The Best Layered Haircuts for Every Hair Type

September 21, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | by L'Oréal
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There’s no shortage of haircut inspo, from the trending wixie to the cute and cleverly named cub cut, but if you’re happy with your current style and are just looking for a subtle change, you can never go wrong by adding layers. Whether you opt for long, swooping layers that add movement to straight hair or rounded layers that help define your curls, there’s a layered hairstyle that can work for every hair type. Below, we’re showcasing our favorite layered haircuts for every hair texture, with tips from Michelle O’Connor, the global artistic director of Matrix.

The Best Layered Haircuts for Every Hair Texture

The Best Layered Haircuts for Straight Hair

If you have straight hair, O’Connor recommends asking for layers at a gradual angle to create a more “geometric” shape, with “shorter pieces that frame your face.” The thicker and more dense your hair is, the more liberally your stylist can layer your hair, but if your hair is on the finer side, O’Connor suggests sticking to just a few subtle, face-framing layers. 

The Best Layered Haircuts for Wavy Hair

“A shaggy mullet is a great way to cut wavy hair,” says O’Connor. “It doesn’t have to be super short, but it’s a great way to showcase the waves.” To further enhance your hair’s natural texture, try letting it air-dry with a little help from the Redken Beach Spray. It’s a sea salt-free mist that leaves waves soft and bouncy with a boost of volume. 

The Best Layered Haircuts for Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, O’Connor says to ask your stylist for round layers cut evenly throughout the head — this style “creates the best volume” and provides support for your natural texture, she explains. The Matrix A Curl Can Dream Light Hold Gel infuses your curls with softening manuka honey extract and adds definition without stiffness or crunch. 

The Best Layered Haircuts for Coily Hair

Coily hair needs “a strong foundation,” which can be built using graduated layers, says O’Connor. Graduated layers get their name because they’re cut at a gradual angle, creating a shape that goes from shorter to longer in a subtle, rather than an overtly choppy, way. Moisture is especially key for this hair type — we love the Carol’s Daughter Goddess Divine Strength Leave-in Cream with Castor Oil.

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