Feathered Hairstyles

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Feathered Hairstyles
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Feathered hairstyles, made popular in the seventies, are still trendy today. These hairstyles can be incorporated into many different hair lengths and can accommodate your personal style as well. Modern feathered hairstyles are fun, fresh, and give off a relaxed, beachy vibe.


Short feathered hairstyles are cut shoulder-length and above. Short feathered hairstyles typically incorporate blunt cut ends with a lot of layering in the front and throughout the rest of the hair. Short feathered hairstyles can be as short as a pixie haircut or as long as a shoulder-length cut. A very short, feathered hairstyle should be texturised and layered throughout so that feathering is easily achieved. A feathered hairstyle that is about shoulder length can be left one length almost everywhere except around the face, where layering should be done up to the eye area.


Long feathered hairstyles have been popular since the mid-1970s when Farrah Fawcett made the cut famous. Long feathered hairstyles are cut with a lot of layering throughout, and may also have fringe. Hair is usually styled big and full of volume and body, then the front pieces are curled toward the back of the head with a large barrel curling iron. DivineCaroline.com suggests pinning the curled pieces in place and allowing to set for 15 minutes before removing the pins, so your long feathered hairstyle will have more staying power.

Retro to Modern

Retro feathered hairstyles, such as those made famous by actresses and models in the seventies and eighties, can still be worn today. A typical long feathered hairstyle, as described above, is worn so that the hair is curled toward the back of the head. To create a more modern look, use a texturising spray to scrunch in hair before blow-drying upside down. This will create a piece-y, texturised, and more modern version of the retro feathered hairstyles worn a couple decades ago.

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