Face framing layers have quickly become one of the most popular hairstyles of 2021. This look has gained so much popularity because it can easily be worn on any hair type and with practically any hairstyle. From celebrities to our friends showing off their new hairstyles online, this look has been spotted everywhere.
While face-framing layers have been so popular, curtain bangs have been too. These looks are similar and often get confused. Don’t worry; we’re here to break it down for you. Keep scrolling to find out the difference between face-framing layers and curtain bangs, and get inspo for how to wear this style.
Curtain Bangs vs. Face Framing Layers
These styles get confused more often than you would think. Keep scrolling to learn how to tell them apart.
When asking your stylist for face-framing layers or curtain bangs, it’s important to know the difference to get the desired results. Oftentimes, people ask for curtain bangs when they really mean face-framing layers; then they’re left with shorter fringe than expected–definitely a bummer if it’s not what you expected.
Curtain bangs are very popular right now, but this is a shorter style that has a middle part. The bangs will usually hit anywhere from your eyebrow to your cheekbones. Curtain bangs will also gradually get longer as they cascade from your eyebrow, creating a curtain effect.
Face framing layers replicate this shape, except at a longer length. This type of layered look is often jaw-length or longer and can usually be tucked behind the ear. The layers seamlessly blend into your look and don’t look light if you have fringe. However, they’re great for leaving out updos for a no-so-slicked look.
Face Framing Layers You Need to Try
1. Blended Layers
Face-framing layers that are slightly on the longer side help add movement to your style while blending seamlessly into the rest of your hair.
2. Layers with a Headband
Who doesn’t love an accessorized hairstyle? Dress up your look with a headband. From casual to fancy events, it’s perfect for just about anything!
3. Bandana Style
A bandana is an easy, on-trend way to make your layers stand out. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a disappearing hairline with these face-framing pieces.
4. Framing Layers with a Bob
Bobs are such a classic look, but it’s always fun to play around with this shape and try something new. Face-framing layers help add more dimension and shape to a commonly straight and sleek style.
5. Layered Lob
This classic haircut isn’t going away anytime soon. The face-framing layers are the perfect way to add movement. Leave these pieces out of any updos. For more texture, loosely curl your hair.
Use a hair spray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Level 2 Hold Curl Hair Spray to keep waves in place all day without feeling stiff.
6. Longer Locks
Layers like this can help remove some heaviness from thick hair’s bottom. It’s a great way to lighten up your strands without cutting them too short.
7. Red Hair Look
Try extending the layers down the length of your hair. This technique helps add shape to longer lengths and can even add attention to your face if you have an elongated face shape.
8. Wavy Layered Hair
If you have wavy hair, you’re in luck. The natural texture of your hair will create the perfect volume in this look.
9. Middle-Parted Style
Sporting this trend for the first time? We love the middle part with this look! It’s a great way to add some edginess to an otherwise soft look.
10. Ombré Layers
Already have face-framing layers but still want to change up your style? Try a subtle ombré look with your style gradually fading from light to dark.
When caring for colored hair, use a set like Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner to ensure your strands stay vibrant for as long as possible.
11. Face Framing Layers with Pigtails
Pairing pigtails with face-framing layers makes the perfect E-girl hairstyle.
12. Genie Ponytail Style
Adding face-framing layers to a slick style like a genie ponytail can help add more dimension to your look. You can still achieve that sleek style while still having shape at the front.
Use a gel, like Shea Moisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Milk Gel to achieve a smooth base on your ponytail.
13. The Rachel Haircut
This distinct haircut from the ‘90s has made a resurgence this year with the popularity of layers. Try out this style if you want to go for an all-around choppy look that incorporates this trend.
14. Side-Parted Layers
This look can also be worn with a side part. Flip your hair over to add some instant volume at the roots of your strands.
15. Wispy Layers
Your layers don’t need to be thick. Opt for wispy layers for a softer look. This will ensure that you can still fit most of your hair up into an updo or ponytail with just a few wisps framing your face.
Are you thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to share the final look with us over @AllThingsHairUS!