Discover the top 43 enchanting layered haircuts and hairstyles for instantly accentuated cheekbones.

Deliberately bold and choppy styles are back in, but they’re totally customizable, too – you can create softer nods to the trends by paring them back, like the “#prettyshag” which leans into mussed-up texture, but keeps the layers in hair longer, so they’re easier to style.

Or for a more delicate approach to hair layering, #internal and #invisiblelayers are low-key but make all the difference offering longer layers in finer sections to give hair volume and movement without creating choppy, chunky layers that need a lot of styling.

“Internal layers create movement and air pockets inside the hair without necessarily changing the overall length of a hairstyle. The length stays and the movement increases,” explains LA’s coolest hair stylist, @salsalhair. “They exist to give the hair volume and shape it from the inside out,” he adds. “Invisible layers are really relevant for a softer approach,” explains Luke. They’re subtler, seamless and much more imperceptible. “You may have layers in your hair, but you don’t want them to feel like clumps or ledges. It’s less of an obvious layer,” Luke says.

For something in between, ’90s layers, like the ones that give the #supermodelblowdry its oomph, blend medium-length layers, that finish around the jaw or shoulder-blade. They’re statement in that the layers are an obvious element of the look, but they’re relaxed since the length makes them easier to style, or tie-back on off-duty days. Plus, they can grow out seamlessly.

Tempted to get chopping? Before you make the cut, here’s everything you need to know about layering.

#Whatislayeredhair?
At its most basic, a layer is “hair that doesn’t reach the bottom of your hair,” says Luke. More specifically, “it is the lightest form of hair cutting,” explains Ryan Forsythe, senior director at @trevorsorbie’s Covent Garden salon. “Sections of hair are held out and cut vertically from the head to reduce weight.

#Whatarethebenefitsoflayeredhaircuts?
“Layering hair not only removes weight but can also help to create shape, give volume, movement and texture,” explains Ryan.

#Dolayersmakehairlookthicker?
“Not necessarily thicker but they can add volume giving a fuller effect,” says Ryan. If you have very fine hair however, stick to longer layers, as shorter sections, like those in The Shag, can make it look wispy.

#Canhavinglayersinyourhairhelptotransformorupdateastylewithouttheneedforlosinglength?
“Absolutely, if you have a heavy one length bob for example, a few layers can help you achieve more texture/movement,” explains Ryan. “Or if your #longhair feels a bit flat on top, some layering around the crown will give it some bounce.”

#Wherewouldyoutendtocutlayersin?
“Depending on the shape you want to create, or where you want to lighten, it is generally done in the ‘internal’ area (top, back, sides),” says Ryan. “The ‘external’ being the outline or perimeter length.”

#Dolayersworkonallhairtypes?
“Most hair types can suit varying levels of layering, particularly thick heavy hair. Hair that is very fine should avoid over layering as it can make it even finer and cause ‘wispiness,'” Ryan says. “If you have #finehair and then you put lots of layers through that hair, it’s going to make the ends of the hair feel thinner,” agrees Luke. “Also very frizzy or coarse hair will generally benefit from having more weight,” says Ryan. In which case, you may not want to add too many layers in.

#Dolayerswithstraighthairwork?
Straight hair can fall a little flat, especially if it’s one length (and *extra especially if it’s long). Even if you plan on wearing your hair poker straight, adding layers can give subtle lift, volume, and body without looking obviously choppy. So yes, layers with straight hair are a very good idea.

Deliberately bold and choppy styles are back in, but they’re totally customisable, too – you can create softer nods to the trends by paring them back, like the “pretty shag” which leans into mussed-up texture, but keeps the layers in hair longer, so they’re easier to style.

Or for a more delicate approach to hair layering, internal and invisible layers are low-key but make all the difference offering longer layers in finer sections to give hair volume and movement without creating choppy, chunky layers that need a lot of styling.

“Internal layers create movement and air pockets inside the hair without necessarily changing the overall length of a hairstyle. The length stays and the movement increases,” explains LA’s coolest hair stylist, Sal Salcedo. “They exist to give the hair volume and shape it from the inside out,” he adds. “Invisible layers are really relevant for a softer approach,” explains Luke. They’re subtler, seamless and much more imperceptible. “You may have layers in your hair, but you don’t want them to feel like clumps or ledges. It’s less of an obvious layer,” Luke says.

For something in between, ‘90s layers, like the ones that give the supermodel blow dry its oomph, blend medium-length layers, that finish around the jaw or shoulder-blade. They’re statement in that the layers are an obvious element of the look, but they’re relaxed since the length makes them easier to style, or tie-back on off-duty days. Plus, they can can grow out seamlessly.

Tempted to get chopping? Before you make the cut, here’s everything you need to know about layering.

What is layered hair?

At its most basic, a layer is “hair that doesn’t reach the bottom of your hair,” says Luke. More specifically, “it is the lightest form of hair cutting,” explains Ryan Forsythe, senior director at Trevor Sorbie’s Covent Garden salon. “Sections of hair are held out and cut vertically from the head to reduce weight.

What are the benefits of layered haircuts?

“Layering hair not only removes weight but can also help to create shape, give volume, movement and texture,” explains Ryan.

Do layers make hair look thicker?

“Not necessarily thicker but they can add volume giving a fuller effect,” says Ryan. If you have very fine hair however, stick to longer layers, as shorter sections, like those in The Shag, can make it look wispy.

Can having layers in your hair help to transform or update a style without the need for losing length?

“Absolutely, if you have a heavy one length bob for example, a few layers can help you achieve more texture/movement,” explains Ryan. “Or if your long hair feels a bit flat on top, some layering around the crown will give it some bounce.”

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Where would you tend to cut layers in?

“Depending on the shape you want to create, or where you want to lighten, it is generally done in the ‘internal’ area (top, back, sides ),” says Ryan. “The ‘external’ being the outline or perimeter length.”

Do layers work on all hair types?

“Most hair types can suit varying levels of layering, particularly thick heavy hair. Hair that is very fine should avoid over layering as it can make it even finer and cause ‘wispiness’” Ryan says. “If you have fine hair and then you put lots of layers through that hair, it’s going to make the ends of the hair feel thinner,” agrees Luke. “Also very frizzy or coarse hair will generally benefit from having more weight,” says Ryan. In which case, you may not want to add too many layers in.

Do layers with straight hair work?

Straight hair can fall a little flat, especially if it’s one length (and *extra especially if it’s long). Even if you plan on wearing your hair poker straight, adding layers can give subtle lift, volume and body without looking obviously choppy. So yes, layers with straight hair are a very good idea.

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