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Haircuts: Short Layered Hair Cuts and Hairstyles

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 the 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 what provides a different effect is that the cut is super short in the back but has long bangs that are swept forward. The emphasis of 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 haircut. 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 take care of. With a short layered cut, you can let your hair go a lot wilder 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 hairstyles 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 that 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 in 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 it 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.


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 18, 2015:

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!

Dianemae on July 15, 2015:

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 on December 29, 2013:

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.

longlayeredhair on October 29, 2013:

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.

idigwebsites from United States on October 08, 2013:

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 :)

Bobbie-Jean on July 14, 2013:

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...


Anne from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS) on July 13, 2013:

Love these hairstyles~ thanks for a great hub.

clairequeen on February 26, 2013:

Some really beautiful layered haircuts at this relatively new blog.

perlwatson from England on February 23, 2013:

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 on April 25, 2012:

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 on April 19, 2012:

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!!

Ashley on January 16, 2012:

I need. The steps to give my self layers

amna on December 19, 2011:

bohat bakwas or neech hair styles

Keri on October 14, 2011:

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

drvosjeca on August 15, 2011:

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

Eee on August 08, 2011:

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 from England on July 02, 2011:

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

Erin Bower from Georgia on June 19, 2011:

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

Dianne Tyndall from Sanderson, Texas on May 14, 2011:

Nice article, thanks voted Up and Useful.

gsharadasheker from Zaheerabad on January 24, 2011:

Good Collection

i like it ... !

lool34 on December 25, 2010:

love the one with black hair!!! :)

writer83 from Cyber Space on November 07, 2010:

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 from New York on November 06, 2010:

Nice hub - good suggestions

Daniela Daljac from AUSTRALIA on November 06, 2010:

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

Crystal on September 09, 2010:

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.

Hairstyles on August 01, 2010:

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 from Texas on July 22, 2010:

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

blackstyleshair on July 16, 2010:


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candy on June 30, 2010:

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

fashion hair styles on May 29, 2010:

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

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 28, 2010:

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

Isabel on May 28, 2010:

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

haircuts on May 20, 2010:

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

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on January 07, 2010:

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.

Shana Hurt from Boonville on January 03, 2010:

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

samironwebtrack on November 04, 2009:

nice hair style......

Nisha shan on September 10, 2009:

Yeah,I too prefer having short hair...

cynfullz from Wethersfield, CT on September 04, 2009:

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 on August 29, 2009:

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 from in my mind. on August 25, 2009:

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.

Louidam1 on August 25, 2009:

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

diane on August 21, 2009:

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!

Brianna on August 04, 2009:

Mullets are NEVER okay!

Research Analyst on July 30, 2009:

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.

Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on July 24, 2009:

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.

perfumelover on July 23, 2009:

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

KAYLA on July 22, 2009:

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

B.Z. Alixandre from Boise, ID on July 14, 2009:

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!

Jeniferr from United States on July 13, 2009:

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!

Judy on July 12, 2009:

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

richard_john from UK on July 09, 2009:

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.