Long layered hairstyles look fantastic even if they are simple. If you’re lucky enough to have long hair but are unsure about how to style it, you’re in the right place.
Not everyone can manage to grow their hair long. Some simply can’t surpass a “genetic length”, others struggle with brittleness, and sometimes, long hair can just be a burden — it is literally heavy. If you’re in the last group, layered cuts are the best solution. You can grow your hair to envious lengths without the heaviness that all that hair carries with it.
Here are 80 of the most beautiful, eye-catching long, layered hairstyles for your inspiration.
The Main Principles of Successful Long Layered Hairstyles
- A layered haircut adds volume to long hair and allows for flexibility when styling. Ask your hairdresser for long layers at the back and smooth, graded layers to frame the face. You can balance the layers with long bangs that can be styled to either side or straight.
- Don’t forget about the details. Consider your personal style when choosing layers. Long layers that blend with one another look smooth and sleek, while a long shag hairstyle looks more undone and messy.
- When cutting the layers framing your face, cut the shortest layer so that it highlights the most flattering point on your face—most often the cheekbones or the chin.
Chic and Trendy Layered Hairstyles for Long Hair
Although this look has long been the classic symbol of a bohemian style, long hair can fit any style and personality. Check out the list of great styles below.
#1: Multi-Layered Mix
This is the ultimate goal for any woman with long hair who wants a sleek, chic cut that provides body and movement. The mixture of layers is the secret ingredient. Take note of how the shortest layers only exist to frame the face, other than that, most of the layers are mid-length.
#2: Mid-Back Brown U-Cut with Swoopy Layers
A blunt, long length U-shaped cut emphasizes thickness and density. By incorporating long layers, you can make your tresses appear polished and sleek, while shorter, choppy pieces enhance body and texture. It’s a beautiful haircut idea you can suggest to your stylist on your next visit.
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#3: Short, Medium, and Long Layers
Layers are one of the easiest ways to make long hair look fabulous. Ask for some short, medium, and long layers throughout the length or your hair. The multiple layers give your hair movement, making it easier to style. Try out some messy braids and buns, shaggy ponytails, and even faux bobs or fake bangs.
#4: Straight and Chic
This cut gives you sleek, chic texture and shine with long layers and perfectly feathered ends without sacrificing length. The idea is to create shape and give your hair movement.
#5: Reddish Brown Style with Long V-Cut Layers
The “V” shaped cut is a classic for women with long hair. Focusing on layering provides more dimension as shorter front pieces cascade into longer pieces. Face-framing bangs and long hairstyles with layers are versatile and work great with curly, wavy, and straight textures.
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#6: Waist-Length Brunette Hair with Textured Layers
Long, straight, layered hair usually requires more care and maintenance than curly tresses, since you have to build up the textures and fullness. By using thinning shears to blend the ends of each section, your stylist can create a sense of fluidity that gives the impression of even longer hair.
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#7: Long Hair with Subtle Layers
The layers in this cut are almost imperceptible as they seamlessly blend together. This is a perfect haircut for someone who doesn’t want to lose any length and prefers an illusion of layers rather than obvious ones.
#8: Long Waves
Without healthy layers, long hair can sometimes seem heavy or lifeless. Layers reveal the texture of long locks in a natural way. When it comes to styling, there are all kinds of ways to rejuvenate those lengthy tresses, starting with some simple, casual beach waves.
#9: Long Tousled Layers
This is a beautiful, bedhead look reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot. Combine long locks with bangs—the heavier, the better—and add some tousled curls. How sexy is this ‘do?
#10: Long Layered Ombre Hair
Snag this style by asking your stylist for short layers and long ones, but none in between. Extreme layers are ideal for fine hair because they add so much movement and volume. This style will take your ponytail to the next level!
#11: Messy, Loose Curls with Voluminous Bangs
To achieve this voluminous hairdo, use different barrel sizes when curling your hair, alternating the direction of the curls. Your hair will look amazing without being overdone. For a sexy touch, go for messy side bangs by teasing them and curling the ends backward.
#12: Volume-Adding Layers for Straight Hair
Does any attempt at curling your hair fall flat within minutes? Consider a long, layered cut for its volume-boosting powers. With just a few strategically chopped layers, your hair gets a much-needed boost and instant volume. Some call it magic, but we call it smart styling.
#13: Straight Layered Hair
Long layered haircuts are easy to style and very versatile. You can throw your hair up in a bun when you’re running late, or keep it straight and simple. The V shaped haircut adds more movement to thick hair. If your tresses are naturally straight, use a deep conditioner and let them air dry after washing. They will look silky smooth with minimum effort. If your hair is on the curly side, blow dry it using a large, round brush. Don’t use too much hair spray in order to avoid crunchy hair.
#14: Long Layered Light Chocolate Brown Cut
A deep “V” cut is perfect for women with thicker hair types who want movement and depth. If your hair has a finer texture, you might prefer to select a different feathered style that doesn’t remove as much bulk.
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#15: Shorter Stratified Strands
When it comes to layered haircuts for long hair, this one packs a dramatic punch by showing off locks of all lengths. With all these layers, coiffing a simple ponytail is no easy feat, so select this cut if you usually wear your hair down most of the time. The bright side? This style looks amazing with some serious highlights.
#16: Long Choppy Cut with a Sprinkling of Layers
When it comes to cutting layers, you don’t have to go for a dramatic length difference. Hair layers come in all different forms. Have your stylist cut them very light and sparse throughout your hair. You’ll get the same amount of movement, but spend less time styling afterwards.
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#17: Curly Golden Brown Balayage Long Hair
Long layered hair is wonderfully accentuated by a gold-toned balayage. The blonde tones reflect light and display shadows better than dark colors. Long spiraling curls cascade down the back, making the hairstyle ultra-feminine and stylish.
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#18: Choppy Layers with Highlights
Long layered hairstyles can also feature shorter choppy layers. Highlights make the look even more glamorous but stick to blonde or chocolate shades that are close to your natural hair color. To achieve this look, blow dry your hair with your head down to get a lot of volume. Touch up the ends using a big curling iron or a blow drier and a round brush. Set everything with some hair wax or a shine product.
#19: Swoopy Flipped Layers for Long Hair
Graduated haircuts are a great choice for women with dry and damaged hair because they promote hair health. When an end begins to split, it slowly creeps up the length of the hair until it reaches the midshaft. The results are frizzy, unsightly split ends at various lengths. Cutting sections can remove some of these split ends without making the hair too short.
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#20: Classic Layers for Volume and Bounce
Want your hair sway as you move? Long hairstyles with layers make your locks seem much fuller and let your long layers blend well together so you can wear beautiful free-flowing styles. Break out your curling iron to form romantic ringlets that will bounce freely behind you. Part your hair down the middle for a nice curtain-likee face-framing.
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#21: Extra Long Layered Cut for Thick Hair
Coarse, thick hair is textured and multidimensional. Curling the tresses of thin and lifeless hair, and layering the length of the waves, lets your stylist create a haircut that generates movement and bounce. The medium brown color with a copper balayage also adds depth and volume to the flattest of hair.
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#22: Long Hair with Angled Swoopy Pieces
Long haircuts tend to lack structure, so try flipping the ends of the individual tiers by using a straightening iron. When you strategically cut short layers on long hair you create shape and depth. The honey-blonde balayage and bronde base tone also help to give a sense of structure and volume.
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#23: Long Layered Half-Curled Hair
Voluminous dark brown curls and waves can disguise thinning hair. You can add to the fullness by using rollers or a curling iron that has a barrel of at least 1 ½ to 1 ¾ inches. Keep all the curls in place with a high hold hairspray.
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#24: Long Tousled Voluminous Hairstyle
There are a myriad of hairstyles that are perfect for long tresses of all different weights and textures. Even thick curly hair can go from polished and tame to tousled and messy, simply by light brushing or shaking out curls. The rich dark brown color is classic and versatile.
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#25: Long Thick Hair Cut with Medium Layers
Round brushing is a styling technique for layered haircuts for long hair. Stylists wrap damp hair in these super-large round brushes to hold it in place and remove them after locks have been blown dry, cooled, and set. Bouncy, flouncy curls are the beautiful result!
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#26: Blonde Textured Cut with Angled Layers
The ideal time for getting highlights is during your regular trim appointment. Highlights that flow consistently with your layers showcase uniformity. A shaggy white-blonde reverse balayage is a great way to display your long and feathery tresses.
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#27: Long Dark Hair with Blonde Contour Balayage
Chocolate browns that cascade into warm blonde tones are a modern twist on a classic Hollywood hair color. The layered curly ends give a sense of length and bounce, and the center part works well with most facial silhouettes.
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#28: Warm-Toned Brown Hair with Caramel Balayage
Haircuts for long hair can extend from the middle of the shoulder blades all the way to the small of the back. Highlighting the entire length of the hair shaft can cause damage, and it’s harder to maintain. Combat the problem by opting for a balayage technique where small strands are bleached and colored only at the ends.
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#29: Long Feathered Strawberry Blonde Cut
The feathering technique is a method of cutting hair that implements slight graduating slices to create a steady sense of flow and length. It’s an option that does a great job of bringing fluidity to hair that is all one color.
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#30: Long Feathered Cut with Layers
Hair parted on the side and feathered from top to bottom is another fantastic way to show off your long tresses. The hairstyle immediately draws the eye to the cascade of layers that fill up all “empty” space. Ash brown colors with honey-blonde highlights also work to keep your hair looking shiny and silken.
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#31: Black and Brown Layered Cut
Who says a blunt choppy haircut has to be plain? Most of the dark brown and black hair is all one length, and the rest of the hairstyle has just a few very fine layers concentrated at the crown, creating deviation without reducing bluntness.
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#32: Long Texture-Boosting Layers
Long layers on long hair produce less texture but can be a preferable option for those who have fine hair. This styling method results in more volume. Strawberry reddish tones are accented by flippy, wavy ends that are fun and flirtatious.
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#33: Long Thick Black Hair with Light Brown Balayage
Three-tiered haircuts are a classic trend. Perfectly balanced like a wedding cake; short pieces add height, medium pieces build width, and long pieces create length. The result is a well-rounded cut that can be tailored to suit anyone.
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#34: Wrapping Feathered Layers Along the Sides
The chicest styles are the ones that look like you woke up, rolled out of bed, and went on your way. Long layered hair gets you one step closer to the desired effortless look. The feathered style helps your hair fall into place easily, saving you a lot of time in the morning.
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#35: Long Layered Brunette Hair with Curled Ends
Long layered hair with bangs is a popular trend that looks wonderful on long, straight to wavy textures. When cutting the hair short, curls have a tendency to spring upwards into a “moppy” fringe. These types of cuts are easy to style into updo’s and downdo’s and have an extra air of sophistication with blow-dried or straightened bangs.
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#36: Straight Across Cut and Varied Layers
Layers with bangs is a perfect combo. Keep your side fringe on the longer side so it looks connected with the rest of your layers. Depending on how much extra volume your hair needs, you can cut as many layers as you want.
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#37: V-cut Layers for Straight Thick Hair
If you have straight thick hair, there are several hairstyles for long hair that could work for you without looking or feeling too heavy. One of the best, however, is cutting layers into a V-shape. The cut thins down and shapes well even the thickest hair. Style straight so you can really see the movement and dynamics within your gorgeous tresses.
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#38: Light Layers Enhanced by Color
When you cut layers, you want to be able to enhance their effect in your hair. Add in subtle highlights to the ends of your light layers. Your hair will look richer and gain some extra depth. You also get to show off your perfectly cut layers!
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#39: Messy Cut with Randomly Chopped Layers
Are you a fan of the “organized chaos”? Bring some of that care-free attitude to your hair with layers that are cut randomly. To avoid a stringy look, style it in loose waves or curls, alternating their direction.
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#40: Heavily Layered Face-Framing Strands
A good thing about long layered hairstyles is that you can choose to go light or heavy on the amount of layers you cut. Heavily cut styles give you an opportunity to try face-framing bangs that work well with thick, long hair in undone hairstyles. Play around with the shape of your next cut and find that right amount of layers for you.
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#41: Soft Feathery Texture
Cute cuts can come in all shapes and lengths, not just in short pixies and blunt bobs. The soft, ripple effect of these long layers is cute and subtle.
#42: Short Obvious Layers
If you’re gonna take the plunge with layers in long hair, you might as well make them stand out as much as possible. Pump them up with a natural ombre, choppy waves or both! In fact, mixing color and serious style will put your hair front row, center. Make sure you use a heat-protectant spray before styling, as color and heat can take a toll on your hair.
#43: Long Brown Shag with Blonde Highlights
There’s a reason the balayage look has grown in popularity over the last few years. Not only is it completely flattering and bold, it’s also low maintenance — a quality we all look for in a good hair style.
#44: Face-Framing Layers
Here’s one of the most flattering hairstyles for long hair, no matter its color or texture. The cut blends longer layers with the rest of the hair, but the layers that really matter are the ones framing the face. For long length, they usually start at the chin.
#45: Effortlessly Layered
Chestnut and caramel hues create color harmony for long layered brown hair. The two shades transition perfectly and naturally with the seamless layers.
#46: Long Feathered Layers for U-Shaped Cut
For long hair, there are many different styles you can try. But one of the best ways to bring life back into your tired locks is to add in long layers. If you have straight or loose wavy hair, try a U-shaped cut that allows your layers to fall perfectly.
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#47: Choppy Dimensional Layers for Balayage Hair
A lot of cute haircuts for long hair involve playing with color. Pair choppy layers with a subtle, natural-looking balayage. Style in beach waves to really see the color transition at work.
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#48: Medium Textured Layers for Long Hair
With long hair, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on a new haircut style. Get yourself out of the hair rut and try texturized layers. These will form perfectly layered hair and give your locks some extra lift. Cut your hair shorter towards the front for soft, face framing layers without the commitment of bangs.
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#49: Full Voluminous Layers
Showcase your layers and give your hair some much-needed bounce by spritzing your roots with a volumizing root-lifter. The volume will also differentiate your layers even more and make them more noticeable.
#50: White-Blonde Flicked Hair
Blondes may have more fun, but blondes rocking long hairstyles are on a whole other level. If you are looking to add some shape and body to those long locks, add multi-dimensional layers that start at the chin and work downward. Blow-dry the layers outward to create bounce and vitality.
#51: Farrah Fawcett-Like Layers
For a more retro feel, try shorter, wispy strands in the front and longer ones in the back. This look has a major seventies vibe bonus for someone trying to grow out their bangs.
#52: Windswept Layers for Long Hair
Doesn’t everyone want to be Beyonce? The fame, the chart-topping hits, the clothes, and the perfectly coiffed hair make us all a bit envious. While we can’t help you with the music, we can help you score her windswept locks. And luckily, it’s simple to achieve. Swipe some mousse from your hairline to the tips of your mane and work with a hair dryer and a round brush, flipping the ends of your layers out. Those flicks will add some more drama to this style.
#53: Two-Tier Style
Lots of girls have layers that frame their face, by why stick to the norm? Though having such dramatic layers may seem intimidating at first, it actually creates a great hairdo. After all, think of all the styles you can rock with this cut: milkmaid braids, half updos, and elongated, peppy ponytails. Consider us sold.
#54: Bedhead Layers
Need another reason to invest in some layers? How about rolling out of bed with a gorgeous case of bedhead? We know this look must’ve taken some coiffing to look so cool, but we also can’t help but think that — with the help of some dry shampoo — we could also look just as effortlessly stylish if we overslept before heading to the office.
#55: Layers for Super Long Hair
There are long layered locks, and then there are ultra-long layered locks. For someone with a mane that goes down to their ribs (and beyond), giving your hair some difference in lengths will add some much-needed dimension and keep it looking healthy. And, to spice it up, go ahead and curl the ends.
#56: Sleek, Straight Tresses
Luscious, long locks like these are practically begging for a blowout. Learning how to style hair this long takes determination, practice, and patience. Go to the salon and ask for a blowout, then carefully watch everything the stylist does. Then, invest in a powerful blow dryer, a large, round brush, and a straightener.
#57: Smooth Layers
The best part about long layered hairstyles? They look great regardless if they’re worn curly or straight. Sure, most of us like to add a subtle curl; however, there’s something so undeniably chic about a sleek ‘do, especially when you’re sporting some flawless, angled layers. Keep the flyaway hairs at bay by applying some de-frizzing serum.
#58: Layered with a Flip
Look at all that bounce and body! For girls with long hair, layers are the key to making curls and waves last. Without layers, all that long hair gets heavy, and that causes curls to lose their shape and bounce. Short and medium-length layers take away some bulk and weight, keeping curls bouncy and perfectly formed.
#59: Textured Long Layers
Calling all ladies with wavy hair: you too can rock some stratified strands. Regardless of the length, this layered ‘do will instantly give your waves a beachy flair. Don’t worry if you aren’t blessed with naturally rippled locks: simply spritz some salt water spray on wet hair and let it air dry.
#60: Formal Curly Hairdo
Sure, layered locks look great straight; however, this style is equally pretty when curly. If you’re heading to a formal event, what better way to spice up your ‘do than with some volume? Upgrade this haircut with a subtle balayage to complete your stylish look.
#61: Classy Layers for U-Shaped Cut
While we have no doubts that long layers are a great option, we understand some of your hesitations. For starters, it takes some time to grow out, and you may be worried that your blowout won’t look as polished as it does with your blunt chop. But, when dried with a round brush and some smoothing cream, those texture-boosting layers are refined to create a cool U silhouette.
#62: Edgy V-Line Layers
Contrary to popular belief, no matter the length, a mane with layers can be edgy. Case in point: this style. The way these locks were cut lets the ends curl towards the center and create an offbeat V-line. Get this look by wrapping the bottom portion of your hair around a thick curling iron.
#63: Brown Blonde Hair with Long Layers
Ombre is all the rage lately, but if you don’t want to go all out, you can ease your way into it with soft balayage highlights. Long layers are the best to relieve thick locks of excessive bulk and to add movement and volume to thinner strands.
#64: Choppy Layers for Straight Hair
A good way to ease yourself into a layered haircut is to start with long choppy layers. They will add some shape and bounce to your hair without compromising the length or fullness. To really make the cut pop, add some balayage highlights to the ends.
#65: Balayage for Long Layers
As much as you love the idea of long layers, do you find that they tend to be high maintenance? If that’s the case, try a different kind of cut, like these subtle layers. Sure, the varying lengths look complicated; however, these layers fall smoothly for a chic style that feels more natural than forced. It will look equally great with beachy waves or a polished blowout.
#66: Long Layered Waves
For movement, volume and some sassy flicks, ask for longer layers that start at mid-shaft and gradually get longer. The shortest layers should ideally begin just above the shoulders.
#67: Long Texture-Revealing Layers
When considering long layered haircuts, it’s essential to decide how much blending you want within your layers. Go dramatic and cut medium length and longer layers. Choosing a delicious shade for highlights, like caramel or honey blonde, will help draw even more attention to your cute layers.
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#68: Blowout-Ready Layers
Can’t decide whether you should sport straight or curly hair today? Luckily, with layered hair, you can do both. The trick, as pictured here, is to straighten your locks with a ceramic iron for that silky touchable look. For the finishing touch, flip your ends upwards with the straightening iron, creating a cute bounce.
#69: Full and Bouncy Long Layers
Fine, long hair can fall flat when left to its own devices. However, when layered with a razor-type tool, it can take the shape of the hottest hair trend in town: the shag. Lightweight, feathered hair not only has some serious structure and shape, it also gives the illusion of volume — the ultimate goal when dealing with thin hair.
#70: Long Layers, Long Curls
Long layered haircuts are practically made for curls. The layers help the curls last longer and hold better. When hair is too heavy, curls fall flat — the worst thing that can happen to a good hair day. Get long curls like these with a thick-barreled curling iron or a flat iron. Loose braids, worn overnight, also do the trick.
#71: Layered Ombre
Long styles are not always as varied as those for short or medium-length hair. However, options for long hair don’t need to just focus on layers. They can and should include color too! A toned look like this ombre is a great way to break up long locks. Try a dramatic shift of dark to light and watch sparks fly.
#72: Descending Face-Framing Layers
With layered haircuts for long hair, you can also play bolder with length towards the front of your face. Cut long, gradual face-framing layers for an updated Rachel Green hairstyle. Feel like experimenting with color? Try a subtle balayage with stretched roots.
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#73: Long Shaggy Layers
Need ideas for your long platinum hair? Go the short, layered route and start the layers just below the ears to add some serious volume. Try blow-drying the bottom half of the hair outward and the top half inward to create a full, naturally lovely shape.
#74: Long Layered Waves and Cute Bangs
If you are looking for cute hairstyles for long hair, these bangs and layers will make you look irresistible. Suitable both for thick and thin hair, subtle layers will frame your face and keep their natural, flowing look throughout the day. Complete the look and accentuate your eyes with long straight bangs.
#75: Loose Layers with Silver Highlights
This style is best with thick locks. For a striking down-do, create a soft middle part and blow dry your hair, focusing on the ends. Add more volume to the crown by lightly teasing it, and set the curls with some strong hold hairspray.
#76: Messy Layered Cut for Fine Hair
Having thinner hair doesn’t mean you can’t also cut bangs and layers. Choose long delicate layers over the heavier choppy ones and style your hair in messy waves for a fuller hairdo. Add side-swept bangs that transition seamlessly into the rest of your hair.
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#77: Everyday Loose Wavy Curls
This popular style suits any occasion. The different layer lengths work best on thicker textures. It’s effortless and quick to style with some curl on the ends and volume at the crown, easily done with a two and a half inch curling iron or a rotating airbrush. Go ahead and add a texturizing spray for even more volume.