a deep side part. Let your stylist know where you’d like to part your hair before you get the cut so they frame your face accordingly.