40 Straight Layered Hair Ideas for All Lengths and Textures

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Straight layered hair creates the illusion of an extra layer of volume and bounce. It’s compatible in women with pin-straight, frizz-free, medium to thick tresses. It’s a definite must-try for women eluding from wearing dull, lifeless, one-length haircuts!

Linda Spangenberg, a salon owner from Capetown, Durbanville, shares her thoughts on this cut. “Women fail to understand how layers take the fullness away, especially on long, fine hair,” she says. “Layers on long, fine hair is a combination that women should stay away from.”

She explains that hair length, density, and texture are vital components to consider. “If a woman has long, fine hair, I will not recommend a layered cut but rather a one-length cut,” Spangenberg says. “I will recommend a straight layered cut on women with medium to coarse hair texture, though.”

Spangenberg says that layers are perfect for women who want to debulk some weight off their hair. “Thinning scissors only causes hair frizz,” she points out. “It’s only used on short hair in blending a line.”

Styling is imperative when dealing with layers on curly, wavy hair. Blow-drying and flat-ironing soften the movement created by the layers on this hair type.

Spangenberg’s go-to product to maintain healthy layered hair is a heat protectant. On her recommendation list are Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum, Olaplex’s No. 6 and 7 Bonding Oil, and Moroccanoil’s Protect and Prevent Spray.

Check these photos of trendy straight layered haircuts. They will inspire and help you decide which haircut to choose on your next salon visit.

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#1: Light Brown Side-Parted Medium-Length Hair

Side-parted medium-length hair is perfect to help bring your straight strands to life. The number one tip is to create volume using a root boost spray. Also, blow-dry your hair upside down for ease and lift. Your layers will stand out since medium-length hair usually feels light and moveable.

#2: Long Straight Layers with a Side Part

My best advice when styling long layers with a side part hairstyle is to keep your hair well nourished. This look suits all types of textures and lengths but works especially well on thick hair. You can add volume with a volumizing spray or mousse before blow-drying with a diffuser. It will give you extra bounce. My go-to product is the Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Spray. It’s great for giving texture and definition to straight locks. To get the perfect side part, make sure you say exactly where you want it cut in before starting. This will give you your desired result every time.

Sexy Jet Black Layers for Straight Hair
Instagram @elanofficiaal

#3: Sexy Jet Black Layers

Try a sexy jet black layers cut if you’re wanting to get noticed! Make sure your stylist cuts a ton of face-framing layers so you can really notice the shape when styled. Round brushing your hair is the way to go so you can really make the layers stand out.

Ginger Mid-Length Straight Hair with Short Layers
Instagram @david.oshell

#4: Ginger Mid-Length Hair with Short Layers

If you like to stand out from the crowd, this ginger mid-length hair with short layers is a fiery transition. A color like this can be paired well with most haircuts but needs a refresh every 10-12 weeks. If your hair needs a change, put this style on your list for your next cut.

#5: Straight Brunette Hair with Wispy Layered Ends

Go for a simple yet elegant style with straight brunette hair with wispy layered ends. Long hair can be hard work but having long layers is one of the best ways to keep styling simple and easy. Try to skip the flat iron and just use a blow dryer and round brush when you want a more polished look. Your long brown hair will have more body and less heat damage.

Straight Hair with Layers and Balayage
Instagram @salsalhair

#6: Straight Hair with Layers and Balayage

New season and new year, calls for new hair. One of the best way to set the tone is to refresh your look. A balyaged color allows the wearer to feel brighter and it wears well for straight to wavy hair. It is my number one most requested style by far. Canvases with layers gives the color lived-in dimension for a more natural look.

#7: Straight Layers for Blonde Long Hair

Blonde long hair can showcase dimension in different ways, like with color or long layers. Straight layers help to create movement. But, you will want to avoid getting it over-layered. That way, it doesn’t open up a void of darkness in the canvas of your hair color.

#8: Amazing Medium-Length Straight Layers

Growing it out long yet feeling like its lacking movement an purpose? Thats the awkward stage. There’s a solution for that. How do you make this style yours? You can do so by asking your stylist to add straight layers to a medium-length style. It will be short enough to make the silhouette dance with fullness. Plus it will create an amazing foundation for blowout and tousled styles.

#9: Ashy Blonde with Curled Ends

Have stunning-looking strands with ashy blonde color with curled ends. When having straight hair, you will likely need layers to bring some movement into your strands. Long hair can drag you down so having some layers will help with body and volume. Curling your ends will give your hair some much-needed shape and texture.

Naturally Gray Layered Straight Cut
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#10: Naturally Gray Layered Cut

This layered cut on naturally gray hair adds major volume and bounce to fine/straight hair. To get the lift and curl you will want, use a volumizing mousse and style with a large barrel round brush. For example, a great mousse is Kenra Formation Mousse, and make sure you use it from roots to ends to help seal in the lift. You won’t believe how much easier it will be to style with these layers!

Layered Textured Bob for Straight Hair
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#11: Layered Textured Bob

Toying with the idea of a new haircut? My best advice is to gather some inspiration of styles that would work on your same texture and density. Keep in mind, a stylist can create a style for you to showcase the best fit for your hair and your level of maintenance.

Straight Short Shag with Curtain Bangs and Layers
Instagram @blackheart.haircraft

#12: Straight Short Shag with Curtain Bangs

Try a straight short shag haircut with curtain bangs if you have fine hair. If you are wanting to have curtain bangs, be prepared to visit the salon every 6 weeks to keep them at a good length. If you can, ask your stylist for blended layers throughout your hair. This will create lots of texture even when styled straight.

Straight Layered Long Bob for Women Over 40
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#13: Straight Layered Long Bob for Women Over 40

Try a straight layered long bob for women over 40 to take years off your age! Ask your stylist to lob it off at the shoulders and keep the layers longer for a flowing shape. This style can be worn with a partition in the middle or on the side. The simplicity of straight haircuts with layers offers sophistication, versatility, easy upkeep, and quick styling.

#14: Straight Layers with Wispy Curled Ends

Go for big volume with straight layers with wispy curled ends. Having long layers that are wispy will allow your hair to feel weightless and have movement. All you need to style is a big round brush and a blow dryer. If you want extra volume, add big rollers at the end to set your style.

Long Layered Hair with a Brown Balayage
Instagram @locksbymahek

#15: Long Layered Hair with a Brown Balayage

Hang on the last bits of summer and flow into fall with long layered hair with a brown balayage. This straight layered cut is brought to life as rich roots settle into subtle highlights. Use a large styling wand or big barreled curling iron for soft waves, and finish with a texture spray.

Sleek Middle-Part Bob with Layers
Instagram @martafeschuk

#16: Sleek Middle-Part Bob with Layers

A sleek middle-part bob with layers offers a modern take amongst layered straight cuts. Simultaneously soft and full, this haircut is a perfect choice for a new style where the cut grazes the collar bluntly with blended layers.

Edgy Chop with Choppy Layers
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#17: Edgy Chop with Choppy Layers

Go for an edgy chop with choppy layers for your next haircut! This cut has a blunt perimeter and deeply textured layers. A layered straight cut is ideal for women who wear their hair straight but prefers an added flair.

#18: Asymmetrical Bob with Short Layers

An asymmetrical bob with short layers adds volume and compliments your facial shape. Straight layered cuts like a bob haircut enhance the natural texture of your hair. Having the hair length that suits you is vital as it will frame your facial features quite well.

Medium-Length Straight Cut with Ombre
Instagram @studiomdh

#19: Medium-Length Straight Cut with Ombre

A medium-length straight cut with ombre is an understated, yet powerful trend. In the realm of layered straight haircuts, this one has the most blend between the layers and the length, with the hair color creating a perfectly melted brilliance toward the ends.

Mid-Length Shag with Razored Layers
Instagram @susiegeda4

#20: Mid-Length Shag with Razored Layers

Step out with a mid-length shag with razored layers next time! A layered straight hairstyle gets an update with the layers starting around the eyes, gradually gaining length to frame the face. Make sure to ask for some seriously softened ends to keep them blended!

Straight and Sleek Cut for Older Women with Glasses
Instagram @blondriot

#21: Straight and Sleek Cut for Older Women with Glasses

When looking for a straight and sleek cut for older women with glasses, consider a short haircut. Keep in mind to account for eyewear, especially on the sides above the ear, in order to decide what length might be best.

#22: Asymmetrical Bob with Layered Side Bangs

Go off-kilter with an asymmetrical bob with layered side bangs! This style especially caters to a straight haircut with layers, cut to expand the shape and create some volume. All the layers are softened with a point-cutting technique or with a razor to avoid any blunt texture.

Related: See more layered hairstyles with bangs.

Short Pixie Bob for Older Women with Straight Hair
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#23: Short Pixie Bob for Older Women with Straight Hair

A short pixie bob for older women with straight hair is a go-to option for those looking for a fresh take. This is a straight hairstyle cut with layers to keep the hair lightweight and moving. Leaving the ends on the blunt side will add some texture as well. Try it out at your next appointment!

Shoulder-Length Layered Shag for Straight Hair
Instagram @sashamoonsalon

#24: Shoulder-Length Layered Shag for Straight Hair

Opt for a shoulder-length layered shag for straight hair to keep a tousled, didn’t-try-too-hard mane. The straight layered haircut is achieved by cutting square layers, short enough to give the top some textured volume. Make sure the ends are point cut to keep your medium hair piece-y!

Longer Layers for Women Over 50 with Straight Hair
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#25: Longer Layers for Women Over 50 with Straight Hair

Longer layers for women over 50 with straight hair are fitting to create a beautiful, loose silhouette. A haircut on straight hair with layers adds volume in the front while allowing the hair to bounce and flow.

Related: See more various hairstyles for women over 50.

#26: Long Straight Layered Hair with Long Curtain Bangs

Stay away from short or medium-length hair and rock long straight layered hair with long curtain bangs for a cut with a vibe! Ask your stylist to create lots of piece-y, textured layers to remove weight and add a bunch of movement. Style it with a dry finishing spray to keep things from looking too blended!

Related: See more layered hairstyles with curtain bangs.

#27: Short Pixie with Layers for Women Over 60

Consider a short pixie with layers for women over 60. The uber-short cut is perfect for layered short hair, creating tons of texture and easy daily styling.

Long Straight Hair with Long Layers
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#28: Long Straight Hair with Long Layers

For long straight hair with long layers, choose a cut that maintains fullness at the bottom. A straight layered hairstyle gets refined with some point cutting, which will ensure blended ends and makes styling easy and flexible.

Straigth A-Line Bob for Women Over 30
Instagram @chelsea_cuts

#29: Straight A-Line Bob for Women Over 30

Set the bar with a straight A-line bob for women over 30. Straight hairstyles with layers are a popular choice to add volume at the crown and keep the haircut from getting too wide. Slim sides are the key to keeping this haircut looking fabulous!

#30: Feathered Cut for Straight Hair

Get inspired by a feathered cut for straight hair. This haircut may be a nod to famous straight layered hairstyles of the past, but definitely has an updated feel with some proper curtain bangs. Ask to keep it loose and moving, with lightweight, feathery ends.

Related: See more straight hairstyles with curtain bangs.

Short Bob for Straight, Thick Hair
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#31: Short Bob for Straight, Thick Hair

Try a short bob for straight, thick hair. Anytime thick hair is in question, straight layered haircuts provide a welcome answer. They remove lots of heaviness while creating a punchy, bold style!

#32: Straight Graduated Bob Hairstyle with Shorter Layers

A straight graduated bob hairstyle with shorter layers creates a beautiful and chic style. It’s best to blow dry this with a large round brush to achieve smooth, rounded ends and to create lots of volume through the crown. Be sure to request that the layers are softened to avoid any blunt lines!

Low-Maintenance Straight Layered Hair
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#33: Low-Maintenance Straight and Layered Hair

For low-maintenance straight and layered hair, ask for some soft, face-framing layers in front. This haircut is especially versatile, complimenting women whose hair may range from thin to thick. Far from boring, layers on straight hair can add so much texture and interest!

Straight Layered Hair with Balayage
Instagram @lauren_g.hair

#34: Straight and Layered with Balayage

Straight, layered hair with balayage adds movement to the hair while accentuating sun-kissed ends. The haircut is shorter around the face, with layers beginning as short as the jawline, point cut to be soft and blended. Style the front with a bit of a swoop for a nod to curtain bangs!

#35: Straight Razored Shaggy Haircut with Layers

A straight razored shaggy haircut with layers gives texture and movement to long hair. A razored cut is the best way to achieve a soft layered look. A razor cut is good to use for almost all hair types and textures, but don’t forget that curly hair and razors don’t mix well.

Styling is super simple when the cut and layers are done correctly, as the hair will lay perfectly with the added volume. Make sure your stylist is comfortable with a razor cut and has prior training with it.

Short Layered Pixie for Straight Hair
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#36: Short Layered Pixie for Straight Hair

A short layered pixie for straight hair creates added texture and fuller-looking hair while keeping the softness and sleekness. It adds volume and dimension. The best way to create layered straight hairstyles is by using a styling cream or a smoothing cream to give a luxe finish.

#37: Medium Layered Straight Hair for Women Over 70

When creating medium layered straight hair for women over 70, consider creating layers for straight hair to create a beautiful shape and add extra dimension and texture.

Shoulder-Length V Cut for Straight Thick Hair
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#38: Shoulder-Length V-Cut for Straight Thick Hair

A shoulder-length V-cut for thick hair is hair that is straight and layered. It opens up the face with layers while forming a v-shape at the tips, seen at the back portion of your hair. Face-framing layers help take away heaviness, creating movement toward the back and adding more shape to the style.

Long Haircut with Black and Blonde Hair
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#39: Long Haircut with Black and Blonde Hair

Consider a long haircut with black and blonde hair for women who want to stand out from the crowd! If you want long, beautiful, dark-colored locks, hair maintenance is a must. Protein treatments will help keep your hair silky and shiny. Hair trims are also an imperative part of keeping your layered straight haircut looking healthy.

70s shag with crown layers and bangs for straight hair
Instagram @jayne_edosalon

#40: 70s Shag with Crown Layers and Bangs

If you have baby fine hair that tends to be flat on top, shake up your look with a 70’s shag with crown layers and bangs. Talk to your stylist about using a razor for this cut. A razor creates that extra softness and movement in the layers around the face. For added body in the crown area, apply a volumizing powder on dry hair such as SexyHair Big Powder Play then use your hands to mold your tresses into the desired shape.

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