The difference between feathered and layered hair has to do with the texture and amount of the layers. Feathered hair consists of very fine-textured layers created with a razor, while layered hair is created using scissors to make separate sections of layers.
Feathered hair first became popular in the 1970s when the style was adopted by actress Farrah Fawcett, who was known for her feminine hairstyle that swept away from the face. The fine texture of feathering adds a delicate texture to hair ends, giving the hair a windswept look.
Layered hair is more choppy and full of volume, and it frames the face with multiple sections cascading from the chin. One style made popular in the 1990s was known as "The Rachel." It was made famous by actress Jennifer Aniston in the sitcom "Friends."