23 Feather Cut Hairstyle Ideas: Advice from Stylists

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 years 1970s and 1980s, thanks to movies like Charlie’s Angels, and is still greatly on-trend now. A feather cut is typically cut in a V-shape using a razor, as the airy feathered hairstyles are a highly textured version of a layered cut – only better!

Since its heyday, the feather cut hairstyle has been modified and styled differently in several variations. From the long wispy layers of Farrah Fawcett to a pixie cut worn by Princess Dianna.

Some of these modern feathered hair ideas are rocked by A-listers such as Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry! Long or short, feathered layers go fab with any hair length and hair type.

Women who have thin hair but want thick hair should consider waves or wavy hair. Doing so adds volume and texture. Feathering is a technique used to create volume for thin hair, and reduces volume and weight in thick hair.

If you’re looking to balance out or slim down your round face shape, match a fringe with face-framing layers. Upkeep depends on your chosen feathered hair, short hair is relatively easier. A regular trim every 2-3 months would suffice if you wanna keep those layers finely and evenly shaped.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these feather cut ideas!

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Messy Feathered Hairstyle

Messy Feathered Hair
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Multiple short chops on long straight hair are needed to achieve a wilder messy feathered haircut. The feather effect is what creates an illusion of big waves. The dark hair color requires a shine finishing spray to display more emphasis on each strand which adds to the messier hairstyle of this layered feather cut.

Feathered Cut for Long Hair

Feathered Cut for Long Hair
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A feathered cut for long hair is ideal for women with heavy-density hair. High-density hair can lack movement and bounce but, by adding this type of layering, weightlessness can be brought to weighted hair.

Feathered Bangs

Feathered Bangs
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Pair feathered bangs with a layered cut for a glamorous 70’s-inspired look. Use a large round brush and a volumizing spray for a perfectly polished style.

Feathered Cut for Girls

Feathered Cut for Girls
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A feathered cut for girls gives an ultra cool, undone texture for that smooth hair type, that sometimes does not do much at all. This is a great wash-and-go style when paired with smoothing creams or mousse for texture. Directional blow dry with fingers or a paddle brush can speed up the styling process or when creating a polished style. This cut compliments thick and fine hair when the haircut is balanced to the density.

Short and Feathery Haircut

Short and feathery haircut
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A short feathery haircut is more than just a layered haircut. Feathering is a unique technique to give texture to your hair. To achieve short feathered hair, ask your stylist to give you a short cut with feathery chops. This technique is gorgeous for ladies desiring fuller-looking hair.

Bob with Feathered Side Fringe

Bob with feathered side fringe
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A bob with feathered side fringe can contrast against the length which is more structured, making this great for hair that doesn’t like being overly layered or is quite fine. The movement created from the feathered fringe adds a lighter shape and flow through the front of the face, but keeps all the fullness within your bob throughout the back.

Textured Pixie Cut with Feathering

Textured pixie cut with feathering
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Get a textured pixie cut with feathering to boost the volume in your finer to medium hair. Texturizing hair creates shorter and longer lengths. The shorter lengths push the longer hair up and out, and therefore add volume. A slight feathering ensures the hair is blended and doesn’t have that blunt feel to it.

V Shape Feathered Haircut for Curly Hair

V shape feathered haircut for curly hair
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Try a V shape feathered haircut for curly hair if you prefer to have a less volume to your curls. When curls are too layered, they can create a lot of volume. So to avoid this while still having shape and softness to your curls, keep a soft roundness to your length with a movement focused around the perimeter. V shape haircuts work best on long hair and should be avoided on shoulder-length hair.

Layered Feathered Hair

Layered feathered hair
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Opt for layered feathered hair to get soft flowing layers to thin long hair. The 70’s feathered hair style keeps the layers light without taking too much weight from your length. Feathered hair is a term when the layers aren’t cut so bluntly. Using a point cutting technique which creates the feathered effect instead of heavily chopped layers.

Feathered Layered Short Hair on a Bob Cut

feathered layered short hair on a bob cut
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Graduation at the back accounts for the rounder undercut backside of this short bob cut with side-swept bangs. Short feather-like hairstyles like this stacked bob look amazing with a dark blonde hue and also adds dimension to the blonde front locks that have received a longer, straighter cut. This feather hair cut is ideal for women over 50.

Natural Feathers and Voluminous Layers for Long Hair

natural feathers and voluminous layers for long hair
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Consider 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 long feathered cut with highlights and lowlights on a vibrant brown shade.

Blonde Shoulder-Length Feather Layering

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

The Feathered Lob

The Feathered Lob
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Feathered layers are what make this look overflow 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 locks feel so light. Get a dimensional brunete color by adding subtle highlights to jazz up the feathery texture in this layered bob.

70s Middle Part Feathered Hair with Fringe

70s middle part feathered hair with fringe
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A 70s middle part feathered hair with fringe really brings out the Farrah Faucet vibes. Use a curing iron to really sweep back those curtain bangs. Opt for middle parting for a true vibe of 70s feathered hair or give it flair by doing a side part. Feathering hair and feathering bangs are great for framing the face and highlighting features.

Modern Medium-Length Haircut with Feathered Layers in Side Swept Style

Modern Medium-Length Haircut with Feathered Layers in Side Swept Style
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Pull off a modern feathered medium-length cut, part it to one side, to give tresses a fabulous side swept style! This feather cut for medium to thick hair offers layers to create an effortless movement. It can be a go-to style for most women who aren’t fans of everyday styling. Go ahead and opt for this feather haircut to mimic a classic feathered ‘do if you’re also one of those who love vintage.

Feathered Volume for Straight Thin Hair

Feathered Volume for Straight Thin Hair
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Modern feathered hair now looks like this. You can explore colors such as an eye-catching platinum blonde to match straight feathery locks. For tresses that need fullness, keep your chop mid-length then go for more layers with fine lines. This is the perfect fully-feathered cut that offers a textured volume for thin hair.

Mid-Length Hair with Feathered Ends

Mid-Length Hair with Feathered Ends
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A stylish mid-length with feathered ends makes a hairstyle inspired by the ’70s and ’80s trend. The perfect placement of layers is the key to its classic feathery appearance, creating a style of a step cut. For women with thin hair, this shoulder length feathered layer cut is great as it adds movement and texture.

Feathery Textured Shag with Bangs on Bronde Balayage Hair

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

This long feather cut is the super cropped, chopped fringe hairstyle. It was created by the stylist and owner Brit Wright of Chipley, FL. “The fringe helps to correct your facial shape and gives you the ability to change your hairstyle without losing length,” says Wright.

Almost any woman can wear a feathered 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,” she adds.

Choppy Layers on Short Haircut with Feathered Bangs

This is a short shaggy bob with curtain bangs and choppy layers, hand styled to bring out the natural hair texture. Who was doing the hand styling? Stylist Emma Hamblen of Nashville, TN.

“The texture within the feathered bangs was created using a volumizing spray. Bangs, feathered hair and choppiness are always a great combo,” says Hamblen.

If you’re looking for feathered hair ideas, she believes bob hairstyles like this are a great option for short hair cuts. “It’s feathered yet choppy! It’s for women wanting shorter hair styles but feels they need more edge with low commitment. The feathered bangs are long enough to be styled either direction or pushed out of your face. You can style this feathered short hair with a salt spray and diffuser for maximum texture and movement.”

80s Feathering with Side Fringe

80s Feathering with Side Fringe
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This 80s feathering haircut with a feathered side fringe looks even better with a bright blonde hue. Show off the layers by styling your locks with a bit of texture and side bangs for the full feather effect. Feathered hairstyles for medium length hair is 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.

Heavily Layered Feather Cut For Long Thin Hair

heavily layered feather cut for long thin hair
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The perfect cut that’s heavily layered for long thin hair is here! This feathered hair cut on long locks creates a subtle movement, which goes well with a 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, adding a nice feathered flair to your style.

Grey and Blonde Long Feathered Hair

grey and blonde long feathered hair
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Grey and blonde long feathered hair looks stunning with a voluminous blowout. If you’re craving classic cascading waves, ask your stylist for lots of long layers that are shorter in the front and longer in the back. Since layers remove weight from the hair, this haircut is best for women with thick hair. If you have fine hair, go for a cut that has less layers so the perimeter of your hair doesn’t look too thin. Use a round brush, blow-dry one section at a time, and let cool in Velcro rollers for maximum smoothness and volume.

Auburn Feathered Curls with Bangs

auburn feathered curls with bangs
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Trying auburn feathered curls with bangs could definitely be a game changer. The warmth of this color is very flattering on cool skin tones. If you’ve never had bangs before, make sure you talk to your stylist about whether or not they think bangs would work for you.