15 Face Framing Layers Looks That Will Convince You to Try This Trend

This layered style is here to stay.

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 hairstyle 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.

These styles get confused more often than you would think. Keep scrolling to learn how to tell them apart.

The Difference Between Curtain Bangs and Face Framing Layers

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 so you get the results you want. 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 you have fringe. However, they’re great for leaving out updos for a no-so-slicked look.

1. Blended Layers

girl with face-framing layers blending into long hair
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. Layers with a Headband

girl with face-framing layers wearing a headband
Add a headband to your look!

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

girl with face-framing layers and a bandana
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

girl with face-framing layers and a bob
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

5. Layered Lob

girl with face framing layers and a lob
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. Long Framing Layers

girl with face-framing layers on red hair
Layers like this add shape to longer haircuts.

Layers like this can help take some heaviness off the bottom of thick hair.

7. Red Hair Look

girl with face-framing layers
This style is great on any length of hair.

If face-framing layers aren’t enough, extend 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

girl with face-framing layers on wavy hair
This style is perfect for wavy hair.

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

9. Middle-Parted Style

girl with face-framing layers and middle part
Go for a middle part with the look.

Sporting this trend for the first time? We love a middle part with this look!

10. Ombré Layers

girl with face-framing layers and ombre hair
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, make sure to use a set like Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner to make sure your strands stay vibrant for as long as possible.

11. Face Framing Layers with Pigtails

girl with face-framing layers and pigtails
Try out pigtails with your layers.

Pairing pigtails with face-framing layers makes the perfect E-girl hairstyle.

12. Genie Ponytail Style

girl with face-framing layers and genie ponytail
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.

13. The Rachel Haircut

girl with rachel haircut
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.

14. Side-Parted Layers

girl with face-framing layers and side part
Try out a side part with your layers.

This look can also be worn with a side part.

15. Wispy Layers

girl with wispy face-framing layers
Opt for wispy face-framing layers instead.

Your layers don’t need to be thick. Opt for wispy layers for a softer look.

Next Read

Stay inspired

Sign up to the newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks.
Hair Quiz
All Things Hair
All Things Hair US
Changing your style? Let's chat! I'm Athena, your personal Hair Assistant.
Chat with All Things Hair in Messenger