55 Short, Layered Haircuts For Every Hair Type and Color (2024)

If you think that short, layered hair is a style that not everyone can pull off, think again. Short layers can work regardless of your hair type, texture, face shape, and beyond.Layers are the ultimate versatile cutting technique, amping up styles for those with thin hair, add body to straight pieces, and even add depth and volume to natural curls. "Layers are great for adding softness and movement while showcasing texture," says Adrianne Johnston, Stylist atMaxine Salonin Chicago.

"They can eliminate bulk for thick hair, create fullness for thin hair, and add an edge or balance, depending on your desired look." Below, find 55 short, layered haircuts that'll finally inspire you to make the chop this time once and for all.

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Curly Shag

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ModelMica Arganaraz already has covetable curls to work with, and she keeps the curl pattern bouncy and gorgeous by cutting layers into her shag with strategically snipped bangs.

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Layered Lob

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Tons of professional hairstylists—including Anh Co Tran—make bobs and lobs their signature "cut," brilliantly working with a hair's natural texture and using the layered pieces to add dimension and movement.

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Tightly Coiled

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Though layers can typically help add heft and texture to thin hairstyles, they're just as gorgeous on tightly coiled curls. These add shape to the style (and tons of versatility). "Curly hair can vary throughout the head, so observe the consistency of the curls to determine what layering is best," Johnston says.

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Color Play

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Layers are a great way tohighlight(no pun intended) a dimensional dye job. If you have highlights or lowlights, the movement and texture created by the layers will allow the deviations in your color to look even cooler.

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Full Volume

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Remember what we said about layers creating volume? This is aperfect example of how they can pump up your look for ultimate fullness, depending on your texture.

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Layered Shag

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The '60s-inspired shag is, without a doubt, one of the coolest hairstyles right now. The only way to get it? Lots of layers. "You need enough hair and density to pull off a layered shag," says Johnston. "The more movement and piecey parts, the better, without looking stringy."

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Add Some Bangs

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Take a cue from Georgia May Jagger and add some bangs to your vintage-inspired shag haircut for extra oomph. But be honest with yourself, says Johnston. "If you like to pull your hair up or back, this might not be for you," she says. "But if you like having your hair down and tousled and experimenting with products, this could be your next signature look."

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Volume in the Front

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For a shorter curly crop, layers in the front add face-framing volume around your face and a touch of lightness to the back.

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Amazing Fullness

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For super-full styles, layers are crucial. If your length isn't enough to make this look happen, replicate it with a layered crochet wig.

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Curly Bangs

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This naturally curly shag is made even more gorgeous by the variation in color. There's dimension and movement, making us want to curl our hair and chop it off immediately.

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Chin-Length

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For a chin-length style, layers are particularly helpful. They add an interesting, natural-looking vibe to a cut that might be more difficult to style than long hair.

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All the Dimension

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Lucy Hale proves bronde highlights and wavy layers make the perfect low-maintenance hairstyle.

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Slightly Off-Centered

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Depending on your hair texture, a wispy bob can be the most low-maintenance cut you can get. Look at the layered gorgeousness here, with the hair slightly off-center parted. For a damp look like this, run a dime-sized dollop ofOribe Curl-Shaping Mousse($39) through hair while it's wet and then style.

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Baby Bangs

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Add some flair to a layered shag with edgybangs, but be aware of the maintenance involved. "Some shorter shag cuts can be high-maintenance, bringing you to the salon every four to six weeks," says Johnston. "But the right shag gives you more flexibility, maybe six to ten weeks." Johnston confirms, however, that if you care for your hair in-between salon visits, you'll be in great shape either way.

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Loosened Up

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If you have naturally curly hair, but your curl pattern is a bit looser, layers add even more volume and a stunning lift. "Having thick or curly hair requires shaping, and sometimes that's with the assistance of layers," says Johnston. "If you have curly hair, this can give strands a chance to bounce around and have some variation."

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Dramatic Side Bangs

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Of course, the brunette hair color is stunning, but can we discuss the cut? The dramatic bangs make the short style sultry and sexy.

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Shoulder-Length Coils

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Chopping ultra-curly hair into a short, shoulder-length 'do is always a good idea. You can remove any excess that's weighing down your hair, resulting in major volume. Or add a head scarf for daytime to protect the look.

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Piecey With Balayage

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Take your balayage or highlights up a notch and give your color the spotlight by getting a piecey, layered style like this one. Use a product like R+Co. Trophy Shine Texture Spray ($36) to achieve the look.

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Up-Top Volume

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Gorgeous makeup and cute bangs aside, we're obsessed with the barely-there layers on top here that add extra volume to Zendaya's look.

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Extra Fringe

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A good layered cut can change the entire shape of your hair. Note how an adorable face-framing fringe complements this look.

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Smudged Roots

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Play with color while your playing with length, too—the honey-hued highlights combined with the smudged dark roots create major texture, volume, and dimension. And a good sea salt spray should help you achieve a similar texture. We loveOribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray($44).

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Side Flip

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Ashley Benson shows us how a layered side-parted lob is done, with dramatically side swept, wispy pieces of varying lengths.

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Textured Curls

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If your natural hair is kinky and textured, embrace the vibe with a short, layered haircut you can style easily every time. Just remember to usehydrating masksto keep that texture on-point. "Keeping the hair hydrated is always a must for textured hair," Johnston says.

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Soft Waves

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We love these soft, touchable waves with volume-maximizing layers throughout.

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Soft, Blunt Ends

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The best part about a haircut is how healthy and soft your hair feels afterward. We love ends that look perpetually soft and touchable like these.

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Blown-Out Bob

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Luxe layers will help you achieve max volume and drama if you're into the blowout look.

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Sister-Locs Bob

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There's nothing more gorgeous thanlocsat any length, and this side-parted, sister-locks bob is pure perfection. The shoulder-length chop maximizes the bouncy fullness of the style, too.

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Voluminous Curls

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Keep it wider and more voluminous near the face to draw attention to your best features. Try Bumble and bumble Curl Defining Cream ($16) to replicate the look.

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Wispy Ends

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Going for a shoulder-length chop? Ask for layered, wispy ends which gets taken to the next level thanks to subtle highlights.

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Loose and Luscious

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Keep your ringlets bouncy and fresh (and give them some extra height) with a layered 'do like Jasmine Sanders's style.

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Shaggy Bob with Bangs

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We're obsessed with bobsandshag haircuts, and when you combined them with bangs, they're a winning look. But remember to research if you're getting a major chop like this. "Be aware that shorter bangs require maintenance and attention, and they're on your face everyday," says Johnston. "You want them to frame your face and showcase your features."

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Textured and Choppy

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If you're rocking your natural texture daily, choppy layers like this should make styling a breeze.

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Pop of Color

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Thispastel root fadeis major, but we can't take our eyes off the sultry volume achieved here by adding layers. "Removing hair to create layers creates less density, so finding the appropriate balance for your hair type is important," Johnston says. "Sometimes it's more about styling to create fullness." (You can rock the extra-full look even after you leave the salon chair by pickinga great hairspray).

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Wispy Bangs

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The strawberry hue is the star here—and yes, we fully support experimenting with color when you make the chop—but we also appreciate the flawless styling execution. The wispy bangs and face-framing pieces are on-point.

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Super-Subtle Layers

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The best layers blend in and aren't immediately noticeable. We love how subtly they're done here on this sleek, chin-grazing bob.

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Touchable Tresses

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Proof that you can't go wrong with tousled, touchable beach waves at any length—shoulder and above.

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Blunt Bob

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This blunt look is hyper-modern and stylish, so keep your makeup pared back to complement the look. And keep in mind that layers are not the idea here. Instead, you want incredibly blunt ends with super-straight strands.

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Classic Beach Waves

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You can't go wrong with beach waves. But we have to admit there's something totally endearing about a middle-parted shoulder-length version (with sun-kissed ends, for a real surfer-girl touch).

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Soft Undercut

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Anundercutis when a stylist either cuts or shaves the sides or back of your hair, and it can be worn either exposed or unexposed (and the look is wearable, depending on the approach). "Typically, the hair on the sides and bottom is shorter than on top," says Johnston. "By doing this, the hair on top can collapse and look more relaxed and casual in the best, effortless way."

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Jaw-Grazing Layers

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Face-framing layers that barely graze the jawline are a great way to add dimension to a shorter style. Keep the look in place with Living ProofFlex Shaping Hairspray($27).

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Tousled & Textured

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A textured bob is perfect for those with naturally thick hair. The layers here add structure and volume that makes it manageable.

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Rough Around the Edges

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When you have naturally thin or fine hair and want to pump it up a little bit, you usually have to get creative. We're obsessed with the piecey bits that give it a rough-around-the-edges, "built-in-movement" vibe. (Find our best tips forthin hair here).

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Straight-Hair Bob

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Short, layered haircuts work forstraight hair, too—ask for lots of piecey layers to help pump up the texture and give you some volume. (Bonus points: Layers are your friend when you're trying to grow your hair, so if you're not fully committed to a tapered pixie cut, you can easily transition it into a bob from here).

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Short & Sleek

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If you have naturally fine hair, a sleek, piecey bob with a few well-placed layers like this is the perfect way to spice things up and add some oomph.

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Tousled Bangs

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Maya Hawke's wavy bob is an instantly chic cut you can copy if you're more into towel-drying than blow-drying, and have a similar relaxed hair texture.

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Piecey Perfection

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Olivia Culpo demonstrates how piecey layers can look with this sleek bouncy 'do. To replicate the style, blow-out the hair and use a medium-barrelled curling iron to create loose waves.

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Vintage Vibes

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As we said, the key to a good shag is many layers. The tapered ends, bangs, and extra volume on top give it a gorgeous hair shape.

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Blunt Bangs

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In our opinion, a chic layered bob combined with straight-across bangs is forever a cool look.

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Slicked-Back Bob

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This look utilized an undercut in the back to remove bulk. For blunt little bobs like this,texturizing productsareeverything.

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Bouncy Volume

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These bouncy curls look gorgeous from any angle. We particularly love how the volume is concentrated in the center of the hair to draw attention to the face.

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Cropped Pixie

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A cropped pixie is a great way to blend layers and maintain a chic look. Style with a pomade or paste and build product for structure.

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Shaggy Mullet

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The shullet is here to stay. A cross between a shag and a mullet, this style relies heavily on layers, making it a solid choice for those looking for a light and wispy cut.

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Piecey Shaggy Bob

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A piecey shaggy bob is effortless and looks even better when air-dried. Here, Selena Gomez adds bangs to the look for more style and movement.

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Wet Look

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Layers don't have to be blown out to be seen. Style your hair wet and let pieces fall naturally, a la Jourdan Dunn's bixie cut.

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Layered Lob

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Jennifer Aniston is the queen of the long-layered cut. Here, she shows off her longer layers in a lengthy lob.

As a hairstylist with years of experience, I can confidently say that short, layered hair is a style that anyone can pull off. Regardless of your hair type, texture, or face shape, short layers can work wonders for your look. But don't just take my word for it – let's explore the evidence that showcases the versatility and benefits of short, layered haircuts.

Layers are a cutting technique that can amp up any style. For those with thin hair, layers can add body and volume, making your hair appear fuller. If you have straight hair, layers can create movement and texture, adding depth to your style. Even natural curls can benefit from layers, as they can add shape and versatility to your curls.

Adrianne Johnston, a stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, agrees. She says that layers are great for adding softness and movement while showcasing texture. They can eliminate bulk for those with thick hair, create fullness for thin hair, and add an edge or balance depending on your desired look.

Now, let's dive into the concepts mentioned in the article:

  1. Curly Shag: Model Mica Arganaraz embraces her covetable curls by cutting layers into her shag haircut, which keeps her curl pattern bouncy and gorgeous.

  2. Layered Lob: Professional hairstylists like Anh Co Tran use layers to add dimension and movement to bobs and lobs, working with the hair's natural texture.

  3. Tightly Coiled: Layers can enhance the shape and versatility of tightly coiled curls, adding texture and dimension.

  4. Color Play: Layers can highlight dimensional dye jobs, allowing the variations in color to look even cooler.

  5. Full Volume: Layers create volume, and this example shows how they can pump up your look for ultimate fullness, depending on your hair texture.

  6. Layered Shag: The '60s-inspired shag is all the rage, and layers are essential for achieving the movement and piecey parts that make this hairstyle so cool.

  7. Add Some Bangs: Adding bangs to a vintage-inspired shag haircut, like Georgia May Jagger, can give your look an extra oomph. Just consider your styling preferences before committing to bangs.

  8. Volume in the Front: Layers in the front of a shorter curly crop can add face-framing volume and a touch of lightness to the back.

  9. Amazing Fullness: Layers are crucial for achieving super-full styles, and if your hair length isn't enough, you can replicate the look with a layered crochet wig.

  10. Curly Bangs: This naturally curly shag is made even more stunning with the variation in color, adding dimension and movement to the hairstyle.

These are just a few examples of the many short, layered haircuts that can inspire you to make the chop. Whether you're looking for a dramatic change or a subtle update, layers can transform your look and enhance your natural features. So, don't be afraid to embrace the versatility and beauty of short, layered hair.

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