The Top 15 Feathered Hair Ideas You Have to See

Feathered haircuts for women

Feathered hair is a women’s haircut that is finely layered and resembles the layering of bird feathers. It was popularized in the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to movies like Charlie’s Angels and is still greatly on-trend now. Typically cut in a V-shape using a razor, the airy feathered hairstyles are a highly textured version of a layered cut.

Since its heyday, it’s been modified and styled differently in a plethora of variations. From the long wispy layers of Farrah Fawcett to a pixie cut worn by Princess Dianna. Some of its modern ideas are rocked by debonair A-listers Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry! Long or short, feathered layers go fab with any hair length and hair type.

When tailored with waves, it doesn’t just add texture but also a great deal of effortless volume for those with thin hair wanting to have thick hair. A matching fringe would also complement its face-framing flair which makes it an excellent choice if you want to balance out or slim down your round face shape.

Upkeep depends on your chosen look but is relatively easier. A regular trim every 2-3 months would suffice if you wanna keep those layers finely and evenly shaped.

Ready to turn into a modern Farrah Fawcett? Scroll down below and see for yourself the texturizing prowess of feathered hair!

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80s Feathering

80s Feathering
Instagram @remedysalon115

This 80s feathering haircut looks even better with a bright blonde hue. Show off the layers by styling your locks with a bit texture. It’s such a chic option that offers movement to a fine mane and removes weight from the thick ones. A mousse works great when prepping this feather cut for long hair like yours, too!

Short and Feathery

Feathered cut for short hair
Instagram @ed.schons

The 90s short feathered hair is making a comeback, and it’s even better now! A feather cut for short hair has layers that can accentuate your blonde highlights. Thank goodness to this short and feathery chop, you can now have a gorgeous wash-and-go style.

Layered Feathered Hair

Layered Feathered Hair
Instagram @justin.spicknall

This feathered hair with bangs produces a shaggy effect that does well especially on thin long hair. Long bangs soften the face even more, as what the feathered effect also contributes.

Messy Feathered Hair

Messy Feathered Hair
Instagram @kieran_mckenna_salon

Multiple short chops on long straight hair are needed to achieve a wilder feathered haircut. The auburn hair color displays more emphasis on each strand which adds to the messier hairstyle.

Layered Short Hair

Short feathered hair
Instagram @rachel.lott.hair

Graduation at the back accounts for the rounder backside of this short bob cut with side-swept bangs. Short hairstyles like this look amazing with a dark blonde hue and also adds dimension to the blonde front locks that seem to have received the longer, straighter cut.

Feathery Long Layers for Long Hair

feathery layers for long hair
Instagram @beautybyria_

Opt for some feathery long layers for long hair of yours, and see how natural the movement appears. A feathered hairstyle like this looks way better when blow-dried. Feel free to pair this chop with highlights and lowlights on a vibrant brown shade.

Heavily Layered For Long Thin Hair

Feathered cut for long thin hair
Instagram @moniquemarie_hair

The perfect cut that’s heavily layered for long thin hair is here! It creates a subtle movement, which goes well with an icy platinum blonde hue. Add dark roots to this feather cut for thin hair, and growing out your natural locks will be less of your problem. When styling this long layered haircut, a dry shampoo powder will create more body and boost your roots.

Shoulder Length Layering

feathered shoulder length hair with layers
Instagram @sidvisage

Take your mid-length mane to the next level by asking for a shoulder-length layering cut. A dimensional blonde is sure to make the best addition to this feathered layered hair. To finish off the style, a blowout will be your best friend. That’s how you add volume to this feathered hairstyle, showing off the layers even better.

The Feathered Lob

feathered lob haircut
Instagram @antoniovhair

All those layers are what make this look overflows with appeal. Here’s the feathered lob that makes a chic, modern mid-length shag, too! Layers in this feather cut create a textured effect, making your thick mane feel so light. Get a dimensional brunette color by adding subtle highlights to jazz up this layered bob.

70s Middle Part

Middle part 70s feathered hair
Instagram @vagillante

Going back in time seems such a lovely choice! The middle parting with long bangs and medium length hair is exactly what a 70s woman would look like!

Q&A with style creator, Nancy Camino
Hair Stylist @ Harper Paige Salon in Oakland, CA

How would you describe this look?

This style of haircut is a soft, layered shag with a long, curtain fringe. I used a feather razor to cut the curtain fringe and face-framing layers. The rest of the long layers cut was a combination of point cutting with shears and feather razor cutting.

The client had her color done by another stylist. Before the color and cut, the client had a grown out balayage from the mids to ends so, all that was needed was a root shade and gloss to achieve a fresh, color melt.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I used Oribe product line on her straight, medium, hair texture. While her hair was damp, I applied Imperial Blowout and with a round brush to blow dry the sections of her hair. Then, I finished the look by emulsifying Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste in my hands and scrunching it into the fringe and face-framing layers to bring out the bits and pieces. Then, I sprayed a bit of Dry Texturizing Spray to set it in place.

This is a great look on just about anyone’s face shape who wants a medium to a long layered haircut. It’s an easy and fun way to wear your hair up or down.

Modern Feathered Medium-Length Cut

Modern feathered medium-length hair
Instagram @emily_lapomponnee

Take the plunge to upgrade your look into this modern feathered medium-length cut. This feather cut for medium hair offers layers that can create effortless movement. Babylights on rich brunette color can carry out the dimension that suits the cut. To finish off the look, apply a mousse to the roots to add lightweight volume.

Choppy Hair with Feathered Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Emma Hamblen
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Dandelion Salon in Nashville, TN


How would you describe this look?

This is a short shaggy bob with curtain bangs, hand styled to bring out natural texture. My favorite part about this look is all the texture we got out of this just by using a little volumizing spray.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Bob hairstyles like this are a great option for short hair cuts. It’s for someone wanting shorter hair but feels they need more style or edge with low commitment. The bangs are long enough to be styled either direction or pushed out of the face. You can style this look with a salt spray and diffuser for maximum texture and movement.

Textured Volume for Thin Hair

Feathered cut for thin hair
Instagram @hairbysamhostad

Modern feathered hair now looks like this. You can explore colors such as an eye-catching platinum blonde. For tresses that need fullness, keep your chop mid-length then go for more layers. This is the perfect cut that offers a textured volume for thin hair.

Mid-Length with Feathered Ends

Mid-Length with Feathered Ends
Instagram @maee.does.hair

Q&A with style creator, Maegan Cook
Licensed Cosmetologist @ ImageZ Salon & Spa in Indian Trail, NC


How would you describe this look?

I’m loving the feathered hair trend right now (honestly loving the Rachel vibes I get when I do them), but I also love the movement it gives the hair. It just flows so beautifully! I did the color as well. Her hair is very fine, so I did very thin babylights to brighten it up for her.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For thin hair, this look is great, as it adds movement. It makes the hair flow so well, especially around the face. When bringing the hair forward around the face, instead of away from the face, it helps to cover any sharp edges in square or diamond face shapes.

As far as styling, it’s easier for people with fine to medium density when using a round brush. Although, it can maybe cause extra work for someone who has thick hair or curly hair if they wanted to smooth it out.

Textured Shag with Bangs

The 1980s long shag cut is here but in a much beautiful edge! Rocking a textured shag with bangs will give you an optimum magnificence. Pair it with a dark-rooted beige blonde, and see a very striking result. Feathered haircuts are the trend to go for when you need detailed hair ends and more movement.

Q&A with style creator, Brit Wright
Owner @ Bella Salon and Boutique in Chipley, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is the super cropped, chopped fringe hairstyle. The fringe helps to correct your facial shape and gives you the ability to change your hairstyle without losing length.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Almost anyone can wear a fringe. It’s all about where the fringe itself ends. Whether it’s a long fringe that accentuates the cheekbones or brow skimming, the most important thing is creating it to fit your face shape and jawline.