20 Best Layered Haircuts and Hairstyles to Update Your Look

Hold onto those stunning layers a little bit longer.

While hair trends may come and go, one style with serious staying power is cute layer cuts. A popular style that gained attention in the ’90s, the layered cut has recently experienced a resurgence due to its ability to flatter the face as it adds texture and dimension to long and medium hairstyles. As with all incredible haircuts, the layered look can bite the dust quickly where its once sleek and unique look can turn drab and dull.

Read on to discover ways to maintain the coveted layered look for just a little bit longer:

Cute Layer Cuts: 20 Looks to Inspire Your Next Cut

Adding layers to your haircut is one of the best ways to switch up your style without making any drastic changes. Layers help add movement and dimension throughout your cut and can totally transform your look.

1. Change Up Your Part

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Use your layers to switch up your part.

If you decide to go for a cute layered haircut, try switching up your part to create new looks! You can even get away with some side bangs if you make your part deep enough.

2. Blowout Layer Cut

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A simple blowout can take a layered look to the next level.

Take your cute layered haircut to the next level with a classic blowout. Prep your strands with some TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow-Dry Accelerator Spray to protect your hair and get a smooth, professional finish.

3. Layered Bob

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Gibe your bob subtle layers. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

Give your bob an extra pop by adding some subtle layers. This is a great way to fake extra volume and body.

4. Curly Layer Cut

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Curly hair looks great with layers, too! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Adding a few different lengths at the ends can spice up a curly style with zero effort. Make sure your curls are moisturized and retain their shape throughout the day by using Suave Luscious Curls Curl Defining Cream.

5. Choppy Layer Cut

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Choppy cuts and a bold look to your style. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Trying to make a statement? Then definitely go for choppy layers look. Giving each layer definition will exaggerate each layer for a bolder look.

6. Loose Wave Layers

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Give your layers a loose wave.

We love how cute layered haircuts complement loose waves so perfectly. Even the subtlest of layers will give loose curls more depth and body.

7. Bouncy Curls

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Subtle layering on the ends eases up the weight of curly hair. Photo credit: Dvora

If you love wearing a curly look but lack a bit of texture, you can achieve temporary curls via a curling wand or get a perm to impart some bounce. When styling, infuse your curly, layered hair with moisture by using Nexxus Curl Define Daily Leave-In Moisturize for more ringlet definition.

8. Messy, Shaggy Layer Cut

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Rock the messy shag on medium-length hair with layers. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Getting layers on straight hair is a great way to recreate that model’s off-duty look. Adding layers can give your mane more movement as the layers allow for any natural waves to show up. We suggest giving your hair an extra day or two between washing to get that naturally piecey look. If you find that your layered hair is oily, give it a good refresh by using Dove Style+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo.

9. Smooth and Sleek Layer Cuts

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Layered hair looks equal parts fun and classic when blown out smoothly. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you have thick hair, adding in some layers is a great way to lose some of the bulk. To keep things super smooth, bend your hair under by using a blow dryer or flat iron. All you need to do is straighten as usual and turn your flat iron under an inch or so before the end to create a soft under curl.

10. Curled to Perfection

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Big curls show off your layers.

Curling your hair is a good way to incorporate defined bangs into your layered hair. To get these big yet defined curls, we love using a one-inch curling wand. This will give you the precision to get defined curls, but it isn’t so small that you get tight ringlets. Just curl your hair, wait for it to cool all the way down, then separate your curls with your fingers.

11. Voluminous Roots

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Create volume using your layers.

Don’t let all the movement on the ends of your hair leave you with sad roots! To ensure your style is evenly proportioned, ensure your roots are nice and voluminous. This is especially important with layered, thin hair. All you need to do is backcomb small sections of your roots to add lift. Check out these teased-up styles for adding volume to thin hair.

12. Choppy Modern Waves

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The choppy lob.

Wearing layers in your straight hair can look a little ’90s. We know that ’90s style is back in fashion, but if you want to keep your layered hair more modern, ask for a choppier cut and style with waves. Amp up your waves by using TRESemmé Dry Texture Finishing Spray. And if you don’t have naturally wavy hair, you can easily create waves with a flat iron.

13. Wavy Cute Layered Haircuts

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Blending side-swept bangs into a layered look is very flattering for wavy hair!

Using layers in wavy hair is a great way to help it maintain its volume. Incorporating side-swept bangs into the layers is also very flattering on this hair type!

14. Boho-Inspired Long Layer Cut

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Try out a boho look!

Want to achieve a laid-back, boho-inspired look? Add long layers to your haircut and let your natural texture do the work. If your hair needs a boost, spritz a texture spray throughout your hair to further get that desired look.

15. Modern ’90s Cute Layered Haircuts

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Try out a modern take on a popular ’90s haircut. Photo Credit: @salsahair

Haircuts from the ’90s are dominating beauty right now. The choppy, face-framing layers are distinct features of the look. Ask your stylist for a Rachel-inspired haircut, but make it modern by adding more choppiness and subtle curtain bangs to the look.

16. Layered Dreadlock Style

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Try layering your dreadlocks.

Just because you have dreadlocks doesn’t mean you must settle for a one-length style. Go for a layered haircut and then create dreadlocks your hair for a style that has variation and movement throughout.

17. Classic Long Layers and Middle Part

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Opt for a classic long layered look.

You can’t go wrong when asking for a long layered haircut with soft waves. This style is a staple for so many people this year because it can be worn for various occasions. For a look that’s even more on-point, opt for the middle part instead of a side part.

18. Curtain Bangs with Layered Cut

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Incorporate curtain bangs into your layered style.

Short hair can be layered too! Adding curtain bangs to a lob is a great way to create more dimension in the look and have your haircut frame your face.

19. Natural Layered Lob

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Create a shape on your natural haircut.

A curly and natural-haired girl shouldn’t shy away from layers. Adding layers will help prevent your style from becoming too bottom-heavy. Plus, it’s a nice way to enhance your texture throughout your entire style.

20. Rachel Layered Haircut

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Try out a classic layered Rachel haircut. Photo Credit: @gemmacowen

Want to look like you stepped out of your favorite ’90s sitcom? Ask your stylist for the Rachel haircut. This classic take on the look is perfect if you want a shoulder-length style that’s full of movement.

Maintaining Cute Layered Haircuts

Want to get the most out of your layered haircut? Check out our tips below!

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Showcase your hair by rocking with wispy layers. Image credit: Dvora

1. Get regular trims.

Trims are an essential part of hair maintenance. The primary reason is to ensure that gnarly split ends don’t creep into your tresses. With layered haircuts, you must be diligent with trimming, especially if you have layers that frame your face. In general, the more you wait, the more your haircut can get messy and lose its definition and depth. Pro tip: Trimming every six weeks is a general rule of thumb.

2. Change up your color.

Even the hottest haircut in the world can get boring pretty quickly if not spruced up from time to time. Mix up layered cuts by enhancing the look with some color. This can be a subtle change of hue to enhance your natural hair color or even something as simple as highlights. The ombré look is also really popular, with long layers that naturally grow out of hair if and when you want to try something completely new.

3. Keep your hair healthy.

In addition to trims, your layered strands will need proper moisture. Be sure to use a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner, like TRESemmé Pro Pure Light Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. This formula contains biotin that works to strengthen and nourish the hair.

4. Keep the look going.

That coveted post-salon look can be achieved even when you are far from the hairdresser’s chair. Start by adhering to a styling schedule. In addition to your wash-and-care system, you will need to regularly blow-dry your hair so that you can see the defined layers in your haircut. Start by applying a heat protectant to your strands and then blow-dry or flat-iron, depending on how straight you want to go after you apply heat; tame frizz by using some of The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil that keeps your hair nourished while making it shiny and smooth.

5. Mix up your style.

Just like adding color to mix up your look, changing your hairstyle will also help your layered haircut have some staying power. This can be as simple as adding waves to your straight hair or straightening out your waves or curls. This, however, can be challenging to try every day, so be sure to reserve serious styling when you want to look polished and have the time to concentrate on altering your hair.

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