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Say Yes to Layered Hair: 25 Stunning Ideas to Try

Layered hair can come in many shapes and styles. From curly hair to short hair, layers add movement, dimension and texture to any hairstyle! Short layers can add volume and body to fine strands, while long layers can add movement to thick hair. Layers provide shape and style to haircuts that would otherwise be heavy and hard to style. If you’re thinking about asking for layers at your next salon appointment, peep these layered hair ideas for inspiration!

#1 Long Layers With Volume

Written by Carina Connelly

Long layers helps add body and shape to long hair, giving it interest and movement. Long layers that begin beneath the chin help add volume and shape through the mid-lengths and ends.

Long Layered Hair with Volume

Style by Sarah Sprague, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply your favorite mousse or blow drying crème.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Using a 1-inch curling iron, take small vertical sections.
  4. Wrap hair around curling iron, vertically.
  5. Remove hair from curling iron and allow hair to cool.
  6. Continue around head.
  7. Gently finger comb through curls.
  8. Mist hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Air Control for flexible hold that lasts all day.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#2 Lightly Layered Long Bob

Written by Carina Connelly

The long bob has the best of both worlds! It’s long enough to pull into a ponytail, yet short enough too keep you cool during the summertime. Try adding long layers to your lob to create more volume and movement.

Lightly Layered Bob Shoulder Length Cut

Style by Alex Goldhammer, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Lightly Layered Bob Shoulder Length Cut Tapered Back

Style by Alex Goldhammer, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply your favorite styling aid.
  2. Using a medium-sized round brush, dry the ends, flipped them out.
  3. Once you reach the top, round brush the layers under.
  4. Apply an argan oil to ends.
  5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Moroccan Oil’s Treatment to soothe heat scorched ends and to enhance shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#3 Short to Long Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Short hair is most fun when it is playful and whimsical. Ask your stylist for layers that are shorter at the crown and get longer towards the face.

How to Style:

  1. Starting with dry hair, apply a texturizing spray to roots.
  2. Taking a small amount of wax, mold ends into desired style.
  3. Mist hair with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oscar Blondi’s Texture and Volume Spray for volume and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities. If you have thicker hair, ask your stylist to remove excess bulk.

#4 Retro Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Adding face-framing layers, while keeping the layers long in back, helps bring interest and intrigue to the eyes.

Retro Layers Long Wavy Look

Style by Tiffany Gonzalez and Tamra Malone , The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

layered hair

Style by Tiffany Gonzalez and Tamra Malone , The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with dry hair, take a small section near the nape of the neck.
  2. Using a 1-inch curling iron, curl hair horizontally.
  3. Remove hair from curling iron.
  4. Recoil curl and secure with a bobby pin.
  5. At the sides, curl hair towards face, and secure with bobby pins.
  6. Continue around head.
  7. Mist hair with hairspray and allow hair to cool.
  8. Remove bobby pins and gently run fingers through hair, twisting curls together.
  9. Apply a shine-enhancing serum to ends.

Recommended Products:

Try Verb’s Ghost Oil for maximum shine without weighing hair down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#5 Square Curly Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Square curly layers add volume to the sides of the head. It’s perfect for balancing out round faces or curly hair that grows in a round shape.

Square Curly Layered Hair

Style by Holly Fabiani and Mona Riemer, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a volume mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Taking varying sized sections, twist hair.
  3. Using a diffuser, dry hair until 80% dry.
  4. Gently break up twists.
  5. Touch up curls with a tapered curling wand.
  6. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Well-defined curls begin in the shower. Try Verb’s Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner for smooth, soft, frizz-free curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for round face shapes and all hair densities.

#6 Kate Middleton Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

This classic, long layered hairstyle removes excess weight and bulk from long locks. Layers start just below the chin and are tailored to where you part your hair.

Kate Middleton Layered Hairstyle

Style by Esoterica Studios, Fort Worth, TX

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply favorite styling crème from roots to tips.
  2. Section off top of hair.
  3. Blow dry underneath with a large paddle brush.
  4. Take down top layers. Dry using a large round brush.
  5. Apply a texturizing paste to ends.

Recommended Products:

Try Davines’s no. 10 universal polishing coat for shine and definition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works best for all face shapes except round. It also works well with medium to thick hair densities.

#7 Short Chic Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Short hair with layers is all about movement and texture.

How to Style:

  1. Apply styling aid to damp hair.
  2. Use fingers to blow dry hair towards face and over to the side.
  3. Apply pomade to ends.

Recommended Products:

Try Rusk’s Being Rubber for separation, definition and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all hair densities and face shapes, except round.

#8 Long Curly Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Long curly layers help minimize volume and help maximize length. To avoid excess volume, ask for long layers starting at the chin.

Long Curly Layered Hair Blonde Look

Style by Serena Peck, Bella Capelli Sanctuario, Westlake, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply gel from roots to tips.
  2. Taking varying sized sections, twist hair.
  3. Using a diffuser, dry hair until 80% dry.
  4. Gently break up twists.
  5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Number 4’s firm hold gel for extra hold and a bit of shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#9 Face Framing Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Adding long layers around the face helps emphasize length while creating movement.

Face Framing Layered Straight Red Hair

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

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply blow drying crème from roots to tips.
  2. Blow dry hair smooth using a paddle brush.
  3. Mist hair with a heat protectant.
  4. Use a flat iron to smooth hair and bend ends in towards face.

Recommended Products:

Try Davines’s No.9 Structuring Mist to maximize and maintain smoothness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#10 Beachy Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Make the most of your waves by adding long layers. The layers will help add more body and wave to your locks.

Beachy Layered Hair With Auburn Locks

Style by Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Beachy Layered Hair With Auburn Locks Loose Curls

Style by Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a sea-salt spray from roots to tips.
  2. Scrunch a medium hold gel into mid lengths and ends.
  3. Blow dry and gently scrunch ends.
  4. Blow dry bangs to the side.
  5. Mist ends with a sea salt spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray for perfect beachy waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#11 Round Medium Length Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Round layers on medium length hair emphasizes length while adding height and volume through the crown.

Round Medium Length Layered Hair

Style by Marina Brockway, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a volume mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Taking varying sized sections, twist hair.
  3. Using a diffuser, dry hair until 80% dry.
  4. Gently break up twists.
  5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Yarok’s volume enhancing mousse to build volume and define curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#12 Bombshell Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Release your inner bombshell by asking for layers that begin mid cheekbone and taper down through the ends.

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a volume enhancing mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Beginning at the nape of neck, blow dry hair using a medium-sized round brush.
  3. Once each section is dry, secure it with a duckbill clip.
  4. Continue working up back of head section by section.
  5. Allow hair to cool.
  6. Gently remove clip and shake out hair.
  7. Apply shine serum to ends.
  8. Mist hair with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Maintain your mane by doing weekly deep conditioning treatments. Try Macadamia’s Deep Repair Mask to help restore shine and condition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and medium to thick hair densities.

#13 Bangs and Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Eye grazing, side-swept bangs combined with long, subtle bangs create a chic, polished hairstyle with minimal styling time required.

Bangs and Layers Shoulder Length Style

Style by Tyjana Wynn and Tessa Netherland, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply your favorite styling product.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Once hair is dry, use a flat iron to polish bangs and ends.
  4. Mist hair with shine enhancing spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Bumble and bumble’s Let It Shine On for reflective shine and flyaway control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works with all hair densities and is best for long, oval and round face shapes.

#14 Fringe Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Craving rocker girl layers? Ask your stylist for razor cut layers around your face.

Fringe Layered Rocker Girl Cut

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a heat protectant.
  2. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush towards your face.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth layers and bangs.
  4. Apply a texturizing paste the ends.

Recommended Products:

Try Hanz De Fuko’s Quicksand to make the ends extra piece-y.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and fine to medium hair densities.

#15 Textured Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Textured layers give volume to fine strands, and pieceyness and movement to medium and thick haired ladies (or men).

Textured Layers with Bangs

Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Textured Layers with Bangs Side View

Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply styling crème from roots to tips.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
  3. Blow dry bangs from side to side.
  4. Use a flat iron to smooth ends.
  5. Apply a shine enhancing serum to ends.
  6. Mist with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Number 4’s Blow Dry Lotion for sleek, heat-protected locks.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#16 Complimentary Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Working with your stylist to create the perfect layers for your face shape, styling preferences and hair type are the key to achieve a look that compliments you. Have a long face? Ask your stylist for layers that are shorter in the crown and get longer towards the ends. This will build volume in the right places to compliment your face shape.

Complimentary Layered Hairstyle

Style by Esoterica Studios, Fort Worth, TX

Complimentary Layered Hairstyle Side View

Style by Esoterica Studios, Fort Worth, TX

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Round brush hair with a medium-sized round brush, working in small sections.
  3. Once hair is dry, use a 1-inch curling iron to curl ends.
  4. Use fingers to break up curls.
  5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Alterna’s Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse for weightless lift that’s not sticky or crunchy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

Tip:

Start curls even with cheekbones to add width to a long face.

#17 Farrah Fawcett Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

This iconic hairstyle lives on in a modern, fresh way. Recreate it by asking for long, eyelash-grazing bangs paired with heavy layers around the face.

Farah Fawcett Layers Dark Layered Look

Style by Amaryah Benjamin

Farah Fawcett Layers Dark Layered Look Side View

Style by Amaryah Benjamin

How to Style

  1. Starting with dry hair, set hair in hot rollers, leaving the bangs out.
  2. While the rollers are cooling, use a flat iron to bend bangs away from face.
  3. Mist hair with hairspray.
  4. Remove rollers.
  5. Gently breakup curls with fingers.

Recommended Products:

Good hot tools are the key to good hair days. Try GHD’s Classic Styler for an easy-to-use flat iron that can both straighten hair and make it curly.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all hair densities and face shapes, except long.

Tip: 

Wrap hair vertically in rollers to achieve the flipped back look.

#18 Tousled Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Adding long textured layers to a medium length hairstyle gives it a more lived in feeling. It’s not quite prim and proper, but it’s not rocker chick either. It’s somewhere, happily, in between.

Tousled Layers Blonde Style

Style by Kristen Limbers, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Tousled Layers Blonde Style Side View

Style by Kristen Limbers, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How to Style:

  1. Starting with dry hair, mist with a heat protectant.
  2. Using a curling wand, work vertically around the head, starting near the face.
  3. Take a large section (from the side hairline to just behind the ear) and wrap it around the wand.
  4. Release and continue working around head.
  5. Gently run fingers through waves and set with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray for extra lift and flexible hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#19 Volume Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Love big hair? Try adding short layers around the crown to add more height and lift to your style.

Volume Layers Fun Pink Style

Style by Chelsea Jacobs, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a volume mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Blow dry hair using fingers. In the crown, blow dry hair straight up.
  3. Use a large curling iron to add bend to the ends.
  4. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kenra’s Volume Spray 25 for maximum lift, hold and humidity defense.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and finer hair densities.

#20 Hidden Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Hidden layers give a classic hairstyle more body and styling options without sacrificing the ability to look polished and put together.

How to Style:

  1. Starting with clean, dry hair, gently run a flat iron over ends to smooth and bend.
  2. Apply a volume boosting texturizer to ends.
  3. Gently back comb hair just above the ears.
  4. Smooth backcombing and apply a shine enhancing serum to ends.
  5. Mist hair with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Prive’s Finishing Texture Spray for all day hold that stay frizz-free.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all hair densities and all face shapes, except round.

#21 The Layered Bob

Written by Carina Connelly

Here is a fresh take on the classic bob! Add subtle layering around the face to give a modern spin to a classic cut.

Layered Bob Bright Candy Red

Style by Michelle Richardson, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a blow dry crème from roots to tips.
  2. Blow dry hair using a Denman brush, wrapping hair around head.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth ends.
  4. Apply lightweight pomade to ends.
  5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Arrojo’s pomade for soft hold, shine and definition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#22 The Modern Layered Shag

Written by Carina Connelly

Add extra layers to a grown-out pixie to create a modern shag that will frame your face and add extra body all around.

Auburn Layered Shag

Style by Shortino’s, York, PA

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Blow hair dry using your fingers.
  3. Use a large curling iron to smooth ends.
  4. Use a texturizing crème to create definition.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe’s Tousled Texture Mousse for effortless texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and medium to thick hair densities.

#23 Wind Blown Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Create texture and movement with this ultra-layered short hairstyle.

Wind Blown Layers Light Brown Hair

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Wind Blown Layers Light Brown Hair Side View

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a medium hold gel from roots to tips.
  2. Brush the side opposite of your part straight back and blow dry it to set gel.
  3. On the opposite side, use fingers to lift and separate hair while blow drying.
  4. Apply a shine enhancing wax to slicked back side.
  5. Tousle ends using a small amount of wax.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Brilliant Retexturing Gel to achieve the perfect slicked back look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and medium to thick hair densities.

#24 Wispy Layer

Written by Carina Connelly

Growing out a short haircut? Or, perhaps you just love short hair. Either way, this delicately layered haircut gives the illusion of longer hair without having awkwardness of an in-between length.

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
  2. Blow dry hair with fingers.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth ends and bend some ends away from the face.
  4. Apply texturizing crème to ends.
  5. Mist with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Light Elements texturizing crème for hold, separation and shine that feels weightless.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

#25 Round Curly Layers

Written by Carina Connelly

Curly hair needs layers for shape and weight removal. Maximize your curls by adding layers around the face. Round layers with curly hair are perfect for adding height and volume to the crown.

Round Curly Layered Hair

Style by Amy Gargarini, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

How to Style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply curl crème from roots to tips.
  2. Taking varying sized sections, twist hair.
  3. Using a diffuser, dry hair until 80% dry.
  4. Gently break up twists.
  5. Mist hair with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Moroccan Oil’s Curl defining Crème to help tame frizz and define curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style works for all face shapes and hair densities.

Layered hair is fun, sassy and seriously easy to style. Feeling brave? Ask your stylist to change up your look with one of these adorably cute layered hairstyles next time you’re in the salon!