Need a hair cut but feeling completely and totally uninspired? We get it, and we've been there—until we discovered the magical powers of layering. Sure, you've probably had some layers since you were a preteen, but we're not talking about the long, blunt, blah layers of middle school, but instead the choppy, face-framing, eye-skimming layers that turn bobs and ponytails into works of art. And to get you inspired, we've pulled the best of the best layered celebrity looks to screenshot and take to your hairstylist, pronto.
A little frizz and humidity (thank you summer) won't do any harm to layers, as Lawrence's natural curls showcase. With layers, the more volume the better.
Cutting your curls may seem scary, but I promise you curly bangs will not be a mistake. Layers will give your natural curls so much definition.
Layers look good as hell on second and third-day hair. Emrata's just-rolled-out-of-bed hair at the Vanity Fair Oscar's party proves bedhead waves are red-carpet worthy.
Don't fret if you have naturally fine hair like Hadid. Brushed-out curls and layers will add fullness.
Who says your bob has to be one length? No one. If you're looking for a fun way to jazz up a simple bob, take Lipa's asymmetrical layers as inspo to experiment with length.
Turner's uncomplicated style prove that even a little flick of your wrist with a flat-iron will create the perfect shape, since cut layers do most of the work for you.
The classic, '50s S-waves look just as good with layers. Just use a 1"-barrel curling iron to replicate the timeless look of these polished curls.
Modernize Farrah Fawcett-styled feathered hair with a center part like Ciara's, and blonde highlights will help, too. Parting your layers straight down the middle is a classic trick to accentuate your facial features.
Saldana's simple, soft bends + layers might as well be your bread and butter if you want a no-brainer style to fall back on when you have zero time.
We all know it takes effort to pull off an effortlessly undone ponytail as perfect as Harrier's (ugh, the irony). To add personality to your ponytail, curl your layers and let a few strands fall freely in the front for a face-framing effect.
Short hair serves layers well with lots and lots of volume. Mara's wispy side-bangs add a dimension of eccentricity to to this choppy style.
You may not be on vacation but that doesn't mean you can't bring the beach to your hair by livening up highlighted layers with a tousled texture like Mitchell's.
Henson opted for choppy layers and thick, side-swept bangs to create an anled bob that looks full, not frumpy.
Curls on non-layered hair can look juvenile, but Hadid does it right with a ton of long layers that lend themselves to a cascade of curls.
Keep a lob from falling flat by cutting a bunch of long layers that start at the jawline and gradually thin out towards the ends. Lightly curl random sections around your head, raking through the curls while they're still warm, to add even more body and definition.
Wispy bangs that melt into long, face-framing layers automatically add definition to Johnson's face.
Long, thick hair can weigh down a lithe face, so make like Gabrielle Union and thin out the bulk with feathered layers that fall softly around your cheeks and shoulders.
This look is all about the purposefully mussed-up texture, which is all thanks to the choppy ends that are tousled and slightly staticky.
If you have super-long bangs like Campbell's, start your first set of layers at your chin or longer to keep your hair from looking like a '70s shag.
SJP knows that great hair is all about the layers, which is why long, straight, and tapered hair has been her signature style for years.
If you're blessed with thicker, wavy hair like Winslet's, ask for shorter face-framing layers and side-swept bangs to give a lighter look to your hair.
Since her Felicity days, Keri Russell has mastered the perfectly unperfect bedroom hair: slightly tousled and wavy with mid-length layers that look even better when they're messy and dented (like you slept on it while wet).
Klum adds some dimension to her long layers with a blend of golden and honey highlights at the ends. Bookmark this look if you want to brighten up your long hair in the summer.
Thicker hair plus longer layers = the perfect opportunity to curl them out in cascading mermaid waves.
Longer hair often needs a bit of shorter layering to avoid falling flat, and Lucy Hale's is no exception, with chin-length layers blown out for a fuller, face-framing effect.
Chopping your hair into blunt, brow-skimming bangs is an an excellent way to break up a longer face, like Bullock's.
A mid-length cut looks even better with some longer chin-length layering to shape thick hair. Try some ombre highlights by your cheekbones to lend some warmth to dark brunette hair.
Aniston may forever be known for her '90s supercut, "The Rachel," a master-piece of layering and highlights, which is why we dub this the Rachel 2.0. The layers that start at her chin still have the same face-framing effect, but the highlights are much more natural.