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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 for this year. You’ve made your resolutions and are feeling like a new person. Now to actually do something about it! 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 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.

#2 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.

#3 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.

#4 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.

#5 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.

#6 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.

#7 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!

Short Layered Hairstyle with Flip

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.

#8 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.

#9 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.

#10 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.

#11 Short, Layered & Vibrant

Written by Cindy Marcus

Warning: only attempt this style if you’re ready to turn heads. This hairstyle is all about your personality and attitude, so regardless of your face shape, if you feel like you can rock it, do it!

Red short layered hairstyles

Style by Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. After hair is dry, use a styling wax or glue to pull hair in the position you want it in. Using a wax will allow you to play with it later on if you feel like it.

#12 A Short and Shaggy Layered Cut

Written by Cindy Marcus

Almost a medium length but still short, this shaggy layered cut with bangs is perfect for rounder face shapes or heart shaped faces.

Short and shaggy layered haircut

Style by Attitudes A Salon, Toledo, OH

How To Style:

  1. A little smoothing product and a flat iron are all you need!
  2. Make sure hair is completely dry before flat ironing, then use a finishing spray for that extra hold and polish.

#13 Razor Cut

Written by Cindy Marcus

This short haircut with razor cut layers features full bangs with a slight asymmetry to them. This look is fun for most face shapes, but absolutely perfect for longer faces. The asymmetry in the front, along with the longer bangs, helps confuse the eye and make a longer face appear shorter. A little unexpected color spices it up!

Short layered hairstyle that's razor cut

Style by Attitudes A Salon, Toledo, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a heat protecting product to damp hair, then blow dry with your fingers.
  2. Use a flat iron to smooth out any waves.
  3. Apply a pomade or wax for “piecey” styling.

#14 Smooth & Chic

Written by Cindy Marcus

This smooth, sophisticated and totally chic short layered cut can be styled many different ways, but this smoothed version looks very contemporary. This style is great for those with an oval face, but it can work on almost any face shape with the right finishing touches by your stylist.

Smooth short and layered bob hairstyle

Style by Attitudes A Salon, Toledo, OH

#15 Flirty Fun

Written by Cindy Marcus

This is a super cute, girl-next-door flirty style. The imperfect layers and a little random curl, along with added texture and body, make this short haircut more interesting.

A cute short layered hairstyle

Style by Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a volumizing mousse while hair is damp.
  2. Use a medium-sized round brush to blow dry for volume and smoothness.
  3. Don’t flat iron hair unless you absolutely have to.
  4. Use a curling iron to create a soft curl around the face and sweep the bangs off to one side.
  5. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

#16 Naturally Wavy

Written by Cindy Marcus

This soft, romantic and easy to maintain layered haircut uses natural wave and texture to create a beautiful and simple style. It is a great look for more petite faces and girls who have a more vintage style.

A short layered hairstyle with natural wavy hair

Style by Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. If you’ve got the natural texture and super healthy hair, all you should need to do it apply a little styling crème while hair is still damp.
  2. Finger comb hair into place and let it air dry.

#17 Short Layered Pixie

Written by Cindy Marcus

This super short haircut has tons of texture built in. This style is almost no maintenance at all!

A short layered pixie hairstyle

Style by Attitudes A Salon, Toledo, OH

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair and add a little wax to create definition and movement throughout your layers. Done!

#18 Modern Layers

Written by Cindy Marcus

This is a fun, modern haircut that incorporates different lengths of layers to create a more whimsical yet structured style.

A short and modern layered hairstyle

Style by Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. While hair is damp, apply a volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry using a large round brush.
  3. Instead of rolling hair away from your face, roll towards it!
  4. Use hairspray and/or firm hold styling wax to hold hair in place.

#19 Multi-Toned

Written by Cindy Marcus

This soft and easy multi-toned style features longer layers and is perfect for most face shapes. This style also looks great on older women. If you’re over 40, check out these cute hairstyles for women over 40.

A short layered hairstyle for older women

Style by Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Use a volumizing mousse as well as heat protecting spray on damp hair, then blow dry hair using a round brush.
  2. Roll brush toward the face when pulling it through the ends.
  3. Use a pomade to slightly separate the ends after it’s dry.

#20 Ultra-Textured

Written by Cindy Marcus

This is a softer haircut with longer layers that goes to the chin. The layers are cut finely using different techniques to get a really textured look without making fine hair look stringy.

A really textured and short layered hairstyle

Style by Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Use a volumizing mousse and blow dryer for lots of body.
  2. A large round brush will help give you the lift you need when drying.
  3. After hair is completely dry, run a warm flat iron through strands to straighten out any waves or kinks.
  4. Use styling wax to piece out ends and a finishing spray to hold it all in place.