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12 Swoon-Worthy Long Layered Hairstyles & Haircuts You Have To Try

Long layers have been the most requested cuts in the past few years. Layers remove just the right amount of weight to give the hair movement, without making the ends look over-layered and straggly. Long layers typically look great on all face shapes and, depending on how they are styled, they could flatter some face shapes more than others.

  • #1 Long Natural Layers

    Long layered haircut with balayage color

    Cut, color and style by Josh Nichols. Instagram: joshnicholshair

    This look was created by Josh Nichols, owner and stylist of Kink and Notch salons. Here’s what he had to say about it:

    “This color was achieved with a technique called balayage. The highlights are hand-painted to give an end result that is seamless and low maintenance. Long layers allow for natural movement. I love the way the red tones in the highlight make her green eyes pop!”

    How To Style:

    1. The style was achieved by blow drying with a smoothing serum and a paddle brush.
    2. Next, I pulled her hair up into a high ponytail and curled the ponytail with a medium iron.
    3. When you take out the ponytail, you’re left with beautiful, bouncy curls that took a fraction of the time to create. I finished with a shine spray, and viola!

    Recommended Products:

    I used Bumble and bumble products for this look. I started with Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer, All Style Blowdry, and Straight. I finished with Hairdressers Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look will work well for literally everyone, and the color compliments green and blue eyes beautifully.

    Tip:

    Product is your friend! Always use products with heat protectants in them like the ones mentioned above when heat styling, especially when using a flat iron.

  • #2 Hello Beautiful

    Off-center parted hair that is curled backwards to reveal a beautiful face is a universally flattering look.

    Beautiful Off Center Parted Hair Long Layered Look

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Use a large barrel iron to curl sections of hair away from the face.
    3. Comb hair using fingers to break up curls.
    4. Set with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Hot Off The Press by Paul Mitchell is a great thermal protection spray that has flexible hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Long face shapes should be extra careful when sporting this style. Make sure to create as much width as possible using curls on the sides of the face.

  • #3 Bombshell

    Volume…everywhere.

    Bombshell Thick Lush Brunette Locks

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Use a large barrel iron to curl sections of hair in random directions.
    3. Comb hair using fingers to break up curls.
    4. Tease the hair in the crown area with a comb and set with a firm hold spray.
    5. Lightly tease curls upward with fingers to create more volume.
    6. Set with a fast-drying, flexible hold hair spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Prep wet hair with Paul Mitchell’s Extra-Body Sculpting Foam before blow drying. This is a great way to get a head start on achieving volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This beautiful hairstyle is sure to make any face shape with any hair type turn heads.

  • #4 Zesty Swirls

    Big, bouncy and smooth curls with ribbons of bright orange make this long style stand out in a crowd.

    Zesty Swirls Long Highlighted Layered Wavy Look

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Use a large barrel iron to curl large sections of hair away from the face.
    3. After curling each section, set it on a large Velcro roller. Use clips if you need help securing the rollers.
    4. Remove rollers once all sections of hair have cooled.
    5. Set with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products: 

    Hold Me Tight by Paul Mitchell is a flexible hold spray that dries fast without stiffness.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This hairstyle will flatter longer shapes as it has its volume concentrated on the sides of the face. Hair that is straight to wavy will easily be able to style this way.

  • #5 Beach Waves

    Get texture you’d get from going to the beach, without having to go to the beach.

    Beach Waves Long Tousled Layers Casual Style

    Beach Waves Long Tousled Layers Casual Style - Front View

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product that will add texture to damp hair.
    2. Power dry hair with fingers and a blow dryer.
    3. Wrap sections of hair around a curling wand.
    4. Scrunch the hair with a product that will add more texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Texturizing Sea Spray by Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Line for a touchable beachy texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    No matter what your face shape or hair type is, you will look great with beach waves.

  • #6 Date Hair

    Soft and feminine waves with warm, natural-looking highlights that are 2-3 shades lighter than the base color give this look a natural beauty.

    Date Hair Long Layered Look Soft Side Part Date Hair Long Layered Look Soft - Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Use an extra large barrel iron to curl sections of hair away from the face.
    3. Comb hair using fingers to break up curls.
    4. Set with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Super CleanSspray will not only add flexible hold to your style, but also fullness and texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Straight to wavy hair with any face shape will look incredible with this style.

  • #7 Side Bun

    Quick, easy and so chic.

    Side Bun Funky Style for Red Hair Side Bun Funky Style for Red Hair - Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Gather hair into a low side ponytail.
    2. Lightly backcomb the ponytail to make it appear fuller.
    3. Twist the ponytail into a bun.
    4. Secure with bobby pins.

    Recommended Products:

    Smooth flyaways with Paul Mitchell’s Soft Spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This hairstyle will be a breeze to do for women with naturally curly hair or curls from the previous day. For wider shapes, leave some pieces out or do a deeper side part to give the illusion of length.

  • #8 Ocean Waves

    Get beach waves minus the saltwater matte finish. Have your hair shine like the glisten of the sun on ocean waves.

    Ocean Wave Auburn Layered Waves with Shine

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Wrap sections of hair in random directions around a curling wand.
    3. Break up the curls with shine serum on your hands.
    4. Set with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Gloss Drops give an illuminating shine while taming frizz.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The way the hair drapes over part of the face can make a wide face shape with any hair type appear narrower.

  • #9 Retro Glamour

    This luscious red finger wave style is the epitome of glamour. Pushing the hair to one side adds so much drama. The best thing about this style? You don’t have to do a finger wave!

    Retro Glamour Styled Waves Side Part Retro Glamour Styled Waves Side Part - View 2

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Using a medium barrel iron, curl sections of hair toward one direction.
    3. Brush the curls out with a boar bristle brush.
    4. Place all hair over one shoulder.
    5. Set with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Smooth flyaways and detail the style more with Paul Mitchell’s Soft Spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best on straight to wavy hair and looks great on any face shape.

  • #10 Triple Threat

    This hair is just all about volume, the placement of color, the cut and the style. Having darker pieces underneath creates dimension and gives the appearance of fullness.

    Having long layers allows movement in the hair without removing too much weight. The style itself turns up the volume even more.

    Long Blonde Casual Straight Style with Waves

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean dry hair.
    2. Set sections of hair in hot rollers.
    3. Loosen the curls by using fingers to comb through your hair
    4. Set with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For shine that won‘t weight your hair down, mist some of Paul Mitchell’s Shine Spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The waves and their placement will soften and flatter a square face shape.

  • #11 Modern Bouffant

    Did you hit the snooze button a lot this morning? Don’t allow yourself to have a bad hair day just because you’re running late and don’t have time to wash and blow dry your hair.

    Make it to your destination fabulously on time with this modern bouffant. It works best on hair that is at least a day old dirty.

    Modern Bouffant Fun Half Updo with Dramatic Highlights Modern Bouffant Fun Half Updo with Dramatic Highlights - Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Backcomb the hair in the crown area.
    2. Set each section’s backcombing with a firm finishing spray.
    3. Gather and secure hair into a low ponytail.
    4. Shape and detail the style.
    5. Set with a firm finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray by Paul Mitchell holds the style in place and also gives it shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The height created by the backcombing and the side swept fringe will make a wider shape appear narrower.

  • #12 Mademoiselle

    These delicate, barely-there waves are youthful and very feminine.

    Mademoiselle Long Delicate Waves Long Brunette Hair

    How To Style:

    1. Spray thermal protection on clean damp hair.
    2. In random directions, wrap sections of hair around a large curling wand.
    3. Apply a styling product for texture.

    Recommended Products:

    To get touchable texture, try Paul Mitchell’s Spray Wax.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Round and square face shapes with any hair type will look amazing in this style. The length of the hair, the minimal width created on the sides by the waves, the deep side part and the side swept fringe all elongate the face. Straight to wavy hair is best to achieve this look.

    Long hair doesn’t have to be plain and boring. Having long layers makes your hair so versatile. Take advantage of it and rock one of these long layered hairstyles!