19 Trendiest Ways to Get Face-Framing Layers on Short Hair

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Face-framing layers on short hair create soft, voluminous styles that highlight your best features. The face frame benefits most women as it makes flattering cuts, versatile to any face shape.

Stylist Jordan Holmes of Mashpee, MA explains the perks of having this type of haircut.

“Face-framing pieces make you feel ‘layered’ without having too much layering cut throughout the hair. These draw attention to your face and are also great for medium to long-length cuts,” says Holmes.

However, short hairstyles with layers aren’t for you if you don’t like your hair on your face or if you love tying it up.

Hair type can dictate whether a layered chop works on you. Layers remove a lot of weight in the front, which may disadvantage thin-haired ladies. Bangs are a great option, instead.

If exploring face-framing layers with short hair for the first time, Holmes suggests starting off with a longer length. “Opt for subtle and long face-framing layers, then work your way shorter,” she states.

During the consultation, ask your stylist if the layers go well with your desired cut. Make sure you have the ideal hair texture and density to achieve the look.

Hairdressers must be honest about how they feel about your chosen cut. They also know some tips on what to do to style and maintain your tresses.

Don’t settle for boring hairstyles. Find here the images of the trendiest ways to rock face-framing layers on short hair.

Short Angled Bob with Long Bangs and Front Layers
Instagram @iam.bobcut

#1: Angled Bob with Long Bangs and Front Layers

A short angled bob with long bangs and front layers is a sultry twist to a classic short cut. Face-framing layers give otherwise limp or dull hair a boost of texture and movement. Bangs can be cut to swing either way or at your preference. A short haircut is best for straight to wavy textures.

#2: Straight Razor Cut French Bob

A straight razor French Bob haircut is trendy right now! A French bob is one of the cutest and most timeless face-framing shapes. I suggest finding a straight razor specialist to cut your next bob. You will get an organic shake that works with your hair texture. Invest in hand-styling products like Hairstory’s Balm and Undressed for an easy way to style and go.

Jaw-Length Haircut with Side Bangs

#3 Jaw-Length Haircut with Side Bangs

Harness the elegance of aging with this jaw-length cut, ideal for showcasing the beauty of silver transitioning hair. It pairs a youthful edge with low-maintenance styling, perfect for women who value sophistication without the fuss. The side bangs offer a gentle softness that complements heart-shaped faces, while the medium density ensures a full-bodied look. However, for those who often prefer hair off the face, this style might require frequent styling.

Golden Brown Chin-Length Bob with Choppy Fringe and Face-Framing Layers
Instagram @se_augusto

#4: Golden Brown Chin-Length Bob with Choppy Fringe

chin-length bob with choppy fringe and face-framing layers is a classic look. If you want to add a bit of extra oomph, consider adding a few face-framing layers to the cut. This cut is perfect for those who want to maintain the length. Plus, it still has plenty of volume and movement. To style, use a microfiber towel to remove excess moisture without frizzing. Then, use a volumizing mousse and blow dry using a round brush for added volume.

#5: Neck-Length Bob with Bangs for Wavy Hair

A neck-length bob with bangs for wavy hair is a sassy yet classic style for that wavy or curly texture. Face-framing layers for short-length hair bring all the attention to the features of the face, allowing for a fun and trendy hairstyles, like updos, or when paired with accessories. A curling wand or diffuser can create a fresh style or re-styling.

Related: Most popular short layered bob hairstyles.

Cool Bob with Movement and Face-Framing Layers
Instagram @hirohair

#6: Cool Bob with Movement

If you’re looking for a trendy short cut for your thick hair, a textured bob is what your hair will need. The best way to shape your bulky hair is to thin it out. A razor will also shape the ends of your hair to lay closer to your head. The texturizing will also make your hair more bouncy and moveable instead of big and bulgy.

#7: Messy Layered Cut with a Soft Curtain Fringe

A messy layered cut with a soft curtain fringe is an edgy yet fresh style that works great for straight to wavy hair textures. The razor choppy layers on the short hairstyle can give otherwise limp hair a boost in movement and texture while face-framing pieces can accent features of the face regardless of hair styled up or left down. Texture spray can help a fresh style look airy while providing hold.

Pink Short Hair with Middle-Parted Bangs
Instagram @blondieordye

#8: Pink Short Hair with Middle-Parted Bangs

Pink short hair with middle-parted bangs is a Gen Z fueled movement that has been revived. A center part is the newest twist to this evolving style, while face-framing layers are classic touches that can be customized for the guest. Photos of reference during consultation can assist in achieving the best end result.

Related: Best ways to wear curtain bangs on short hair.

#9: Choppy Lob with Bangs and Framing Layers

A choppy lob with bangs gives fine to medium hair an airy texture for styling a “lived-in” look. Long face-framing layers can be left smooth or textured or even as accent pieces to an updo. A lob style can be paired with a texture spray or paste, to give the bangs and layers direction.

#10: Long Bob with Wispy Bangs

A long bob is great for thick textures that want a lighter and wispy feel to their overall style. Short hair with layers allows for a quick styling routine and short maintenance windows for salon visits. Color can be all over or accented with contrast to give this haircut dimension.

Wavy A-line Bob with Micro Bangs
Instagram @cabelocurtobr

#11: Wavy A-line Bob with Micro Bangs

A wavy a-line bob with micro bangs is a fun textured hairdo for an edgy style. Face-framing layers for shorter wavy hair give the feel of feather-light layering that adds style to naturally tousled hair. Micro bangs are the finishing touch to this cut, as a quick style refresh can complete the look from undone to chic.

Textured French Bob with Shaggy Layers and Bangs
Instagram @barnetfairhair

#12: Textured French Bob with Shaggy Layers and Bangs

A textured French bob with shaggy layers and bangs is a modern twist to a vintage style. Face-framing layers for curly hair gives a naturally tousled texture some personality and direction. A hybrid gel cream will aid in styling the hair with hot tools or simply air-drying. Want to see more like this?

Straight Shag with Long Curtain Bangs
Instagram @julianakhair

#13: Straight Shag with Long Curtain Bangs

A straight shag with long curtain bangs is a polished rendition of the edgy shag. This one-length hair with face-framing layers adds a chic twist while allowing the hair to create movement around the features of the face. Redken’s Big Blowout is a great addition to the styling routine as it creates a hold that blocks out humidity and cushioned feeling to the texture of the hair.

#14: Long Side-Swept Fringe on a Razored Bob

A long side-swept fringe on a razored bob is a great way to add flair for fine to medium hair. Very short bob haircuts, or the trendy term “bixie,” add layering for movement and the feeling of fuller density. Razored ends give the texture a feather-light finish when styling.

Shaggy Lob with Subtle Face-Framing Layers
Instagram @baja.bajceta

#15: Shaggy Lob with Subtle Layers

A shaggy lob with subtle face-framing layers is making its way into salon chairs as it’s a youthful revival to the shag.  This choice of style suits straight to wavy hair texture and can easily be created or refreshed when paired with a curling wand of similar diameter as the curl.

Messy Bob with a Face Frame for Straight Hair
Instagram @anamariahair

#16: Messy Bob with a Face Frame for Straight Hair

A messy bob with a face frame for straight hair is an edgy crop for a density that otherwise tends to lay limp. Pairing face-framing bangs for short hair to a bob adds personality to a classic haircut. If length is long enough to style up, face-framing can hang out of styled hair for added flair.

Related: Best face-framing bobs.

Wispy Layers and Bangs for a Copper Bob
Instagram @bruno.fujimoto

#17: Wispy Layers and Bangs for a Copper Bob

Wispy layers and bangs for a copper bob give this style multiple points of interest. On fine hair, short layered bob hairstyles give the feel of density and bounce. Length variation can be customized for the guest too, as tonality preference on the copper color choice. Photos of inspiration can assist during the consultation to achieve personalized results.

Layered Bob Cut with a Textured Fringe
Instagram @slainesse

#18: Layered Bob Cut with a Textured Fringe

A layered bob cut with a textured fringe is a “ready-made” style for the woman on the go. It can be worn smoothed, textured, or styled to air dry depending on preference. This style is suitable for densities of thick hair to thin hair.

Short Tousled Hair with a Deep Side Part
Instagram @ruteboazhair

#19: Short Tousled Hair with a Deep Side Part

Short tousled bobbed hair with a deep side part is an effortless lived-in style for wavy hair textures. The blended layering gives the style some body and can be maintained with a blowout or air drying. For added tousle in your face-framing hairstyle, pair a heat protectant like Chi Enviro 54 natural hold, and a curling wand to touch up or create texture in fresh or “day 2 hair.”