Layered Haircuts for African Americans With Medium Length Hair

Opt for an asymmetrical layered bob with bangs like the cut Keri Hilson wore in Los Angeles.

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Whether you're an African-American woman who's been sporting long tresses and is ready for a change, or if you've finally gotten your hair to grow out to your shoulders, asking for layers opens up a world of styling options. Layering your hair creates a softer, visually dynamic appearance. The best part? You have a ton more options than you may realize for a medium-length cut. From sleek to voluminous, there's a look that works no matter which direction your personal style leans.

Asymmetrical Layered Bob with Bangs

If you're a fashion-forward woman with a penchant for edgy haircuts, this look is for you. Let your stylist know you're looking for a medium-length, bob-style haircut that barely grazes your shoulders. However, rather than going for a cut that's longer in the front than the back, opt for one that's longer on one side. Soften your asymmetrical look with a full set of fringy bangs and go for heavily layered ends throughout for that extra edge.

Long Layers

When you're searching for a soft look that works with straight, wavy or curly hair, go with long layers. If you consider yourself the type of woman who prefers a more classic, laid-back vibe, this look is ideal -- worn sleek or mussed-up, it's super versatile. Ask your stylist for long layers that begin near your eyebrow line and continue through the ends of your hair when you're looking for cascading layers, rather than tons of volume.

Sideswept Bangs with Choppy Layers

Go for a medium-length hairstyle that includes sideswept bangs if you're a fan of layering that frames your face. Since shorter, blunt bangs can create a squared-off look, keep your style open and easily changeable by going with a longer set of fringes. In addition to your hangs-over-one-eye bangs, ask your stylist for choppy, all-over layers. Super piecey ends update this classic style by adding movement and a bit of attitude. Style it sleek and smooth or add pomade to the ends for a jagged, rock star-inspired look.

All-Over Stacked Layers

If you're a huge fan of your curls and love a style that allows you to dry your hair and go, opt for all-over stacked layers. If you love the way shorter hair lifts your eyes, but you want to hold onto your length, you'll particularly enjoy this shape. Tell your stylist you want layers that stack from the highest point of your shoulders, continuing up through your crown and the front of your hair. The result includes an inverted triangle shape with softened corners -- most of the volume is on top of your head -- with free-flowing curls surrounding your face. Lovely.

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