Popular Cuts for All Lengths
Stunning Short Layered Haircuts You'll Love
01 July 2018
From childhood to adulthood, women get told one single message: Long hair is beautiful. It’s feminine, romantic, and sexy. Women throughout history have happily worn their manes down to their heavily corseted waistlines, and so can you (corset optional, thankfully).
However, we’re here to make a pretty strong counterargument to that blaring culture message. You know what’s sexy? Wearing your hair however you want to, especially in short, layered haircuts. There’s no reason to keep your mane long, unless you really enjoy styling it on the daily.
If that means you’ve always secretly pined for a bob, now is the time to make it happen. Say goodbye to ponytails, girl, because you’re going short. You won’t even miss all that extra hair, and the breeze on the back of your neck will feel extra sweet.
Why get short layered haircuts in the first place?
Besides the freedom of life without 12 inches of extra hair, layers will do wonders for your style. If you have fine hair, layers can help create volume by ridding you of dead ends. For ladies fighting coarseness or dense texture, layers are the only way to beautifully shaped curls.
The trick to mastering layers—and not ending up with the dreaded triangle head you remember from middle school—is a routine of styling products and techniques that will keep your mane in check. The best way to customize a routine is by asking your stylist for his or her take. After all, why wouldn’t you consult the very person who created your cut?
The pixie cut is an ultra-short style, one that’s been modeled by endless celebrities and ‘90s supermodels. If you’re working with a strong facial structure and feel confident in your jawline, the pixie cut is the move you should make. It’s breezy, choppy, and timeless.
For a layered pixie cut, you stylist will leave you hair several inches long at the hairline and gently taper it closer to the back of the head. The added length leaves room for you to play with texturizers and pomades, maximizing the volume of your hair as you go.
The shaggy bob is a style that’s recently come back into fashion. Channeling the heady days of the ‘70s, your stylist will feather out your ends with the end goal of boosting volume at your crown. The resulting style is textured with tons of movement throughout the ends.
We usually recommend this style for women who really invest in their hair color. The different lengths and directions here show off beautiful blonde and brunette highlights to maximum effect. Plus, the style grows out to an effortless-looking lob. No awkward stage, no problem.
We love a good gender bending cut, and the wedge style is no exception to that rule. Think of every heartthrob you loved in early ‘00s chick flicks, then copy that style. Instead of cutting your hair in a single length, your stylist will hold it away from your head. Then, he or she will slice away at a downward angle.
Instead of a traditional bob, which can fall flat, you’ll be treated to tons of volume at the crown and a close-cropped neck portion. It’s a flattering style, one that’s summer appropriate at any age. Paired with blonde highlights, it’s a sure win.
We’re forever advocates of the layered bob, which is a miracle worker if you’re trying to beef up thin strands. Instead of hanging limply around your face, those fine hairs can be shaped into the illusion of a full mane. With a good blow dryer and volume boosting spray, you’ll be surprised at the change in your own ‘do.
For an extra boost, ask your stylist for stacked layers at the nape of the neck. This look will free your hair from extra weight. Thanks to progressively shorter layers in the back of your head, you’ll get extra height at the crowns as well as additional thickness.
If the A-line bob seems dated to you, it’s time to update your mental image of the cut. Although this look was extremely popular just past the millennium, it’s recently been given a modern update. Instead of strands that are curled under to frame your face, this iteration of the cut features messy beach waves on an angle.
Although the A-line has traditionally been marketed as a volume-boosting style for ladies with fine hair, we recommend seeking it out if you’re struggling to style coarse, wavy hair. The angled shape of the style lends itself to natural waves. Without all that extra weight on your strands, your natural curls can spring into place.
It takes a daring woman to choose a haircut that incorporates multiple lengths, but we’re increasingly seeing ladies with stylish undercuts. Instead of cropping your full mane into a bob, your stylist will buzz the area above the neck.
The technique accomplishes two aims at once: You’ll create a space for artistic techniques (buzzed designs or pastels) and take a step out of your comfort zone. While bob-length hair will still frame your face, you’ll have the flexibility of a gender bending hairstyle that can be worn in multiple ways. Plus, you’ll feel a lot cooler during steamy summer afternoons.
Chances are good that you know at least five women who have an asymmetrical bob. The style was extremely popular last year, probably because celebrities made it a red-carpet staple. Instead of a single length ‘do, your stylist will treat your hair to an off-center cut featuring a deep side part. You’ll have the benefit of a long, dramatic swoop that’s flattering to nearly all facial shapes.
If the cut feels dated or dry to you, we recommend asking your stylist for a blunt fringe—the shorter, the better. Baby bangs are the newest callback to the ‘90s, one that creates a punk vibe. Instead of feeling like you’re headed to pick up the kids from preschool, you’ll be giving off rock star vibes.
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