Layered Hair Is the Low-Maintenance Trend We Should All Be Embracing for Spring

When it comes to hair trends, glossy, blunt cuts have most definitely reigned supreme as of late. For the last few years, we have found ourselves swooning over glossy, glass-like lengths and adding all of the blunt-bob inspiration to our Saved folders on Instagram. There’s no doubt that blunt cuts have had their fair share of love. But now, there's a new hair trend on the horizon.

With the space between our hair appointments becoming longer, high-maintenance, blunt chops are on the out, and no-fuss, layered hair is back. Not only do layers give hair an undone, effortless vibe, but they also help to disguise breakage and split ends (things that have become inevitable as of late). We think it's important to consider the longevity of our cuts to ensure we're getting the most out of our appointments.


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Gone are the days of virtually snatching the scissors off of the hairdresser whenever they utter the phrase, "Let’s get some nice layers in there.” It’s officially time to embrace choppier, textured styles once more. But what does opting for a layered style actually entail? This is everything experts want you to know about layered hair.

The Term "Layers" Is Wide-Ranging


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Unlike so many other styles and coloring techniques, layers can look totally different on everyone, depending upon how they have been cut and hair type. "Without getting too technical, layered hair involves cutting shorter lengths throughout a cut. Usually, the hair is cut into shorter lengths on top and around the crown, and then varying lengths through the rest of the hair to add texture,” says Headmasters Creative and Communications Director Andrew Barton.

Whether your hair is in a pixie cut, waist length, curly, or straight, cutting in layers can be one of the most defining aspects of your cut. Paul Edmonds, award-winning hairstylist and founder of Paul Edmonds London, explains, "Layering is a bit like sculpting. It helps to change the shape of the hair and should be distributed where you want to put emphasis. It’s all based on face shape, bone structure, and hair type.”

Anyone and Everyone Suits Layers


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The great news is that layers work for every single hair type. Having said that, they are commonly used as a way of taking weight out of thick styles. Because of this, many people with thinner hair who want to create an illusion of thickness often worry that layers will worsen the situation. However, Barton says there’s no need to be concerned. "Layers do take weight out of the hair and can make hair look finer. However, bespoke, tailored layers in key areas can actually enhance fine styles,” he says. 

It’s worth noting that because layers don’t come in one shape and size, they can always be tailored to the individual. "Anyone can have layers. It’s just about how you do it. Layers are there to produce movement. I think many are worried that they’ll be left with layers that are too short, but nowadays, we tend to keep them longer and cut through for a more natural finish,” says Edmonds.

Soft Layers Are All the Rage


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When we think of layered hair, it’s all too easy to imagine a super-choppy '80s-style mullet, but 2022-style layers couldn’t be more different. "The shag haircut is very popular at the moment, but it’s much more of a high-fashion trend. The layers are much softer [now] compared to those that we saw in the '70s and '80s,” reveals Edmonds. With longer layers, the hair looks more natural, giving that air-dried but soft, tousled effect we all crave.

Layers Boost Curls


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If you’ve got curly hair, layers could make all of the difference. Barton explains, "Curls can benefit massively from layers, as they stop the hair looking triangular and lengthen the face.” 

Having said that, those with curls (much like those with fine or thin hair), should discuss the process with their hairdresser thoroughly. "Your hairstylist should be able to help you determine what will work. If you have curly or wavy hair, always remember that putting layers in will actually increase the curl,” says Edmonds.

Tempted? Keep scrolling for all of the layered-hair inspiration you could possibly need.


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Layers put through a long pixie cut create a softer, fluffy look that can be styled in countless different ways. Plus, it looks just as great with no styling at all.


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Nnenna's choppy, sun-kissed layers make for the ultimate undone, effortless-looking style.


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Mermaid waves aren't going anywhere this spring, and layers will only give the waves more texture and lift.


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A layered, tightly-cropped pixie cut is the perfect way to create movement in textured styles.


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If you have thick hair but want to embrace the bob life, incorporating layers into your style will take weight out of the ends to give it volume and life.


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Sabina's '70s-inspired, tousled shag cut is absolute goals. We're loving the strong, parted fringe, too.


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Long layers that are curled under at the end make for the ultimate bouncy, blow-dried finish.


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Pixie cuts can be layered too. Different layers are cut throughout and are longer on the top than on the sides.


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She possessed one of the most iconic layered hairstyles of all time. More recently though, Jennifer Aniston's layers have had a chic choppy update. 


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Kerry Washington's tight curls are layered to create more shape, and we're living for this look. 


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Layered, beachy waves like these make for the ultimate no-fuss style.


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If you have thick hair but still want to go for a blunt chop, long, fine layers like this add movement to an otherwise bulky cut. If you ask us, this fringed bob is absolute perfection.



The basic recipe for cool, French-girl hair is long choppy layers with a parted fringe.


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Zendaya's layered curls are totally iconic.


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For a more polished look, take inspiration from Priyanka Chopra Jonas and go for a feathered finish around the face.


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Jennifer Lopez's subtle layers are what make her trademark bouncy lengths possible.


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We love the way that Logan Browning's layers have been carefully cut in to create volume on top.


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Salma Hayek proves that straight styles look just as great with layers as wavy ones do. 


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Chrissy Teigen's balayage combined with soft, super-long layers are everything long-haired dreams are made of. 


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Emily Ratajkowski perfectly demonstrates how the iconic shag style has been updated for 2021. Keeping things soft and subtle is the way to go. 

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