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.
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.
A modern take on a prim bob: thinning out the pieces out in front for a slightly edgier vibe. It's breezy and low-key, instead of the traditional, overly-polished standard.
Short, choppy layers give a wavy above-the-shoulder bob a jaunty bounce. The deep side part also creates a smart asymmetry.
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.
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.
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.
Long layers need love too, and they're especially easy to appreciate on Vikander, who shows off a few flick-y pieces to give a nearly one-length cut dimension.
Princess layers are the best layers, period. What we have here are angled layers starting just below the chin that slow-crawl downward to the ends.
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.
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.
Slinky, gently waves tumble along Mamet's shoulders for this cooly romantic look.
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.
Itty-bitty snips throughout the base lines of Deutch's hair create a cool, kicked-up flip on a chin-length bob.
Ali Larter's hairstylist: And you get a layer, and you get a layer, and you get a layer...every strand gets a layer.
Simple and straightforward: Shorter in the back, longer in the front, and plenty of swishy movement throughout.
Keep the ends blunt, but have the length taper from short to long from left to right. Cool asymmetry is flattering on heart-shaped faces.
As your stylist to thin your ends with a razor or scissors for this shear delight.
If you're into the streamlined simplicity of one-length hair but don't want it to look like your face is being hugged by drapes, request that your stylist snip very gently into the ends to break up the curtain.
Low-key layers are high-key cool as seen here on Kendall this spring. While the rest of her hair cascades down her back, shorter snippy pieces in front add plenty of movement.
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.
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.
Simpson's long bombshell blonde hair with subtle layers are the perfect way to breathe life into flat hair.
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.
Play around with the length of your lob by cutting a few angled 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.
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.
There's no such thing as "perfect" curls, and Longoria's soft bends prove so. Add body and volume to naturally thin hair by curling the hair away from the face.
Matsoukas's chin-length curly bob with short layered bangs is an effortless update to a blunt bob. Bookmark this style if you want to file your curls under "cool girl hair".
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.
Vergara's long layers and waterfall curls is the perfect approach to an old Hollywood classic look.
Here's evidence that blunt bangs and bobs pair perfectly together. Condor stuns with a blunt bang that transitions very effortlessly into her layered cut bob.
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.
Brosnahan's sleek bob evolves into voluminous texture toward the ends thanks to wispy layers and a few bends with a curling iron.
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.
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.
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.