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! These layered haircuts offer some fun with movement and hair colors.

Stacked Bob

Stacked Bob hairstyleInstagram @charisetucker

Q&A with style creator, Charise Tucker
Stylist / Certified Balayage and Extension Specialist @ One Beauty Lounge in Tustin, CA

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this textured stacked bob is that it gives a very stylish look while still giving a lot of versatility with all the layered textures. I also love how adding the lowlights brings out all the layers and adds depth to her blonde hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I would use Kerastase VIP Spray to give it volume with a little bit of grip. Finish it with L’Oréal Architecture to give it separation and highlight all the layered textures.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style to clients who like a natural, undone look and who don’t spend too much time styling their hair. The less this style is worked, the better. All the beauty comes from the natural look of all the texture in the layers while still keeping a polished style of the bob angle.

This layered cut and style is great for someone with fine to medium hair to keep the weightless look of the layers. I believe the popularity of the bob comes from the fact that it is flattering on almost all face shapes.

Trendy Layers

Trendy Layers hairstyleInstagram @_hairbysandra

Q&A with style creator, Sandra Torres
Hairstylist / Make-up Artist @ V Boutique & Salon in Pasco, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as trendy yet sophisticated. My favorite thing about it is that you can really customize this overall look to the client’s preference.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I used on this particular client were the Plumping Shampoo and Conditioner set by Kevin Murphy, as well as the Plumping Leave-in Treatment that I sprayed at the roots right before round brushing. After the hair was dry, I used the Powder Puff Volumizing Powder and topped it with Shimmer Me Blonde oil spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to the client that doesn’t mind more high maintenance haircuts, someone that already styles their hair everyday and that doesn’t mind using products in their hair. Straight to wavy medium hair with an oval face is ideal, but someone with a more round face shape could keep more length at the front to help elongate the face.

Flirty Layers

Flirty Layers hairstyleInstagram @carolynrosecina

Q&A with style creator, Carolyn Cina
Hairdresser @ The Fox and the Hare Salon in Millbrook, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as fun and flirty. The way that the hair is subtly highlighted gives the layered hair a very sunkissed look, while the cut and texture gives my guest a very playful aspect to her hair. I think my favorite thing about the look is how effortless it appears!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

As far as the color goes, this is a very low maintenance look. The balayage looks very natural and the guest can let it grow out as long as she pleases.

This guest has curly, medium textured hair. For this style I used Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam, Super Skinny and Mirror Smooth Primer. I blew the hair dry and then went in and created the waves using a smoothing iron. When creating the waves, I used Paul Mitchell Neuro Style-Protect as a heat protecter and Paul Mitchell Worked Up as my working spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to guests with straight, fine or medium textured hair or guests with curly, fine or medium textured hair. For guests with these hair textures, they could choose to style the look or go all natural! The layered cut itself gives the look a lot of texture and movement without the layers being heavy.

This could be a great look for a woman with a busy lifestyle where she wants something fun and playful, but maybe doesn’t have too much time to fuss. The versatility of this look allows you to style your hair with a curling wand or smoothing iron, or just rock your natural texture! I think really any hair texture could rock this style, however if you have coarse or unruly curly hair, you may just need to put a little extra work into styling.

I think this look is great for people who have smaller features. This guest has a very dainty face and, while her long hair was beautiful, it overpowered her a little. This look helped to bring out her natural beauty and features, instead of covering them up!

Get Up and Go Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Phea Monea
Hair Stylist / Salon Owner @ Hair Haven Salon & Suites in St. Louis, MO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This pixie cut is an easy, free flowing, get up and go kind of look. This particular client has naturally curly hair, so I straightened and molded her hair once she was dry.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look doesn not require a lot of product. I recommend Argan Oil and a little holding spray if needed.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for heart shaped or even oval shaped faces. It is definitely a style for someone who doesn’t have a lot of prep time in the morning.

Bold Layers

Bold Layers hairstyleInstagram @sb_jet

Q&A with style creator, Shonda Broadus-Jet
Colorist / Stylist @ Color Me Rad in Beaufort, SC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a technique that I like to use when clients ask that their natural color be infused with the creative colors. I love how it makes my clients feel. Bold colors in general seem to bring people alive! You can see the sweetest woman transform into a complete baddie. It never gets old!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Kenra Lightner with 30 vol to lift (foiled diagonal slices around the head), as well as Manic Panic and Brazilian Bond Builder (B3) to create this look. I recommend B3 Shampoo and Conditioner for at home use.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works for any hair type,and face shape. I feel that it’s a cool technique to get if you want to try the creative colors without going all over.

Modern Stack

Modern Stack hairstyleInstagram @hairwizardiva

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Gray
Senior Stylist/Color Specialist @ Rituals Salon in Midlothian, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a modernized stacked and texturized bob. This cut feels so on-trend with its unstructured and messy workable texture. All tools and products can be used at home which makes this look easy to recreate. My favorite thing about this cut is the edgy disconnected layered look!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Once dry, I misted the hair with Davines No Gas Hairspray and combed through before creating flat iron waves. No Gas provides heat protection and all day hold for your waves. Then we used Davines Invisible Serum (which is a weightless cream) to piece out and define the layered waves and calm any frizz.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I feel like this style could work for most hair types if customized for the client, but would be most flattering on someone with an oval face shape. This cut would be perfect for someone who is used to putting a little effort into their styling routine and isn’t afraid of a little undone texture.

Layered Shaggy Bob

Short and Shaggy Bob hairstyleInstagram @ricapalanca

Q&A with style creator, Rica Palanca
Hairstylist @ Studio 10 in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The layered and shaggy bob is a fun and flirty cut with a ton of movement. It can make thinner, limp hair appear fuller.

I love how this cut looks intentionally messy and undone. My favorite part about it is how effortless it looks.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To achieve his look, I recommend using a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and some texture spray. Texture sprays are great for any hair type. It adds a little rough volume and is literally “second day hair” in a bottle.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for anyone! A bob is suitable for almost any face shape. If you have thinner, fine hair, this is a perfect cut to give the illusion of fuller hair. If you’re a girl on the go, prefer the undone look, and have zero attachments to long locks, this is definitely a cut worth trying out!

Full Feathered Pronto Bob

Full Feathered Pronto Bob hairstyleInstagram @sierrashear

Q&A with style creator, Sierra Shear
Stylist @ Kingdom Hair Salon Studio in North Charleston, SC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a full feathered pronto bob! It is a great protective style for clients with medium to long hair and takes no more than 90 minutes for full installation.

My favorite thing about this layered style is since your hair is protected, it can be curled/manipulated as much as necessary and there is no heat damage to your natural tresses!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate and/or maintain this look, simply curl with a 1 1/2-inch curler or flat iron along with a rattail comb. It may be necessary to sleep with a satin cap if your pillowcase is not satin.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone can rock this whispy bob! However, the method of installation  may differ slightly for a shorted hair client than one with more than four to five inches of hair.

This look is great for the get up and go client! The hair that was used was Femi, however most Yaky human hair brand extensions will accomplish this look.

Feathered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Kay Thomas
Hairstylist / Hair-colorist @ TGF Haircutters in Houston, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The best thing about this haircut is its symmetrical shape with feathered layering that you can just shampoo and go! It will fall right back into place with little assistance from products.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam (on damp hair) is a great way to define the layers and recreate this look! You could also use Skinny Serum and hairspray on dry hair to help shine and redefine.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cute feathered bob is for any woman that is very low maintenance when it comes to hair, but also wants an edgy style! It is also a great option for parents who have an extremely hard time taking care of their daughter’s hair.

Modern Graduated Bob

Q&A with style creator, Elysse Bornstein
Hairdresser @ Fringe Dee Why and Fringe Seaforth in Sydney, AU


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This graduated bob is a versatile style that can suit anyone of any age or style. The use of waves on this style gives it a relaxed, beachy look that is not overdone. It won’t look so “mumsy” when styled correctly.

For a more mature age group, the style can be blow dried into a round shape to give the effect of a short, sleek style that has been shaped and doesn’t require much styling. It’s a fun, modern style that allows the hair to feel full and funky.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Products I would use include Kevin Murphy’s Anti.Gravity spray when wet to lift the roots. I also recommend Kevin Murphy’s Young.Again oil on the ends and blow dry it in.

Once the style was dry and smooth, I used my Cloud Nine to wave the hair. The best thing you can do after that is use Kevin Murphy’s Hair.Resort spray to give the style a more lived-in look without giving it a crunch. It creates more texture to the hair.

To finish, use Kevin Murphy’s Doo.Over or Kevin Murphy’s Powder.Puff on the roots to give the final touches of volume and to create a messier look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The style is incredibly versatile and can be used on any hair type. It is particularly great for mums who need to tie their hair back as the longer hair at the front will be able to be tied back. That applies for those who go to the gym or are outdoors a lot as well.

The style works miracles for ladies with fine hair. As the hair is cut into from the back and angled, it creates the effect of thicker hair on the top, creating a more full look rather then long and stringy.

The emphasis of the angle is important as the style goes from short to long. This angle allows those with round faces to still have elongation on their face and make it look slim.

For those with longer faces, the angle can be tailored to a different part of the face, not making the front too long and perhaps more square. Each style of a bob is created to enhance flattery on the client’s face. The styling is completely up to the client and their lifestyle and what they are able to do themselves at home.

For those who require little styling, this shape can be ideal as the angle and shape have been cut into. All it requires is a blow dry and brush and the hair is put into place.

Romantic But Daring

Romantic But Daring hairstyleInstagram @crishairr

Q&A with style creator, Cristiane Collar de Souza
Hairstylist / Haircut Specialist / Master Colorist @ FL Beauty Studio in Boston City, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a daring look because of the asymmetry, and at the same time romantic because of the waves.

My favorite thing about this look is the power of variation. It can be styled smooth, with waves, or even more messy. It all depends on how you are feeling at the moment!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

After brushing, use a curling iron achieve texture. Use a mattifying powder for volume at the root, and finish up with oil and spray with flexible fixation to leave it looser.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I suggest this look for any age, but especially for the more daring, or even for who want to pass a more independent impression woman, because this run away  to the traditional classic style, and fits into a more alternative and independent profile!

This angle fits best for thinner faces. For women with a rounder face, I suggest to increase the length in front as well as the volume on the top.

Versatile Textured Bob

Versatile Textured Bob hairstyleInstagram @themaneswitch

Q&A with style creator, Louise McEwen
Hairstylist / Owner @ The Mane Switch in Chandler, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a textured bob. The best thing about this style is how versatile the length can be. It allows clients to wear a smooth look, a wavy look, or even a curly look. There is still enough length to this look that clients can get creative with soft braids and other upstyles.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

My favorite products to use for this look are a styling creme (Lanza Polyester) and argon oil (DermOrganic Argon Oil) for the blow out. Finish with a little texture creme (Style Sexy Hair Slept In). This provides volume, texture and a flirty style that looks great on most women.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I love this style because so many people can wear it and have it customized to their lifestyles. Textured bobs are great for people looking to go shorter but not pixie short, and for women with thicker hair (but they may need more texturizing).

If you have thinner hair, you can still have this look customized to get you more volume and movement. This is such a fun and beautiful layered style because of countless ways it can be customized!

Pixie with Longer Bang

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Jones
Master Stylist @ Princeton Salon and Spa in Buford, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this cute little pixie with a longer bang is how easy it is! It’s textured and has movement, so styling doesn’t take long and it isn’t a heavy look that drags down the face. It lifts the face, taking off years and adding some fun! It is instantly sassy, but classy as well.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Using a lightweight shampoo and conditioner will really help keep the hair weightless so you can get more volume and movement. When styling, I used Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style Prep at the root for lift and Phomillient on the rest to add hold without weighing it down. The blowdry was quick and simple!

You can always finish the look by using Control Paste to definite the pieces or Control Force hairspray to give hold and definition.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

If you’re on-the-go, this look is perfect for you because it has minimal styling time! The back is tapered pretty close to the head and the top stays messy, so the only place you really have to focus on is the bang area. How awesome is that?

It works for all hair types because it gets rid of all that length and heaviness for people with thick hair, and adds volume and the look of thicker hair for people with fine hair. I think anyone can wear this look as long as they wear it with confidence!

Broken Curls

Q&A with style creator, Casey Goldsworthy
Hair Designer / Colorist @ West End Salon/North End Salon in Boulder, CO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The favorite thing about this look is the broken curls with the layered bob. You wear this cut smooth and sleek, or in broken curls with a light wave to it.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The best way to to recreate this look is to use Bedroom.Hair from Kevin Murphy. It is a moveable wax spray that works as a spray without the stick. To maintain this beautiful light violet tone, salon visits every three to four weeks, along with Blonde Angel shampoo and conditioner, are a must. The shampoo has double the violet pigment to help maintain those fun violet locks.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client works in a Denver downtown law firm. She can wear a fun tousled haircut and still be able to pull it back a bit for an active lifestyle.

If you are a little indie and a little professional, you definitely blend the two with this look.

Textured Layered Haircut

Textured Layered Haircut hairstyleInstagram @liberatedhair

Q&A with style creator, Sandra Matesic
Senior Stylist / Owner @ Liberated Hair in Sydney, AU


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love that this haircut can be casual or formal. It can be worn messy and shaggy throughout the day, then easily transformed to an evening look by curling the ends away from the face to expose an elaborate pair of earrings.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

My absolute favorite go-to product is Mister Fantastic by Evo. Used on wet hair, it adds hold and thermal protection. I also reapply it on dry hair to create texture and shine.

This style is best blow dried in the opposite direction to how the hair naturally falls to increase the volume and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this style for someone with a round face that is willing to spend a little time with the hair dryer. Swept back off the face, it’s great for those who don’t like their hair to fall on their face. I would not recommend this for fine hair as it removes a lot of bulk from the hair.

Layered Angled Bob

Q&A with style creator, Marcia Omar
Hairstylist @ Mission’s Mane Attraction in Fremont, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a layered bob that is angled and slightly longer in the front. We love that it’s a modern take on the classic layered bob and that it’s versatile. You can wear it straight as pictured, or add some beachy waves to make it more tousled and fun.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

We applied a bit of Moroccan oil to prep the hair and give it heat protection. We then used some Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam to give it a bit of volume with the blow dry. We used a medium round brush and overdirected the top to create lift at the crown.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is an easy, low maintainance layered haircut. It works for all ages, but is especially great for anyone in their 20s-50s. You can play with the styling to make it age appropriate. It’s trendy but still very classic.

We recommend this style for oval or heart shaped faces.

Slightly Angled

Q&A with style creator, Katrice Condon
Stylist @ The Clip Joint Salon in Fayetteville, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a slightly angled layered bob with some texture. The color is a deep brown with an auburn balayage. I used a curling iron to create a slight wave to make it playful and show off the layers and dimension.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Oribe Apres Beach Wave Spray on the outside and Oribe Dry Texturizing spray at her roots to give her some body.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is extremely versatile for most hair types and face shapes. This particular client had straight, very thick hair. It’s is an effortless style that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, so it’s great for women on the go or for women that don’t like to spend a lot of time fixing their hair. It is meant to be messy and tousled, yet “fixed”.

Soft Layered Bob

Soft Layered Bob hairstyleInstagram @keelyreedhair

Q&A with style creator, Keely Reed
Master Stylist @ Hair by Keely Reed in Nashville, TN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a soft layered bob. It has everything that people love about a bob without the harsh lines.

I love how versatile it is. It can be styled flirty and wavy as in this photo, but can also be worn sleek and smooth.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, you definitely want to start with a light mousse. I love Redkin Aerate! I used a 3/4-inch iron to curl strands away from the face, leaving the ends out to give it more of a wave look.

I did a little backcombing in the crown with Big Sexy What a Tease spray. Finish the look with a light to medium spray like Big Sexy Spray and Play or Kenra’s medium hold hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut would work for most any hair type, but would best fit someone with fine hair. It is the perfect cut to give you just enough body and make it appear much thicker.

This cut also works with any face shape. Your stylist can customize the layering to what your face shape needs. You could even add a soft or blunt bang if you wanted!

#19 Layered Highlights


This short layered look is masterful in its movement and its amazing color featuring a darker under tone and some lighter peek-a-boo ones on top. The layered tresses bring fullness to the hair so it is a perfect option for anyone with thinning hair or looking for something easy to manage. It is easy to see how much the hair color is enhanced by the layered cut.

#20 Chic Layered Blonde Shades


This layered cut gives almost a feathery feel with the slightly flicked ends. The complimentary darker shade goes along with the blonde highlights and lowlights. The key to this cut is to bring out the color with toner and add some nice volume to give it movement. Colors and layered hair go very well together and this is a prime example.