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18 Haircuts With Face Framing Layers That Will Convince You to Try This Trend

This layered style is here to stay.

Face framing layers have quickly become one of the hottest hairstyles of the season — and understandably so. These delicate strands do some serious work. They accentuate the facial features, add softness and movement and create a stunning frame for the face.

In addition, face framing layers suit every any hair type, texture, length and work with practically any hairstyle. In short, they’re a safe bet, if you’re looking for a subtle way to freshen up your look.

Below, we share our favorite face framing layered cuts, how to style them and lastly,  resolve a popular dilemma about the difference between curtain bangs and face framing layers. Read on to find out.

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.

curtain bangs vs face-framing layers
Curtain bangs vs. face-framing layers.

When asking your stylist for face-framing layers or curtain bangs, it’s important to know the difference to get the desired results. Often, people ask for curtain bangs when they really mean face-framing layers; then they’re left with shorter fringe than expected — a definite bummer.

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-like 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 are the better pick, if you don’t want to commit to a shorter fringe.

Face Framing Layers You Need to Try

1. Blended Layers

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Seamlessly blend layers into your long hair.

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. Face Framing Layers with a Bob

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Add a headband to your look!

Do face framing layers work with a bob? We say yes! To make them stand out, use a curling iron to add a few loose waves.

Also, 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

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Make your layers stand out with a bandana.

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 and Fringe

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Add face-framing layers to short styles.

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. The look above also features a soft, wispy fringe.

5. Layered Lob

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Add face-framing layers to a 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. Face Framing Layers with a Butterfly Haircut

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Haven’t you heard? The butterfly cut is one of the coolest layered haircuts right now. And the good news: face framing layers are a perfect match for the trendy cut.

7. Longer Locks

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Layers like this add shape to longer haircuts.

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.

8. Long Face Framing Layers

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This style is great on any length of hair.

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.

9. Face Framing Layers on Wavy Hair

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This style is perfect for wavy hair.

If you have wavy hair, you’re in luck. The natural texture of your hair will create the perfect volume in this look.

10. Side-Parted Face Framing Layers

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Try out a side part with your 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. This style looks especially gorgeous with highlights to help add contrast and add dimension.

11. Wispy Layers

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Opt for wispy face-framing layers instead.

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.

12. Medium Hairstyle with Face Framing Layers

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We love this medium-length cut with shorter face framing layers that just graze the apples of the cheeks.

13. Braided Face Framing Layers

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If you have long face framing layers, adding baby braids is a fun way to style them. Case in point: this cute look with long blonde hair.

14. Middle-Parted Style

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Go for a middle part with the look.

Sporting this trend for the first time? We love the middle part of this look! It’s a great way to add some edginess to an otherwise soft look.

15. Ombré Layers

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Try out an ombré color.

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.

16. Face Framing Layers with Pigtails

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Try out pigtails with your layers.

Pairing pigtails with face-framing layers makes the perfect E-girl hairstyle. This style looks especially great with curtain bangs to complement the pigtails. Use TRESemmé Ultra Fine Hair Spray to protect your hair from flyaways.

17. Genie Ponytail Style

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Leave your layers out of a genie ponytail for a face-framing look.

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.

18. The Rachel Haircut

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The Rachel haircut incorporates face-framing layers into the look.

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.


Are you thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to share the final look with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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