The Top 13 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!

Layered Feathered Hair

Layered Feathered Hair
Instagram @justin.spicknall

This feathered cut 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

After having several layers cut, use a brush and a blow-dry to achieve this feathered effect. This hairdo works even more if you have some soft curls towards the end. This is almost considered a step cut, which has layers that step down.

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Wittmann
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Sarah Witt Coiffeur in Wien, AT

How would you describe this look?

If you like to be natural and want movement in your hair, you will love to have some layers and color melting from the top to the ends like this feathered cut.

My customer is one of these types, so I did many hair techniques on the back.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For the styling, you can use a really big round brush and strong styling mousse. If you have curly or wavy hair, it’s enough to blowdry and push it up to your head with your hands. Take a nourishing mask for shine and health.

Heavily Layered For Long Thin Hair

You can also choose to have fewer layers but still achieve your desired feathered effect. With long thin hair, this is much easier to achieve as shaggy feather hair look.

Q&A with style creator, Maddie Parks
Hairstylist @ The Wild Orchid Salon in Woodstock, GA


How would you describe this look?

This is a long layered haircut with the perfect amount of movement for someone who may be low maintenance when it comes to styling their hair. I give this cut to a lot of my clients because it works so well with most hair types!

It’s a simple cut and can be styled any way to look wispy and somewhat textured. To style this client, I used a medium-sized Olivia Garden round brush, some volumizing product, and a light-hold hair spray.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely suggest a volumizing product as well as a texture spray for styling to give it a piecey, wispy look. This cut works well with almost any face shape, as it can be custom to each client! It can be for a wash and go type of gal or someone who likes to style their hair every morning, but the more you style it, the better!

Wavy Shoulder Length Layering

Incredible blonde highlights on brown hair are taken to the next level by curled ends on shoulder-length hair. The feathering of the layers keep the curls up to bounce and provides life in every way!

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Mackin Jasper
Hair/Makeup Artist @ Pavlova European Salon & Day Spa in Traverse City, MI


How would you describe this look?

Bronze hair is very trendy, and that is what I would consider this look to be. I created this color using violet and copper tones. Although, my favorite part of this whole feathered look is the style which is a basic blowout. Blowouts are super important to finish your whole masterpiece. I used a medium-sized round brush to give her volume at the root and a solid bevel at the ends to show off her beautiful layers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Using products that work for your tresses and not weighing your hair down are key points to remember. Sometimes, just a mousse and a heat protectant can work wonders.

Learning how to round brush your own hair is a good idea. It takes a little practice and patience though! A lot of different hair types can achieve a similar style as long as you have layers or texture in your hair.

The Bob

Feathered bob haircut
Instagram @cubiczoeconia

Silver hair cut in a long wavy, layered bob is just oozing with wow factor! Those trimmed bangs make this feather cut lob oh-so-chic!

Q&A with style creator, Zoe Copoulos
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Head to Toe Salon in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this look?

Jessie’s hair is a mid-length shag with structured bangs that provides versatility even if she doesn’t want to go all-out with styling. Every layer is blended and comes alive with heat styling but will not look choppy if she happens to air dry or wear it straight.

Her color is an ash blonde, heavily rooted with a demi-permanent for a soft grow-out. My favorite part of this look is how both color and cut feel lived-in and totally organic. The cut will grow out well, and the blonde will have a flattering fade.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Although the shag style is trendy and touted as the perfect cut to enhance natural texture, I find that most people need to plan for extra styling time especially when they first get one. Be prepared to re-learn how to relate to your growth patterns and trust that the adjustment period will be worth the work.

Moisturizing products will balance out texture creams and sea sprays you might use to create texture without looking dry. Ash blondes are always fickle, so make sure your stylist lightens your hair to a point where, when the toner fades, you’ll still be left with a pretty blonde. And never, ever let someone give you a shadow root with permanent color.

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 Medium Length

Don’t be afraid of having those short, short chops for your shoulder-length hair! This long bob should achieve a texture that would make you look more glowing and young.

Q&A with style creator, Susan Jaimes
Hairstylist / Color Specialist @ Fusions Hair Studio in Eagle Mountain, UT


How would you describe this look?

This look is great on clients who might have lots of hair and are wanting to de-bulk. Adding layers on medium hair to flow away from the face can help to look more youthful and also helps to soften facial features that need to be softened. If the client is wanting some height or is wanting fullness, this can also help. I love that I can cut to color which helps me showcase my color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure that you have enough hair to support this style. Fine hair would not be a good candidate for this look because it would look extremely thin when you add too many layers. Make sure that when coloring, your highlights are placed diagonally back to help emphasize the cut.

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

Q&A with style creator, Gabby Vigorito
Hairdresser @ Salon Epic in Branford, CT


How would you describe this look?

This look consists of a full foil with highs and lows. This basically means I alternated every other foil with a highlight then a low light. this is how you achieve a look with a lot of dimensions. After the foils processed, I toned her hair with TIGI color to get rid of some of the harsh yellow tones which left her with more of a white and creamy look.

My favorite part of this look has to be the cut I did on her! I started off with a trim up on the bottom to get rid of any of her dead ends, then I added a layer that gives her a ton of movement. Then, I styled it up using TIGI products and a round styling brush. My client and I were very happy with the end result, and I can’t wait to see her for her next appointment!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this look for anyone who wants more dimension in their hair. A lot of people’s hair gets too much of a solid color, and that’s why doing the highlight along with the lowlights is so effective.

Also, if your hair is straight, I’d suggest putting some layers in it to break it up and give movement. When styling, leave-in conditioners and smoothing creams are helpful when achieving this style. If you are considering this look, I suggest you show this picture to your hairdresser and explain what you like about it so that they could customize this look you.

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

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Hiles
Hairstylist @ Salon 13 in Allison Park, PA


How would you describe this look?

This look is effortless rock ‘n roll hair. It has tons of razored layers and face-framing pieces. It’s reminiscent of the cool girls (and guys) of the 1970s.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for pretty much everyone. The long shag cut can be adjusted for different hair types and lengths. For this particular client, I used a foam mousse and sea salt spray and diffused her hair to bring out her natural texture. This cut is best when it’s air-dried, in my opinion, so that makes it very low-maintenance.