40 Stunning Face-Framing Layers For Ladies With Medium Hair

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Face-framing layers for medium hair are the pieces of strands around the face that accentuate a woman’s best features. The layers are cut in varying lengths to suit any face shape.

Haircut specialist Molly Casso of Austin, TX, lists the perks of this chop.

“Its biggest benefit would be the movement it creates around the face. The mid-length cut’s structure can flatter a woman’s jawline or cheekbones,” Casso explains.

This also adds an appeal to a simple ponytail. “Having the front layers down and everything else up creates a beautiful look,” she adds.

Your hair type can dictate whether a layered cut will work for you, so get your stylist’s opinion.

For instance, with fine or thin hair, layers can remove weight from the perimeter. Curtain bangs would be ideal, then.

On the other hand, front layers might lay weird on pin-straight hair and need extra time in styling.

Consult your stylist first to help you decide what look to opt for. Bring them inspirational photos—either curled or blown out.

“Ask your hairdresser about the styling to achieve the look. “This is to determine if the style is realistic for you to recreate at home,” Casso states.

Understand that having face-framing layers will limit your ability to do seamless braids. Feel free to discuss this with your stylist, as well.

Try a new layered haircut to freshen up your look. These inspiring images show the trendiest ways to wear face-framing layers for medium hair.


#1: Buttery Blonde Shag

If you have a buttery blonde shag, be prepared to get a lot of compliments! This sultry crop has been making waves all over, and for good reason. While this cut may look good on almost anyone, women with olive skin tones should avoid this buttery blonde hue as it will bring out too much yellow in your face.

#2: Framed Mid-Length Layers

If you prefer a bouncy, blowout look, select a mid-length cut. This style is great as the hair isn’t too heavy. It helps to add volume, especially when you add layers and a face-framing shape. This will give your hair more ends and a full-volume look. To achieve the best results, bend the hair with a tong or straightener. Afterward, let it cool and apply a shine mist to prevent fluffiness. Shake your hair lightly to loosen up the shape, and then finish it up with hairspray.

Medium Soft Shaggy Face-Framed Layers
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#3: Soft Shaggy Face-Framed Layers

Why settle for normal hair layers when you can choose these soft, shaggy layers that frame your face? Stylish, textured layers like this can enhance your everyday appearance.

Mid-Length Effortless Layers with a Face Frame
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#4: Effortless Layers with a Face Frame

A layered, mid-length haircut with framing around the face is perfect for those seeking a low-maintenance and versatile style. The layered cut adds movement and texture to hair. Its face-framing aspects highlight your facial features. This style suits straight, wavy, and slightly curly hair types.

Medium-Length Pamela Anderson-Inspired Blowout with Face-Framing Layers
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#5: Pamela Anderson-Inspired Blowout

The Pamela Anderson-inspired blowout is a glamorous, voluminous hairstyle modeled on the 90s’ chic trends. This specific blowout features big, bouncy curls and substantial hair volume. I recommend a round brush and velvet rollers to achieve this look and maintain the style all day. Ask your stylist about a long curtain bang for increased volume.

Sexy Copper Face-Framing Layers on Medium-Length Hair
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#6: Charming Copper Layers

Ask about this copper cut with big wavy layers that create a timeless style and feminine flowy vibes. Face-framing layers look great on oval and other narrow jawlines, offering fullness through the neck area. Spend time with your round brush. Use hot and cold settings to set these waves in the hair, giving you that blowout look.

Medium-Length 70s-Inspired Shape with Face-Framing Layers
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#7: 70s-Inspired Shape with Layers

A shape with layers is a perfect hairstyle for those looking to add softness to their look. This medium hair with face-framing layers is easily maintained and versatile, perfect for women of all ages and hair types. This style works best for those who prefer hair slightly below the shoulders with lots of movement. When you plan to have a more voluminous look, use a blow dryer and round brush when you want that blowout look.

Face-Framing French Bangs for Mid-Length textured hair
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#8: French Bangs

For hair with texture, French bangs are a great way to add dimension to your hair. This cut works well on hair with natural waves or texture as it softens the face. Ask for textured layers to show off the texture of this style. The French bangs can be adjusted to suit all face shapes and customized to be shorter or longer.

#9: Sleek Butterfly Haircut with Layers

Try the sleek butterfly haircut layers for women with straight hair and a mid-length cut. It’s a perfect choice. This cut features a sleek finish that can give the impression of razor-sharp edges. The layers accentuate the natural beauty of the facial structure. Additionally, it’s low-maintenance. This makes it a great choice for those who want a chic look without spending hours styling. Before you leave the chair, ask about the perfect styling products to help your hair look its best all day!

Face-Framing Front Layers on a Medium-Length Cut
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#10: Front Layers on a Medium-Length Cut

Adding front layers on a medium-length cut can provide a soft and flattering effect. They draw attention to the cheekbones and jawline while eliminating any harsh lines. This style works well for various face shapes. The layers can be customized to suit each client.

Dark Chocolate Face-Framing Layers on Medium-Length Hair for women with an oval face
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#11: Dark Chocolate Face-Framing

Try a dark chocolate face-framing hairstyle if you want to spruce up your brunette locks. Ask for a medium-length haircut with lots of movement and layers around your face. Discuss with your stylist the shortest length you feel comfortable with. Do this before jumping into this style. I suggest styling this haircut with a blow-dry round brush. Try the Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush for the best results.

Medium Internal Layers and Face-Framing Long Bangs for women with thin hair
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#12: Internal Layers and Long Bangs

Ask about a long bob with internal layers and long bangs. For a textured cut, ask your stylist for concave layers. This will give you great internal layers. When you can curl your hair, try using a 1-inch barrel all around. Finish with Loreal level 3 hairspray for hold, flexibility, and style memory.

Face-Framing Curtain Fringe on Blonde Mid-Length Hair
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#13: Curtain Fringe on Blonde Mid-Length Hair

Ask for curtain fringe at your next haircut to freshen up your locks. This style is perfect for those who want a subtle change that makes a big impact. The fringe highlights your face while adding dimension and texture to your hair. This style is versatile and easy to manage for those concerned with hair maintenance. However, be aware that you will need to style your bangs daily.

Perfect Face-Framing Layers for Medium-Length Hair
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#14: Perfect Face-Framing Layers

Shorter face-framing layers are ideal for ladies with medium hair. These layers create a stylish frame that highlights the best features of your face. And all without sacrificing length. You don’t have to worry about deciding what length would look best on you. Your hairstylist can give you their professional opinion. When styling, avoid putting too much heat on your face-framing layers. The hair around your hairline can be more fragile. Ask your stylist for tips on products and what would be the best heat protectant for you!

Face-Framing Medium-Length Seamless Layers
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#15: Medium-Length Seamless Layers

A medium-length seamless layers haircut naturally enhances your look. This haircut benefits women who put little time or effort into their hair. This is ideal for ladies with looser curls and soft waves. If you can, put in a little time to style it. Add a few random waves with a curling iron to help with volume and definition.

#16: Perfectly Layered Blonde Hair

Face-framing layers are one of the best styles for all face shapes. This is a trend that will always be trending! Your stylist can customize your face framing to accentuate your favorite facial features. Ask your stylist what they think would best suit your face shape.

#17: Soft Blonde Layers

Soft blonde layers compliment the color perfectly. Change your hair by adding a long curtain bang or a shorter face-framing piece to highlight your face. Layers add playfulness and movement to any style. Even if your hair is always up or you love a good blowdry.

#18: Razor Cut Layers for Mid-Length Hair

For the most movement on mid-length hair, I recommend razor-cut layers. This is your best bet if you have dense hair. I advise using the razor for weight removal and adding softness around the face.

#19: Long Curtain Fringe

A long curtain fringe is the way to go if you want versatile movement around your face. Your hairstylist can help you with the technique to style this sultry sweep, whether you part your hair down the middle or on either side.

Effortless Medium-Length Face-Framing Layers
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#20: Effortless Medium-Length Layers

If you try to go for effortless hair with medium-length layers, you can see the biggest benefits of no heat when styling. Routine haircuts and standard maintenance keep this hairstyle flawless.

Mid-Length Modern Blonde Waves with Face-Framing Layers
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#21: Modern Blonde Waves

Get the beachy hair of your dreams with modern blonde waves. Having a pop of blonde in the front will brighten your complexion for a youthful appearance. Add tousled waves and sea salt spray, and you’ll look like you have spent the day at the beach.

Medium-Length Sapphire Blue Layers
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#22: Sapphire Blue Layers

In my experience, a sapphire blue color lasts the longest in hair. Especially when maintained with cool water and shampoos that are sulfate-free. Dyeing your hair at home can be damaging. To avoid that, I’d visit with a salon professional to help you navigate your hair story. And remember that layers always showcase dimension and add flair to a hairstyle.

#23: Fresh Layers for Medium-to-Long Hair

Try some fresh layers to prevent hair from hanging flat on medium to long hair. Long or short layers can be used to create movement and body. Layers boost fine hair and can lighten up thick hair when taking out bulk. Layered angles around the face add softness to square or longer face shapes.

Face-Framing Lob Cut for Thick Hair
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#24: Face-Framing Lob Cut for Thick Hair

A face-framing lob cut for thick hair takes a ’90s spin on a classic haircut. Try adding wispy bangs to give it even more of a retro vibe. Medium-length thick hair removes unwanted weight while still allowing swing and bounce in the haircut.

Shoulder-Length Layered Wolf Cut with Bangs
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#25: Layered Wolf Cut with Bangs

A layered wolf cut with bangs is a toned-down version of a mullet. Try a medium-layered hairstyle like a wolf cut if you want the feel of a mullet without the commitment. Add thicker fringe and choppy layers to a wolf-cut hairdo if you want an edgier vibe.

Related: Best layered hairstyles with bangs.

Mid-Length Middle Part Hairstyle with Front Layers
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#26: Middle Part Hairstyle with Front Layers

A middle part hairstyle with front layers is a soft, fun way to add movement to a simple shoulder-length hairstyle. Blended layering can be achieved by doing soft, dry texturizing. Ask your stylist to soften the layers at the end of your service. I recommend a blow-dry round brush like Amika’s Blow Dryer Brush 2.0 to add soft volume and accentuate the layers.

Related: Hottest medium-length layered hairstyle ideas.

#27: Chunky Layers for Round Faces

Chunky layers for round faces on mid-length hair add angles and lines where your face shape is soft. Ask your stylist for eye-level, modern layers to accentuate the cheekbones. A layered style can also add volume to the top of the head, softening out the round cheeks. You can try Number 4’s Blow Dry Lotion for a soft and voluminous blowout.

Medium-Long Layered Cut with Side Bangs
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#28: Medium-Long Layered Cut with Side Bangs

A medium, long layered cut with side bangs is a staple medium hairstyle. When cutting a long layered cut, it’s important to use blended elevation and point-cutting techniques to make sure there are no harsh lines within the haircut. When using elevation to blend layers, avoid cutting a blunt line. Instead, elevate the hair and point cut to remove length and bulk. Point-cutting techniques will prevent harsh layers and save you time when doing the final touches of the cut.

Long Tousled Bob with Short Layers
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#29: Long Tousled Bob with Short Layers

A long tousled bob with short layers helps bring out a natural wave pattern. Add a chunky bang to a medium-length hairstyle to create optimum volume and softness in the shape.

Related: Trendy medium layered bob haircut ideas.

Medium-Length Razored Layers on Thin Hair
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#30: Razored Layers on Thin Hair

Razored layers in thin hair can help boost the volume of fine hair types. You’ll need to be sure your stylist is familiar and comfortable with razor cutting to maintain the density. Shoulder-length hair with face-framing bangs can help enhance the illusion of fuller hair.

Medium Wavy Hair with Long Layers and Bangs
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#31: Medium Wavy Hair with Long Layers and Bangs

Medium wavy hair with layers and bangs is a soft take on a modern shag. You’ll want to style it using a 1-inch curling iron to create a soft, beachy wave. With medium-length face-framing layers, most of the shape will be around the eyes and cheekbones, accentuating your main features.

Face-Framing Bangs on a Mid-Length Layered Cut
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#32: Face-Framing Bangs on a Layered Cut

Face-framing bangs in a layered cut are the definition of chic! A haircut with lots of retro layering is the perfect throwback for all types of girls. To create a sliding haircut, talk to your stylist about a shag. It’s best to set the bangs with wide-set rollers to achieve a retro style.

#33: Feathered Layers on Mid-Length Hair

Feathered layers are a perfect face-framing hairstyle for any hair texture or face shape. A medium cut is low-maintenance, versatile, and easy to style, making it a timeless haircut that only grows in popularity. Face-framing feathered layers are great for any hair thickness or curl pattern because they fall into place with the natural curl pattern of the hair strand, making them a convenient way to experiment with different focal points and face shapes.

Shoulder-Length Hair with Face-Framing Curtain Bangs
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#34: Shoulder-Length Hair with Curtain Bangs

Shoulder-length hair with curtain bangs is the new modern spin on the classic bob. If you have thin or flat hair, try this trendy shape. A face-framing haircut with curtain bangs and layers adds volume in all the right places while maintaining fullness where necessary. Keep in mind a good dry shampoo will be your best friend.

#35: Layered Curly Hair

Layered curly hair is best when hydrated and relieved of unwanted weight. A face-framing hairstyle can give your curls the bounce and volume they need. Ask your stylist to perform a dry haircut on your curls and add a deep conditioning mask to every appointment.

#36: Wavy Face-Framing Pieces for Square Faces

Wavy face-framing pieces for square faces are a soft, subtle change that can be done on various hair types. If your square face shape seems too sharp, ask your stylist to incorporate these small but impactful layers. A shoulder-length haircut would be the best fit for these types of layers.

Related: Perfect medium hairstyles for square faces.

Medium-Length Shag with Face-Framing Layers for Oval Faces
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#37: Medium-Length Shag for Oval Faces

A medium-length shag for oval faces creates symmetry and balance. Consider getting a razor cut to help create volume and texture in all the right places. Your shoulder-length hair with face-framing layers will add angles to your soft features.

Framing Layers and Bangs on Mid-Length Straight Hair
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#38: Framing Layers and Bangs on Straight Hair

Framing layers and bangs in straight hair helps create movement around the eyes and nose. It’s the perfect haircut for women who love medium-length hairstyles. Try a dry texturizing spray by ELEVEN Australia to add volume to the crown.

Related: Best ways to wear shoulder-length straight hair.

Medium Haircut with Choppy Layers for Face-Framing
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#39: Medium Haircut with Choppy Layers

A medium haircut with face-framing choppy layers is perfect for someone who wants a low-maintenance style. Keep in mind a haircut like this might need a bit of hand styling. Once you get the hang of it, it’s perfect for the gal on the go. I recommend using an air-drying balm, such as Bumble & Bumbles Don’t Blow It, for a defined soft texture.

#40: Wispy Layered Cut on Collarbone-Length Hair

A wispy layered cut on collarbone-length hair is best suited for women with coarse, straight hair types. Having soft layers and length taken up softens the shape and removes unwanted weight. A face-framing cut can diminish any harsh lines around the face.