27 Best Ways to Get Long Layers with Medium-Length Hair

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Long layers for medium-length hair create bounce and movement. They also thin out the ends to get rid of the extra bulk. This type of cut can breathe life into tresses.

Hairstylist Veronica Abram from West Hollywood, CA, agrees that layered cuts flatter most women.

She explains, “Ladies with thicker hair feel the ease and lightness with layers. Those with fine, straight hair achieve their desired volume. And, women with curly hair can easily structuralize their curls.”

Despite its versatility, medium layered haircuts aren’t ideal for thinner hair as the layers remove weight. Abram rather suggests A-line or blunt bob hairstyles or any precision cut. “Choose the length above the shoulders to create the illusion of fullness,” Abram advises.

Hair texture and density are the primary aspects to consider when wanting layers. Bring inspiring photos that you like and a model with the same hair type as yours.

A skilled stylist could recommend the best cut and style for your mid-length hair. Abram suggests asking “whether the long layers suit your face shape and hair texture.” Get tips on how to manage and style your locks at home, too.

Check out these images on pulling off long layers for medium-length hair!

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#1: Medium Layered Haircut with Side Bangs

Fine hair does great with a medium layered haircut with side bangs. Long layering in the back maintains length. Shorter feathered layering around the face provides soft framing and effortless volume. This hairstyle is great on all face shapes, but compliments round faces the best.

Seamless Long Layers on a Mid-Length Cut for women with a shaggy vibe
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#2: Seamless Long Layers on Mid-Length Cut

Long layers can give a natural appearance to women seeking a mid-length cut with a shaggy vibe. If you desire a low-maintenance style yet want to add texture to your hair, ask for this haircut. The layers are carefully placed to avoid harsh lines. They’re perfect for enhancing natural waves or curls. To style, I recommend using a lightweight, volumizing product to lift the hair. Then, scrunch with a diffuser to enhance the texture. It’s helpful to use a texture spray after your hair is dried. I recommend Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom Hair Flexible Texturising Hairspray. This cut gives you a playful, effortless look perfect for any occasion.

Medium haircut with Long Layers and Texture for Thick Hair
Instagram @salsalhair

#3: Framing Layers and Texture for Thick Hair

Thick hair can be tricky to manage, so add long layers and texture for less bulk and more manageability for a medium hairstyle. Long layers for thick, medium-length hair are brilliant for achieving big volume and texture, but the downfall is if overworked, they can keep expanding. Layering is key to creating the shape you want, while texturizing helps to remove excess bulk. With a layered texture, thick hair becomes more workable and easy to style.

See more flattering medium-length hairstyles for thick hair

Medium hairstyle with a Middle-Part with Money-Piece Highlights
Instagram @hairbyelvisp

#4: Middle-Part with Money-Piece Highlights

A middle part is an iconic staple in current hair trends, and adding money piece highlights creates an extra wow factor, drawing the eyes into the face and framing your features flawlessly. The middle part is a long-time favorite in many eras of medium hairstyles for women.

The combination of a timeless middle part, messy layers, and money piece highlights will be sure to give you a classic and chic look when polished and the perfect relaxed hairstyle when worn more loose and textured.

Mid-Length Blonde Long Layers with Dark Roots
Instagram @nothingobvious

#5: Blonde Layers with Dark Roots

Blonde layers with dark roots are a classic hair trend. Medium hair with long layers is a great way to add texture without removing bulk when trying to keep fullness on fine or thin tresses. Be aware of the needs of your color choice. For example, you may need more frequent treatments and toning.

Layers for Women Over 60 with Shoulder-Length Hair
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#6: Layers for Women Over 60 with Shoulder-Length Hair

Many women over 60 struggle to find shoulder-length hairstyles that suit them. Long layers for mature women are a fabulous way to bring new life to your changing hair. Women in their 60s typically face different challenges with their hair than in previous years, and finding a cut or style that works can be challenging.

Long layers on shoulder-length hair are a fabulous way to transition into a fresh and bright new look. The uneven layers make it versatile to style, and the shoulder length keeps the mane easy to manage. Embrace the new texture of your hair with extra volume and textured waves.

Long Layers on medium Straight Hair
Instagram @kenzierae_hair

#7: Long Layers on Straight Hair

Long layers are fabulous on medium-straight hair when creating lift, bounce, and body. Hair that is naturally very straight tends to fall limp and drag the face down with it, but adding some long layers removes weight and allows the lighter hair to bounce up more.

Blended layering on collarbone-length hair can be crucial to giving fine or straight hair that oomph we all want in our style. Hair that is straight with layers can sometimes require more styling time, as you will now have to make sure any flyaway ends are tamed.

Edgy Medium-Length Mullet with long layers
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#8: Edgy Medium-Length Mullet with Choppy Layers

Boldly rock an edgy medium-length mullet to be the most iconic person in the room. The modern mullet is a style that is both edgy and classic. The choppy layers on a mid-length mullet create endless movement and dimension. It can easily be styled in several ways and customized to work with most hair textures and face shapes.

When considering such a long layered mid-length haircut, consider the time needed to style daily and the overall look you like to achieve daily. There are many techniques and variations that get different results when cutting hair. Ask your stylist what would work best for you.

#9: Face-Framing Long Layers with Bangs

Adding some simple face-framing long layers and straight bangs is an easy and low-maintenance way to switch up the style and overall movement of your medium-length haircut. With detailed features like face-framing layers for medium hair, you can create a perfect guide for the eye to follow and show off your best features. Face-framing haircuts can be customizable to anyone and can be used to enhance the contrast or dimension of color.

#10: Long Layers with Blonde Highlights

Brighten your typical long layers with beautiful blonde highlights to give a youthful and revitalizing glow. Adding highlights to long layers on medium-length wavy hair creates extra dimension and contrast with the darker pieces, adding movement and texture. Blonde highlights are a great way to gradually transition to lighter hair or brighten up light hair.

#11: Red Medium-Length Hair with Layers

Red hair compliments layered hair in a way that most colors don’t. Red tones bring warmth and produce different hues in different lighting. Medium-length hair with long layers and bangs is a versatile way to try a red tone or a new haircut. Remember that more vibrant tones of red will often need more maintenance than natural tones. Your hairstylist will be able to help you choose the best color and cut for your daily needs.

Medium-length haircut with long layers and Peek-a-Boo Highlights
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#12: Eye-Catching Peek-a-Boo Highlights

Freshen up your medium-length blonde hair with long layers by adding eye-catching peek-a-boo highlights and blunt bangs to frame and accentuate your favorite facial features. Adding an eye-catching feature near the face lets you draw the eye toward the features you like. Peek-a-boo highlights are easy and quick to maintain. A simple change like a pop of color can bring a drab and plain layered haircut some vibrancy.

Two-Tone Block Coloring to Show Off Long Layers on medium-length hair
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#13: Two-Tone Block Coloring to Show Off Long Layers

Utilize some two-tone block coloring techniques to show off beautiful long hair layers on medium-length hair. Layers sometimes blend in with the main lengths of the hair, which takes away some detail and interest. A two-tone block coloring pattern is perfect to bring some detail and dimension back to the hair. The two tones create contrast within the color and style, which works well to accentuate the long layers and bring them back to the spotlight.

Subtle Blonde Layering on a shoulder-length haircut
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#14: Subtle Blonde Layering

Some subtle long layering with blonde hair can enhance movement and dimension with the color. A textured style and layering on blonde hair is a great way to add lift and bounce without removing too much thickness and bulk. Layering is also a fantastic way for blondes to keep their hair healthier and better maintained. Medium-length hair with long front layers is easier to style but requires more styling than a one-length medium cut, so keep styling time in mind.

#15: Long Feathered Layers

Adding long, feathered layers is an amazing way to add movement and layering without losing thickness. Creating long, soft layers that very subtly and lightly frame the face can help the medium haircut keep a beautiful shape and flow even without excessive styling. Feathered layers are very light and textured layers meant to frame the face and not remove excessive bulk. Feathering is best used with fine hair as it doesn’t take too much density away.

medium hairstyle with Shaggy Long Layers
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#16: Shaggy Long Layers

Rock some shaggy long layers for a medium hairstyle that’s edgy and raw. Lived-in medium haircuts with texture and movement are all the rage right now. Carefree, shaggy layers create the perfect movement and texture for that lived-in, roughed-up look while still framing the face beautifully.

These long layers with bangs for medium-length hair can be polished up to look elegant but are typically best worn with some curl or wave and bigger texture and volume. Extremely thin, fine, straight, or smooth hair may struggle with this cut as it will take more styling and work to get the big volume and texture.

See more shaggy mid-length cuts

#17: 70’s Style Layering with Curtain Bangs

70’s style layering with curtain bangs on medium hair is all the rage. Curtain bangs are great for enclosing your forehead to get a “bang look” without falling too short. Paired with long, face-framing layers on medium hair, these bangs open you up toward the cheekbones. To create soft waves, use a blow-out spray to lift and finish with a flat iron, making a “c” shape away from the face.

Check out these layered haircuts with curtain bangs

Medium haircut with long shaggy layers with a textured fringe
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#18: Long Shaggy Layers with Textured Fringe

A medium haircut with a long layered shag with textured fringe is great for the edgier kind of woman. A choppy fringe always adds that little change you need in life. Upkeep on the cut is about 8 to 10 weeks, but the bangs will be more like 3 to 4. Texture spray is your best friend here to show off the layers and textured ends.

mid-length long layered wolf cut
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#19: Mid-Length Layered Wolf Cut

A mid-length, long-layered wolf cut is where the shag meets the mullet. If texture and extreme movement are what you’re seeking, then this shoulder-length layered hair is for you. Short face-framing and cropped top layers give this cut a true shape. Any volume product is great for this hairdo to achieve maximum volume and movement, especially on the roots.

Long Layers for Women Over 50 with Medium Hair
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#20: Long Layers for Women Over 50 with Medium Hair

Haircuts with long layers are great for women over 50 with medium hair. Whoever said being older means short hair has yet to try this cut. These feathery layers give this cut a great shaggy look and maximum volume. Style this medium hair with layers, a volumizing mousse, and a nice round brush blow dry.

Mid-Length Undone Style with long Layering
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#21: Mid-Length Undone Style with Layering

This dark brown hair has a great mid-length style with long layering to create a lived-in, undone look. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a get-it-and-go style without much upkeep. This shoulder-length hair with layers, if styled with loose waves, helps to reshape the hair and create movement throughout. Good styling products include a frizz-free leave-in conditioner and shine spray for a finisher.

#22: Long Layered Bangs

A long layered mid-length cut with bangs is a great option for someone who wants a change in their cut without sacrificing their full length. These wispy bangs can always be an extreme change and upkeep, but this technique is perfect for a bang look without much commitment. To style and achieve chunky layers, use a round brush and blow dry with a good root spray to achieve that lift and fullness!

Here are more stunning layered haircuts with bangs

Icy Long Blonde Layers on medium hair
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#23: Icy Long Blonde Layers

The perfect winter blonde is an icy finish with long layers added to medium-length hair. Long layers are great for any hair type. They help the hair achieve more movement; if it is too heavy, remove some weight. To style, use a styling wand and finish with a light texture spray.

modern long layers on medium length hair for women over 40
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#24: Modern Layers for Women Over 40

For a woman over 40 looking for a mid-length cut that creates a modern look with layers, this is a great match. This wavy lob style is timeless, no matter what age you are. The edgy bangs in this one are great for hiding unwanted wrinkles and adding a little edge.

#25: Flowing Long Layers with a Side-Part

Flowing long layers with a side part on a medium-length haircut creates movement and lift in the hair. Layers are a cutting technique in which weight is removed from the hair. The shorter the layers, the more movement you will achieve. Side-bangs are a great pair with this layered hairstyle to achieve more lift around the face and create a shorter face-framing look.

Dimensional long layers on medium-length hair
Instagram @dougllas

#26: Dimensional Long Layers on Medium-Length Hair

Creating dimensional long layers on medium-length hair will give you the movement your hair wants. A razor is a good tool for your stylist to get more dimensional layers. This will give the hair a more lived-in look vs a blunt, cleaner finish. To style your mid-length layered hair with beachy waves, use a good sea salt spray to start and finish with a styling wand.

layered medium-length hair with curled ends
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#27: Layered Medium-Length Hair with Curled Ends

Go for a layered medium-length cut with curled ends. It’s a versatile length the mom, professional, and gym goer can all appreciate. Easy maintenance can be pulled up and back in a ponytail, worn down with natural texture, or added curls.