6 Ultra-Flattering Layered Haircuts for Every Length
There are so many good things about layered hair it’s hard to know where to begin. Incorporating layers is an easy way to change up the shape and style of your hair, without having to make a major cut or lose lots of length (a big win for those constantly growing out their locks). Not to mention that layers work on a variety of hair types and textures, and flatter pretty much any and every face shape. How is this possible? Not all layered haircuts are created equal. Ahead, six different cuts that prove the universal appeal of layered hair.
“This is definitely the most popular layered cut for a multitude of reasons,” says Wenick. There are so many different variations that you can really achieve the best look for your face shape and lifestyle, he explains. One important thing to think about: If you like to wear your hair up or pulled back often (hello, messy topknot), be sure to ask your stylist for long layers that don’t come above your chin in the front, and are cut only into the back to create movement at the bottom, suggests Zingarino. This will ensure that you can put your hair up without any pesky pieces falling out.
Long Layers With a Curtain Bang
For those with straight hair or sporting shorter cuts like A-line bobs or lobs, this is the way to go. “These layers go from short to long, with the shorter pieces in the back, explains Wenick, who adds that they’re also a great way to remove unwanted weight from thicker textures. And while wearing your hair straight will show off the layers, you can easily round brush your hair to give them some more movement, he adds.
Adding a few of these shorter pieces around your face is an easy way to add a little extra something to any existing cut. Face-framing layers are also a major win for fine hair, helping to give it some shape, notes Wenick. “They’ll also add awesome volume when styling, no matter whether you’re wearing your hair straight or curly,” adds Zingarino. The layers are very versatile, too. While in general you’ll want to ask for layers starting at the chin down, your stylist can tweak the specific length of these front pieces based on what’s most flattering for your face shape.
Those with more square-shaped faces should opt for these types of layers to create balance and help accentuate a strong jaw line, says Wenick. Round layers are also especially flattering for thicker or wavy textures, since they’ll help remove weight and bulk, and are best for cuts that hit around shoulder-length.