Looking for a new ‘do that’s both practical and will stand the test of time? Well, short layered hairstyles could be an easy solution to your styling concerns. And really, what’s not to love? Layered looks have the added benefit of being ultra-flattering for all face shapes and hair types, not to mention being less time-consuming to maintain than Godiva-like locks!
Now we’ve convinced you, read on to discover four of our favourite short layered haircuts. We’ve even added product recommendations to help you nail the looks and get the best results!
4 Short layered hairstyles to try now
1. Grown-out pixie
When you think of layered short hair, this signature cut is probably the first one to spring to mind. The grown out pixie (AKA the Meg Ryan cut) has a bit more length than the classic pixie, with lots of texture and choppy layers. If you’re worried that a pixie might be too short for you, then the soft, grown-out layers of this cut make it the perfect choice. Looking for a modern example of this style? Carey Mulligan is your poster girl.
Editor’s tip: Refresh and add a casual feel to your grown-out pixie by using a sea salt spray. The Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray helps to effortlessly give texture and hold – perfect for lived-in, beach-inspired looks!
Despite the preconceptions, the pixie is a flattering option for all face shapes; you just need to know some smart tips to make it work for you. The best part? It’s quite freeing (and great for summer!). The secret to nailing this short layered hair cut is to add a sweeping fringe. Just check out Michelle Williams and Emma Watson; their looks are proof that the right fringe can easily make short layered hairstyles work for any face shape!
Editor’s tip: Keep your pixie pretty by using hairspray. The VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray has a lightweight, ultra-brushable technology, which will help smooth your pixie and give it a beautiful sheen.
The layered bob is often overlooked for more edgy short hairstyles. But with Taylor Swift now rocking the look, it’s definitely back into the spotlight. If you have fine or thin tresses, the shape of this layered cut will help your hair appear much fuller.
Just try to keep your layers short and a little choppy to give the illusion of more body. And if you have curly hair, be aware that your cut might not always look the same. (To avoid any surprises, read our article about everything you should know before you cut your curly hair.)
Editor’s tip: Want to lift your hair without weighing down your fine locks? The Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray has oxygen-fused conditioning ingredients, so the formula moisturises flat, limp hair while adding up to 95% more volume*.
4. The shag
Model Mica Arganaraz probably has a thing or 2 to do with the resurgence of the shag. In fact, the hairstyle could easily be retitled ‘the cool-girl cut’, as it exudes chick coolness. And guess what? As short layered hairstyles for thick hair go, this is the creme de la creme!
This look is just perfect for your hair type. But if you’re worried that its androgynous appearance might be a little too edgy, steer away from a boyish blunt cut by asking for soft short layers with a longer, indie-style fringe and keeping your mane tousled.
Editor’s tip: Mousses and foams are great for creating effortless waves. The TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam is an ultra-light formula infused with sea kelp extract that helps create natural-looking waves.
*Hair freshly washed with Dove Oxygen & Moisture shampoo versus sebum-treated hair.
Can’t get enough inspo on layered short haircuts? Well, it just so happens that we’ve done a round up of the best short layered hairstyles from Instagram, right here! You’re welcome.