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: 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.
#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: Jagged Two-Tone Layers
There’s something ‘90s-nostalgic about this cut. The length, which is on the shorter side of long, is part of it, though it’s mostly the edgy, jagged layers. The subtle highlights and curls bring the look into 2017.
#6: Long Shag
Back in the disco-fever-days of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, there was an abundance of glamorous haircuts for long hair. This is a fabulous throwback—a retro cut with modern execution and styling. The layers are purposely choppy, jagged, and close together, resulting in a feathery look.
#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: 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.
#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: 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.
#17: 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.
#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: 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.
#20: 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.
#21: 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.
#22: 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.
#23: 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.
#24: Layered Ombre Hair
Playing around with long layered hair is fun for many reasons, especially when using different colors and coloring techniques. Here’s a lovely example of a trendy color for your long hair—a root fade combined with an ombre in rosewood.
#25: Layers on Layers on Layers
This is a perfect example of long hair with noticeable layers played-up with a color fade. The layers stack all the way down the length of the hair, beginning just below the chin. Even though this hair is so long that it qualifies as luxurious, all those layers create enough body to make it a do-nothing hairdo—even if it air dries.
#26: Long, Pink, and Layered
Even though the pink hue is purely optional, this is a magical, glorious hairstyle, and the cut is both on-point and a bit retro. Layers of every length create a fabulous waterfall effect that looks gorgeous with little effort.
#27: 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.
#28: The Longest Layers
For long hair with a beachy, Bohemian vibe, go for barely-there layers near the ends. Let the hair air dry, add a few spritzes of sea salt spray, and give it a quick comb-through—flawless.
#29: Layers and Flips
To get the best of both worlds in terms of brown and blonde, check out long hairstyles with highlighted layers. This is a great way to thin out thick or heavy hair and livens up hair that lacks body.
#30: Long Layered Glam
This hair is red carpet-ready, day or night. Lots of layers create a beautiful, bouncy ‘do that drapes like silk. Use a hair dryer, a straightener, or a curling iron to add waves or curls near the ends. With practice, it takes no more than twenty minutes to perfect this style.
#31: 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.
#32: 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.
#33: Choppy Chestnut Locks
If you’re in desperate need of a different type of layered style, try a tri-colored masterpiece to really showcase the various lengths of your locks. Particularly flattering on brunettes, this tortoiseshell effect is dazzling and delivers several pops of color as you move and shake your hair throughout the day.
#34: 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.
#35: Curled Layered Hair
If you’re struggling with thick hair and need to get it under control, long layers are the way to go. Start them at the shoulders so they not only create dimension but also take off some weight. Thick, heavy hair can be your ticket to a great ‘do!
#36: Beachy Waved Layers
Cute long hair just got cuter. The perfectly imperfect messy beach waves are totally adorable and chic at the same time. The look is about as effortless as it looks. All you have to do is wrap one-inch sections of hair around a medium-sized curling iron and leave the ends unheated. After all the hair is curled, shake out the ringlets with your fingers and let them get a bit messy. Voilà—instant beach babe.
#37: Radiant Long Layers
Yes, curls and beachy waves are an easy way to showcase your long layers. However, when blown out, straight hair can show off your layered mane in a more refined way. When paired with an illuminating ombre or radiant highlights, sleek hair really shines.
#38: Choppy Layered Ringlets
Okay, so you’ve got some great layered hair—now what? It’s time to learn how to style it. Liven up those layered strands by grabbing a one-inch curling iron and curling small sections outward or flip them with a round brush and hairdryer. The result is weightless, feathery curls that look fascinating and even a bit unreal!
#39: Highlighted Waves
Add an endless summer vibe to your gorgeous long layers. Amp up the style by weaving razor-thin blonde highlights into your naturally brown hair. When rocking a highlighted look, make sure to preserve your color by using a color-protecting shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. The last thing you want is brass to get in the way of your fabulousness.
#40: Messy Layered Waves
When it comes to haircut ideas, undone bedhead chic is definitely in demand. Long, subtle layers really shine when worn loose and natural around the face. The best part? The look is totally low maintenance! A little texturizing spray and maybe a few twirls of a large-barreled curling iron, and you’re good to go.
#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: Chocolate Highlighted Hair
Hair color is a great way to complement and spice up a great layered cut. Lighten up your long brown locks by throwing in some honey-colored highlights.
#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: Bright Red Long Layers
Blondes and brunettes get all the attention in hair trend reviews, leaving redheads out in the cold. That’s unfortunate because red locks are often the brightest jewel in the hair world. This radiant, orangey-crimson color doesn’t need much to shine, but the soft, shaggy layers seem to be the icing on a perfectly-shaded cake.
#47: Long Curly Hairstyle with Swoopy Bangs
If you’re dying to figure out what to do with your textured, curly hair, it’s time to embrace long layers. Choppy, layered cuts are ideal for crazy, out-of-control manes by breaking up the waves and making them feel lighter and more manageable.
#48: Long Rose Gold Locks
We know cotton-candy hair color is getting a lot of press right now, but if you’re not the type to go that extreme, don’t worry. You can still have fun with a little rose gold in your layers.
#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 Beyoncé? 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: Long Tousled Layers
In a world fascinated with lobs and shaved heads à la Ruby Rose, long haircuts for women can sometimes be read as—dare we say it—basic. Yet, tousled hair with just the right amount of texturizing spray always looks fantastic. To copy this look, simply blow out your strands with a round brush and add the tiniest amount of saltwater spray for a great finishing touch.
#55: Boing-worthy Layers
Like big hair? Scroll right this way. Maximum volume at the roots and curly ends make a very feminine and stylish down-do perfect for every day wear or for a special occasion.
#56: Shorter, Curl-friendly Layers
If you’re wondering how to style your shortest layers, look no further. Curling the shortest layers creates some cool texture and body around your face. This hairstyle would look equally great at a formal gala or on a girls’ night out. As an added bonus, this is a great way to pick up all the subtle tones of your highlighted hair.
#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: Princess-worthy Layers
Do you want voluminous, princess-worthy hair? A set of long layers can help you realize your fairy tale hair dreams. The secret to this look? Curl each section of your hair to create large ringlets, secure with some extra-hold hairspray and then gently run your fingers through each curl.
#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: Ombre-friendly Layers
We know what you’re thinking. The coloring, length, and the smooth waves look just like season 20’s contestant Amanda’s locks on The Bachelor. We couldn’t agree more. Ombre hair isn’t always easy to pull off, but these long layers definitely make the color change look natural and enviable. And when paired with ethereal curls, it’s all the better.
#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: Splendid Waves on Long Hair
If you are lucky enough to have some natural volume, these small airy curls are perfect. If you have naturally curly hair, add more volume to the roots by teasing them. If you have straight hair, use curlers overnight and a strong hold hairspray to keep the curls in place all day long.
#66: Layered Cut That Looks Sophisticated
This haircut will save you time getting ready in the morning since it’s incredibly easy to style. The middle part beautifully frames the face and creates a mysterious look. Make sure to flick the bangs away in order to keep them out of your face.
#67: Soft Layers with Balayage Highlights
This simple layered long hair look works for almost any hair texture. Choose a soft side or middle part and add some texturizing spray to the length. Use a curling iron only on the bottom half, curling different sized sections in random directions.
#68: Luscious Layers and Subtle Waves
Silky, smooth hair looks gorgeous, especially when paired with some standout highlights. Try this technique if you have fine or straight hair. Add more volume to the roots with a texturizing spray and flip or curl the ends with a round brush when blow drying. Finish the look with a touch of shine spray.
#69: Fun Layers and Messy Red Ombre Waves
If you really want to stand out from the crowd, you won’t fail with this daring color. Ask your stylist to keep the color dark red at the roots and fade it out towards the ends to a peachy pink. The result will be stunning, and your hair will look like dancing flames.
#70: Classic Flipped Layers with Deep Parting
If you’re looking for a classic, long layered hairstyle, this cut will add bounce and dimension to your hair. Ideal for wavy hair, this can also work on thinner locks but will require more maintenance. A deep side part creates more volume and movement.
#71: Slightly Layered Cut
Subtle layers can still add volume to hair. This look requires naturally wavy hair with some volume at the roots. The waves can be achieved with a medium-sized curling iron. For a romantic, sweet look, choose a middle part.
#72: Long Glossy Layers
For a touch of sophistication, opt for glossy layers that look smooth from morning ’till night. Style these layers with a round brush and blow dry your hair with your head upside down to add more volume. Focus on the ends and set them with a bit of hair wax.
#73: Light Layers
Layers aren’t just for thick and wavy hair. If you have thin or fine hair, ask your hairstylist to give you a layered cut that will flatter you. Highlight shorter strands to create the illusion of thicker locks.
#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: Long Romantic Hairstyle with Subtle Highlights
A deep, soft, side part looks sexy and effortless. This ultra-feminine look is perfect for round faces and requires minimum maintenance. Use curlers overnight or a curling wand in the morning, focusing mainly on the ends. Add volume to the roots with a texturizing spray, and you’re ready to turn heads.
#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.
#78: Everyday Wavy Locks with Bangs
Curls are fun and great to wear for any occasion. This particular hairstyle is recommended if you have straight hair but want more of a carefree look. Keep your bangs straight for a playful touch, suitable for school and nights out.
#79: Silky Feathered Hairdo
A great solution for layered, long hair is this simple, feathered cut. If your hair is naturally thick and textured, let it air dry and touch up the ends. For thin or fine hair, use a rotating brush to get a silky feel and accentuate the sharply angled ends. Gently tease the crown for more volume and use hair wax to keep frizz at bay.
#80: Voluminous Ombre Hair with Layers
If you have a lot of hair to work with, this sexy look is striking. Use a large-barrel iron to curl your tresses. Alternate directions so the locks don’t stick together. Wait until hair cools down to gently run your fingers through it for even more volume. Top everything off with a strong hold hairspray.
We hope you have found your most inspiring look here. We are simply amazed by all of these pictures and definitely consider them worthy of copying. You are welcome to leave a note telling us which hairstyle is your favorite.