There’s a reason layered hairstyles are so popular among celebrities (and non-celebs, too). Layered cuts are so versatile and there are so many styles to choose from. They work for any face shape and hair length, and you can adjust the style according to the look you’re going for. Want it sweet? Try wavy layers. How about edgy? A messy shag should do the trick.
Even the simplest cut can get a style boost if you add layers because they create the illusion of volume, making them a good choice if you have thin or fine hair. With a good product and some styling, layers can definitely add a nice texture to your tresses.
Ready to get a layered cut? Here are some celeb-approved ideas.
Lisa Rinna's Layered Razor Cut
This shaggy razor cut is Lisa Rinna’s signature hairstyle. She’s been wearing it for over two decades, and it’s easy to see why she loves it so much. The short layered style with the flipped ends look super trendy.
Emily Ratajkowski's Long Straight Layers
Though it’s a simple cut, Emily Ratajkowki’s long straight hair gets a style boost with the addition of those wispy layers. They definitely add a nice feathery texture to the ends.
Greta Gerwig's Short Wavy Layers
Wavy layers are a great way to add volume and texture to short hair. Here, actress and director Greta Gerwig is wearing a short bob that’s been given a messy layered texture for an edgy-chic vibe.
Kate Hudson's Long Wavy Layers
Kate Hudson is playing with textures here. The top half is straight before transitioning to piecey waves towards to ends — boho with a dose of edge.
Hailey Baldwin's Textured Bob
Hailey Baldwin adds a bit more character to her bob by giving it a messy texture. The layers, along with the dark roots, gives the illusion of fuller, thicker hair.
Chiara Ferragni's Sleek Straight Layers
If you prefer a pin-straight hairstyle, subtle layers are a great way to add dimension to it. Try a cut like influencer Chiara Ferragni’s — straight with a center part and just a bit of layering at the ends.
Charlize Theron's Short, Soft Layers
Charlize Theron looks so angelic wearing her short blonde hair in soft, wispy layers. This is perfect when you’re growing out your hair.
Cate Blanchett's Layered Lob
For a modern touch to your lob, add some layers to the ends and flip them out like Cate Blanchett does here. Simple yet trendy.
Heidi Klum's Long Flipped Layers with Bangs
Here, Heidi Klum is wearing a straight layered cut with eye-grazing bangs. The layers are flipped out at the ends, adding a nice texture, while the bangs give off a youthful quality.
Jaime King's Wavy Layers with Bangs
If you’re looking for the perfect boho hairstyle, this is it. The layered waves are perfectly styled, the bangs add a youthful touch, and we’re also loving the sandy-blonde ombre.
Carey Mulligan's Short Layered Bob
If you have short hair and want to jazz it up with some layers, here’s a style you can try. The flippy layers add a nice texture and are echoed in the side-swept bangs, making for a really cute and sweet look.
Jennifer Aniston's Iconic Layers
When it comes to layered hairstyles, we cannot fail to mention Jennifer Aniston who popularized the “Rachel,” arguably the most famous famous layered cut in hair history. Here, she’s wearing a longer version with a center part and face-framing layers.
Kristen Wiig's Short Side-Swept Layers
A simple short hairstyle can get a style boost if you add layers. Here, actress Kristen Wiig is wearing a short ‘do that looks really modern thanks to the subtle layering and asymmetrical silhouette.
Karlie Kloss' Asymmetrical Bob
Speaking of asymmetrical, here’s a really cool haircut that you can copy if you’re going for an ultra-modern vibe. Model Karlie Kloss is wearing a layered cut that’s considerably longer on one side than the other. This is super trendy and sure to turn heads!
Jennifer Garner's Long Voluminous Layers with Bangs
Here’s an example of how layers can add lots of volume and bounce to hair. Jennifer Garner certainly isn’t suffering from flat hair problems thanks to the layering (and the balayage, too).
Paris Jackson's Slicked-Back Layered Cut
If you want to go the edgy route with your layered cut, try a slicked-back style with choppy ends like Paris Jackson’s. We also like how the balayage adds more dimension and depth to the look.
Jenna Dewan's Center-Parted Layered Lob
You can upgrade your lob and make it more modern by adding choppy layers to the ends and getting an ombre dye job like Jenna Dewan’s. Wear it with a center part and flipped ends for a nice symmetrical shape.
Kaley Cuoco's Long Layered Cut with Curtain Bangs
We like how Kaley Cuoco’s layered style is perfectly framing her face. To get this look, wear your hair with a center part, curtain bangs, and layers around her jawline.
Gina Rodriguez's Ombre Layered Cut
Here’s an example of how a long layered cut paired with an ombre color can result in a striking look. Middle layers are teamed with choppy ends and a black-to-blonde ombre hue for an overall look that really wows!
Taylor Schilling's Side-Swept Layered Waves
If you’re going for edgy glamour, here’s a hairstyle that you can try. Taylor Schilling’s tresses are swept to the side and feature a deep side part, messy waves, and a blonde color with a dark underlayer. Very rocker-chic!
Amanda Seyfried's Bouncy Layers
Wow! Have you seen a sassier hairstyle? Amanda Seyfried is totally giving us hair envy with those ultra-bouncy layers. The top part is simple and straight with a center part but the layered ends totally bring the look to a whole new level.
Jennifer Hudson's Short Shag
Want to give your bob a rocker edge? Try this short shag worn by Jennifer Hudson. The layers plus the messy styling and long side-swept bangs (not to mention the smoky eye) all make for a tough-glam look.
Elle Fanning's Bouncy Center-Parted Layers
Here, we like how Elle Fanning’s high-volume, center-parted hairstyle is tightly framed around her face then fans out into wispy, bouncy layers towards the ends. So cute!
Chloe Grace Moretz's Face-Framing Wavy Layers
Chloe Grace Moretz’s hairstyle is pure perfection with those gorgeous wavy layers. And the buttery-blonde color is simply scrumptious!
Gabrielle Union's Choppy Side-Swept Bob
How chic is this choppy bob on Gabrielle Union? Love how the layered texture, the deep side part, and the side-swept bangs all came together to form this very cute and trendy ‘do.
Debby Ryan's Boho Layered Cut
If boho is your style M.O., here’s the layered ‘do that’s perfect for you. Part your hair down the middle and create soft, layered waves for that hippie-glam vibe.
Emma Stone's Graduated Layered Bob
Graduated ends are a great way to give the classic bob a modern update. Plus, the messy waves and layering add a nice texture.
Malin Akerman's Center-Parted Bob with Choppy Ends
You can give your bob an edgy twist by copying this ‘do worn by Malin Akerman. The ends are angled with messy, choppy layers, which give the bob volume, while the dark roots against the blonde add extra dimension.
Reese Witherspoon's Voluminous Lob with Side-Swept Fringe
Here’s an example of how a combination of layering and proper styling creates the illusion of fuller hair. Reese Witherspoon’s lob has nice volume and we’re also loving the chic silhouette created by the side-swept fringe.
Julia Roberts' Teased Wavy Layers
Julia Roberts is looking like a total glamazon with her teased wavy hair. It has great volume at the crown and sides while the waves and choppy ends amp up the stylish silhouette.
Tyra Banks' Flat-Ironed Layers with Rounded Bangs
Tyra Banks trades in her natural curls for this flat-ironed style with rounded bangs. The choppy, graduated ends bring a really modern and trendy vibe to this look.
Padma Lakshmi's Shag
Padma Lakshmi’s shag looks like an edgy take on the classic long bob with its layering and tousled styling. When messy is done right, it looks as chic as this!
Hannah Simone's Long Layered Cut with Side-Swept Bangs
Hannah Simone looks absolutely adorable with her long straight cut and side-swept bangs. We like how the layering at the ends add pizzazz to an otherwise simple cut.
Rita Ora's Center-Parted Layered Cut
Singer Rita Ora looks so cool and trendy with her center-parted layered cut. The style has just the slightest wave which looks really chic, and we’re also loving the platinum-blonde color with dark roots.
Katharine McPhee's Face-Framing Lob
We like how the layers on Katharine McPhee’s lob wrap around her jawline, forming a perfect frame for her pretty face. This is a style you can try if you want to jazz up a simple lob.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Sweet Wavy Layers
Gwyneth Paltrow looks as sweet and cute as a real-life Barbie with her long wavy layers. The actress usually wears her hair straight, so it’s refreshing to see her switch up her style in such a pretty way.
Demi Lovato's Graduated Bob
Demi Lovato keeps it classic with this bob but adds a dose of freshness with the layered and graduated ends.
Fergie's High-Volume Layered Lob
Fergie has totally glammed up her lob here with some stylish layering and a voluminous silhouette. The ice-blonde color looks gorgeous as well and really adds to the irresistible appeal of this hairstyle.
Mandy Moore's Side-Parted Layered Cut
There’s a lot of versatility to the layered cut — it can be as edgy or as feminine as you want. If you like it cute and girly, try Mandy Moore’s side-parted style with flippy, bouncy layers, which give the look a nice and sweet silhouette.
Chelsea Kane's Stacked Bob
A great way to give your bob ultra-modern appeal is by doing a stacked cut like Chelsea Kane’s. The tapered ends are contrasted with a voluminous crown for a look that’s really trendy and perfectly polished.
Jennifer Lawrence's Asymmetrical Wavy Bob
Jennifer Lawrence is equal parts glam and edgy with her asymmetrical wavy cut. The messy, layered waves look super sassy and the lopsided style adds an even fresher vibe.
Priyanka Chopra's Asymmetrical Wavy Lob
Here’s a similar look to Jennifer Lawrence’s but longer. Priyanka Chopra is wearing a lob with a twist — the layered waves look very chic and the asymmetrical cut gives the hairstyle a trendy appeal.
Miley Cyrus' Retro Layered Cut
Miley Cyrus is giving us major retro vibes with this teased hairstyle. It features subtle layering, curly ends, and a voluminous silhouette that’s heavy on ’60s glamour!
Kirsten Dunst's Long Retro Layers
Here’s another retro style you can try if you have longer hair. The blonde color, gorgeous layering, and teased crown (complete with a headband) remind us of Brigitte Bardot.
Natalie Portman's Long Side-Parted Layers
This long side-parted layered cut on Natalie Portman is making us want to book a salon appointment ASAP. The tousled crown, bouncy layers, and gorgeous volume — it’s the messy look done so elegantly.
Julianne Hough's Feathery Layered Bob
Give your bob a nice texture with some feathery layering like Julianne Hough’s. Love this edgy take on the classic bob.
Sarah Hyland's Layered Bob with Balayage
Here, Sarah Hyland is wearing a classic bob with some flippy layers for added pizzazz. It also features a balayage that gives it a nice sun-kissed glow.
Katherine McNamara's Long Piecey Waves
Katherine McNamara looks so beautiful with her long wavy hairstyle. This is such a perfectly glam ‘do from the piecey layers to the voluminous silhouette and strawberry-blonde color.
Halle Berry's Shag with Bangs
Halle Berry always wears the trendiest ‘dos. When she’s not sporting her signature pixie, she likes to rock messy, edgy shag haircuts like this.
January Jones' Graduated Lob
January Jones is channeling her inner rockstar with this messy graduated lob. The subtle waves and layering add a nice texture and volume while the blonde ombre is totally amping up the edge factor.