The options are endless for African American layered hairstyles. Short, medium and long hairstyles benefit from the depth that layers add. Shorter hairstyles are the most popular.

Cropped Layers

A cropped, layered style consists of short hair that is cut close to the head and frames the face. Layers are cut throughout at different lengths, creating a choppy look.


The best way to make the most of a cropped African American hairstyle is to use a light serum or pomade. Rub a small amount into your palms, and run your fingers through your hair to manipulate the style. You can obtain a different look every time.

Layered Bob

The layered bob, a classic style that frames the face at the cheekbones or chin, adds volume and texture to hair. Angled layers give an elevated look and work best with medium to thick hair.


A roller set adds volume to your layered bob, or you can choose to blow dry for a sleeker look. Use shine lotion to add gloss to the style.

Long Layers

This style refers to shoulder length or longer hair. The first layer is cut below the chin, and remaining layers are added throughout the hair to give it personality and depth.


Wrap hair in a circular motion around the head, and tie it up using a satin scarf or bonnet to lock in natural moisture and reduce breakage. Comb out and go.

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Layered Styles