Layered hairstyles aren’t the easiest hair trend to work – but thanks to our celebrity inspiration edit we guarantee you’ll find a style to suit you.
Whether you want to add extra volume, update your look instantly or just make your hair more manageable, layers are the answer and the A-list agree.
From Jennifer Aniston’s trademark feathered layers to Kate Middleton’s voluptuous curls, there are so many styles to choose from. Curly or straight, choppy or short, layered hairstyles always look amazing with very little effort.
If your hair is long, having it all one length can really swamp your face (especially if you’re rocking thick or super-straight locks). But layered hairstyles give you framing, letting your features stand out.
Another way to soften your face is to try feathering, like The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco or The Saturdays’ Mollie King.
This means you’ll have shorter sections specifically cut into the front of your ‘do, which can either be blow-dried towards or away from your cheeks for a super-glam look.
VIPs who’ve managed to control their naturally thick manes with layered hairstyles include Jennifer Lawrence, Zooey Deschanel, Ashley Greene and Beyoncé.
As previously mentioned, flat hair can be boosted with layering. Use a rounded brush to blow-dry each section and you’ll soon see the very pleasing effect of faux volume.
Ladies who’ve added interest to their bouffants in this way include Cara Delevingne, Caroline Flack, Ellie Goulding and Kristen Stewart.
And guess what – a layered hairstyle will even look great when you wake up in the morning. Hello, on-trend tousled lengths!
Adding layers can also be a great way to incorporate a grown-out fringe into your style. Anna Kendrick’s side-swept bangs look totally deliberate after being expertly cut into her layered ‘do.
Still not convinced layered hairstyles are for you? You will be once you see all these lush celebrity styles…
A 60s-inspired bouffant on Michelle Keegan really proved how a layered hairstyle can boost volume. Teased flicks and a side parting only added to the illusion.
A long centre-parted 'do like Kim Kardashian's could have swamped her features – but choppy layering ensured her face was framed perfectly.
Sarah Hyland expertly blow-dried her front layers to create a stunning 70s look. LOVE.
Lauren Conrad's waves gave her layered hairstyle a real beachy look.
Kaley Cuoco loves a layered hairstyle and often lets her hair hang loose, framing her face.
Anna Kendrick amped up her mid length hair with a few flicked out layers at the bottom. Super easy hairstyle update.
Mollie King works face-framing layers like a pro every time she steps out. Not that we’re jealous or anything.
Before Jennifer Lawrence work the crop hairstyle she also did choppy layers like a pro. We love.
Rachel Bilson rocked this super easy layered hairstyle at the CW Upfront Presentation with a flattering side-parting.
Chloë Grace Moretz worked blunt layers at the Billboard Music Awards for a show-stopping hairstyle.
Cat Deeley has always been a fan of the layered hairstyle but we especially love this sunkissed look she rocked for the Teen Choice Awards.
Angelina Jolie dark hair is perfect for the layered look. At the Oscars she curled the ends giving her hair sexy tousled look.
Rita Ora keeps her hair up-to-date and edgy with bright blonde layers at New York Fashion Week. Not forgetting her trademark red lips.
Kate Moss has worked plenty of layered hairstyles over the years but the one remember most is her layered fringe look. We love.
Kate Middleton is the queen of layered hair and often uses rollers to give her hair that special bounce. Wow.
Nicole Scherzinger prefers subtle layers, which stop her long locks from getting too heaving. Straight or curly, her hair always looks amazing.
Kristen Dunst likes to keep her layers loose for a more relaxed look, like at the premiere of her film ‘Upside Down’.
Layers are a great way to add extra volume to your hair, as proven by Zooey Deschanel at the Emmy Awards.
Taylor Swift occasionally swaps her long straight locks for a more choppy layered look, like she did for the American Music Awards.
Lea Michele loves a layered hairstyle and often teams it with a full fringe, like at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball. Lush.
Alexa Chung loves her layered fringe look and often steps out rocking the bedhead look to perfection.
Natalie Portman amped up the glam for Venice International Film Festival by curling the ends of her layers.
Cara Delevinge looked every inch the supermodel at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show with her curly layered hairstyle.
Before Michelle Dockery went for the chop she worked a relaxed layered hairstyle, which complemented her au naturel look perfectly.
Kristen Stewart loves to work a messy layered look whether she’s on or off the red-carpet.
Kristen Bell rocked the beach babe look at a ‘Hit And Run’ screening with her loose layers and glowing tan.
Keira Knightley proved you don’t have to have long hair to work the layered look at the BFI London Film Festival with this cropped tousled ‘do.
Kate Winslet walked the red-carpet with the best of them at the ‘Divergent’ premiere, showing off her lush layered hairstyle.
Katie Holmes is the master of the casual hairstyle, no matter where she’s going her layers always look effortlessly styled.
Check out this flashback layered hairstyle. Emma Watson’s hair may be shorter now but we still love her layered look from her younger years.
Jennifer Aniston is the queen of face-framing layers. We all love ‘The Rachel’ and it’s easy to see why when we see this picture from Toronto Film Festival.
Emma Stone went for the girlie look at the EIF Revlon run walk with her short layered hairstyle. We love the side fringe too.
Emma Roberts swept her layered hair to one side for the American Music Awards, curling the ends for a glam finish.
Jessica Alba never gets it wrong when it comes to looking uh-mazing and her layered hair is no exception.
Add extra oomph to your hairstyle with choppy layers, like Ellie Goulding at the Brit Awards nominations. Lush.
Cheryl Cole’s long hair is layered from top to bottom and looks incredible curly or straight. We’re well jel.
Caroline Flack worked her trademark layered hairstyle with smoky eyes at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Check out this amazing layered hairstyle from Ashley Greene. Talk about a show-stopping look.
Beyoncé’s hair changes from day to day but we still remember her sleek straight layered look. So beautiful.
Olivia Wilde works subtle layers in her long locks giving her hair a natural wave at the Golden Globe Awards.
Elle MacPherson’s layers give her hair that extra bounce on the red-carpet. We love.
Lily Collins works short choppy layers for the Women Of The Year Awards, finished off with berry lips and supermodel brows.
Drew Barrymore keeps her layers messy with plenty of volume to give her a rock chic vibe on the red carpet.
When Rihanna has long hair she loves to experiment with layers as proven at the Grammy Awards.