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20 Lovely Layered Haircuts

Bring your hair back to life with layers and amp up your style power. Chiseled face-framing layers, short volumizing layers or soft disconnected layers are all magnificent options to freshen up your look. Check out these 20 lovely layered haircuts and get inspired!

#1 Ruby Flash

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Try these long disconnected layers to maximize fullness and length.

Disconnected Layers on Long Hairstyle

Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a large barrel curling iron and curl large sections in a vertical manner by wrapping hair away from the face around the curling iron.
  4. Run fingers through hair to deconstruct curls.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Create a soft low bun by gathering hair at the nape and secure with hair pins.

#2 Bardot Hair

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Channel your own inner French goddess with this 60s-inspired layered look.

Sixties Inspired Long Layered Hairstyle

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a large barrel curling iron and curl large sections in a vertical manner by wrapping hair away from the face around the curling iron.
  4. Run fingers through hair to deconstruct curls.
  5. Backcomb hair in the crown area for extra volume.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Pull a couple of strands away from face and tie them in a knot at the back of the head. Secure with hair pins.

#3 Espresso Yourself

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This rich, espresso hue shines brightly with light layers that promote volume in finely textured hair.

Long Hairstyle with Light Layers and Texture

Style by Elizabeth Puccini Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a large barrel curling iron and curl large sections in a vertical manner from the ends up.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse to boost hair with flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a messy topknot for a fresh look.

#4 Does a Body Good

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Keeping thin hair cut short around the chin with minimal layers can make your hair look twice as thick! Hair is cut with a clean blunt edge that screams sophistication. Medium length layers are added for volume and body and helps keep the style from looking too heavy. This gorgeous “pin-up” red color is totally on trend right now, too.

Medium wavy red hair with long layers

Style by Danielle Meridia, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair.
  2. Heat up two-inch hot rollers and pop them in your hair. Roll them under at the bottom and back on the top of your head for optimum volume.
  3. Brush through gently to break up the curls with your fingers after removing the hot rollers.
  4. Spray with your favorite hairspray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Rusk has a fabulous professional roller set with 12 rollers! More rollers means quicker styles. Use a classic hairspray like L’Oreals Elnett Satin with strong hold to really lock in your adorable hairstyle.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces look stunning with this super cute short hairstyle. Thick hair that is wavy or straight is ideal for this particular style.

Tip:

Do your makeup or lay out what you’re going to wear for the day while you have the hot rollers in your hair. Multi-tasking while they are in your hair is a great time saver.

#5 Waves for Days

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This stacked layered style is ideal for dense, finely textured hair.

Stacked Layers on Long Hair with Waves

Style by Marissa Ambrosini Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light curl enhancing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a large barrel curling iron and curl large sections in a vertical manner, alternating directions to promote fullness.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather ends into a chignon for an upswept style.

#6 Indigo Girl

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Get a layered look that’s totally edgy and on trend. Long thick bangs make a dramatic statement that blend beautifully into face framing chiseled pieces. Turn up the heat by recreating this flame like color. Totally hot for summer and into fall!

Layered dark brown and red hair

Style by Jennifer Carr, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Start with damp hair and comb through with a wide toothed comb.
  2. Apply your favorite blow-drying products to the hair and start removing the moisture from your hair with your blow dryer.
  3. Grab a medium sized round brush and start drying the bangs forward and to the side.
  4. Section up the top crown area of hair and use the brush and the blow dryer to dry the bottom section. Roll the hair pieces under and towards the face while drying.
  5. Drop down the top section and continue rolling hair under with the brush while drying until your entire head of hair is dry and smooth.

Recommended Products:

Got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Luxury Mousse is great for straight blowouts with a little bit of texture and grit. Apply roots to ends before blow-drying.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Ovals will rock this but all other faces shapes could pull this hairstyle off, too. Medium to thick hair that is on the straighter side naturally are best for this particular look.

Tip:

Start with a medium amount of bangs and then keep adding more hair until the desired thickness is achieved.

#7 Casual Waves

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Long layers are ideal for thick hair that is finely textured.

Hairstyle with Long Layers and Fine Texture

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a large barrel curling iron and curl large sections in a vertical manner from the ends up.
  4. Run fingers through hair to deconstruct curls.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT Lotion for a sexy, surfer look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Gather hair to one side and style into a herringbone/fishtail braid.

#8 Bedhead Chic

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Try these long layers when you want that ‘I woke up like this’ look.

Long Layered Hairstyle with Curls

Style by Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a large barrel curling iron and wrap large sections of hair in a vertical manner in alternating directions.
  4. Run fingers through hair to deconstruct curls. Lightly backcomb for extra fullness.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER Leave-In for massive texture with all day hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a boho chic headband for a casual look.

#9 Mod Ombre

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Long, wispy layers and a heavy fringe = cool girl hair!

Long Hairstyle with Wispy Layers and Heavy Fringe

Style by Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

Long Hairstyle with Wispy Layers and Heavy Fringe Side

Style by Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light smoothing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Use a straightening iron to smooth hair.
  4. Backcomb hair in the crown area for extra volume.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a black velvet hair bow.

#10 Auburn Beauty

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This gorgeous reddish brown color is the perfect shade to try out this summer. Rich, bold, and full of swirling dimension, this haircut falls right at the shoulders and is given a fantastic full shape with short to medium layers. Keeping the bangs long and to the side creates soft sweeping back feel that is so on trend right now. No jagged lines here, just soft and blended layers that will grow out beautifully.

A medium length layered haircut with auburn red hair color

Style by Heather Douville, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply the appropriate products to add volume and body.
  2. Blow dry with a paddle brush to remove most of the moisture out of the shower and then go in with a medium sized round brush to swoop the bangs over and create flips with the rest of the layers.
  3. Apply a light hairspray and scrunch up the layers with your fingers to create a beachy / wavy look. Not too smooth but rather a fun tousled affect.

Recommended Products:

Use a fun blow-dry lotion to add volume like the Blow Dry Amplifier Lotion from Pureology’s Pure Volume collection. Will add tons of body and is heat activated so it’s perfect for your heat styling time. Follow up with their great Incharge Flexible Styling Spray (also by Pureology) for a hairspray that will keep your style touchable and locked in.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would look great with this style. Heart, round, square, or ovals will glow with this soft layered hairstyle. If your hair is slightly curly or naturally wavy this style will be great for you to keep up. Straight hair will look nice too but won’t be as voluminous.

Tip:

If you’re a red head you’ll really want to make sure to keep up with your color appointments, especially in the summer when your color can fade the most from being out in the sun and sea. Opt for demi-permanent glosses to refresh instead of permanent dyes so hair looks natural, and not opaque / inky.

#11 Long and Luminous

Written by Irene Bredthauer

I love this photo because it captures the type of hair so many women have – long and straight. But that doesn’t mean your hair has to be boring! Keeping the length just past the shoulders is a gorgeous and healthy length to maintain. Medium to long layers throughout and around the shoulders add interest and texture to this gorgeous look.

Casual long brown straight and layered haircuts

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair that is parted to the side. 2. Drop down small horizontal sections of hair to flat iron. Really make sure you hold the flat iron at an angle towards the face to create that flipped under style. 3. Use minimal product to keep this style soft and touchable.

Recommended Products:

Always use a heat protector when flat ironing your hair. A great go-to for all hair types is Glass by Redken. It’s a sleek serum that adds protection and shine to your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round faces look great with this hairstyle because the long layers help elongate and slim. Naturally straight hair will be blown out beautifully for this look.

Tip:

Use a deep conditioning mask on your hair once a week to really keep your hair healthy and shiny.

#12 Fresh and Fierce

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This pale blonde model rocks thick full bangs and soft face framing layers. The trend right now for layers is to keep them soft and blendable, not chunky and choppy. This shoulder length cut shows off sexy layers that hit right at the chin and bevel down to add lots of texture and movement.

A layered haircut with long bangs

Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Dry your hair with a towel and then detangle with a comb out of the shower.
  2. Apply your favorite blow-drying products to the hair and start removing moisture from the hair with the dryer. You can use a paddle brush or your fingers during this step.
  3. Grab a medium sized round brush and start drying the bangs forward. Really roll them under to create that nice rounded shape.
  4. Section up the top crown area of hair and use the brush and the blow dryer to dry the bottom pieces. Roll them under too and really flick under the ends while drying.
  5. Drop down the top section and continue rolling hair under with the brush while drying until your entire head of hair is dry and smooth.
  6. If you need to, grab your flat iron and smooth out any pieces that need it. Keep the flat iron beveled slightly to keep ends flipping in towards the face.

Recommended Products:

Oleo Relax by Kerastase is a go-to product that will leave your hair incredibly soft and supple. Apply just a small amount through wet hair before blow-drying and if you need to another small amount on dry hair before flat iron. Smoothes the hair magnificently, humidity resistance, protects the hair from heat, and adds incredible shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces will look best with these gorgeous layers. Straight hair or wavy hair that can be blown smooth will totally work for this hairstyle.

Tip:

For a completely different style, blow-dry the ends of the hair out and away from the face. The flipped out look is a hairstyle that is really coming back on trend.

#13 Curl Movement

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Heavy layering releases weight and helps promote movement. Accent with curls or soft waves for extra definition and separation.

Long Hairstyle with Layers and Curls

Style by Tychelle Howard, Ms. Tychell’s Salon, Tempe, AZ

Long Hairstyle with Layers and Curls Side

Style by Tychelle Howard, Ms. Tychell’s Salon, Tempe, AZ

How To Style:

  1. Mist a thermal heat protectant on dry hair.
  2. Wrap small sections of hair around a medium barrel curling iron in a vertical position.
  3. Set with a flexible hairspray then mist with a shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Joico IRONCLAD Thermal Protectant Spray to protect hair during heat styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Brush curls through and lightly backcomb for a voluminous finish.

#14 Red Razor

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Love this spicy redhead and the fun razored layers. If you want more of a piecey look opt for layers that are cut with a razor so you get that funky texture that still blends and softens your features. Longer side bangs are cut proportionally to the length that falls just past the shoulders. Even the bottom lengths of the hair are cut with a razor to give a more natural looking cut.

Layered medium length haircut with red highlights

Style by Karrame Campbell

layered haircuts

Style by Karrame Campbell

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry your hair as much as you can and apply smoothing products from roots to ends of your hair strands.
  2. Use a comb to detangle and part your hair to one side.
  3. Use your blow dryer and your fingers or a paddle brush to remove all the moisture out of your hair. You’re going for a slick shattered look so you don’t need to waste time with a round brush or worry about adding volume.
  4. When your hair is completely dry spray some shine mist on your hair and detail your style with a flat iron.

Recommended Products:

Use a nice blowout lotion like L’Oreal Texture Expert Smooth Velours Smoothing Lotion. Apply from roots to ends to really get a smooth finish with your dryer. Follow up with a lightweight shine mist like the perfectly named Shine Spray from Privé. You can apply the shine spray to wet hair too to make your blow-drying time faster.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square faces will really help show off the fun angles of this cut. Medium to thick texture is good but fine haired girls can try this hairstyle out, too. The straighter your hair is the easier it will be to recreate this look.

Tip:

Tease a few sections of hair at the crown to add some retro feeling volume. Spray with hairspray to secure.

#15 Caramel Curls

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Multi-hued layers of caramel and chocolate tones swirl together in this playful layered style for everyday wear.

Long Layered Hairstyle with Bangs

Style by Laquan Fields, Ultimate Creations, Beaufort, SC

Long Layered Hairstyle with Bangs Side

Style by Laquan Fields, Ultimate Creations, Beaufort, SC

How To Style:

  1. Mist a thermal heat protectant onto dry hair.
  2. Wrap large sections of hair using a large barrel curling iron in a vertical position away from face.
  3. Smooth the fringe off to the side with a straightening iron.
  4. Set with a flexible hairspray then mist with a shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kenra Professional SHINE spray for an all-day glow.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Gather ends and pin to create a faux bob hairstyle.

#16 Simple Elegance

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sweet hourglass shape is created from medium to long layers that flip out beautifully just past the shoulders. The result is true elegance and a hairstyle that can be worn to any occasion. A healthy chocolate glow is warmed up with a cinnamon gloss that is so on trend right for brunettes right now.

Medium brown hair color layered haircut

Style by Shelton’s Salon, Fort Worth, TX

How To Style:

  1. Detangle towel-dried hair and apply your favorite hair products to damp hair.
  2. Use a large paddle brush to blow-dry hair. Pull hair with the brush and follow with the blow dryer nozzle pointed down the hair shaft.
  3. When your hair is about 90% dry grab a large sized round brush and continue blow-drying. Really flip hair around the brush to create a nice soft flip on the ends.

Recommended Products:

Get a truly amazing blowout with smoothing products like Joico Silk Result Straight Smoother Blow Dry Cream. Pair it with a serum like the Moroccan Oil Treatment if your hair is thicker and needs more help getting smooth and frizz free.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces will look stunning with this particular hairstyle. Medium to thick hair with straight to wavy texture will be able to achieve this look.

Tip:

Typically, the shorter your layers are cut, the more volume you’ll get out of your hairstyle. Talk to your stylist if volume is an issue for you to achieve and you two can both decide what types of layers will be best for you.

#17 California Blonde

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This classic sun-kissed color is complimented with the perfectly swooped layers. A totally effortless and laid back feel is achieved with this beautiful long hairstyle. The shortest layers are cut right at the jaw line in front of the face. Longer cascading layers help create a wavy like feel that is perfect for a Californian vacation.

A long haircut with casual layers

Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair and part down the center or slightly to one side.
  2. Grab the top front section of hair and use a large barreled curling iron to swoop bangs back and away from your forehead. Only curl the ends so you get more of a swoop and not a coil.
  3. Grab large pieced of layers around the face and use the same curling iron to flip the ends back and away from your face.
  4. Use the same iron to curl the ends of the longest pieces around your head to keep the whole look uniform and soft.

Recommended Products:

Privé has an amazing product called Shining Weightless Amplifier that offers a great lightweight hold that’s perfect for smoothing blowouts with shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and square shaped faces will look simply elegant with this soft sweeping layers. Thicker hair that is naturally straight or slightly wavy is the perfect formula for this look.

Tip:

Always get highlighting services when you’re in the salon? Have your stylist break it up every few appointments with some subtle lowlights that will help add dimension and keep you from being washed out by too much blonde.

#18 Pump Up the Volume

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Take your layered look to the next level by adding some curls. Hair looks extra full with this shoulder grazing cut with soft longer layers. Add some cherry red color and some side bangs for added drama.

Dark colored hairstyle with layers and waves

Style by Kathy McCaffrey, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Dark colored hairstyle with layers and waves back view

Style by Kathy McCaffrey, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean dry hair and grab your one and a half inch curling iron.
  2. Drop down a horizontal section of hair down at your neck and about an inch high. Section up the rest of your hair.
  3. Grab small pieces of the dropped down section of hair and curl from roots to ends.
  4. Drop down another horizontal inch section and repeat.
  5. Curl your entire head of hair.
  6. Flat iron the bangs to the side and use a lightweight hairspray to finish off.

Recommended Products:

Use a lightweight heat protection spray like the Heat Protect & Shine Spray from Pantene. Works great and is super affordable, too.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can rock silky and bouncy curls. Try this style if you have straight to wavy hair or subtle natural curls with thin to thick hair.

Tip:

If you know how to curl your hair with a one-inch flat iron you can achieve a similar look that will last twice as long.

#19 Golden Waves

Written by Tanya Ramirez

These soft, long layers promote versatility in styling.

Soft Long Layers with Waves

Style by Denise Cummings, Signature Styles by Denise, Mt. Pleasant, SC

How To Style:

  1. Mist a thermal heat protectant on dry hair.
  2. Wrap large sections of hair using a large barrel curling iron in a vertical position.
  3. Run fingers through hair for a softly, deconstructed feel.
  4. Set with a flexible hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Ouidad CLEAR CONTROL pomade to calm frizzy, flyaway hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Sweep the sides back and secure with a bejeweled hair clip for a different look.

#20 Bang for Your Buck

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Thin wispy bangs make a beautiful statement in this fun whimsical hairstyle. Own your thin hair by playing up the fun wispy texture. Embrace what you got and rock this past the shoulder hairstyle. Sweet piecey bangs and long full layers create a totally fun style to try.

Long haircut with layers and wispy bangs

Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Start with towel dried hair, detangle, and then distribute your favorite hair products through your hair for body and styling.
  2. Use a paddle brush and your blow dryer to dry your hair.
  3. Use a small or medium sized round brush to blow dry bangs forward.
  4. When hair is dry scrunch it up with your hands to create an undone feel.

Recommended Products:

I absolutely love foams to help add shape, texture, and volume to fine hair. Redken has a fabulous product called Body Full Volumizing Foam that is great for girls with baby fine hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can sport this lovely face-framing hairstyle. Girls with thin hair that is on the wavy to straight side are perfect candidates for this look.

Tip:

Add some more chiseled layers around the face to play up the fun piecey texture even more!

Are you ready to rock a layered cut? Add soft, playful pieces throughout your haircut that blend beautifully. These long layered haircuts all grow out gorgeously and will keep you looking effortless.