Layered Short Haircuts for Fine Hair

Ginnifer Goodwin's pixie cut is an example of short layers for fine hair.

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Baby fine hair is great on a baby, but oh baby, it can be the bane of existence for a grown up babe. The fine wisps get unmanageable and fly-away at the touch of a breeze. After gelling and spraying, fine hair can still find a way to go flat before mid-day. Thanks go out to whoever created the layered look, because it can save your sanity. Sure, women with thick, full hair rely on layers to thin out their locks, but it’s the gals with fine hair who really appreciate short, layered cuts and can take full advantage of the benefits.


You've got to start by figuring out what shape your face is before attempting a short, layered haircut. The only facial shape that can really get away with any kind of haircut is the perfect oval. If you're that blessed, then layer your hair around your face, away from your cheekbones or up in spikes. If your face more closely resembles a heart, let the layers hang around your neck to even out your look. Let the layers swoop inwards over your cheekbones if your face is round with fat cheeks. Pick your layers in a spike if you have a long face and feather the top of your hair if your face is more square-shaped.


One of the fun aspects of wearing a short-layered haircut is the fun you can have with product and style experimentation. You can run gel through the roots and make those fine strands stand up at any juncture or form your short locks in a side-swept 'do. When your layers are short enough, you don't have to worry about creating big hair with products. Instead you can opt for a popular messy look that makes you look so cool and nonchalant that you don't even comb your hair before leaving the house.


Fine hair has a tendency to droop during the day whether you've slathered it with product or not. Run a comb through your short fine hair and it's laying flat on your head. Snippets of bangs work well with a short-layered look and draw attention from the lack of body on the top. Layer the front top half of your hair so that it hangs over your forehead and, depending on your mood, sweep your bangs to the side when you're feeling soft and romantic or let them hang just below your eyebrows when you want to brood.

Wash and Wear

Let the scissors provide you with your standard style so that you can wash and wear every day. With sufficient layers in just the right places, you don’t even need to worry about products or blow-drying or flat-tops. Layers on fine hair need to be choppy and a little shorter underneath. Use layers on the sides so that you can drape your fringe or sideburns with a flick of your fingers. The back can lie flat against your neck with a just a touch of lift on your crown for the easiest wash and wear hairstyle imaginable. Shape a short bob with layers so that all you have to do is jump out of the shower, towel dry, shake your head and go.

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