Medium layered haircuts are the most versatile haircuts around, as they can be styled in myriad ways and can benefit all hair densities and textures. As there are tons of hair cutting techniques for different results, read on some tips to get the best type of layers for your hair and dazzle with your perfect cut.


Subtle layers give great movement to medium-length hair. The overall effect is soft, yet slightly dishevelled. To enhance layers, try allowing hair to air-dry, then work a lightweight styling product through hair and pull hair apart in large sections.

Shaggy layers look best when are styled for volume and directed outward – this will prevent fine hair types from falling flat. To style, work from a part set far back on the crown and blow-dry pulling hair out with a flat-backed brush as you go.

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Graduated layers give great interest to straight, medium-density hair, placed strategically to frame the face. The layered cut becomes even more flattering when paired with sleek, side-swept bangs.

Whispy layers provide fine hair with volume. Ask your stylist to dry-cut your hair as the layers will work your hair's own density and growth, without removing too much bulk. Use a dry wax for end separation and definition.

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Heavy layers are best to reduce the bulk in thicker hair types, giving them great shape and styling ease. To style, rake through layers styling cream, then blow-dry using a round brush; finish with serum for a shine.

Asymmetric layers give a kick of edginess with longer layers on one side. Style it to play up the drama by parting hair high on the crown, then brushing it forward. Create a polished surface using a flat-iron, then turn up the longer ends to finish.

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