29 Stunning Styles for Shoulder Length Layered Hair

Not quite long enough to pass as long but also not short enough to count as short hair, shoulder-length hair with layers is the perfect middle ground. And the best part is, they can work for any hair type, whether your hair is on the thinner side, super thick, straight or curly.

To help inspire your next cut, we’ve put together an edit of some of the best shoulder-length layered hair. Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite celebs rocking this mid-length style and read our expert tips on how to make it work for you.

Soft Shoulder-length Layers

Celebrity with wavy shoulder length hair
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Soft layers are great for adding movement while retaining the overall length of the hair.

Soft Layered Lob

Emilea Clarke with shoulder length layers
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Whether you’re growing out a bob or contemplating getting one cut, this shoulder-length layered hair cut is a great transitional style and the soft shaping at the ends makes all the difference. For shiny and smooth strands every day, try Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo, that works on all hair types.

Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo

Medium Layers with Bangs

Billie Eilish with a layered lob
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What better way to show off your shoulder-length layers than with bangs? For added texture, spray your hair with a dry shampoo or a texturising spray, this will help show off layers on straight hair and help to give your strands that rock’n’roll vibe.

Textured Layers

Gemma Chan with shoulder-length layers
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For those with straight hair, see how Gemma Chan’s subtle ombré and mermaid waves add texture to her mid-length layered hair.

TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse Front

Editor’s tip: There’s nothing worse than limp layers, so pump up the volume with a texturising spray, like the TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse. This mousse is great for adding an undone, messy texture to make your style look instantly cooler.

Curly Shoulder-length Layers

Maya Hawke with curly shoulder length hair
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Curls look amazing with layers! Not only do they add more definition to waves and curls but they help to give your hair a more natural shag finish especially when styled with a fringe.

Long Layers

Jennifer Aniston with long layers
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Jennifer Aniston adds the illusion of extra length to her mid-length hair with a swooping side fringe and long layers. Try this look if you’re craving a trim but still want to hang onto your length.

Face-framing Layers with Balayage

Woman with layered face framing highlights
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If you’re looking for something new and subtle, we suggest asking your stylist for face-framing layers. This is also a great option for those who don’t want to sacrifice their overall length.

Beachy Layers

Hailey Bieber with beachy layers
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If you’re looking for the perfect summer style, look no further. Hailey Bieber’s windswept layers give a surfer girl feel that pairs flawlessly with her sunny blonde strands.

Wispy Layers on Straight Hair

Dua Lipa with wispy layers
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Slay your layered haircut by adding a fun ’90s blonde and brown colour combo just like Dua Lipa (AKA the poster girl for all things ’90s). If you’re straightening your hair to achieve Dua’s sleek look, protect it with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray, which also keeps frizz at bay for up to 72 hours!

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray Front of bottle

Alexa Chung’s Layers

Alexa Chung with a layered lob
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Giving medium-length layered hairstyles the fashion-pack seal of approval is model and designer Alexa Chung, who oozes cool girl chic with this fab tousled style!

We love the way that she adds some loose, natural-looking waves to her hair to accentuate her shorter layers, working in perfect harmony with her effortless gappy fringe.

Tousled Shoulder-length Layers

Vanessa Hudgens with side swept layers
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Get that I woke up like this look with tousled layers that are just screaming to be styled with big waves and flipped over to one side.

Lived-in Lob

Margot Robbie with a layered lob
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Margot Robbie is proof that layers always look better when styled into barely-there curls. So if you’re looking for the best way to show off your newly-cut layers, you know what to do!

Rock Chick Layers

Olivia Culpo with layered shoulder length hair
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Olivia Culpo proves that medium layered haircuts can have just as much volume as longer, flowing styles.

Classic Layers

Jenna Colman with classic layers
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How chic does Jenna Coleman look with this mid-length layered look? We love her gently curled ends, which bring out the shorter layers around her chin.

Shaggy Layers

Lily Collins with shaggy layers
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Lily Collins is bringing back the ’70s shag with this amped-up mid-length layered hair look. With short layers and a bumped-up crown, this style radiates retro-chic with a totally modern twist!

Psst: it’s also the perfect way to boost fine tresses, so if you’re suffering from thinning hair this is definitely one to consider.

Layers on Thick Hair

Priyanka Chopra with layered hair
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Who better to look to for hair inspiration than an actual Miss World winner, right? Priyanka’s shoulder-length layered cut has volume and sass aplenty and is the ideal source of inspiration for any thick-haired ladies.

Layers on Wavy Lob

Ashley Benson with layered shoulder length hair
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Choppy layers are great for adding volume and definition to fine and thick strands. While the style is modern and chic, it also works a treat for limp strands that lack movement.

Layers with Bangs

Felicity Jones with layered hair and bangs
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Love medium layered haircuts but worried they won’t work with your fringe? Well, worry no more, as Felicity Jones is all the proof you need that bangs and layers are perfectly paired!

With her full, blunt fringe and subtle face-framing layers, this look brings out her stunning green eyes like a dream.

Shoulder-length Layers with Balayage

Woman with shoulder length hair and balayage
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Whether it’s a balayage, ombré or highlights, show off your shoulder-length layers with a subtle colour melt like this blonde balayage.

Highlighted Caramel Layers

Selena Gomez with caramel layers
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The best way to really make your medium layered hair shine? Highlights, of course! Note how Selena Gomez has added in some lighter chocolate highlights through her shoulder-length cut to accentuate her hue and make her eyes pop.

Blunt Layers

Tina Fey with blunt layers
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If you’re in need of an office-appropriate, shoulder-length layered hair look, Tina Fey’s simple layered ends are all the inspiration you need.

Letting all of your hair remain the same length but adding slight shape to the ends with some neat layers, this look is perfect if you’re looking for a more mature style.

Flicked-out Layers

Sarah Hyland with flicked out layers
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Feeling like some retro hair with flicked-out layers? Sarah Hyland’s flattering style is also a good one to consider if you have thin hair as it’s the ultimate body-booster.

Choppy Layers on Highlighted Hair

Woman with choppy layers on highlighted hair
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Light choppy layers, like above, are great for giving your hair a natural bedhead finish.

Sleek and Straight Layers

Victoria Justice with sleek straight layers
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Nickelodeon actress Victoria Justice knows that straightening your hair can really help to make the most of any layers in your mane. With her raven mid-length layered hair divided into a perfect centre parting (with chic straightened lengths), this is the perfect way to wear your layers for an evening out.

Flicky Layers

Eva Longoria with flicky layers
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For a sexy, sultry look, try working some flicked-out layers into your mane a la Eva Longoria. Adding a glam twist to mid-length layered hair, this is the perfect haircut for the woman who does it all, taking you seamlessly from desk to date night!

Face-Framing Layers

AnnaLynne McCord with face framing layers
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With her naturally coiled locks straightened, AnnaLynne McCord’s graduated layers accentuate her heart-shaped face for an ultra-flattering finish.

TRESemmé Defence Spray Front

Editor’s tip: Don’t forget to protect your delicate strands with a heat protectant before straightening. The TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray contains a heat-activated complex to help protect your locks from heat, so you can rest assured that not only does your hair look good, it’s being cared for, too.

Medium Layers

Kiera Knightly with medium layers
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Thought medium layered hairstyles were a little too ‘out there’ for you? Then take inspiration from Keira Knightley’s staggered, medium layered hair and ask your stylist to incorporate a mixture of short, medium and long length layers for a wispy, feminine look.

Layers on Mid-Length Hair

Dakota Fanning with long layered hair
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Want to maintain your length? No problem! Opting for mid-length hair with long layers (like blonde actress Elle Fanning) is a great way to work layers into your look, without sacrificing any of your length.

Blonde Highlighted Layers

Woman with blonde highlighted layers
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Highlights help to give strands a sunkissed finish whether you’re a blonde or brunette. So, if you’re looking for a summer cut and colour, consider highlighted layers.


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