The Best Layered Hairstyles for Your Face Shape and Hair Type

August 18, 2021
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By: Zachary Morad | by L'Oréal
The Best Style of Layers for Your Face Shape and Hair Type

Most people walk into a salon and tell their stylist to give their hair a trim and keep the length intact. While a light dusting prevents you from getting a bad haircut (because we’ve all been there), it can also prevent you from getting a really, really good one. Adding layers to your look, whether they’re long or choppy, can emphasize your facial structure and add dimension to your style. Plus, you don’t even have to sacrifice length. To help you determine which layered hairstyle is right for you, we’re rounding up some inspo for every face shape, ahead.

Layers for an Oval Face Shape

When picking the perfect layers for a narrow, oval-shaped face, avoid a cut that will make your face appear too long. Face-framing, longer layers will keep the attention centered on your beautiful face, as opposed to the no-layer look that will lengthen it. Try a long hairstyle with layers starting just under the chin to show off that face shape and give it a more chiseled look. While this layered look works for just about every hair type, we recommend it most for hair that is thick, wavy or curly.

Layers for a Square Face Shape

If your forehead and jawline run parallel to each other, you most likely have a square face shape. In this case, the wrong kind of layers can make your face seem broad. Go easy on the layering, keeping them light and not overly defined to create the illusion of a softer jawline. An ideal look for those with a square face is the long bob. This chic style will elongate your face and create a soft, feminine look. This works great for thin, fine hair, too. The more weighted style will help prevent flyaways.

Layers for a Round Face Shape

Round-shaped faces typically have little to no natural contouring in their structure. While this may seem like a negative thing, it means you have a lot of options when it comes to flattering layers. Long, mono-length looks give the illusion of a longer face, while shorter, choppy styles give the appearance of higher cheekbones and a more defined jawline. Coarse or medium hair types lend themselves to longer mono-length layers or shag haircuts, while finer hair textures and a round shape face will be flattered by an A-line bob. That said, you can work with your hairstylist to find a cut that works well with your desired layered hairstyle and your hair type.

Layers for a Heart Face Shape

Heart-shaped faces typically consist of a broadened forehead, narrow jaw and more defined cheekbones. When catering to a heart-shaped face, it's best to layer the hair in such a way that it naturally falls away from the face as opposed to hugging it. This helps broaden the jawline and balance out your facial structure. If you have thick or medium textured hair, choppier layers that start up high are your best bet and will create volume and dimension. If you have thinner hair, consider starting layers past the chin to add body and texture.

Image courtesy of Hana Kanazu, @hanakanazu

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