10 Best Long Hair with Short Layers Looks for Extra Volume

Instant volume is now right at your fingertips. 

Curious about long hair with short layers? Anyone who has ever had long hair knows that the longer your strands are, the more easily they’re weighed down. While those coveted, long mermaid-like tresses are definitely something to work towards, it’s important to know how to counteract that weight and maintain volume at your roots.

Even though there are hair products that can add volume, opting for long hair with short layers is one of the easiest ways to ensure built-in volume.

If you’re wanting more volume, consider asking your stylist for a layered long haircut. This will allow you to maintain the length of your strands without worrying about them getting weighed down.

Keep scrolling to check out 10 ways to wear this style:

10 Short Layers on Long Hairstyles


1. High Shine Short Layers on Long Hair

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Draw even more attention to your new volume.

Give your strands a fresh coat of high shine by prepping them with Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat-Protection Spray before you create your curls. This spray will protect your strands from heat damage while also giving you some gloss to work with.

2. Natural Curls

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Breathe new life into your natural curls.

Breathe new life in your natural curls by cutting short layers into your long haircut. The shorter layers will bounce up and frame your face in the perfect way. For even extra volume and hold, run TRESemmé Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse through your strands while they’re still damp.

3. Straight Volume

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Blend your layers with straight strands. Photo Credit: Dvora

After you wash and condition your hair, flip your strands over and blow dry them with your head upside down. By drying the roots of your hair away from your head you’ll create visible lift in even the straightest of hair.

4. Mega Volume

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Long hair with short layers: The most voluminous curls you’ll ever wear.

Use a 2-inch curling iron to create these beautiful oversized curls. Once your hair has cooled, use a teasing comb or hair brush to add volume from the roots to the ends of the style. This will help you achieve this mega-voluminous look.

5. High Contrast

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Show off your blonde highlights with a high-contrast accessory.

One of the best ways to show off your bright blonde hair color is by wearing a contrasting-colored accessory. Top your look off with a black hat to strike a high-contrast look that will show off your color.

6. Dark Brown

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Try a bold and beautiful deep shade of brown hair color.

Make sure to ask your stylist to include short, face-framing layers into your style to highlight your very best features. This dark brown wash of color is the finishing touch on what’s already an edgy and chic look.

7. Flipped Over

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Try moving your hair part for an immediately cool effect!

Add even more volume to your look by flipping your strands over. Set your look with Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray to keep the volume and curls in place.

8. Curly Layered Long Hair

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Layered hair is a game-changer for curly hair.

Adding layers to long hair is seriously life-changing, and curly manes are no exception. Not only do layers help add volume, but they also help add shape and prevent your cut from becoming bottom-heavy (aka, that dreaded triangle shape).

To keep your curls looking healthy and hydrated, use Nexxus Curl Define Shampoo and Nexxus Curl Define Conditioner. We love this set because it’s enriched with silk protein and marula oil to help hydrate and prevent breakage.

9. Face-Framing Layers

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Classic face-framing layers are always a foolproof option.

Face-framing layers like this gained so much popularity in the ’90s, but this style never truly went away. Let’s face it, layers like this are classic. We love this particular style because it’s such an easy way to achieve volume at the root while still keeping your long length.

10. Modern Face-Framing Layered Long Hair

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Try a modern variation of face-framing layers.

If you want to go for a very on-trend look then you need to try this modern variation of face-framing layers. Ask your stylist for the front sections of hair to be cut around your jawbone, and then continue the layers throughout your hair moving down towards your collarbone and longer.

Not only will you have trendy face-framing layers, but the rest of your hair will be layered throughout, giving it loads of body and volume.

Whether you opt for a shag haircut or face-framing layers, there are many ways you can use wear long hair with short layers to help add volume and body to your strands.

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