Haircuts: Short Layered Hair Cuts and Hairstyles

Updated on November 13, 2019

Many women think regularly about getting their hair cut in a short style, but then they get too scared to do it. The problem for most women is that they’re afraid that they aren’t going to look good with short hair. This is usually caused by the fact that women with long hair have never really learned how to style short hair.

What's important to know is that you can get really cute short layered haircuts that offer a wide variety of different style options. You can look young and flirty or grown-up and professional by choosing the right style for a short layered cut. There are great short curly hair cuts as well as great straight haircuts for short layered hair.

There are a lot of great reasons to get a short haircut. Short hair is easier to take care of. Since it’s easier to take care of, it’s easier to keep short hair healthy. Plus short hair is more manageable; it dries more quickly, among other benefits. Once you know how to style it, it’s really simple to get great looks from a short layered haircut. Take a look at some of the options for cuts and styles below.

The Short Layered Bob

One of the best short haircuts that many women choose to get is the short layered bob haircut. This is a simple bob cut that has many different layers to it. The layers create a full look for the haircut. You can use coloring and highlighting effects to enhance the different layers and show them off.

This is a really textured look that looks complicated and stylish. In reality, the cut itself does all of the work. In most cases, you can just wash-and-go with the short layered bob cut. Simple use of hair gel and a blowdryer can maximize the impact of this type of short layered haircut.

Spiky Short Layered Hairstyle

Someone who wants to go really short with their haircut may consider trying out a spiky haircut. You can use a layering effect to keep the bottom of your hair short while leaving enough long on top to create great spikes. This type of haircut is edgy and hip. It’s easy to maintain since your hair is really short. It’s fairly easy to style since it just involves some hair gel or spiking glue. And it has the added benefit of giving some height to your frame.

Many women find that this type of short layered hairstyle also provides a thinner look for the face. This is a concern for many women in regards to short haircuts because they fear that being unable to hide behind their long hair will make their faces look pudgier. The spiky short layered hairstyle proves that that’s not the case at all.

Longer in Front

One type of short layered hairstyle that has become really popular in recent years is the style that is longer in front than it is in the back. The long layers in front frame the face nicely and give you the illusion of having longer hair. The shorter layers in back create a stylish haircut that is really easy to maintain. It’s like getting the best of both long hair and short hair. Come to think of it, this is kind of like the reverse design of a mullet—but it offers a much more stylish and flattering look!

Short Cut With Long Bangs

A short layered haircut that is similar to the one described above but which provides a different effect is the cut that is super short in the back but has long bangs that are swept forward. The emphasis for this haircut is on the bangs. You can slick back the rest of your hair or just let it hang there, but you’ll want to style the bangs to be the attention-getter of this hair cut. The most famous person to have this type of great short layered cut is Mary J. Blige.

Short Curly Hair Styles

Women who have naturally curly hair may find that a short layered look is ideal for them. Curly hair can be difficult to tame and to take care of. With a short layered cut, you can let your hair go a lot more wild and worry less about taming it.

Even women who have straight hair may consider going with a curly look when they go short. If you don’t have natural curls, you may want to opt for curls just at the ends of your short layered hair to give the new cut some bounce and energy. Short curly hair styles work for women of all ages.

Flipped Out Layers

A really cute look that can make you feel more youthful is to get simple layers which you can flip out or flip under depending on your mood. You can go with just two or three layers for a short haircut (slightly above shoulder length is ideal). Then you take the top layer and curl it under or curl it the opposite direction to create different looks. This one is fairly easy to take care of although it leans towards a longer haircut than some of the other short layered options that you have.

Short Blunt Layers

Blunt layers are layers that are cut kind of harshly. The effect is usually one akin to "bedhead" or "messy hair" styles that aren’t right for everyone but that can look really sexy on the right woman. Most blunt layer haircuts are long. However, you can do short blunt layers as well. This is a really edgy type of haircut. It’s best if you have eyebrow-length bangs that are bluntly cut to complete the look. You can use short hair updos to make this look less edgy when you need to be more conservative.

A Lady's Mullet

One of the most well-known short layered cuts is the mullet. This is short in the front and long in the back. It is more common to see among men than women. However, some brave women have found that the mullet is a style that works for them. It's particularly popular with gender-bending ladies but it can work for others as well. If you want something different, this one would be it.


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  • Kristen Howe profile image

    Kristen Howe 

    4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Kathryn, great hub with those awesome looks. I'll keep them in mind for next spring next year for my next haircut. I think I'll pass on the spiky one and the mullet. Thanks for sharing!

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    4 years ago

    Great timing. I'm getting my hair cut and you posted some great styles. I like many, but I have naturally curly hair and can't do some that I really like. I'm going to try to combine a couple and see how it goes.

  • Hummingbird5356 profile image


    6 years ago

    Good article. I think short hair takes years of someone, it is particularly noticeable if their hair has been quite long. I find if I have longer hair it seems to weigh my face down.

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    6 years ago

    There are numerous beautiful methods to put on layers for brief hair! Mix it up by putting on layered hairdos with long and brief layers Based upon your face shape, select layers that are unbalanced, soften the forehead, or frame the face.

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    6 years ago from United States

    Hair stylists will tell you what style of short hair cuts based on the shape of your face. I believe they will make you look good with a new haircut :)

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    6 years ago

    We went on a sailing around the world. We have 40 foot cutter rig, if that means anything to you.

    My husband had me sit down once and cut my hair off, because it is so much easier on a boat.

    Every time he cut it a bit shorter, even over my objections. After a couple of months I got clippered all around. No more than about a half inch of hair...

    He loved it and I hated it. I complained, but he was the only hair cutter on board... So I stuck it out.

    When we were back in the Atlantic, heading home, he cut my hair very short all around and finished it with making the top flat !

    I got a fit !!!

    He thought that it was the greatest thing he ever did.

    That's how we got home ! At the Yacht club, I had many women ask me about my hair.

    Now it is already a year that we are home again and my husband will not let me grow out my hair. I still have a short flat top crew cut and still hate it...

    Don't tell me to leave him, I may hate my hair but will never get a guy like him again, si I guess I am stuck with a flat top...


  • Organised Kaos profile image


    6 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

    Love these hairstyles~ thanks for a great hub.

  • clairequeen profile image


    7 years ago

    Some really beautiful layered haircuts at this relatively new blog.

  • perlwatson profile image


    7 years ago from England

    good ideas you have written on your hub..i like all the pics but don't think short spiky cut is right for women. see for 80s short layered hairstyles..

  • Teylina profile image


    8 years ago

    I;m going to combine one of these shorter cuts on top and sides and carry to a longer length in back. I've known what I wanted for a long time; just couldn't get it across to anybody else! Great hub! I don't look good in short or long hair since I got older, but the CUT makes the diff, and you've got some great ones here! Thanks

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    8 years ago

    i had long hair growing up,i could sit on it, always in plaits, mum reluctantly cut it in form2,aged 12, tried growing it a few times but never grew that long. 8 years ago got a dramatic cuts from then on i seem to go shorter and shorter, so easy to wash and comb, no hassles!!

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    8 years ago

    I need. The steps to give my self layers

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    8 years ago

    bohat bakwas or neech hair styles

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    8 years ago

    I really like this short hairdo by Ginnifer Goodwin it look really trendy. What do you think?

  • drvosjeca profile image


    8 years ago

    Nice ones... My girlfriend have that one "Short Blunt Layers". She doesn't like having long hair style.

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    8 years ago

    Most men state that they want women to have long hair, but you know what? I don't care what men think anymore. I'm old enough now to do what pleases me instead of worrying about what men want. So I'm going to keep my hair pixie short for the rest of my life, and I love it!

  • Loveslove profile image


    8 years ago from England

    At almost 64 I have had loads of different hairstyles in my time ..the one I love is the short layered bob and I seem to have that cut more than any other style ..I have a phobia about the hairdressers having had a bad hair cut once BUT luck came my way in the form of my second hubby who just happens to be a gents hairdresser so I get my hair cut whenever I want it done and he also does the 8 weekly colour....I just give him the scissors and say ''Cut It '' never been dissapointed yet !!

    Great Hub

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    Erin Bower 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    I love the short layered bob look; although I have that same haircut minues the bangs. Interesting hairstyles in this article. Thanks for sharing!

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    Dianne Tyndall 

    9 years ago from Sanderson, Texas

    Nice article, thanks voted Up and Useful.

  • gsharadasheker profile image


    9 years ago from Zaheerabad

    Good Collection

    i like it ... !

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    9 years ago

    love the one with black hair!!! :)

  • writer83 profile image


    9 years ago from Cyber Space

    You make me think that having a short hair now is easy because you can style in a fashion way. I personally like the spiky short layered :) Nice Hub Kathryn.

  • trimar7 profile image


    9 years ago from New York

    Nice hub - good suggestions

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    Daniela Daljac 

    9 years ago from AUSTRALIA

    I had both long and short hair and I love my long hair! Nice hub.

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    9 years ago

    My daughter was interested in getting a bob cut. She actually really wants to shorten her lengthy hair and look for styles that flatter the shape of her face. I think these look really great. I couldn't cut my hair that short because unfortunately it is so dead it appears like it never grows.

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    9 years ago

    i always wanted to get my hair shorter but also always afraid of doing it, stuck in the middle of thoughts, maybe i should give it a shot but cant really determine if the risk worth it, what if i will get uglier??

    i know it is hair and will grow back again fastly but yea, being girl is hard when hairstyle is really important!

  • minesgm profile image


    9 years ago from Texas

    I am a fan of layered long hair, you're article shows that it's fine to cut hair short especially when it is layered bob. I voted up and i find it so useful in deciding what hairstyle i should have next time. Mimi

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    9 years ago


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    How to Cut Hair 

    9 years ago


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    9 years ago

    Wow, this post is awesome! Makeup and Beauty Blog, here I come!

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    fashion hair styles 

    10 years ago

    great hairstyles that keep on changing with coming years. great exposure

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    Ethel Smith 

    10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Some great styles here. The thing to remember is that your hair will soon grow again if you are not happy

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    10 years ago

    Great Lens! Hairstyles are such a great way to express your personality. thanks! Very informative and comprehensive.

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    10 years ago

    nice and wonderful collection of haircuts i like the most the first one thanks for sharing

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    Haydee Anderson 

    10 years ago from Hermosa Beach

    I always want my hair to be short, when I was still in school, i used to have very short and bulky hair. but now that I am already working, i try to let my hair grow long because its easier to manage,I can just tie it, and forget about it. lols. but oftentimes I get annoyed with it.

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    Shana Hurt 

    10 years ago from Boonville

    Great Hub! I keep changing my short-medium style haircut and your hub gave me some great ideas for my next haircut.

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    10 years ago

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    Nisha shan 

    10 years ago

    Yeah,I too prefer having short hair...

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    10 years ago from Wethersfield, CT

    I love my short hair, and thank you for the article. It's nice to know I'm not alone in loving my short hair....even my boyfriend prefers it this way!

  • michelle.dragon99 profile image


    10 years ago

    hi Kathryn....i like the short cut with long bangs...although I'm with long hair now....but who knows tomorrow go and get one new hair cut....the short cut with long bangs that you recommended looks cool!

  • itsmollyy08 profile image


    10 years ago from in my mind.

    nix on the mullet ladies.

    however, i strongly encourage the bob, i had longhair to my waist all throughout highschool and then i cut it all off into a bob, and i love it. bobs go great with heart shaped faces.

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    10 years ago

    I like the short bob with long bangs. I like your article!

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    10 years ago

    short is the only way to go, especially if you are over 35. wearing long hair is like not dressing age appropriate. most look much more sophisticated and intelligent with short natural hair. it is easy and convinient and it will really show if the lady is beautiful when you take away the hair & heavy make up. try it, this takes a secure confident beautiful woman to pull it off!

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    10 years ago

    Mullets are NEVER okay!

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    Research Analyst 

    10 years ago

    You brought up an interesting topic, when it comes to looking good in short hair it is all about knowing how to style hair into cute short layered haircuts. My favorite would be the spiky short layered hairstyle.

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    Carolyn Augustine 

    10 years ago from Iowa

    I had a ladies' mullet in the 1980s. It only looked good because I was 15 or 16, and most of the people around me were sporting the big hair/haystack bangs look anyway. I wouldn't try it now, but short hairstyles are da bomb. Nice hub.

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    10 years ago

    i love getting bobs, but i always forget how diverse you can get with this simple hairstyles. thanks for sharing the diversity. good work!

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    10 years ago

    i have curly hair and my hair is brown and and my hair goes past my shoulder a little short in the front and longer in the back past my shoulders and i want it cut short but i don't know what style i want in a hair and it does have short layers in it already but i don't want to put my hair up in a pony tail nomore for work its give a headache and i do hAVE THINCK HAIR BUT YOU SOMTHING DIFFRENT

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    B.Z. Alixandre 

    10 years ago from Boise, ID

    Twice in the last two years I had wanted to cut my hair, but decided not to because the guys I was seeing preferred it longer. Both times when we split, I hacked off part of my hair. The last time, I finally went really short. The shortest my hair had ever been. It was cathartic during the cut, and afterward, I loved it! It was so cute, so easy to take care of. After keeping it that way for over six months I'm deciding to grow my hair out, partly because I did like my hair long, but also partly because I'm looking forward to the drastic change of going from long to short again, because I will definitely keep this hair cut (longer in the front, A-line cut) in my arsenal. This is a great encouragement and information piece!

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    10 years ago from United States

    Funny I ran into this, I just cut my hair short for the first time in a long while. I just wish I could make it look like some of the pictures you posted. That is, all of the pictures besides the lady mullet...I think I'll pass on that one!

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    10 years ago

    Mullets do "nothing" for women or men !!! Hokey & tasteless !!

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    10 years ago from UK

    I'm not sure if A Lady's Mullet is the best style to leave people with hehe, apart from that a very good and comprehensive write up.


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