When you think about layers, chances are good that your mind gravitates towards images of back-grazing hair. It's a fair assumption, considering how many people with long locks have 'em, but you don't need inches to add movement and texture to your hair.
In fact, layers are well-suited for shorter hairstyles — no matter your texture — and can completely transform your look without sacrificing length. For example, a sharp, blunt bob instantly turns soft and effortless with a few wispy pieces. The same goes for curly hair and bangs, which become more dynamic and shag-like with added layers.
"Layers create shape, volume, and movement," says Damian Santiago, stylist and co-founder of Mizu Louis Licari salon in New York City. "On many haircuts, it adds a special sexiness that is very different from a classic blunt line." Into hair that's sexy, fun, and easy? Check out the layered cuts ahead.
Give your curly crop new life by asking your stylist to add shorter pieces throughout. "Curls respond to layering really well, but cutting them varies by person," Santiago explains. He suggests talking to your stylist about your desired length and shape to determine whether a wet or dry cut is best for you.
The same goes for bangs: A few snips can transform your look, so ask your stylist what kind of fringe works for your curl pattern and lifestyle.
"It takes a confident woman to rock a kickass short cut," Santiago says. This one‚ with its short layers and face-framing pieces, is one of our favorites.
The blunt bob
is a staple haircut, but if you're bored by the sharp lines, simply ask your stylist to incorporate some subtle layering. Adding a few shorter pieces to the classic shape will instantly make your style feel edgier.
Side-swept layers create a feathery effect that looks especially stunning on a fresh silk press.
You can also add some shorter pieces to your grown-out pixie cut to give your style dimension.
If you're at the annoying stage when you want to grow out a lob, but it's getting tough to style, ask your stylist for face-framing layers that'll make it feel fresh.