It’s no secret that one of the most effective ways to add volume to thin hair is by cutting shorter layers into the top sections of your style. Shorter layers aren’t as easily weighed down, and create the illusion of thicker and more voluminous strands. Feathered hair, an iconic ’70s style, is one of the more classic iterations of this style. The short lightweight layers play a key role in achieving the level of volume we saw on ’70s movie stars and models over the years.
We’ve created a collection of modern ways to wear feathered hair and we know you’ll find a style that works for you:
15 Modern Ways to Wear Feathered Hair
1. Light and Easy
As most stylists will tell you, the key to air-drying effectively is making sure to prep your hair with the right products. Wash and condition your hair with Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Shampoo and Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Conditioner to hydrate your strands and keep them frizz-free as you air dry.
2. Loose Curls
Pair your 70s haircut with a modern style by using your curling iron to create loose curls throughout the bottom half of your hair.
Update your style with a modern color.
3. Modern Color
Alternatively, you can add a modern twist by dyeing your hair an on-trend light shade of silvery blonde color.
4. Feathered Bob
The key to making the feathered hair look work on shorter hair is adding the right amount of movement and texture. Use a 1-inch curling iron to create curls, and make sure to hold the iron vertically so that the curls remain loose and you don’t lose any length on your bob.
5. Multi-Directional Curls
Another way to add even more texture to your feathered look is by alternating the direction of each curl. This will give your hair a more naturally curly look.
6. An Intentional Mess
Bring your feathered look straight into any season with runway-inspired messy texture.
7. Casual Curls
Use your curling iron to create a quick head of casual curls for a low-maintenance route to trendy texture.
8. Body and Movement
Ensure a cohesive blend between your shorter and longer layers by adding body and movement to your straight hair. Use a large barrel curling wand to create a subtle wave. Make sure to only hold each section of hair around the wand for 15 to 20 seconds to avoid a too-tight curl.
9. Side Bangs
Consider blending side bangs into the shortest layers of your feathered style.
10. Magazine-Worthy Shine
Add a healthy dose of shine and gloss to any of these styles by prepping your hair with Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat Protection Spray.
11. Feathered Lob
If you’re not quite ready for a full head of layered strands then consider adding a feathered look to just the ends of your lob.
12. Longer Layers
Forget a drastic haircut and hold onto your long locks with a longer iteration of that classic ’70s feel.
13. All Brushed Out
After you curl your hair and let the curls cool, run a brush through all of your hair for a more casual and laid-back look.
14. Deconstructed Curls
Or you can maintain some of the integrity of your curls by using your fingers to separate them instead of a brush. The curls will remain mostly intact with the added benefit of some easy messy texture.
15. Voluminous Curls
We promised you volume, didn’t we? Use a blend of short layers and a large barrel curling iron to create the most voluminous curls you’ve ever had.