There's no doubt we have stars like Rachel McAdams and Kate Middleton to thank, in large part, for our obsession with face-framing layers. The look is multi-faceted, and works for a variety of hair types because it adds an optical effect of greater volume to thin strands and eliminates weight for thicker textures. Layered styles are also among the easiest to maintain and produces a natural second day texture when air dried—this creates an ideal canvas for playing around with color (especially ombre or multi-tonal variations). Click through to see our favorite layered styles on the stars!
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1. Rachel McAdams
The actress added volume to her blush Ralph Lauren column gown with a '50s inspired blowout.
2. Kate Upton
Kate Upton, who landed the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue two years in a row, repeatedly dons beachy waves for swimwear shoots. The model-turned-actress experimented with another style: Marilyn Monroe waves for a press appearance for her film, The Other Woman.
3. Jennifer Garner
Garner’s been faithful to long layered hair since her years as a self-proclaimed high school band geek, save for a period of short red hair on Felicity.
4. Naya Rivera
Rivera's layers are given added dimension with multi-tonal strands.
5. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge has the single most enviable hair in the world with the perfect mix of bounce, shine, and rich color that we wish could be bottled.
6. Kim Kardashian
Kardashian's hair game is always on point with seemingly endless layers of thick, healthy strands.
7. Jennifer Aniston
Aniston recently returned to her dark roots for the upcoming film Cake, yet showed up to the premiere of The Leftovers with longer, lighter, and very Jennifer Aniston hair.
8. Jennifer Lopez
The triple threat has maintained her perpetually perfect honey-colored highlights for nearly two decades, since her first encounter with colorist Ritz Hazan.
9. Anna Kendrick
Kendrick, who plays Cinderella to Chris Pine’s Prince Charming in this winter’s Into the Woods,, boasts layered locks that are as silky-smooth as her singing voice.
10. Diane Kruger
Kruger’s layered bob is the perfect accessory to highlight her perpetually daring, yet always classic red carpet looks.