59 Layered Hairstyles For Every Face Shape

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Need a haircut but feeling completely and totally uninspired? We get it—especially in the midst of a pandemic—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 lengths, shapes, 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.

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Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wavy Bob

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

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Molly Sims' Graduated Layers

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.

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Jena Frumes' Layered Ringlets

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.

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Jennifer Lopez's Razored Bob

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.

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Kaley Cuoco's Face-Framing Flips

On the set of her latest movie The Flight Attendant, Cuoco shows off some seriously cute strands. We're loving the curve of hair around her chin, and the long snips throughout.

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Lottie Moss's Light Layers

This look just never gets old. Let your hair grow long, then clean it up with tons of wispy layers throughout. If you look closely, you'll see face-framing pieces and the ends are both thoroughly chopped up.

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Amber Heard's Long Layers

There's a beauty misconception that those with curls can't enjoy layers, less their hair ends up triangle-shaped. Allow Amber Heard's long and languid layers change your mind.

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Zoey Deutch's Fringed Ends

Itty-bitty snips throughout the base lines of Deutch's hair create a cool, kicked-up flip on a chin-length bob.

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Mindy Kaling's Long Layers

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.

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Priyanka Chopra's Face-Framing Layers

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.

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Jessica Simpson's Subtle Layering

Simpson's long bombshell blonde hair with subtle layers are the perfect way to breathe life into flat hair.

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Jeanie Mai's Wavy Bob

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.

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Brie Larson's Angled Bob

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

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Megan Fox's Long Brunette Layers

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.

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Giuliana Rancic's Choppy Lob

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.

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Kerry Washington's Shoulder Length Waves

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.

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Sofia Vergara's Honey Blonde Waterfall Curls

Vergara's long layers and waterfall curls is the perfect approach to an old Hollywood classic look.

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Regina Hall's Wispy Curls

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.

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Olivia Holt's Wispy Waves

Holt's wispy layers and light waves is an easy yet chic way to style a classic bob. Oh, and embrace the flyaways and let them work in your favor.

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Tessa Thompson's Asymmetrical Curly Bob

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.

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Alanna Arrington's Curly Mane

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.

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Jennifer Lawrence's Fabulously Frizzy Curls

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.

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Zendaya's Face-Framing Curls

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.

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Emily Ratajkowski's Slept-In Layers

Layers look good as hell on second and third-day hair. Emrata's just-rolled-out-of-bed hair at the Vanity Fair Oscar's party proves bedhead waves are red-carpet worthy.

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Bella Hadid's Brushed-Out Curls

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

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Dua Lipa's Blunt Bob

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.

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Sophie Turner's Soft Bends

Turner's uncomplicated style prove that even a little flick of your wrist with a flat-iron will create the perfect shape, since cut layers do most of the work for you.

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Jessica Alba's Old Hollywood Waves

The classic, '50s S-waves look just as good with layers. Just use a 1"-barrel curling iron to replicate the timeless look of these polished curls.

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Ciara's Feathered Lob

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.

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Zoe Saldana's Tousled Texture

Saldana's simple, soft bends + layers might as well be your bread and butter if you want a no-brainer style to fall back on when you have zero time.

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