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20 Stunning Short Layered Hairstyles You Should Try

It’s the perfect time to start looking for a fresh new hairstyle. Here are a list of fabulous short layered hairstyles that are extra trendy, but also super functional and easy maintenance for women like you!

  • #1 Volume

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This statement hairstyle is styled with a lot of volume and texture on top of the head. The sides are styled close to the head and tucked behind the hear.

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-volume-and-texture

    Style by Elizabeth Stenstrom, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, L Salon & Color Group, San Mateo, CA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers, lifting the hair on top to encourage volume.
    3. Apply a product for texture.
    4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Style Concrete Extreme Definition Clay gives hair texture and separation while strengthening the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #2 Airy Texture

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This sweet haircut has layers that are shorter in the front and longer towards the back. It is styled with touchable, soft and airy texture.

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-soft-airy-texture

    Style by PK Design Team, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-soft-airy-texture

    Style by PK Design Team, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers, lifting the hair in the crown area to encourage volume.
    3. Apply a product for texture.
    4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give the hair texture and fullness. It will keep the hair from clumping together, giving it an airy look.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #3 Forward Waves

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    On the sides and in the back, this cute haircut is short with the edges clean. The top has long, disconnected layers that are styled forward toward the face with natural-looking effortless waves.

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-waves

    Style by Susanne Dillge, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers towards the face.
    3. Apply a product for texture.
    4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Bamboo Volume 2-In-1 Volumizer gives the hair volume and fullness when used as a cream. When rubbed between palms, it turns into a paste and gives hair textured volume and lift.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #4 Straight Forward

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This trendy hairstyle is short, tight, and clean around the edges on the sides and in the back. The top is disconnected from the rest of the haircut. It is layered and long and styled straight towards the face with some texture.

    short-disconnected-hairstyle-with-layers

    Style by Susanne Dillge, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

    short-disconnected-hairstyle-with-layers-side

    Style by Susanne Dillge, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers towards the face.
    3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
    4. Apply a product for texture and separation.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Perfect Texture Spray gives the hair fullness and texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #5 Insta Fringe

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This pretty haircut is short and tight on the sides and in the back. The top is disconnected, longer and layered. It is styled forward and to the side, making the front look like a side-swept fringe. With the top disconnected and hair parted to the side, the top falls over one side, giving the haircut an asymmetric look even if it is cut symmetrically.

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-side-swept-fringe

    Style by Amber Helms, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-side-swept-fringe-side

    Style by Amber Helms, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers towards the face.
    3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
    4. Apply a product for texture and separation.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Style Concrete Extreme Definition Clay gives hair texture and separation while strengthening the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval and heart face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #6 Short and Asymmetric

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    One side of this cool haircut is really short and layered. It gradually gets longer towards the other side. Length is left on the edges, giving it a fringy look. The top is layered short on one side and gradually gets longer towards the other side, blending into the hair on the sides. The fringe area is left noticeably longer than the rest of the hair on top and lays underneath the shorter layered pieces.

    short-layered-asymmetric-hairstyle

    Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    short-layered-asymmetric-hairstyle-side

    Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers towards the face.
    3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
    4. Apply a product for texture and separation.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Bamboo Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray smoothes, repairs and protects hair from heat styling up to 428 F.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #7 Layered Curls

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    Having a short layered haircut is a great way to show off curls! When hair is one length or too heavy, it doesn’t give hair enough space to curl. The curls end up weighing each other down and gives the wearer a triangular, bottom-heavy silhouette.

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    Style and Makeup by Amber Cox, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    How To Style:

    1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
    2. Curl sections of hair using a medium barrel curling iron.
    3. Loosen the curls up by gently combing through your hair with your fingers.
    4. Apply a product for texture and to define curls.
    5. Set the style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Perfect Texture Spray gives hair fullness and texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #8 Bobbed

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This is a short stacked bob sitting on top of a medium length layered haircut. The front is left longer one side and it has a beautiful peek-a-boo microfringe underneath the longer pieces in front.

    short-stacked-bob-with-layers

    Style by Robin Cook, Makeup by Candice Holloway, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
    3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
    4. Add some bend, flipping the disconnected length in front out with a flat iron.
    5. Apply a product for shine.
    6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Micromist is a weightless shine spray that allows you to give hair shine without disrupting the style and breaking down hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval and heart face shapes with hair that is medium texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #9 Skrillex Hair

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    This is a layered haircut with one side shaved. The longer side is layered shorter in front and longer in the back. This would naturally push hair away from the face if worn without styling. In this case, the hair is styled going towards the face, against the way it was cut.

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    Style by Liza Obukhovskaya, Makeup by Lexie Lazear, Barbaria Salon, Foster City, CA

    short-layered-hairstyle-shaved-side-side

    Style by Liza Obukhovskaya, Makeup by Lexie Lazear, Barbaria Salon, Foster City, CA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
    3. Smooth longer and bend sections of hair towards the face with a flat iron.
    4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Working Hairspray gives the hair long-lasting hold with a natural-looking finish that is soft and touchable.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval and heart face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this haircut best.

  • #10 100% Texture

    Written by Shannel Mariano

    There are definitely no lines in this haircut. This hairstyle is all texture. Even the edges and neckline are cut fringy. Having all these layers on the hair gives the hair so much texture and movement.

    short-layered-hairstyle-with-texture

    Style by Elizabeth Stenstrom, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, L Salon & Color Group, San Mateo, CA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush or fingers, lifting the hair in the crown area to encourage volume in the area.
    3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
    4. Apply a product for texture and separation, really focusing on building height at the crown area.
    5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Caviar Style Concrete Extreme Definition Clay gives hair texture and separation while strengthening the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

  • #11 Pastel Ice Crop

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    Here is an edgy spin on this trending haircut. The contrast of the soft pastel color makes a bold statement in the way this has been styled with texture. This is a very versatile and chic style.

    Short Edgy Layered Hairstyle

    Style by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Short Edgy Layered Hairstyle Back

    Style by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

     How To Style:

    1. Blow dry damp hair upwards with fingers or a brush.
    2. When dry, emulsify dry style wax or paste in your hands.
    3. Run hands through hair and piece out strands for texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Keratin Complex’s Mold Me Matte Texturizing Cream gives a textured look with hold. This product is great for short hair. It really is matte and doesn’t give extra shine or feel greasy, therefore allowing you to wear this dry texture style for an extra day or two.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This is among the most universal looks out there and it works well on most everyone.

  • #12 Sirens Crop

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    Sweet and sultry, this fun little style is all things cute and sexy wrapped into one. This look is low maintenance at home, however may require regular visits to the salon to keep the shape looking on point.

    Low Maintenance Short Layered Hairstyle

    Style by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Low Maintenance Short Layered Hairstyle Side

    Style by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling cream to damp hair.
    2. Blow hair dry with a flat brush close to the head.
    3. Apply shine product through lengths of hair.
    4. Lightly apply styling product by pinching pieces into place.

    Recommended Products:

    Seven Luxury Haircare has a wonder product named Diamond. This product is a styling serum that leaves your strands silky soft and shiny while giving the hair great movement. It calms down frizz and makes hair feel incredible!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair types may want use a styling spray or spritz to recreate this look instead.

  • #13 Soft & Casual Blowout

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    This is a very feminine shape for a short cut. For those growing out their shorter hair, this makes for an easier grow out transition into medium lengths.

    Soft Feminine Short Layered Hairstyle

    Style by Peles Salon

    Soft-Feminine-Short-Layered-Hairstyle-Back

    Style by Peles Salon

    How To Style:

    1. Apply styling foam to damp hair and comb through to distribute evenly.
    2. With a medium brush, blow dry the bottom back section downward close to
      the nape area.
    3. Dry the longer hair with round brush going back and away from the face.
    4. Use a flat iron to shape the hair going back.
    5. Finish with a shine texture product.

    Recommended Products:

    Bumble and Bumble Sumowax creates a textured look on hair with some shine. It is a pliable wax that gives a soft hold and is easy to use.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This is among the most universal looks out there and it works well on most everyone.

  • #14 Beachy Blonde

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    Waves are the trend for those looking for effortless styling. This is a low maintenance look for those who crave a casual bohemian feel.

    beachy-blonde-short-layered-hairstyle

    How To Style:

    1. Apply styling foam throughout damp hair and scrunch with hands.
    2. Using a diffuser attachment, blow dry until 100% dry.
    3. Once hair is dry, pick out any limp or straight pieces and curl them with a curling
      iron or wand.
    4. Spray hair with a texture style spray and break up the curls as desired.

    Recommended Products:

    Keratin Complex’s Sweet Definitions creates a textured body look on hair and can be used on wet or dry strands to get a beachy look.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Straighter hair types with little to no natural curl or wave may want to curl dry hair instead of diffuse to recreate this look.

  • #15 Short and Sleek

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    Hair this smooth and shiny exudes a polished and professional image. This style is not that hard to recreate at home and will have you looking like a sharp fashionista every time without fail.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling smoothing serum to damp hair and comb through for
      even distribution.
    2. Blow dry hair smooth with flat brush.
    3. Flat iron hair in 1-1.5 inch sections going down.
    4. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Seven Luxury Haircare has a product called Relax that helps reduce frizz and smooth out hair without feeling heavy or sticky.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Curlier hair types may want to invest in a smoothing treatment if they wanted to commit to this style.

  • #16 Punky Pixie

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    There are many messages a woman with short hair can send out into the world, and this one is all fun and confidence! This variation of a modern pixie is sharp, sexy and a surefire head turner.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a root lifter to damp hair at the root area on top. Follow up with styling foam.
    2. Blow dry hair forward with small brush.
    3. When hair is dry, push hair forward with hands and spray in place with
      spray wax or texture spray.
    4. For additional texture, apply wax to ends.

    Recommended Products:

    Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun is an airy dry texture hairspray that gives more of a dry shampoo finish than hold. It is perfect to add a little soft, dry texture to any look.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look works well on most anyone. It will give finer hair types more natural volume.

  • #17 Whispy Flip

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    A little flip styling takes some time to master, but it is always a great look. This short layered hairstyle is a great fit for all ages!

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    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling foam or gel to damp hair and comb throughout.
    2. Use a small round brush to blow dry the back and sides up and away from the face.
    3. Blow dry the crown going back and the fringe to the side.
    4. When hair is dry, flip out the ends with a small flat iron.
    5. Finish with a light hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Pureology’s Pure Volume Blow Dry Amplifier Gel will give your hair a soft, natural finish with lots of volume without feeling tacky or stiff.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works well on all hair types and face shapes.

  • #18 Tamed Texture

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    With shorter hair comes regular salon visits, however the time you spend styling at home will be minimal with this sexy look.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling cream to damp hair.
    2. Scrunch hair and twist with fingers.
    3. Blow dry with diffuser or air dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Don’t Blow It styling cream by Bumble and Bumble is a lightweight moisturizing styling aid that can be styled with heat or air dried.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes can wear this type of style. For curly and wavy types, be generous with product to avoid frizz.

  • #19 Sophisticated and Posh

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    Upstyling on shorter hair always makes a big impression. Master this style for your special occasions and you’re sure to impress every time.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply styling mousse or foam to damp hair and comb through.
    2. Blow dry for maximum volume with a medium round brush.
    3. When hair is dry, backcomb the hair and smooth it out going back. Be sure to leave
      out the front, then spray as needed.
    4. Curl pieces in the front going back with small iron or wand.
    5. Shape with fingers and secure back with pins.

    Recommended Products:

    Pureology’s Strengthening Control hairspray is a great product for upstyling. It gives an even mist of product, gives a dry finish, and does not leave the hair feeling tacky. It has a medium firm hold and a semi sheen finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works well on leaner face shapes. This style is a great fit for curly and wavy hair types as well as the thicker and coarser hair.

  • #20 Vintage Style

    Written by Cynthia Nicasio

    Timeless classics like this one take a little practice but are sure to pay off. Women of past eras wore their hair with such elegance on a regular basis, so we can surely pull this off every now and then!

    Vintage Short Layered Hairstyle

    Style by Samella Ajavon, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    Vintage Short Layered Hairstyle Back

    Style by Samella Ajavon, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Spray dry hair with a water bottle, then apply a styling foam and blow dry
      it into the hair.
    2. Section hair from back of the ear to back of the ear and from temple
      to temple, forming three sections.
    3. Curl each section in one direction from left to right or right to
      left. Continue up the the head.
    4. When finished curling, spray with hairspray.
    5. Brush out curls to shape into desired waves.
    6. Finish with a shine spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Pureology’s Strengthening Control hairspray is a great product for upstyling. It gives an even mist of product, gives a dry finish, and does not leave the hair feeling tacky. It has a medium firm hold and a semi sheen finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works well on all face shapes. This also is a great fit for thicker and coarser hair.