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30 Ideas of Face-Framing Layers for Every Face Shape and Hair Texture

Face-framing layers are cut around your face to create strands of different lengths and refine your facial features or give the hairstyle a new twist. Although sometimes coupled with bangs, the layers work as a game-changer in and of themselves and even provide more versatility in styling and little upkeep when growing out. We have a collection of 30 Instagrammable hairstyles to show all the magic that layers around the face can cast on you.

1. Medium Hair with Face-Framing Layers and Bouncy Blowout. One might think that a good blowout makes a broad face only wider, but it doesn’t. Why? Thanks to the smartly placed layers that soften the jawline.

2. Vintage Copper Penny Hair with Face-Framing Bangs. Aside from the rich and vibrant shade of red, this hairstyle boasts 70s vibes with the longer version of curtain bangs flipped out of the face.

3. Sunny and Beautifully Undone Face-Frame Haircut. Actually, this cute bob is cut blunt to create fullness on the bottom, although it looks anything but straight because of layering in the front and tousled styling.

4. Messy Waves with Layered Hair in the Front. While this style shines out with volume and movement, it doesn’t cast the eyes into the shade since the side locks hit just right to emphasize them.

5. Dreamy Balayage with Feathered Face-Framing Pieces. This thin hair gains dimension and texture through layering, but the style shifts all the layers towards the tips to avoid ending up with a stingy look.

6. Large Springy Curls with a Bit of Face Framing. You can kill two birds by styling your side strands away from the face: they will still soften your bone structure while adding a playful touch.

7. Shoulder-Length Face-Framing Layers Inspired by the 60’s Flip. This straight bob might look outdated were it not for the smoothly blended layers in the front that allow for a modern take on the old good flick.

8. Fun Pops of Color on Face-Framing Layers for Round Face. These color splashes don’t work alone to divert attention from the broad face: the elongated silhouette of the side tresses visually balances the width


9. Piece-y Bangs and Face-Framing Layers for Curly Hair. What a nice move to combine a light fringe that is on the cusp of full-on bangs with cascading ringlets around the face!

10. Shaggy Face-Framing Layers with Bangs. In fact, face-framing haircuts easily accommodate various styles of bangs, starting from a messy full fringe like this one and up to sculptured micro bangs.

11. Blonde Balayage with Long Face-Framing Layers. If you are after a boho vibe rather than tons of texture, ask your hairdresser to cut face-framing layers with a longer distance between them.

12. Two-Color Long Cut with Face-Framing Layers. Certainly, adding a block of a contrasting color aka the ‘skunk stripe’ right to the front requires commitment, but you can also wear the face-framing layers with a side part to soften the look.

13. Airy Front Layers with a Romantic Feel. Girls with thick manes can allow plenty of layering and thinning out around the face to get a feathery hairstyle.

14. Elegant Face-Framing Layers on Long Straight Hair. Long straight hair won’t seem flat if layered to create movement and bounce on the bottom, but it’s even better to pair it with some texture in the upper part.

15. Well-Defined Layers on Long Textured Locks. This set of short layers around the face chimes well with the choppy texture carved throughout the hairstyle perimeter.

16. Money Pieces on Dirty Blonde Hair. Face-framing hairstyles are meant to play well with the money piece technique since this combo shapes the face and brightens it up in one go.

17. Layered Hairstyle Framed with Bangs for Oval Face. If you have long thick tresses with no natural wave, it makes sense to remove the bulk with layering and thin out the ends.

18. Volumizing Front Layers on Haircut a la Rachel. Of course, the classic style is shorter and flicked outward, but the iconic heavily layered front remains flattering and recognizable.

19. Soft and Blended Layers for Blonde Locks. The best thing about face-framing layers is that they can be customized to create a stunning definition or a softer look.

20. Dimensional Blowout for Oblong Face. If you happen to have an oblong face, you can add some width to it with layers placed around your cheekbones and then derive even more volume from the sides with a blowout.

21. Flowy Long Hair with Face-Framing Layers. This gorgeous hairstyle channels attention to the eyes and doesn’t allow the bulk of hair to overshadow the face.

22. Wolf Cut with Curtain Bangs for Narrow Face. Do you know that wolf cuts are all the rage nowadays? Just make sure that the shag narrows down below the chin to leave enough body around the face.

23. Lovely Chin-Length Bob with Barely-There Framing. There is no need to say more than it is illustrated by the face-framing layers before and after pictures provided by the designer of this haircut on his Instagram page — the face gains sharpness, and the hair reaps texture.

24. Long Layers with Face-Framing. While this delicate shade of blonde is truly amazing, the style could have lacked movement without the front pieces.

25. Rich Chestnut Brown Hair with Long Curtain Bangs. When the color is so perfectly matched with the eyes and complexion, it would be a shame to hide them behind a wall of thick hair!

26. Choppy Face-Framing Layers for Straight Hair. If you are looking for an undone hairstyle, some piece-y layers might give the texture you need.

27. Short Face-Framing Layers for Fun Crop. This pic shows strategically placed and creatively styled layers working to camouflage the big forehead and bring out the eyes.

28. Face-Framing Long Layers for Wavy Hair. The shaggy strands on the sides open the face to show the eyes and melt into the longer tresses masterfully sliced to reveal more waves.

29. Bright Red Head Full of Flicks. This glam look is definitely worth some heat styling efforts, as it offers a modern take on the 90’ blowouts.

30. Ashy Beige Balayage for Fine Hair. Tousled styling brings forth volume, and a play of shades delivers depth. One more thing you need for fine hair is the movement created by layers.

Once you see face-framing layers in all their diversity and beauty, you will inevitably give in to the temptation to get one of those inspiring looks. Well, we won’t stop you from experimenting but make sure to discuss your desires with a hairdresser in detail before taking the plunge.

by Editors
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