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Layers: 18 Hot Face Framing Haircuts

Bangs are a great way to enhance a round face shape, but choosing the right style is crucial. Shorter, more defined layers are certainly back in style! Some angling around the face is the ultimate hair envy. Use some texturizing spray to get that defined finish. We love the airy feel and the feathered texture of this look. This layered haircut with bangs is the best bet for a diamond face shape. The style is relatively low maintenance by applying some volumizing spray on the roots and blast dry your hair, head downwards. The “I woke up like this” look is great if you like low-maintenance hairdos, and this shaggy bob definitely is.
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Layering can transform any hairdo, and can add style, fun, and a modern touch. If you are too lazy to get your entire hair revamped, then why not consider just the front of your hair, with a face framing cut. A wide variety of styles of face framing layers are available, and they can be tailored to your hair texture, face shape, and overall health of the strands. Given that it can be worn with any hair type and any hairdo, this look has become so popular. This look adds balance to a haircut to help better frame the face. Read on below to see the different types of face framing layer styles and ideas that we can provide, so that you can pick your next look!

1. Side Swept Waves

Side swept waves are sexy, beachy and glamorous. They combine some of the most flattering hairstyle elements for all face shapes. However, if you have a rounder face, then this face framing style could be for you. Longer hair helps to balance the width of a round face, while sweeping the hair to one side makes your face seem more narrow. Meanwhile, loose, beachy waves help draw the eye down, elongating the face. Sweeping the fringe, as well as some layers at the front, soften facial features and make them look smaller. Hence, this element of the hairstyle is a great way to take attention away from any bigger features you may feel you have, like your nose. No matter your face shape, hair length, or hair texture, side swept face framing works.

2. Curly Tapered Layers

Tapered layers mean that the shortest layer is at the top of the head and progressively get longer toward the ends. Coiled or curly strands shed excess weight in each skinny layer to achieve more volume and more uniform texture. The layers are cut from a certain length level down to ensure the ends of this curly style don’t get bulky or too dense. The effect helps define the cheekbones and an accentuated jawline that translates into a leaner-looking face.

3. Long Waves

Are you too scared to go for the full chop? Long, face framing layers may be what you are looking for then. Long hair draws the eye down, balancing the broader look of a round face, or making any face shape seem narrower. One of the most flattering long hairstyles is long waves. Start by building volume at the crown, then create big, loose, flowing waves with either a centre or side part. The way the waves fall means your forehead will look smaller and narrower, balancing the proportions of your face. If you do not want to grow out your hair, you can achieve this beautiful and feminine hairstyle with clip-in extensions.

4. Face Framing Bangs

Dynamic and full of movement, a haircut with face framing bangs is an ideal choice for those gorgeous women who love a classy yet edgy look. The face framing bangs draw attention away from the jawline and widest part of the face. By adding bangs. You can also cover up a broad forehead, which is also a feature of round face shapes. Make sure your stylist blends the bangs into the rest of the cut for a seamless look. This style works for all hair lengths.

5. Face Framing Layers

Face-framing layers are always a great option because well, without stating the obvious, they frame your face. This means that they highlight your facial structure in the best way by accentuating your cheekbones and jawbones, while also giving the appearance that your hair is actually longer, despite having shorter pieces. It is the hair magic that you will not believe until you try it!

6. Pixie Cut with Bangs

Talk about short and sweet. Try a pixie cut with a V-shaped bang. This will frame the bridge of the nose and cheekbones. By styling the bangs, you can create a soft, piecey texture to give a tinge of edge, or more definition and volume, for a classier and 80s look. Whatever vibe you are after, you can achieve it with this look.

7. Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs is the answer to all of life’s questions! First made famous in the ‘60s and ‘70s, curtain bangs are typically parted down the middle and swept to each side, so they perfectly frame your face and eyes, much like a curtain does with a window. We absolutely love a curtain bang and do not think they will be going out of fashion anytime soon. This face framing style is low maintenance, and go great with long layers, short layers, or any layers. The longest bit of the bang usually grazes the cheekbone, highlighting what is often considered one of the face shape’s best features, and creates a soft and gentle transition into the rest of the mane.

8. Up-do with Face Framing Layers

Not only do face framed layers look great when your hair is down and styled, but they look even better when your hair is up in a classy do. Shorter layers look amazing with all types of updos, including buns, braids, and ponytails. Whether you let your bangs or layers elegantly fall and frame your face, or you tuck them behind your ear, the sweeping layers look is just the absolute key way to face frame. Just make sure to choose an updo that adds height to the crown of the head, which will help draw attention up, and in turn, elongate the face.

9. Straight Face Layers

Okay, so this smooth and straight style may not be the most exciting look on this list, but it is probably one of the most flattering, especially if you have long hair. It is also the easiest to achieve, if you do not want a drastic change. The middle part opens up the face, while the long, sleek strands frame the face, and create a narrow, bold look. While minimal layers compliment this look best, you could add a vintage wave or softer, textured ends to make the style appear less severe. Long face framing layers that start below the chin can give a more full-bodied appearance to fine straight hair. This creates a longer bang that surrounds the face and makes it look rounder.

10. Long Layers

You cannot go wrong with long, layered face framing strands to ensure a fresh and modern look, with volume at the crown creating the illusion of a narrower, more angular face. While layers are one of the best ways to elevate your long hairstyle, we totally swear by facial framing long layers. Some layering around your face will emphasize your features and jazz up the style. Part the strands in the middle or wear it swept to one side to create different looks. The best thing is that everyone can pull off face-framing, especially this style. You simply cannot go wrong with layered hairstyles if they are done right.

Choose long face-framing layers like these locks if you prefer to be able to tuck them behind your ears or wear your hair up. Big and bouncy hair with some face-framing layers that start at the cheekbones are flattering for any face shape. Blow dry your hair with a round brush or simply curl the ends with straighteners for this full-bodied and textured look.

11. Shaggy Bangs

Bangs are a great way to enhance a round face shape, but choosing the right style is crucial. Shorter, more defined layers are certainly back in style! Some angling around the face is the ultimate hair envy. Use some texturizing spray to get that defined finish. We love the airy feel and the feathered texture of this look. This layered haircut with bangs is the best bet for a diamond face shape. The style is relatively low maintenance  by applying some volumizing spray on the roots and blast dry your hair, head downwards. The “I woke up like this” look is great if you like low-maintenance hairdos, and this shaggy bob definitely is.

12. Chin Length Layers

Choppy layers starting just above the chin would suit oval, round, and elongated face frames. It is a go to look for thick and heavy hair owners who wish to have a more lightweight and textured hairstyles whilst keeping the layer length longer. This cut is also great for you curly haired girls, and keeping your curls or coils’ textures.

Framing chin length layers around your face will soften your hairstyle and accentuate your features. If you have a round face shape, this may be one of the best face framing cuts for you. The chin grazing layers will create a wispy look, or curl them in to create a sophisticated overall look. A lot of layering all over, and some face-framing will give your locks plenty of volume and movement. This killer haircut with chin skimming layers will do the trick.

13. Full Fringe

The combination of a full fringe and face framing layers would make a beautiful framing effect to an oval or elongated face shape. Whether you want to feather out the fringe and keep it wispy, or you want to keep it heavy and full, the full fringe adds a dramatic effect to your hairstyle. Featuring a jawline and cheekbones, it looks equally great with hair up and down.

14. A-Shaped Cut

While one-length cuts can be too heavy and unflattering, layers might not be your favourite or preferred choice either, especially if you have nice defined waves at the ends. Opt for an A-shaped cut at the front while keeping the rest of the hair the same length. This cut will gently transition into the rest of your hair, and keep your hair looking flowy, and soft.

15. Feathered Long Layers

Too scared to get rid of your length, yet want a styley face framing layered cut? Fear no more, we have the answer for you. This waterfall layer cut is ideal for you because the pretty, swooping layers are confined to the ends of the hair, so you can still tie it up, or leave it out with your length being the dominant feature. While your feathered, waterfall layers cascade into your length, you can get these layers concentrated around your face, starting at jaw level, and staggering in length all the way to the ends.

16. Face Framing layers with a pony tail

Team a ponytail with framed layers to give your hair some bounce, and a youthful look. By tying your hair back but leaving your strands framing your face, you will accentuate your face shape, and create an effortless, yet flirty look. Curl or wave your ponytail to keep it voluminous, and pair your face framed layers with equal waves so that they fall elegantly around your face. If you are someone that prefers to keep their hair up rather than down, then this look is perfect for you. keep your hair low maintenance, with care only required to the face framing layers.

17. Face Framing Layers with Highlights

Brown hair with highlights and a layered haircut is a killer style that you must attempt if you are looking for a complete change to your look. It is only made better with caramel highlights, which will also assist in framing your face and bring a little warmth to your complexion. Give your hair some waves to let the highlights blend into one another, and let it drop beautifully around your face.

18. Loose layers on wavy hair

With wavy hair, layers, and face framed layers especially, is an excellent choice. That’s because they highlight the inherent movement and bounce of this hair type. To get a more structured and attractive appearance, your hairstylist might cut the layers in your hair. If you want to soften a strong jawline or make your face seem more proportional, wavy long layered hair is an excellent choice.

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    hair texture can be best described as the diameter and thickness of each individual strand of hair and includes

    • Fine
    • Medium
    • Coarse

    However, most people will say their hair texture is straight, wavy, or curly, with rarely ever mentioning the thickness of each hair strand. Indeed, hairstylists around the globe will often say a person has straight, wavy, or curly hair texture on a thickness of hair type.

    In some countries, hair stylists will insist that hair texture is all about the thickness of hair strands, while hair elasticity relates to straight, smooth, wavy, or curly hair types.

    On HSC, we use the term hair texture as straight, wavy, curly, or very curly hair.

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    Straight hair can be best described as a strand of hair that when completely dry has no bend, curve, or curl to it.

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    While all straight hair has no bend or curves, there are 3 categories of straight hair.

    1. Type 1A (fine)
    2. Type 1B (medium)
    3. Type 1C (coarse)
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    There are many benefits to having naturally straight hair and these include;

    • Straight hair has more shine due to how light hits and reflects back off the smooth surface, and also due to how the cuticle sits smooth down without any bends in the hair shaft.
    • Straight hair can be precision cut into classic bobs, eye catching bangs, face framing layers, and solid straight lines.
    • Straight hair can be curled either permanently or temporarily just until the hair is wet again.
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    Wavy hair is also known as Type 2 hair, also best described as hair that has a twist, where soft S shapes form that don’t really ever complete the (S) into an (8), or curl. Some wavy hair is mistakenly described as big open soft curls, however a way to tell way form curly is how the large elongated diameter between the S appears like waves in the ocean, hence why we it’s called wavy hair.

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    Wavy hair types are considered the best hair texture types because;

    • Wavy hair can be made smooth and straight looking, with lots of body.
    • Wavy hair can also be curled, scrunched where it will hold better and last longer.
    • The wavy hair texture can be trained overtime by adjusting the weight distribution by how wavy hair is cut, for example keeping wavy hair long and all one length will make it appear less wavy, while adding layers that reduce weight will do the opposite and make it bounce up.
    • Wavy hair and wavy hairstyles are generally much easier and faster to style and manage when left in their natural state.
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    Wavy hairstyles come in many shapes and forms that include

    • Short wavy layer cuts
    • Beach waves hair
    • Wavy bobs
    • Shag bobs
    • Wavy lobs
    • Long wavy hair
    • Shoulder length wavy hair
    • Short wavy pixie cuts
    • Wavy hair with bangs
    • Mid length wavy hair
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    A: Curly hair or Type 3 hair as it’s known is described as where hair grows in coils, spirals, starting with a bend in a hair strand that continues to bend until it forms a ringlet.

    Curly hair is considered a dominant gene trait, yes natural curls are determined from well before you are born, made up as a part of your DNA.

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    The shape of your hair follicle, the tube that hair grow out from is what determines curls. For example, people with an oval shaped follicle produce curly hair, while round follicles produce straight hair.

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    The best haircut for curly hair is the one that suits your curly hair type, face shape, personality, and lifestyle. Above everything else, people with curly hair need a hairstylist that understands geometry and how to shape hair when cutting it.

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    Fine hair is where the diameter of your hair’s circumference is less than 60 microns and this in hair talk is measured as 16 hairs per millimetre.

    Fine hair can be straight, wavy, or curly in texture.

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    Fine hair is not bad at all, in-fact it can be cut to make it appear thicker than it really is by keeping layers longer and blunt cut, all to one length. Fine hair can also be made to look fuller and thicker chemically using permanent waves, and curls.

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    Medium hair thickness is the diameter of a single hair shaft, measured at around 70 to 80 microns which is roughly the thickness of a piece of copy paper.

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    The best hairstyles for hair that has a medium thickness really depends on the hair texture (straight wavy, or curly), the overall condition of the hair, and then other important attributes such as a person’s face shape, personality, home hair styling ability, and time factors. The best hairstyles are the ones that save time, and look great without too much effort.

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    Having medium hair diameter is actually a very good thing, and something that strangely is not mentioned nearly enough. Perhaps it’s because as hairstylists we are too fixated on solving problems, that is to try and find solutions for people that have fine or coarse hair types.

    Medium hair types are easy to work with, are the most malleable, and adaptable.

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    Coarse hair is generally identified by a thick hair shaft, measured at around 120 microns and above. Another way of knowing if your hair is coarse is to grab just one hair and roll it between your fingers, if you feel it as textured and it looks wider than a piece of sewing thread it is coarse.

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    It is not bad at all to have coarse hair, in-fact as a hairstylist for over 30 years it has only been on a handful of occasions that I have struggled with coarse hair, and this was to do with penetrating the hair shaft with hair color.

    For devising a great haircut for coarse hair, or indeed styling hair to last, coarse hair was always obedient and was easy to work with.

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    While there is more hair to control when your hair is coarse, it’s not harder to control if you

    • Have carefully considered hair cutting techniques, layers, and shapes.
    • Use the right home care products, that are moisture based.
    • Get regular salon trims
    • Have a haircare regime that works for you
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