Long layers vs Short layers

Long layers vs Short layers: What are the differences?

What are the differences between long layers vs short layers haircuts? To answer this question, we will compare them on the following aspects: length, texture, and volume.

Long layered haircut: It has a lot of length and it is also very textured and voluminous. It is perfect for those with round faces because it will showcase their features.

Short layered haircut: This haircut does not have as much length as the long layered haircut but it still has enough to show off your features. It can be styled in many ways because of its versatility.

Short layers can help you add extra volume to your hairstyle. Hair tends to grow outwards at the ends of strands, so this will give it a more voluminous look.

Other benefits of short layers are that they are suitable for all hair types. Short layers can create volume and shape for curly hair, plus they define the waves in curly hair.

Long Layers can help reduce the overall volume of your hairstyle without having to cut it off. They also save you time when styling.

They also give you the opportunity to cut hair in different ways e.g. shaping an undercut or mohawk without altering the length of your hair.

Did your best friend recently get a haircut and they’re a little different from who you remember from yesterday?

I’m not really sure why you’re so surprised at this point. Layered cuts, both long and short, can give your look a whole new perspective.

Do you want to know a secret?

People often confuse layered cuts with short hair, but it’s not the same thing. When we stylists talk about layers, we don’t mean the length of the hair.

Actually, the terms “long layers” and “short layers” refer to the distance between each strand. If there is a long distance in between one strand and the next, it’s considered a long layer.

Layered haircuts are super versatile and can suit all hair types. They’re perfect for maintaining hair length, creating layers, adding texture or volume to short hair, and more.

Certain haircuts lend themselves to a certain type of cut. But when it comes down to length, you should think about these three factors:

  • what you are looking to achieve with the cut
  • how much time you are willing to invest in styling your hair
  • the subsequent maintenance

Do you know what I mean?

I’ll tell you about it with two examples.

Ana is a 20-year-old woman, who can be fiercely energetic and enthusiastic. Her hair is an important part of her personality as it flows from her head in long waves. Even Rapunzel would be surprised at its length.

Once, she came to visit a stylist because she was bored with her long, curly hair. The stylist responded by suggesting a lengthy layered haircut.

She stared at me in horror, as if I had just turned into a monster.

Her fear stemmed from two misconceptions: one that layers would make her hair shorter and another that her curls, which she likes to keep under control, could come undone.

I tried to reassure her that I wouldn’t let any of those mistakes happen with the scissors, but she closed her eyes until I was done.

She felt delighted when she opened her eyes. There were straight, boring curls before, but now there are fun, flowing curls all over. In addition, the long layers helped add some fullness to her face and balanced out her proportions.

Maria’s hair was very curly so I cut it in layers to gain more volume and style possibilities. Also, I gave her short, choppy layers using a razor because the locks will fall free and create bouncy curls.

Due to the commitments of her job, Ana was not able to visit me at the salon as often. However, Maria was willing to come more often because she liked how the short layers looked on her hair.

To summarize, there are a few things you have to consider before getting a short or long-layered haircut. Keep reading to find out the most important ones:

  • What layered hairstyle should you choose according to your hair type?
  • What layered hairstyle should you choose according to your hairstyle preferences?
  • Do short or long layers require more maintenance?


There are three types of layers that work for all hair types: straight, wavy, and the short cuts. They add volume and give more depth to your style.

Oh, and they allow you to add curl definition without providing heaviness or weight to the hair. They create a professional finish that is perfect for any hairstyle.

If you want to make your hair look fuller and more dynamic, short layers are the way to go.

Long layers may not modify the length of your hair but can add more movement and subtlety. They tend to suit all hair types and work best for anyone wanting a change but without modifying their length.

This is why they are ideal for eliminating straight, blunt, and dull cuts.


  • If your hair is super straight, thin, and low density, you should consider shorter layers. This will make it look thicker and fuller.
  • Use long layers if you have long, wavy hair to keep your curls light and defined.
  • If you have curly hair, but don’t want the volume, the long layers will keep it from frizzing.


Once you decide on a length, it’s hard to change during the week. So before you commit to one length, think about how often you style your hair every day.

It won’t do you any good to get a short-layered haircut if you don’t know how to handle it afterward.

For example:

  • Do you like to wear a low ponytail every day, short layers will alter your style and make it thicker.
  • If you love trying new updos, long layers are a good option because they give a nice end to your hair.
  • If you love to tweak your hairstyle and have plenty of spare time, short layers might be the best option for you as it’ll give you many hairstyles and looks to change everyday.

Which hairstyle are you interested in?

To achieve a natural look for your straight hair, dry and separate equally-sized sections with your fingers. If you have curly hair, simply apply conditioner and let it dry naturally.

If you prefer long layers, focus on the ends. Curl your hair with a curling iron, flat iron, or curling wand. Turn it down for tighter curls or up for looser waves.


Layered haircuts save you time and money, as they don’t require your hair to grow out – an issue with certain other types of haircuts.

If you don’t want to wear a layered haircut anymore, you’re advised to grow out your hair and in the meantime enjoy a sleek hairstyle.

A short-layered haircut will require more maintenance if you want to keep the shape.

However, keep in mind that this is not a big deal. It doesn’t take long to touch-up the layers every three months––especially the topmost one––which can help to avoid losing your volume.

On the other hand, you can touch up your layers every 6 months to keep them looking fresh. This way the movement will only be in the tips of your hair, and it won’t matter too much if they’re not up to date.


When you are deciding to have short layers vs long layers, there are some things you must take into consideration before making your decision.

For example, think about what kind of style you want to achieve, how often do you need to touch up the layers, and how much prep time is necessary for this.

If you want a style that’s easy to change and require more volume, ask your stylist for short layers. They won’t need to be cut often, they will add more volume and you’ll only visit the salon every three months.

Curly hair doesn’t like to be tamed, but you can try long layers for some movement without cutting it short. Finally, if you have curly hair and want definition without losing length, try using products with waxes or butter ingredients

Would you like to keep the length around what it is or make it shorter?


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