Having long, layered hair doesn't necessarily mean having waist-length, voluminous locks like a Disney princess (although, we're in love with that look, too). It can be simpler than that, and it can describe hairstyles that are chic and modern with a lot of movement. No layers are the same, and it all depends on what you prefer, but there's one thing that is for certain: Bouncy hair is happy hair, and adding layers into your cut will give you just that. Whether you like your layers choppy and textured or subtle and hidden, they might be all you need to breathe some new life into your old hair.
But don't just take it from us. Celebs love long, layered haircuts, too. From Demi Lovato's wet-looking strands to supermodel Georgia May Jagger's rock 'n' roll bedhead, here are 21 celebrities with gorgeous hair that will inspire you to put away the scissors and grow out your tresses (or skip that part, and get extensions instead).
Meet the Expert
- Marcus Francis is a sought-after stylist. His A-list clients include Julianne Moore, Emma Roberts, and Olivia Colman.
- Anastasia Stylianou is an internationally acclaimed hairstylist and creative director, artistic director of Umberto Giannini. She is the founder of Rehab Styling and is a specialist in curly hair.
Heidi Klum knows how to make it work. Her gorgeous mane is bouncy and full of texture thanks to subtle, strategic layers, Francis points out. "This cut is great for fine hair that is also dense, as well as thicker hair. Better Natured Beachy Texture Spray ($22) and Shine Glaze ($22) cocktail allow for the tousled look to also feel polished with an effortless memory to its texture," he says.
Chrissy Teigen's smooth hair is cut into barely-there layers that give the ends a nice waterfall effect. We love the center part and rich caramel highlights blended throughout, adding dimension and shine. To replicate Teigen's lustrous locks, apply Sachajuan Shine Serum, $35) when finish you styling.
If you've got curly hair, let Belgian model Rose Bertram be your muse. Her long, loose coils are everything that curls strive to be: bouncy, moisturized, and well-defined. Just know that it comes with a regimented hair maintenance routine, especially if you're coloring your hair.
Awkwafina's jet-black tresses are pure perfection, which Francis attributes to internal sliced layers that create soft movement at hair's ends and the illusion of blunt ends.
To replicate her 'do, which works best on thick, wavy or straight, strands, "Better Natured Hydrating Milk ($22) leaves the hair hydrated and weightless. Use a large curling iron, barely wrapping the ends so they feel sealed and polished but not curled, giving a soft loose wave to this style," instructs Francis.
Gabrielle Union's hair is showstopping in this long braided look. This protective style is at once polished and defined, while also being casual and cool thanks to its varying lengths and undone ends. To prevent split ends, nourish with Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($34).
Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge demonstrates the art of subtle layering with her long, brushed-out "s" waves. It's retro meets modern. Her half-up, half-down style is perfect for lazy days or for second-day hair.
Sandra Bullock's hair might not be considered "long" by textbook definition, but Francis points out, "layers are sliced on the longer side of the cut giving movement and texture to the hair."
With this cut, there's flexibility when it comes to styling, but Francis suggests prepping hair with Better Natured Heat Styling Lotion ($22) and then wrapping sections with a medium-size curling iron at mid-length to create “bends” for an undone finish.
Redheaded beauty Lily Cole wears her lustrous hair long and layered. We're loving it, especially how her curled ends create added texture and bounce. A cool-girl side flip amps up the volume.
Shakira's shaggy mane is utter curly perfection with its scattered shorter layers and skinny ends. Stylianou points out that this style is ideal for 3b and 3c curl types and if you want to create volume or disguise damaged strands.
To style, she recommends spraying Balmain Salt Texturizing Salt Spray ($42) throughout wet hair to add a little roughness and "I've just stepped out the sea feel." Once hair is dry, spray Sam McKnight Cool Girl Spray ($30) which Stylianou describes as being "in between a dry shampoo and a texture spray" and one of her "essential styling products for all hair types."
"The less you care about perfect neat curls, the better. A little frizz and bed head actually works better to achieve this style believe it or not," says Stylianou.
Actress Jamie Chung parts her hair from the middle to let it drape down naturally on either side of her face, framing it perfectly. We like how her long layers amplify the flowy look of her wavy hair. Try using the Ghd Curve 1.25" Soft Curl Iron ($199) for a similar effect.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP's blonde tresses are visually effortless thanks to layers that maintain length while adding body, notes Francis. "The layering like this would allow for finer hair to still look full, and not seem so heavy on thicker hair allowing for movement," he adds.
When it comes to his product picks, Francis suggests, "Better Natured Beachy Texture Spray ($22) will allow for the natural texture in your hair to come out while also giving the hair some grit that makes it piecey and cool, with lasting effect on the styling."
Before we say anything, let's get it out in the open: Zendaya's hair always looks amazing on the red carpet, no matter if she's rocking dreadlocks, sleek and straight hair, or a pixie cut. These super-subtle, texturized layers will look amazing on curly-haired girls.
Naomi Campbell has got it going on with this head-turning hairstyle. Francis agrees: "This look feels like hair goals: texture, shine, and length. There’s enough layering to keep the hair from feeling heavy or triangular and allowing movement and fullness for a longer length cut."
To nourish hair and give it plenty of shine, Francis nominates Better Natured Damage Repair Strengthening Leave-In Cream ($22) to get optimal results. Also, "Using a flat iron to create 's' waves will help to recreate this done yet undone style," he says.
Here, Amanda Seyfried's hair is prim and proper. For added flair, she incorporates a subtle side bang and flips ends outward. Thick-haired girls take note: Ends are also tapered off with layers, which can be an effective way to remove some weight from hair.
Calling American-British model Aiden Curtiss's 'do "long" might be debatable, but we've included it in our roundup because it's just too beautiful not to. Stylianou says that while her natural hair looks ah-mazing, it takes work to stay in tip-top condition.
She suggests, "Regular cuts at DevaCurl, lots of treatments and a good curly hair routine. One of my holy grail of all styling products is Kinky-Curly I leave this styling product to dry naturally in the hair, it’s great on textures like Aiden’s."
Georgia May Jagger
Supermodel Georgia May Jagger is known for her super-layered hair. Here she dons her trademark rock 'n' roll texture (possibly inspired by her dad?). To get the same piecey separation, try using Bumble and bumble Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme ($31).
Priyanka Chopra's look is all about volume. Since she has thick hair, the layers appear to bring even more bounce and movement into this style. For big hair that rivals Chopra's, we like Verb Volume Spray ($18). It has quinoa protein to fortify your strands while sunflower extract offers UV protection.
Although Sasha Keable’s hair isn’t naturally curly, she proves that it's still possible to "join the curl club even if you don’t have curly hair or if you just want to enhance your own slightly," says Stylianou.
She curled Keable's hair using Chopstick styler. Then she "sprayed through loads of Texture Spray ($30) by Sam McKnight, and slightly teased the ends with an Afro comb" to achieve long cascading curls.
Even though Rihanna's layers are cut as high up as her chin, they meld perfectly into the rest of her hair, making for a seamless transition. If you have curly, long hair, this cut is for you. Bonus points if you pair it with a hot-pink lip, which looks a lot like Fenty Beauty Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick in Gravity.
All hail the queen of long, layered locks. J.Lo has been known to wear her hair in long layers from time to time. Here, they start at her chin and continue all the way through to the longest length, giving her one of the biggest and bounciest hairstyles we've ever seen.