20 Fresh Ideas for Short, Layered Haircuts


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If you’re way past due for a shorter summer cut, this is the sign you've been waiting for. Allow us to make the case for shoulder-length hair, which will cut some heavy weight while giving you the option to easily grow it back out. We’ve rounded up an array of layered short-haired looks that will keep you as cool as you look. Check out some of our favorites, ahead.

View Gallery 21 Photos image Lana Condor

Lana Condor’s bob is slightly longer around her face, which gives her lots of body and styling options.

image Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron wore her hair in a short, layered bob to show off her new, darker dye job. Worn with a side part, it really opens up the face.

image Regina King

Regina King's wavy, short bob shows how great the cut can look with lot of textured body at the ends.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon’s new-ish short haircut caused a frenzy when she first got it. We see why: it's got a ton of movement and feels fresher than her usual long hair.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz rocked the most amazing choppy pixie cut. Believe it or not, this length is versatile: Spike it up like her, wear it slicked back, or let it free fall around your face in an intentionally messy, cool look.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s long, side swept bangs are a great way to add elegance to any bob. Her layers are smoothed down here, but a bit of texturizing spray could give it more volume.

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan's perfect waves in her short bob can be achieved with texturizing spray after curling for a tousled, lived-in look.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra’s hair falls naturally at her collarbones, so it's still easy to style and pull back into a ponytail or up in a high bun.

Constance Wu

Constance Wu’s blunt bob and piece-y bangs look perfectly low-maintenance.

Megan Rapinoe

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s pixie cut with tapered, shorter sides has been on our moodboard all summer—especially with the pink dye.

Elodie Yung

Elodie Yung’s hair looks chic in this asymmetrical bob.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough’s layered short bob with bangs is cut right below her cheeks to give us modern-day Audrey Tautou Amélie.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde’s layered, short bob looks even better with beachy waves. Her highlights make it look ultra textured and dimensional.

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor’s hair looks amazing in a long bob flatironed with the ends flipped inward.

Javicia Leslie

Javicia Leslie's bangs and loose curls work nicely with her subtle, but impactful, chocolate highlights.

Elodie Yung

Elodie Yung’s hair proves a uniform, blunt and no-frills bob looks just as good as heavily styled ones.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett’s sleek bob is slightly longer in the front for an elegant take on short hair.

Alanna Arrington

If you've got natural corkscrew spirals, consider cutting your hair with bangs for a flattering, fun look.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith’s pixie cut is super short on the sides and in the back, but longer layers on top look red carpet ready slicked back.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson’s choppy, side swept cut looks cute and summery, like she just spent the day at the beach.

Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley wore her short hair buzzed at the sides, and full on top, which gives the look of a modern pompadour.

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