5 Layered Hairstyles That Feel Fresh, Fun, & Mane-Changing

There's a reason layered locks are some of the most sought-after 'dos. As versatile and easy to style as they are, everyone from top models (hello, Alessandra) to Hollywood starlets are sporting the terraced tresses of late. And it's no wonder. We chatted with stylist DJ Quintero of the Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in NYC and figured out why layers are popping up everywhere.
According to Quintero, "Layers are the removal of weight, which helps add movement and texture to the hair. People with damaged hair benefit greatly from this cut because layering can be used to remove dry or split ends without shortening the length." We're listening.
And not just that. Layered cuts are easier to style because they don't require a lot of products to look good. Quintero likes the style on straight, medium-to-long hair the best, but he also encourages curly-haired ladies to consider this look. "All you need is a hairdryer, a round brush, and great volumizer that gives lift at the root and allows hair to move and not become greasy or weighed down." Quintero suggests a volumizing shampoo and conditioner and the Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer to achieve the perfect look.
Click through to see our favorite layered styles and decide which one's going to work for you, come fall.
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The pioneer of layered locks (who didn't sport the "Rachel" at one point in the '90s?). Jennifer's approach to her hair has always been enviable — simple yet sexy.

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The It Girl of fashion may just be the new It Girl of hair, too. Her disheveled 'do manages to perfectly toe the line between messy and stylish.

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Proving that all layers are not created equal, Lucy's sexy take on a classic look makes us seriously covet of those gorgeous, loose curls

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No stranger to the Best Of lists, Kate's subtle layers are perfect for fine-haired ladies. The curl adds some extra oomph and makes sure her pieces don't fall flat.

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One of our favorite hair chameleons, Jessica Alba demonstrates the versatility of layers by playing up a deep side-part.

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