The Best Layered Hairstyles: Short, Medium & Long Layers

Layered hairstyles are like the best shoes – stylish, attractive, and practical! They work for every hair length and type, with options for incorporating short, medium, and long layers into your existing hairstyle or trying out an entirely new look.

Layered hairstyles have evolved from the feathered Farrah to the Rachel and now, the hottest looks for 2013. You can get an on trend hairstyle without a dramatic change (or chop!). There are so many layered looks, from romantic to elegant to flirty – just choose the one appropriate to your style and age.

Hairstyles with layers are also fantastic for maintaining hair length while adding volume and movement. The bounce and swing are fun and look amazing with little effort – layered hairstyles are low maintenance and can be as easy as wash and wear. As with any cut, regular trims keep hair in shape, reducing the work you have to do.

Layered haircuts reveal split ends so take special care of fragile tips with deep conditioning as often as necessary for your hair type. Some products can even repair damage, like Pureology Essential Repair, Bed Head Ego Boost, or Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Sealed Ends.

 

Adding layers to your existing hairstyle, whether it’s short, shoulder-length or long, short, adds texture, volume, and shape. Keep reading and look at these layered hairstyle pictures to determine which length of layers will work for you. As with all hairstyles, face shape is the main consideration.

SHORT LAYERS
Short layers start at about eye length and go from there. Wearing long hair with short layers ensures that even when hair is pulled up, you get the softness of hair around the face and chin.

These shorter layers work best for:

Round Faces  Short layers add height at the crown and elongate round faces. Adding fullness to the top with short layers while keeping the rest of the hair close to the face will create a longer, narrower profile. Combine layers with side parts and asymmetric hairstyles.

Triangular Faces  Short layers that are full at the temples at taper at the jawline flatter triangular faces by balancing the dominant jawline and narrower cheekbones and temples. Side parts and tucking hair behind the ears also draw attention to your eyes and give the illusion of width.

Square Faces  Short and medium length hair with short layers contrast angular features with softness. Layers are great for avoiding straight lines in the cut, so keep layers wispy and play with side swept layers and curls.

MEDIUM LAYERS

Medium layers are a tool for reducing hair volume. For thick hair, medium length layers add movement and life to your hairstyle by breaking up the hair mass.

For fine hair, as shown above, these longer layers are great for adding volume and keeping hair from falling flat and limp.

Whatever your hair type, keep hair healthy and shiny with the best products for layered hair. Use a touch of It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, Crack Styling Leave-In Treatment, or the oh so popular Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment on dry or damp hair to keep away frizz and add lots of gloss.

LONG LAYERS

Long layers land below the earlobe, with the shortest pieces framing the face. Longer layers are also great for adding side swept bangs or fringe, the best of both worlds of short and long hair.

Heart-shaped Faces  Add layers around the jaw and chin to add width to your narrowest area and balance width at the temple.

Long Faces  A combination of short and long layers flatter long faces. Short layers keep focus attention on eyes and balance face length. Chin-length layers add volume to the area, giving an impression of an oval face shape.

Short, medium and long hairs can be incorporated to short, medium, and long hairstyles. Use layers to accent your facial shape by determining if you need where to add volume, width, or create a focal point.

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Curled Hairstyles for Prom

Curled Hairstyles for Prom

For effortless beauty at prom, add curls to hair worn down. This hair down prom hairstyle is easy to style at home. For a fabulous finishing touch, pull hair to one side, which is perfect with an off the shoulder dress.

Curly Hairstyles for Prom

Curly Hairstyles for Prom

For prom, the most glamorous and memorable hairstyles are all about the curls. This look features ringlets all over, adding gorgeous volume and texture. It's a stunning prom hairstyle for long hair.

Curly Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair

Curly Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair

The curly updo is one of the classic prom hairstyles. This gorgeous prom updo piles curls high, letting a few perfectly formed ringlets loose to frame the face. Finish with your favorite red lipstick!

Curly Updos for Prom

Curly Updos for Prom

If you have a budget for prom, there are plenty of updos you can style yourself at home. It makes more sense to invest in a new curling wand or iron that will give you many hours of use after the big night out.

Cute Hairstyles for Prom

Cute Hairstyles for Prom

When it comes to prom hairstyles, you can go classic, trendy or unique. This side ponytail is super cute, easy to style yourself at home and takes cues from 2013's hot side braid trends.

Easy DIY Prom Hairstyles

Easy DIY Prom Hairstyles

If you're looking for prom hair that is easy to do yourself, the messy trend is your friend. For a cool and casual look, pull hair into a low and loose bun to one side. Finish with picture perfect makeup.

Half Up Half Down Prom Hairstyles

Half Up Half Down Prom Hairstyles

You don't want to show up in the same prom dress as anyone else and the same goes for your hairstyle! Create your own unique prom hairstyle by styling side swept bangs for a look that you don't have every day.

Down Curly Hairstyles Prom

Down Curly Hairstyles Prom

If you have curly hair, you're all set for prom! While everyone else is adding curls, you just need to show off your natural look. Splurge on a deep conditioning treatment a week before so hair looks it's best.

Long Curly Hairstyles Prom

Long Curly Hairstyles Prom

It's easy to get excited about prom hair, dress, shoes, purse and have too much going on. Keep your elegant with this gorgeous and simple half up prom hairstyle with just enough curl.

Long Prom Hairstyles

Long Prom Hairstyles

Half up prom hairstyles are pretty and for a bonus, very comfortable to wear. Long hair cascades down the back while hair is pulled back and out of your face, looking great on the dance floor and off.

Prom Hair Accessories

Prom Hair Accessories

Add some flair to your prom look with a prom hair accessory. You can find one for any prom dress or sense of style - vintage, glam or neon. To emphasize the look, choose one that contrasts with your hair color.

Prom Hair Accessories

Prom Hair Accessories

Add some flair to your prom look with a prom hair accessory. You can find one for any prom dress or sense of style - vintage, glam or neon. To emphasize the look, choose one that contrasts with your hair color.

Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair Down

Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair Down

If you're not sure what to do with long hair for prom, wear it down! It's a gorgeous look for wavy hair and straight, with or without bangs. Amp up th glamour with flawless makeup and hot red lips.

Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

For short hair, your prom look is really about the dress, face and jewelry. The hair still matters though. To look your best, get a trim close to the big day and give yourself an at home blow out the day of.

Prom Hairstyles for Medium Hair

Prom Hairstyles for Medium Hair

Bedazzle medium hair for prom with a gorgeous hair accessory. Even better, this takes all the pressure off your hairstyle. Pull hair back into a bun with lots of bobby pins or just wear hair down.

Prom Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Prom Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

If you have medium hair and want curls for prom, go for it! They are soft, romantic and add lots of gorgeous volume. To keep hair from getting too short, use a narrow curling iron.

Prom Updos

Prom Updos

For a dramatic and unique prom hairstyle, go big! It's still a simple look but with a glamorous Hollywood touch. This is achievable for long hair and even medium hair too.

Unique Prom Hairstyles

Unique Prom Hairstyles

If you want to stand out at prom, add a dramatic hair accessory. This headband is so simple yet creates a unique look. You can match your prom dress or add a splash of color.

Prom Hairstyles for Straight Hair

Prom Hairstyles for Straight Hair

If you want to show of your gorgeous and healthy long hair, wear it down for prom! Flat iron it super straight and add a serum for shine. It's perfect with a sparkly dress, the real focal point of the prom look.

Updo Hairstyles for Prom

Updo Hairstyles for Prom

Updos for prom can be chic and cool. This simple French twist is slightly tousled with a side swept bangs on both sides. Dark smokey eyes and an exposed shoulder complete the glam look.

  It's never too early to start thinking about prom hairstyles! Check out these 20 pictures of the hottest hairstyles for prom 2013 - for long, medium, and short hair! Wear hair up, down, curled or straight! Whatever look you choose, you're going to look gorgeous!  
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