Medium or shoulder-length hair is versatile for many different styles. Bobs, layered styles and tapered looks are some of the most popular cuts. Hair cooperates and is easier to style, however, if it is cut just above or below the shoulder.
Layered looks range from short to long and in-between. Longer layers allow the hair to keep more weight and give it texture and volume. A-lined layers are shorter in the back, allowing the hair to fall naturally toward the face. A cut with short even layers gives the hair more movement and less weight. Hair tends to lie naturally with this cut and balances the shape of the head.
Layers are also great for most face shapes, for straight to wavy hair types, and for medium or thick density hair. Layers curl more freely and do not weigh down the rest of the hair. Some layers are specially cut to frame the face, giving the cut a softer look.
Styling a layered cut starts with applying a styling or smoothing product to wet hair. Blowing dry the hair with a round brush adds smoothness and can be followed by styling with a curling or flat iron. A flexible hold hairspray or shine serum sets the hairstyle.