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 20 ways to wear short layers on long hair to inspire your new look:
20 Looks Featuring Long Hair with Short Layers
1. Soft Brown
Once you cut shorter layers into your hair, we guarantee, you’ll never go back. Pair your new signature style with a soft brown hair color for the ultimate chic look.
2. Brushed Out
Show off your new haircut with a change of texture, too. Brush your curls out to create these oversized waves and skip the hair product altogether.
3. Subtle Ombré
Consider a subtle ombré hairstyle to show off your new short layers.
4. High Shine
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.
5. 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.
6. Messy Texture
An easy way to take your messy texture to the next level it to incorporate these easy short layers.
7. Long and Light
Lighten up your hair with a soft wash of beautiful light brown hair color.
8. A Touch of Red
Or brighten up your curls with an understated shade of red color.
9. Straight Volume
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.
10. Mega Volume
Use a 2-inch curling iron to create these beautiful oversized curls.
11. High Contrast
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.
12. Highlighted Curls
Lighten up your curls with a warm shade of latte-reminiscent brunette color.
13. Fiery Red
All bets are off with this bright shade of fiery red hair color. Go bolder than you’ve ever gone before.
14. Dark Brown
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.
15. Textured Curls
Let your curls air dry for a perfect mix of texture and finish.
16. Flipped Over
Add even more volume to your look by flipping your strands over. Set your look with Catwalk by TIGI Firm Hold Hair Spray to keep the volume and curls in place.
17. Back-Combed Waves
Brush your waves away from your face for even more volume and let your shorter layers do all the talking at the back of your style.
18. Blown Out
When in doubt, go with a blowout. This classic style works for every occasion.
19. Fishtail Braid
Gather your hair into a fishtail braid and let the shorter layers fall out in the front for a face-framing flattering touch.
20. Air Dry
Looking for an easy styling routine? Pack your hot tools away and let your strands air dry.
Looking for more long hairstyle ideas? Check out 10 adorable ways to style long hair with side bangs.