Everyone Is Asking for the Face-Frame Haircut in Salons Right Now

Does anyone else experience a wave of panic when attending a hair appointment? Whether you're trying a new haircut trend or cutting it shorter, you want to make sure that your new hairstyle will suit you, right? I'm getting my hair cut soon, and whilst I'm toying with the idea of jumping on one of the summer hair trends, there are two factors that are non-negotiable when I go for my cut. One, I want my haircut to be low-maintenance, and two, I want a timeless style that also flatters my face. And that's where the face-frame haircut comes in.


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Face-framing layers are the flattering haircut I ask for every time I head to the salon. Much like the Tiktok-viral butterfly haircut, these shorter layers around the cheekbones, jawline and the collarbone quite literally frame your facial features. I usually let my hairstylist guide me on where these layers sit best—and this will be different for everyone depending on your hair and its texture. For some, a sweeping curtain fringe pairs beautifully with this layered haircut, whereas others might prefer some longer layers that start around the jawline.

If you're thinking about getting a face-framing haircut, as I know many of you are, as it's currently creeping up in Google searches, scroll on ahead for some inspo images and tips on how to style this look.

Face Framing Haircut Ideas


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HoYeon Jung's tousled face-framing layers give so much body and movement to her hair.


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Rachel Green, is that you? I love seeing those '90s inverted layers coming back, as demonstrated on Chloë Grace Moretz.


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Face-framing layers work so well when tying your hair back. Simply let the shorter layers fall loose on either side of your face.


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How chic are these flicky layers on Laura Harrier? Bending the ends under is a great way to style the face-framing haircut.


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Don't want to go too short? Longer face framing layers still give movement and bounce to your lengths. I love this haircut on Margot Robbie.


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Face-framing layers are ideal if you want to give more oomph to finer hair. They create shape around the front of the face without too much weight being taken out of the lengths.


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Yara Shadidi's curls are perfectly cut to frame her face, and the varying lengths give her hair a beautiful shape.


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If you often wear your hair up, think about if you want your shortest layers to be long enough to still tie back into a ponytail. You can easily clip them back, or let some tendrils frame your face. I love this effortless bun hairstyle with face-framing layers.


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Jennifer Lopez's majestic mane has longer face-framing layers through the front of her hair, which allows for body and bounce in these loose waves.


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Proof that face-framing layers work well within shorter haircuts, too. Jenna Ortega's shoulder-skimming cut and curtain fringe feels so chic—just look at that volume.


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Any updo is elevated with cheekbone-length layers. I'm obsessed with this effortless bun and face-framing tendrils.


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Face-framing layers and fringes are a perfect pairing, as Emily Ratajkowski proves.

How to style a face-framing haircut:

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Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor of Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.

Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards and also contributed to Powder, winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards for her work in beauty journalism.

Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.

When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner.