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 long 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 the long, layered look. From Demi Lovato's wet-looking strands to supermodel Georgia May Jagger's rock 'n' roll bedhead, keep scrolling to see 12 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).
Here Chrissy Teigen's smooth hair is cut into long layers that give the ends a nice waterfall effect. We love the slightly off-center part and slight wave to her hair, which only amplifies this effect. (For shine as bright as Teigen's, try a product like Sachajuan Shine Serum $33).
Gabrielle Union's hair is showstopping when it's pinned up low on the nape of her neck. The different lengths throughout make it volumized and defined. If you try a long, layered look like this, define any drooping curls with Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($13).
Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge gives us the perfect example of subtle layering. If her hair wasn't brushed back over her shoulders, it would be hard to spot the two face-framing pieces at the front. (Again with that shiny hair like Chrissy Teigen's! It must be a model thing.)
Jennifer Aniston proves long hair always benefits from a few California highlights. Keeping the lightest strands toward the front and top layers makes the color look natural and pretty. The same goes for the way her hair is draped down from the center, which draws attention to her face.
Actress Jamie Chung dons a similar style, parting her hair from the middle to let it drape down on either side of her face. We like how her long layers exacerbate the flowy look of her wavy hair. Try using the Ghd Curve 1.25" Soft Curl Iron ($200) for a similar effect.
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.
Here Amanda Seyfried's hair is prim and proper, and it's complete with a sleek flip at the ends and subtle side bangs. We like how the ends are tapered off with layers. Thick-haired girls take note, as layers can be an effective way to thin out the ends of your hair.
Talk about waterfall hair. Demi Lovato's wet-looking style shows off the long layers cut throughout. This is mermaid hair at its finest. Seriously, when we look at this, we immediately think of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Anyone else?
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 ($16). It has quinoa protein to fortify your strands while sunflower extract offers UV protection.
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 subtle 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 ($19).
All hail the queen of long, layered hair. Even though J.Lo is currently rocking a shorter cut, she has a long history of wearing her hair like this. Her layers start at her chin and persist all the way through to the ends, giving her one of the biggest and bounciest hairstyles we've ever seen.