Layered hairstyles are extremely popular right now, offering plenty of options to fit every hair texture and face type. Long, short, round, square, subtle and disconnected – there are many variants of layers to create different effects depending on your personal needs. And today we’re going to slice and dice layered hair in order to help you choose the most flattering and trendy hairdo for the current year.
Choosing Trendy Cuts for Different Hair Lengths
Virtually, you can get layers cut in almost any length unless you’re wearing a bold fade or a buzz cut (though even these styles can be used in a combination with longer tresses in a multi-layered haircut). Without going to the extremes, let’s find out what layered hairstyles are on-trend and how you can incorporate layering into each length to get the best possible look.
Stunning Long Layered Hair
Long manes look great when layers are shifted to the bottom, eliminating split ends and making the hair bounce. This works best for girls who have thick straight hair that tends to look too heavy when the excess bulk is not removed. “I usually like to cut layers on hair like this and then I go back in using the thinning shears to take out any lines or unwanted weight,” Kristin Ess, brand founder and hair wizard working her magic on celebs like Lucy Hale and Lauren Conrad, writes in her blog. She also offers subtle layers in the back and medium ones around the face for a classic look on normal hair, a couple of piece-y layers on blunt cuts for added movement and graduated layers for fine locks to bring in volume. Go on with pictures in the slider for more layered looks.
This sandy-blonde hairstyle pops with short layers, enriched by a feathered finish and thus radiating loads of bounce.
If you want a trendy long ‘do with bangs, look no further than this 70-esque curtain style that is on the rise right now.
While one-length stick-straight hair may look dull, beautiful long layers are sure to add movement, especially when a balayage is incorporated for a shiny feel.
And this shot shows a long hairdo with soft face framing locks and more subtle layers on the sides for greater volume.
Choppy layers almost all throughout the cut deliver a plethora of texture for messy styling, which is effortlessly hot.
Cute Short Crops
Do you know that layering can refresh your face when your regular short cut has grown too long? Yes, a grown out crop makes your face seem sag and tired, while by adding some layers you will get a fresh look for both face and hair. Or do you prefer to have a slight face-lifting effect by bringing out your cheekbones? Then think of soft layering in the front, starting exactly at the cheekbone. By cutting graduated layers in the back, you will gain fullness on the crown for fine hair, while a thick mane won’t look bushy with customized layering all throughout the perimeter. “A layered bob with a soft, asymmetrical line creates looseness, swing, and movement in thick hair, which can get weighed down,” says Nick Arrojo, A-list celeb hair artist, to Redbook magazine. Want more layering tricks for short hair? Look through our photo gallery!
This short cut with long layers on top arrests the eye with its dramatic color and a graphic V-cut nape.
The fine hair gains a deep feel thanks to the darker roots, melting smoothly into the warm blonde. The sliced chin-length bob cut looks dense and cool.
We like this inverted bob with very short and elevated back teamed up with plenty of feathered layers in the front.
Thick manes can be cut into chic shag hairstyles, such as this cute pixie with a side parting and piece-y layers on top.
Add just a bit of layers to your blonde bob and style some pieces backwards – presto, you’ve encouraged dynamics in thin hair.
Sexy Medium Length
Mid length is our go-to, since it allows for low maintenance, while giving a feeling of long hair with multiple styling options. And a layered lob is an obvious choice, working great for all face shapes and hair textures, also being all the rage. But should you choose a multi layered haircut or just add a few layers in a particular area? This depends on your goals. If you want to accentuate your bone structure, opt for a modern version of the iconic “Rachel” hairstyle. “Adding angled layers cut to the cheekbone will add definition,” Jon Reyman, celeb hairstylist and founder of Spoke & Weal salons, says to Refinary29. Let’s have a look at other trendy options, available for various textures and delivering different effects.
Seamless layers keep this chic curly mane well-structured and voluminous, while showing off the oh-so lovely shade of caramel.
The shoulder length hair with long layers looks gorgeous with those feathered tips and angled shape.
Follow the lead of this African American cutie and opt for epic big hair enhanced by a side parting and long layers.
This lob with long side bangs is so airy due to loads of texture that comes with razor-cut layers creating a cool shag hairstyle.
You can get an even shaggier effect with short layers on top that also bring in added dimension. And it’s a cool idea to accentuate the “pieceyness” by highlights.
Making a Choice According to Your Hair Type
Why does layering work for all hair textures? “Layers are used to remove weight, de-bulk and help give hair height,” Caterina Di Biase, four-time Australian Hairdresser of the Year award-winner and Miss Universe stylist, says to Vogue and adds that most haircuts are layered in one way or another. We agree, as there are different techniques of cutting layers, and an experienced hairdresser can choose the most suitable one depending on your hair type. Your straight locks can be textured with a razor, and thick tresses can be lightened by internal layers, while subtle layering will help to boost volume in thin hair. Scroll through the photos below to find examples for various textures.
What a stunning retro style you can get, having your curly locks structured with almost invisible layers throughout the length!
While a smooth color transition contributes to a denser feel of this thin hair, the heavily layered bottom with a flipped out finish makes it bounce and flourish.
This works for thick straight hair too, giving it trendy texture and an airy look. Think of highlights to add movement and a variety of hues.
The feathered and highlighted pieces are game-changing for this thick bob, since it feels much lighter and more vibrant.
Wavy locks can be packed into a sweet long bob with choppy texture – it’s a voguish and easy-to-style option.
Bombastic Hairstyles with Bangs
When choosing to wear a fringe with a layered hairstyle, you need to factor in your face shape and age, since bangs have the power to balance facial features and hide or accentuate certain parts of our faces. For example, older ladies should be careful with sharp fringes, while younger women, especially oval-faced girls, can rock graphic blunt bangs. The length of your cut also matters – crops look great when bangs are layered to blend with locks around face, while long hair goes well with a full strong fringe.
If you are not sure you can pull off bangs, think of wearing a faux fringe, for example, a side cheekbone-length option. “For anyone wanting to test the waters for wearing fringe, this style is the perfect set of training wheels. It’s long enough to tuck back behind the ears or pull in a ponytail, but the length still draws attention to the eyes,” Kristan Serafino, celebrity hairstylist and groomer, says to Glamour.
This gal camouflages her high forehead with side swept bangs, merging into shorter tresses around the cheekbones, while the cascade of layers starts below the chin.
A fringe works fine for short hair; this one is kind of built into a pixie. We love these brow-skimming bangs coupled with the piece-y texture of the cut.
Here eye-grazing front bangs add vibe to the long wavy hairstyle. The wispy pieces graduate down along both sides of the face to accentuate the cheekbones.
And this photo illustrates how to give a new twist to updos. The full bangs and longer side locks frame the face softly, turning a routine messy top knot into a romantic hairstyle.
This handsomely textured one-length bob features barely-there waves and straight, choppy bangs to chime with the style.
Beautifully Layered Black Hairdos
Layered hairstyles are just the thing for natural curls, since layering removes bulk, making big hair better shaped and more manageable and helping thin locks to retain lift and bounce. You can’t avoid layering when you want to get a bob or lob without the ill-reputed triangle effect. For crops, front layers work to add lightness, while building face-framing volume around the face. Even braided and crochet styles are layered now, pumping up the dimension in line with the “go big or go home” motto.
So, go for layered ‘dos and don’t forget about trendy details. “Curly bangs have been all the rage lately and work from loose curls to the tightest,” Tippi Shorter, renowned hairstylist for Beyonce and Rihanna, tells Allure. Take the cue and look how to put it into effect.
Long corkscrew curls and lengthy spirals covering the forehead – what a striking combo, enhanced by a side part and lovely highlights to emphasize the eyes!
This cutie also slays layered ringlets with highlights and bangs, but this time they are cut shorter, shaped rounder, highlighted all around the cut and styled without any parting.
A medium bob with short layers and razored ends is a nice choice for those who prefer wearing their hair relaxed.
The halo hair is a go-to option for many naturally curly girls, especially those with a fluffy texture. The style allows embracing the frizz, making it part of the charm.
We admire this short ‘do, featuring plenty of disconnection and definition and the flirty bangs.
10 Best Layered Hairstyle Ideas to Borrow for 2020
Well, are there any other tips for keeping your layered hair fashionable in 2020? Think of ombre, balayage and highlights blended seamlessly into layers to gain a live-in touch, which is on-trend now. Bedhead looks are also hot, so ask your hairdresser for all-around layers with slightly imperfect ends to get a wash-and-go hairstyle.” I take the bottom two inches of hair and cut them in a way that’s not too perfect by pointing the scissors downward. You can blow it out or let it air-dry — the cut takes care of the styling for you,” Renato Campora, who has worked with Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth and Kate Winslet, says to Allure. More ideas are below in our top 10 selection.
This V-cut hair with layers looks astonishing, boasting an airy feel and sparkling with natural hues.
Long round layers transform this blonde mane ultimately, adding it a beautiful shape and a plethora of movement.
The choppy bob is voguish, sexy and easy to care, adopting many styling options from a sleek finish to a bedhead look.
This long hairdo featuring heavy face framing layers and flipped out styling is spiced up with an awesomely delicate balayage.
Check how effortlessly this Asian girl rocks her choppy cut with a lived-in mix of dark and light.
When adorned with braids, layers deliver a scenic waterfall effect. A great idea for a prom half updo!
You can also stuff them into a messy ponytail to get lush texture, great bounce and amazing volume.
And here’s an alternative to a sleek blunt bob. This straight cut features an accurate bottom and shaggy layering throughout the top tresses for both texture and dynamics.
Want to make your ombre even edgier? Couple the coloring with a cascade of sliced pieces, accentuating the color on the bottom.
Beachy waves are still trending, so work through your bob with curling tongs and get this hot messy look.
Don’t be afraid to have your hair layered, since contrary to common belief, layering doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice any length or that you will have short pieces on top. Take one of our pictures to a salon and discuss the effect you want to get with your hairdresser to avoid any misunderstanding. Good luck with your next look and be sure to share it with us!