Let's start right at the beginning here, because the term 'layering' is often misunderstood. When you have a layered haircut it means, simply, that you have different lengths of hair cut into your hairstyle, as opposed to having an 'all one length' hairstyle.

The common misunderstanding relates to what the layers are actually there for! Many people think that layered haircuts simply give you a multi-length style, but actually the function of layers runs deeper than that. Read on to find out more...

 Layered haircuts

The Benefits of Layered Haircuts

  • Having layers cut into your hairstyle, whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, will add more movement, more definition, and most importantly, they will allow you to create a 'hair silhouette' that tapers nicely at the end point you want it to.
  • With layers, you are also able to create more volume throughout your hair as there is less weight on top - this allows you to create styles with a lasting lift.
  • Layers allow you to adapt your hairstyle in many more ways than the 'all one length' style. For example, curling is easier - there's less hair to curl and the curls will stay put for longer. Up-dos are infinitely more variable, especially if you are a fan of having loose, face-framing strands.
  • Layered haircuts allow you to create a super sleek straight look if you so desire. Simply running your hair straighteners through your hair will create a fine, tapered, hairstyle.
  • If your hair is long, (and especially if it's curly), having a layered haircut will ensure you do not get that 'triangle' hair look where the thickness at the ends means that the ends look thicker than the hair at the roots.

And in practical terms, having a layered haircut will cut down on the time it takes to dry your hair. So it's perfect if you want to keep the length of your hair but are fed up with having to spend hours washing and drying it!

What Type of Hair Is Best for a Layered Haircut?

Pretty much any hair type can benefit from having layers cut into it. Thick, coarse hair works particularly well with layers because it's easy for this type of hair to lose its definition and movement.

Curly hair also works well in layers in order to create a more balanced silhouette. You generally do not want to have your layers cut too short though with curly hair - no shorter than chin length. Make sure this is measured when your hair is dry and curly, or you might get a shock!

The only hair type that may not do so well with a layered haircut is super fine or thin hair. This is simply because you will find that your hair is too wispy when you cut layers into it.

There's a reason why layered haircuts have been all the rage for years now. Layers give your hair more definition and more personality. They also increase your styling options and decrease your styling time. With all this in mind, what's not to love about layers?