Long Hair with Short Layers: The Secret to Built-In Volume in 10 Looks

Instant volume is now right at your fingertips. 

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 strands are definitely something to work towards, it’s important to know how to counteract that weight and maintain volume at your roots. And while there are some hair products that will help you in this endeavor, opting for long hair with short layers is one of the easiest ways to ensure built-in volume.

Consider asking your stylist for long hair with short layers that will allow you to maintain the length of your strands without worrying about them getting weighed down. We’ve created a collection of 10 ways to wear short layers on long hair to inspire your new look:

1. High Shine

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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. Messy Texture

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The messier the better.

An easy way to take your messy texture to the next level it to incorporate these easy short layers.

4. Long and Light

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Long hair with short layers: Lighten up your length.

Lighten up your hair with a soft wash of beautiful light brown hair color.

5. A Touch of Red

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Consider this subtle shade of red hair color.

Or brighten up your curls with an understated shade of red color.

6. Straight Volume

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Learn how to create volume on straight hair.

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 hair.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Flipped Over

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Long hair with short layers: Flip your hair over to the opposite side for even more volume.

Add even more volume to your look by flipping your strands over. Set your look with Bed Head by TIGI Flexi Head Strong Flexible Hold Hair Spray to keep the volume and curls in place.

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