30 Short Layered Hair Ideas for a Chic and Versatile Look

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Getting layered hair can spice up your ‘do. Layers give your hair more dimension and help keep it from looking flat. They also help distribute volume, especially if you have thick hair. Layers can work on any hair length, but if you’re looking for a fresh, new look, consider getting short layered hair. It also gives off a youthful and carefree vibe. It’s also a step-up from the simple bobs and lobs that you may have been used to.

If you’re looking for short layered hair ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up 30 layered looks for you, so go check them out!

Our Favorite Hairstyles for Short Layered Hair

1. Half Waves on Short Layered Hair

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Curl the bottom half of your short layered hair to add movement. Credit: Natasha Estelle

With waves, your layers get more defined. If you want a more polished, wavy look, just curl the bottom half of your hair so the top remains sleek and smooth.

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Editor’s tip: Start with smooth and sleek hair by shampooing with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It is formulated with KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep. It also gives your hair 10 salon benefits, which include making your hair soft, shiny, smooth, and frizz-free.

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

Don’t forget to condition your hair after shampooing. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner which also has KERA10 Protein Complex. And thanks to its oleo serum, this conditioner also moisturizes and nourishes your hair deeply. 

2. Apple Cut Hair

Asian woman with short brown hair wearing a brown blouse smiling
Look fresh-faced with a neat, layered bob. Credit: Shutterstock

This type of short layered hair boasts volume and bounce at the back. In some apple cuts, the hair tapers as it approaches the nape. This short layered hair idea is perfect if you want to make your hair look thick but want that light and presko feeling by the nape.

3. Beach Waves for Short Hair

Asian woman with short black wavy hair with bangs wearing a blue sleeveless dress
Need to glam up for daytime parties? Make waves on your layered short hair.

Beach waves elevate a simple hairstyle but still exude a casual and laid-back vibe. Wear beach waves when you’re meeting your friends for coffee or when you’re going on a romantic picnic date. If you want to add more volume to your hair, apply hair mousse before blow-drying and curling. The mousse will also help tame frizz.

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Editor’s tip: Protect your short layered hair from styling damage with Dove Advanced Keratin Treatment Mask. It targets damaged spots and guards your hair against the weakening effects of styling. This treatment mask also has Keratin Repair Actives and a nourishing layer of vitamins and niacinamide. These ingredients help keep your hair from getting weak and damaged.

4. C-Curl Short Layered Hair

Asian woman with layered short hair wearing a white top
The C-shape helps make your layered bob look bouncy. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Got a chin-length or medium-length layered bob? Keep it in good shape by blow-drying it while brushing its underside inwards. Do this to one section of your hair at a time. The result is a trendy, C-shaped bob that’s inspired by Korean short hairstyles.

5. Layered Short Hair with Bangs

Asian woman with short layered hair with bangs wearing a white top and black skirt
Wispy bangs make your layered bob look chic and relaxed. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Look effortlessly chic and hip with a layered bob with bangs. This haircut gives you a flexible look that you can glam up or down depending on your outfit. Make your bangs wispy by styling them using your fingers.

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Editor’s tip: Enjoy your new look without worrying about hair fall and breakage. Use Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn Hair Fall Defense Tri-Oleo Conditioner. It is infused with Tri-Oleo Complex, which is composed of three lightweight and nourishing oils that help strengthen, smoothen, and moisturize your short layered hair. This conditioner is also formulated with Break Shield Complex, helping reduce hair fall from the first wash by 99%.

6. Choppy Bob With Waves

Asian woman with wavy choppy bob wearing a blue dress
Want some texture and volume? Add waves to your hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

What better way to show off your layers than with soft, loose waves? To create this look, curl one small section of hair at a time using a curling iron. When you’re done curling all sections of your hair, loosen the curls by gently brushing or finger-combing your hair.

7. Layered Short Hair With Hair Studs

Asian woman with tousled hair wearing a black top
Glam up your bob or lob with sparkly hair studs. Credit: All Things Hair

Accessorize your tousled layered hair by adding hair studs or tiny hairpieces on one side. First, part your hair deeply on one side. Then, put the studs on the section with less hair.

8. Short Layered Hair With See-Through Bangs

Asian woman with short dark wavy hair with see through bangs wearing a denim jacket
This season is the perfect time to get a K-pop-inspired hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

The K-wave isn’t going to die anytime soon, so keep on riding it by getting see-through bangs along with your layered hair. Throw in some texture for a chic, everyday look.

9. Deep Copper Choppy Bob

Woman with copper-colored layered short hair smiling
Turn heads with a gorgeous copper bob. Credit: Trần Long from Pexels

This reddish-bronze hair color jazzes up any haircut, including short layered hair. It gives your choppy bob a fresh, youthful vibe. It’s flattering for almost any skin tone, too!

10. Bouncy Blowout

Indonesian woman with a brown medium bob smiling
Use a round brush while blow-drying to add volume to your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Going somewhere fancy? Jazz up your short layered hair using your blow dryer and a round brush. Now, you have a beautiful, bouncy blowout that moves with you.

11. Messy Short Layered Hair

Asian woman wearing a denim jacket, smiling with her messy hair look
More charm, less effort. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Sometimes, making a mess is all it takes to style your short layered hair. With a messy layered bob, you don’t have to worry about nailing a perfect and polished ‘do. Just scrunch your short layered hair or create loose waves using a curling iron, spritz some spray, and you’re done!

12. Curly Pixie Cut

Boyish haircuts: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with short black curly hair wearing a white blouse
Live out “short hair, don’t care” with a curly pixie cut. Credit: Hariono Halim

You can’t have a pixie cut without layers. And if you have curls, brace yourself for a totally edgy hairstyle! Just keep your curls nourished and moisturized to keep frizz at bay. A drop of hair serum can also help you get soft and glossy curls.

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Editor’s tip: Apply TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum to your curly hair as a finishing touch. It calms frizz, makes your hair soft, detangles knots, adds shine, and tames flyaways. It leaves your hair silky and smooth, so you don’t have to worry about curls that look dry and lifeless.

13. Layered Lob

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There’s more to love about your lob when beautiful layers are added to the picture. Credit: Hariono Halim

While a lob is more of a medium-length haircut, layered bobs can easily become layered lobs once they start growing. Rock this haircut by making sure the tips are free from split ends. Get regular trims even if you’re planning to grow out your hair to get rid of dry and frayed tips.

14. Ash Gray Short Layered Hair

Asian woman with ash gray layered short hair wearing a red blazer
Ash gray hair color on a layered bob is a trendy, must-try look! Credit: Natasha Estelle

Want to make your layered bob look edgy? Dye it ash gray. To style your short layered hair, simply scrunch it and seal it with a texturizing spray.

15. Textured and Layered Pixie Cut

Asian woman with a textured pixie cut smiling
Define those layers on your pixie cut with a textured hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

Having a bad hair day? Just scrunch your pixie cut and rock a messy-chic look! Give your hair a few spritzes of hairspray to seal the texture.

16. Textured Pixie Cut With Highlights

Woman with short brown hair wearing eyeglasses
Brown hair and blonde highlights make a layered short haircut even more interesting. Credit: Shutterstock

Highlights help define your layers so you can better showcase your hair’s shape and texture. For a sophisticated look, try coloring your hair brown and adding blonde highlights.

17. Layered Glam Waves

Asian girl wearing a white dress poses elegantly to show her layered short hair
Can’t think of a party hairstyle? Try this ‘do. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Look elegant with this hairstyle. If you have natural waves, you can apply hair mousse to make them look defined. If you have straight and short layered hair, don’t worry! All you need is a curling iron with a medium or large barrel to create these glam waves.  

18. Short Shaggy Hair

Asian girl is wearing a blue dress with her right hand gently touching her face as she flaunts her layered short hair
Use hair wax to showcase your shaggy haircut’s texture. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Rock a ’70s vibe with a shaggy haircut. This short layered hair idea is a great option if you want to stand out in a sea of bobs, lobs, and pixie cuts.

19. Wavy Center-Parted Bob

Asian woman with short wavy black hair wearing an off-shoulder white blouse
Soft waves and layers add bounce and volume to short thin hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Look delicate and ultra-feminine by parting your hair in the middle and creating loose waves. Aside from a curling iron, you can also use a flat iron to create these shallow waves. Complement your ‘do with an off-shoulder top for that chic summer vibe.

20. Pink Bob With Blunt Layers

Asian woman with short pink hair
Look like a rock star with bright pink hair. Credit: Michelle Pedron

If you want a different kind of short layered hair, get blunt layers instead of textured ones. Make it even edgier by dyeing your hair a bold color like pink.

21. Layered Pixie Bob

Asian woman with short hair wearing a white top
If you’re not ready for a super short haircut, try this layered pixie bob. Credit: Binh Ly on Unsplash

A pixie bob is a short haircut that has the silhouette of a pixie cut and a length of a bob. If you’re still on the fence about getting a pixie cut, a pixie bob lets you test the waters.

22. Messy Layered Short Hair with Headband

Asian woman with layered hair and headband wearing a denim jacket
Make your bedhead ‘do stylish by putting on a headband. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Wear a wide headband or head scarf together with your messy layered hair for a chic and casual look. This also won’t take you long to do, so you can wear create this hairstyle even on busy days working from home. Simply scrunch your hair and put on a headband when you suddenly have to attend an impromptu video call.

23. Wavy Lob With Clips

Young Asian girl looks playful in her pose while scrunching her hair
Liven up a simple wavy hair with hair clips. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Take the cutest hair clips you have and put them on your short layered hair. Feel free to mix and match different clips for a chic and playful look.

24. Tousled Layered Lob

Woman with Tousled Layered Lob
Soft, shallow waves make a center-parted lob look relaxed. Credit: indigitalimages.com

A slightly messy look also works on long bobs and shoulder-length hair. If you’re not fond of using a curling iron or a flat iron to achieve those waves, try heatless hacks like sock curls or using bobby pins to create tousled hair. The result is just as awesome sans the risk of heat damage.

25. Flipped-Out Ends

Woman with short blue hair wearing eyeglasses
This hairstyle goes well with eyeglasses. Credit: Rodolfo Quirós from Pexels

Exude a vintage vibe by blow-drying and brushing sections of your short layered hair outward. Don’t forget to part your hair on the side for more volume.

26. Pixie Cut with Side Bangs

Asian woman with a pixie cut wearing a gray cardigan
If you have naturally wavy hair, you can go for this type of pixie cut. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

This type of pixie cut has long side bangs, giving you more hair to work with. Blow-dry your textured fringe so it sweeps to the side in a natural-looking way.

27. Blonde Choppy Lob

Asian woman with blonde choppy lob holding a camera
Mix blonde with brown shades in your balayage hair for added depth. Credit: Christian Diokno on Pexels

Aside from curling your short layered hair and adding soft waves, coloring your locks can help also help define your layers. A blonde balayage hair color helps add depth and dimension to your haircut, and this draws more attention to your layers.

28. Asymmetrical Short Layered Hair

Asian woman with asymmetrical bob smiling
Give your short haircut a fresh take by trying this ‘do. Credit: Shutterstock

This short haircut is equal parts chic, edgy, and adventurous. It features layers at the back and on one side and diagonal tips on the other. To style, just blow-dry or iron your hair straight to better showcase its shape.

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Editor’s tip: For straighter hair and reduced frizz, try Cream Silk Standout Straight Tri-Oleo Conditioner. It has Tri-Oleo Complex, which consists of argan oil, rosehip oil, and marula oil. These oils help strengthen, smoothen, and moisturize your short layered hair, leaving it smooth and beautiful. 

29. Wispy Pixie Cut

Asian woman with a wavy pixie cut smiling
Chill out in style with a wispy and wavy pixie cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Look laid-back and relaxed with this ‘do. To style, simply scrunch it for volume and texture, and you’re good to go!

30. Textured French Bob

Asian woman with a textured bob with bangs smiling
Look très chic with a textured French bob. Credit: Hariono Halim

This haircut doesn’t have heavy layering. But when you add soft, casual waves in certain sections of this haircut, it looks subtly layered, giving you an effortlessly chic ‘do.

There you have it! Now, take your pick from these chic hairstyles and make your short layered hair a head-turner.