13 Examples That Prove Short Layers on Long Hair is Hot

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Short layers on long hair is a haircut that’s cut with different lengths to bring in volume, remove weight, frame the face, and allow for flexible styling. Owning lengthy locks can sometimes be a burden, but by getting short layers, you can actually gain more!

Having different lengths transforms a monotonous look into an edgier, more dynamic one. Hair artist Gabriel Deodato‘s layered hair creations prove how phenomenal and effortlessly beautiful any mane could be when styled with layers no matter the texture.

Styled with bangs, beach waves, highlights, or a shag – short layers on long hair are the key to hatching the modern messy, lived-in look that everyone’s crazy about. With the right hair styling products, you can recreate countless looks at home and still look fresh and unique every day.

Fitting for any personality, this haircut requires frequent visits to your hairstylist because the overall look primarily depends on the lengths of your hair. If you need more convincing, take inspiration from the gorgeous Boho looks of Hollywood babes Amanda Seyfried, Dakota Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen!

Keep on reading below for the most popular looks and more details on how to do long hair with short layers!

Short Layers for Thin Hair

Short layers for long thin hair
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The small, graduated layers helps to volumize straight, fine hair.

Short Layers

Very short layers on long hair
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Some people really want their hair long enough to make complete layers out of it. A volume that stands out in every angle!

Shorter Layers on Very Long Hair

Short layers on very long hair
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Creating more shorter layers on waist-length hair makes a textured look. If you’re going for a more rugged appearance, you should try this out.

Layered Medium to Long Hair

Short layers on medium to long hair
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Snipping more layers in a shoulder-length cut will create more flared out ends. Keeping the layers to a minimum would have a more organized look.

Short Layers on Straight Hair

Short layers on long straight hair
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Start by parting the hair horizontally, making layers to be cut. Then gradually cut per layer. Blow dry and brush out for maximum volume.

Short Layers for Fine Hair

Long hair with short layers for fine hair
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Delicately cut up layers onto hair to create volume and body for fine hair. Have those flowing locks while keeping a little bit of flair at the ends.

Short Front Layers

Short front layers on long hair
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Giving long hair those much needed short layers could extremely change your appearance, in a good way of course. Set out for that softened look while maintaining length.

Long Hair with Bangs

Short layers on long hair with bangs
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Keep it simple and natural with some soft cut fringes and long, layered locks.

Layered Curly Hair

Short layers on long curly hair
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What to do when you have volumized curly hair? Add more volume! The layers add life to the curls that could revolutionize your look.

Short Feathered Layers

Long hair with short feathered layers
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This is great for those having thick hair and would prefer to balance out the body of their hair.

Q&A with style creator, Kelly Magee
Master Colorist @ Salon Sovay in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my favorites. This is a beautiful golden beige balayage over a light chocolate base. It is a great compromise for someone who wants to become lighter or more blonde without completely changing over to the blonde side.

Maintaining the depth at the root/base and throughout creates a much softer look and much softer grow out as well. This cut keeps the length intact while giving movement, volume, and texture with a modern take on Farrah layers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone considering this look first needs to consider what they are starting out with. One of the biggest struggles in our industry is getting women to understand that going lighter is a process. We want to maintain the hair’s integrity throughout the process to ensure healthy, beautiful color.

Depending on the starting point, this could take anywhere from one to as many as four or five sessions in my chair. Building the lightness over time is the best route. This takes patience and will cost the full price per session.

This is such a low maintenance color once the desired look is achieved. Some of my clients only touch up once or twice a year. It grows out seamlessly. This haircut style is very versatile for daily styling and can be work blown out, curled, or straightened and still showcase the movement in the layering.

Due to the shorter top layers, the volume is more easily achieved if the top tends to be heavy and flat. It’s amazing to bring some life and style to fine textured hair as well. If one has naturally wavy hair, I find that a good leave-in product allowing the hair to air dry does very well and looks beautifully beachy. As the color is low maintenance, the longest I suggest between shaping your cut is 12 weeks.

Choppy Layers

Choppy Layers
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Q&A with style creator, Casey Miller
Hairstylist @ Trichology Salon in Oklahoma City, OK


How would you describe this look?

This look is a well-balanced mix of contemporary and classic, and that is what I love so much about it. Think Brigette Bardot meets the modern man or woman.

We have seen an ongoing trend in long hair, and incorporating shorter lengths around the face and throughout the top is a great way to add some life to the hair while maintaining the length clients love.

With a look that has so much going on structurally within the haircut, color choice and placement are something to consider. I always attempt to achieve a complementary, cohesive look between the haircut and the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is definitely one that works well with all hair types and textures as well as face shapes. The key to emphasizing or deemphasizing facial features is the placement of layering.

Clients are loving the undone, “less is more” look. This style is great for those who want little maintenance in the mornings. A great texturizing product gives the hair the life it needs.

The versatility in this cut creates endless possibilities in switching up the look based on how many layers and how short you choose to take them. You could opt for a more dramatic look by creating more texture in the hair with varying lengths or go with something more conservative by keeping the layers at a longer length.

As a stylist, I love when clients bring photos in! When researching cuts like these, search for words like “shag” or “modern shag”.

Layered Long Wavy Hair

Layered Long Wavy Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Ratana Sopi Sornbutnark
Colorist @ Salon Ambiance in Huntington Beach, CA


How would you describe this look?

The long layered haircut gives you the diversity to be creative with your hair. You can style your hair straight or soft curls or very wavy.

This is a haircut for any woman who loves to have long hair combined with highlights from brown to cool blonde.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is a fresh, young sexy look. It’s great because the cut can be adjusted to frame any face shape.

On wet hair, I love to use Seven Second Detangler Leave-in Conditioner by Unite Hair Care followed by Unite Boosta Volumizing Spray to create root volume.

After drying the hair, I curl it, shake out the curls, and finish with spraying Unite Argon Oil for volume, fullness, and texture.

Long Hair with Short Layers on Top

Q&A with style creator, Patty Valle
Hair Artist / Colorist @ Locale Hair Studio in Webster, TX


How would you describe this look?

I love to do this cut! This is a long hair all over a layered cut. It consists of face-framing layers, long layers, and short layers.

Styling this cut is super easy. It looks great when you flat iron it, blow it out, curled, or even air dried. Just make sure you have the right product for the right style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut takes a lot of weight out of the hair. For that reason, it is best for someone who has long thick hair. If you have fine hair, you can get this look but with a less amount of layers.