38 Layered Haircuts and Hairstyles for Every Face Shape

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Need a haircut, but feeling completely and totally uninspired? We get it, and we've been there—that is, until we rediscovered the magical powers of layering. Let it be known that layers aren't one slice or snip fits all. They come in all lengthsshapes, and silhouettes, and may be adjusted based on the texture of your strands, your face shape, and hair health. Another surprising benefit of layers? Most of the ones included here grow out well—and don't require fussy touch-ups every few weeks.

Sure, you've probably had some layers since you were a preteen, but we're not talking about the long, blunt, blah layers of middle school. We're here for the cool, choppy, face-framing layers that turn bobs and ponytails into works of art. And these grown-up kinds of layers grow out imperceptibly, so you won't have to worry about rushing to the salon to maintain. And while we're here, we'd like to address the annoying myth that layers are an out-there look that anyone might spot from a mile away.

Not so! When done well, layers can make subtle changes to blunt styles that reveal major results. Add some razored ends to what would be a simple bob, and the blunt, living room-drapes effect fades away. Or take long Rapunzel strands and break them up with flattering graduations to turn the look into a modern fairytale. Layers are for everyone, and they're pivotal to good style. I said what I said! So, to get you inspired, we've pulled the best of the best layered celebrity looks to screenshot and take to your hairstylist, pronto.

Heidi Klum

38 Layered Haircuts and Hairstyles for Every Face Shape

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Long, eyelash-grazing bangs pair up with a feathered shelf of layers at collarbone-length, finished with long, wispy ends.

Sofía Vergara

Sofía Vergara

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Blunt ends and swishy layers starting below the chin.

Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo

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Snipped up ends on ultra-long strands.

Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow

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A different kind of layers: A-line, moving from short to long but ultra crisp.

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson

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Voluminous allover layers with a jaunty side-swept bang.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

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Long, choppy layers starting below the chin.

Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wavy Bob

Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wavy Bob

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Short, choppy layers give a wavy above-the-shoulder bob a jaunty bounce. The deep side part also creates a smart asymmetry.

Molly Sims' Graduated Layers

Molly Sims' Graduated Layers

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Here, we're not talking layers wherever you want 'em. We're talking a single mezzanine level of layers just along the collarbone, then snippy layers at the ends to break things up.

Jena Frumes' Layered Ringlets

Jena Frumes' Layered Ringlets

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By piling shorter pieces on top and around the face, tight coils have a more defined shape and need little styling to look fresh and streamlined.

Jennifer Lopez's Razored Bob

Jennifer Lopez's Razored Bob

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Long in the front, short in the back, and razored up and in throughout. Such a precise cut would look drab if not for the sliced-up ends.

Mindy Kaling's Long Layers

Mindy Kaling's Long Layers

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Layers needn't hit you in the face—in fact, they should do just the opposite, drifting gently away from the face to shape your look.

Priyanka Chopra's Face-Framing Layers

Priyanka Chopra's Face-Framing Layers

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To recreate Chopra's soft, loose, face-framing layers, use a round brush toward the crown to add volume that'll accentuate your chin area.

Jeanie Mai's Wavy Bob

Jeanie Mai's Wavy Bob

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Mai went for a choppy layered bob with a subtle hint of color on her ends. Her hair looks even fuller thanks to a bit of texture and volume.

Brie Larson's Angled Bob

Brie Larson's Angled Bob

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Play around with the length of your lob by cutting a few angled layers.

Megan Fox's Long Brunette Layers 

Megan Fox's Long Brunette Layers

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Fox's wavy brunette situation can easily be achieved with a medium barrel curling iron. Patiently curl your hair piece-by-piece and maintain the length by cutting layers past the shoulders.

Giuliana Rancic's Choppy Lob 

Giuliana Rancic's Choppy Lob

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Jazz up a classic blunt bob with a bright hair color, like Rancic's sunny blonde shade, and lots and lots of layers all over for added texture.

Kerry Washington's Shoulder Length Waves 

Kerry Washington's Shoulder Length Waves

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You can never go wrong with shoulder length curls and a middle part. Washington has the ability to pull off just about any style, and this shoulder length staple is no different.

Regina Hall's Wispy Curls 

Regina Hall's Wispy Curls

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To achieve a classic '70s inspired look, subtly layer the front of your hair and curl the strands outward away from the face for a feathered curl effect.

Tessa Thompson's Asymmetrical Curly Bob 

Tessa Thompson's Asymmetrical Curly Bob

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Thompson adds some personality to her blunt cut curly bob by cutting a few layers within the crown. Layering naturally curly hair is the perfect way to achieve additional volume.

Alanna Arrington's Curly Mane 

Alanna Arrington's Curly Mane

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Curly bangs are a hit when done right! Arrington's bangs are slightly layered to keep the look full and voluminous but not too heavy.

Jennifer Lawrence's Fabulously Frizzy Curls

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A little frizz and humidity (thank you summer) won't do any harm to layers, as Lawrence's natural curls showcase. With layers, the more volume the better.

Zendaya's Face-Framing Curls

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Cutting your curls may seem scary, but I promise you curly bangs will not be a mistake. Layers will give your natural curls so much definition.

Bella Hadid's Brushed-Out Curls 

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Don't fret if you have naturally fine hair like Hadid. Brushed-out curls and layers will add fullness.

Dua Lipa's Blunt Bob

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Who says your bob has to be one length? No one. If you're looking for a fun way to jazz up a simple bob, take Lipa's asymmetrical layers as inspo to experiment with length.

Ciara's Feathered Lob

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Modernize Farrah Fawcett-styled feathered hair with a center part like Ciara's, and blonde highlights will help, too. Parting your layers straight down the middle is a classic trick to accentuate your facial features.

Kate Mara's Asymmetrical Pixie 

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Short hair serves layers well with lots and lots of volume. Mara's wispy side-bangs add a dimension of eccentricity to to this choppy style.

Shay Mitchell's Sun-Kissed Waves

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You may not be on vacation but that doesn't mean you can't bring the beach to your hair by livening up highlighted layers with a tousled texture like Mitchell's.

Taraji P. Henson's Texturized Bob

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Henson opted for choppy layers and thick, side-swept bangs to create an anled bob that looks full, not frumpy.

Sarah Hyland's Subtle Texture

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Keep a lob from falling flat by cutting a bunch of long layers that start at the jawline and gradually thin out towards the ends. Lightly curl random sections around your head, raking through the curls while they're still warm, to add even more body and definition.

Dakota Johnson's Layered Bangs

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Wispy bangs that melt into long, face-framing layers automatically add definition to Johnson's face.

Gabrielle Union's Glossy Curls

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Long, thick hair can weigh down a lithe face, so make like Gabrielle Union and thin out the bulk with feathered layers that fall softly around your cheeks and shoulders.

Chrissy Teigen's Waterfall Layers

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Thicker hair plus longer layers = the perfect opportunity to curl them out in cascading mermaid waves.

Poppy Delevingne's Beachy Waves 

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Likewise, beachy waves work especially well on long layers that start from the chin down. Just think of all the hair-flipping potential.

Kate Middleton's Spirals 

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On gorgeous layers like Middleton's, use a medium barrel iron on your ends to achieve spirals of varying lengths.

Sienna Miller's Wispy Waves

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When you've got piece-y layers like Miller's, achieving this adorable wispy style is as simple as wrapping hair lightly around a straightening iron for subtle waves.

Zoe Saldana's Windswept Hair

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On finer hair with super subtle layering, add some body by spritzing some texturing spray throughout your hair and scrunching at the roots.

Kate Hudson Dark Roots

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Hudson keeps this straight, layered look interesting with dark roots that draw the eye.

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