9 Inspiring Short Layered Haircuts and Maintenance Tips

Looking to add layers to your short hair? Check out our inspirational hair gallery and tips to maintain the look.

Short hair can be a lot of fun, but like any hair type, you probably want to mix it up every now and again. One option that’s can veer from subtle to dramatic, depending on what you’re going for, are short layered looks. Not only are they a great way to embrace a trendy and modern style, layers can define your face and highlight your features without doing all that much. So, if you’re in the market to add layers to your short hair, we’re here to show and tell you the many ways you can pull it off. Read on to check out some of our favorite layered short haircuts and how to style this look.

9 Short Layered Hairstyles to Try Now

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Model with blonde hair and a layered grown-out pixie. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

1. Grown-Out Pixie

When you think of layered short hair, this signature cut is probably the first one to spring to mind. The grown out pixie has a bit more length than the classic pixie, with lots of texture and choppy layers, which is awesome for those with thicker hair. As a short layered haircuts thick hair, it can break up some of your bulk, creating an on-trend style that’s way more manageable! If you’re worried that a pixie might be too short for you, then the soft, grown-out layers of this cut make it the perfect choice. To achieve that beachy look, use a sea salt spray, like the Suave Professionals Texurizing Sea Salt Spray, then scrunch your fingers into your hair to help you to create that lived-in look.

short layered haircuts with a pixie
A chic layered pixie is always in style. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

2. Pixie Cut

Despite the preconceptions, the pixie is a flattering option for all face shapes; you just need to know some smart tips to make it work for you. The best part? It’s quite freeing (and great for summer!). The secret to nailing this short layered hair cut is to add a sweeping fringe.  Be sure to use some hairspray, like the TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray, to ensure that your pixie frizz-free all day long.

short layered haircuts with the lob
Rock the long bob with this modern look. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

3. Long Bob

The layered bob is often overlooked for more edgy short hairstyles. If you have fine or thin tresses, the shape of this layered cut will help your hair appear much fuller. Just try to keep your layers short and a little choppy to give the illusion of more body. And if you have curly hair, be aware that your cut might not always look the same.

short layered haircuts with the shag
The shag hairstyle is an all-time favorite layered look. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

4. The Shag

The ’70s-inspired shag is back and better than ever and this short layered haircuts thick hair is awesome for your hair type. But if you’re worried that its androgynous appearance might be a little too edgy, steer away from a boyish blunt cut by asking for soft short layers with a longer, indie-style fringe and keeping your mane tousled.

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Got a new short layered cut? Have fun with the look with playful curls and hidden braids. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Flirty Layers

The best part about layered short hairstyles — whether it be a new cut or a new style — is the ability to have fun and enjoy it! Create a flirty yet playful look to your short haircut with curly layers, and update the style by trying out hidden braids.

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Opt for styling your short hair into classy waves.

6. Tousled Wave

While shag haircuts and mullets are back in style at the moment (can we get a yes!), there’s one style that we know as some staying power for good with the classic wavy hairstyle on short hair. Get this look by asking your stylist to cut your hair into layers that allow you to style your hair into effortless tousled waves, the more hair ‘feathers,’ the better. For a natural-looking wave, apply some sea salt spray onto your damp hair, scrunch, then air-dry.

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Layered bangs on a short layered haircut give a dose of cool and edge to your look. Photo credit: Dvora

7. Layered Bangs

Another cool way to pull off a short layered haircut is to rock it with a rad set of layered bangs. The layers of your fringe adds dimension and proportion to the cut. Not to mention it also serves as a bold statement. If you’re looking for something cool, opt for this iteration.

short layered haircuts with a pixie
Fine hair textures can benefit from a pixie cut like this.

8. Two-Length Hair

A cool modern update on short hair is this bowl cut layered look. This contrasting look is super fun and trendy that looks awesome on round faces.

short layered haircuts with curls
Embrace your texture with short layers. Photo credit: Dvora

9. Textured Layers

Whether you have highly textured hair or not, short layered haircuts are a great way to show off and embrace the natural texture of your hair. Opt for a textured cut like this one. Allow your texture to flow freely by using a styling balm product to create a piecey look to your hair.

Short Layered Hair Maintenance Advice

1. Wash and condition your hair.

Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is super important when maintaining your short layered hair. You’ll need products that will work well for your hair type and texture, but you need to keep in mind things, like frizz, that can crop up when you get layers. To keep frizz at bay, we suggest using some of the Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo and the Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Conditioner.  This formula works to make your hair soft and manageable, without weighing it down.

2. Prep your hair for styling.

When your hair is still damp, you can lock out humidity and protect your hair with a serum. Using a smoothing serum to add shine to your hair. Just note that for short hair you need to be careful not to over-apply any product. Too much of a good thing can weigh down your shorter hair.

3. Blow-dry for sleekness.

Drying short layered hair can depend a lot on your natural hair texture. You may find out that your normally pin straight hair will curl up, or your wavy hair will send the layers in different directions. To find out just how your hair will react to the layers, we suggest that you test your hair with by air-drying it. Once you can see how your hair will react to the layers you can work with it better. For hair that leaves your layers going in different directions we suggest blowdrying with a brush. Use a flat brush if you like a straight style, or a round brush if you like your hair curled under. For hair that curls up, we suggest you use your hands to control your hair as you blow dry, and go slowly. This will allow you to manage (and better understand) the direction in which your hair dries.

4. Styling tips.

Having short layered hair is so versatile! We love it pin straight, and curly. For a super sleek straight look, we suggest you blow-dry your hair as straight. Then, when your hair is around 90% straight, use your straighteners to ensure a perfectly straight look. Curling short hair can be a little tricky. Because you don’t have as much length to work with it may be easier to curl with your straighter. For some assistance, check out our tutorial for a complete step-by-step guide on how to curl short hair.

5. Regular trims.

This look is all about its defined multi-tonal cuts so you are going to need to keep up with the regular trims. Stylists recommend 4-6 weeks for healthy hair but you may need to go sooner, depending on the type of layers you get.

Need more short layered haircuts information? Check out our guide for what to tell your stylist to get your perfect layered hair. 

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