Front layered hairstyles

Updated March 23, 2017

Front layered hairstyles vary in length, with their most important feature being face-framing layers. These hairstyles work on every hair texture and for every face shape. Layers should be cut depending on face shape and the goal you want to achieve, such as a face-slimming effect, or to add shape to a straight-cut hairstyle. Hairstyles layered in the front may be either straight throughout or with subtle layers in the back as well.

Face-Slimming Layers

Layers that slim the face are ideal for wide face shapes, such as round or square. These layers are cut starting at the chin or even above it. Each layer is small and subtle. Layers are cut right under each other going down toward the ends, forming a diagonal shape. When dry, these layers frame the face and fall into place slightly curled toward the face. Either straight-cut or side fringe can be added to this hairstyle.

Subtle Layers

Subtle layers are added in the front to break up a straight hairstyle without giving a hair-thinning or face-slimming effect. These layers are added sparingly around the face, starting at the chin or below it, depending on the hair length. Such layers work on any hair texture and with every face shape. They may be combined with fringe. These layers are so subtle that they usually blend in with the rest of the hair but still give your hairstyle a nice shape.

Blunt Layers

Rather than being cut diagonally like delicate, thin face-slimming layers, blunt layers are cut straight and wide. As a result, hair becomes chunky in the front. This cut works best on straight, thick hair. Blunt layers give hair extra texture and look best when styled straight with a hairstyling product such as wax or gel. They look choppy and are less delicate than subtle or thin layers.

Side Layers

Layers can be cut with hair parted in the middle, but they can also be cut with hair parted to one side. Choose a side you are comfortable with. Layers will be cut differently on each side, giving a one-sided diagonal effect. These layers look best with side fringe on the same side as the part. This haircut also frames the face but works only if you don't mind styling your hair to the same side each day.

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Aleksandra Ozimek has been writing professionally since 2007 for a fashion blog, various online media and the "Queens Courier," in addition to interning at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in journalism and photography from St. John's University, where she is completing her master's degree.