Women's Stacked & Blended Hairstyles

By Melissa McKean

Though sometimes confused, the stacked hairstyle is much different from the layered hairstyle. In a layers haircut, hair is trimmed into an exact shape and angle, whereas in a stacked haircut, there is no specific cutting pattern. Instead, hair is just cut so that it stacks on itself to add height. Stacked hair can accent specific facial features, such as your eyes and cheekbones. Stacked hairstyles can also make your neck look longer and give fine hair more volume.


Stacked bobs can work with any facial shape or hair type. Stacked bobs can be customized to your personal style, face shape, and preferences. However, a basic version of this cut is to wear the hair longer in the back and longer in the front. Ask the stylist to cut stacked layers in the back, beginning at the crown of your hair, to give the style movement and body. When styling, run a silkening serum through your hair and comb through to keep the hair soft and shiny. Then, apply a mousse to help it hold the style better. Blow dry hair using a round brush to give it shape, and spritz with a medium-hold hairspray. To soften your facial features, part you hair unevenly sweeping hair randomly to both sides. Use a pomade to give the ends a more defined, edgy look.

Medium-Length Hair

A medium-length hairstyle works well with the stacked and blended hairstyle because sometimes, medium-length hair can become flat and lack in body. Ask the stylist to cut your medium-length hair in long layers around the face, and then cut stacked layers of hair in the back at the crown of the hair. Make sure the stylist razors the ends of the hair as well so they blend in well. In medium-length hair, stacked cuts can be more noticeable because there aren't a lot of short layers in the back so they can stand out if not properly razored. When styling this cut, use a shine serum and heat-protecting product, then straighten your hair using a flat iron or use a large-barreled curling iron to create soft, loose waves.

Curly Hair

Stacked hairstyles work well with curly hair because the curl texture of the hair gives it natural volume that is complemented by the stacked cut. When getting this cut, make sure the stylist knows that your hair is naturally curly so she can cut the hair accordingly. Often, when curly hair is cut well, it becomes shorter as it dries, so she needs to be aware so she can cut the stacked layers a little longer to compensate. After washing, spray hair with a leave-in conditioner to keep the hair moisturized, then use a frizz-reducing serum to style curly hair-stacked styles. Blow your hair dry with a diffuser, using your fingers to separate and style the curls.