Don’t get us wrong, there’s something so statement about blunt, one-length hair, but for autumn (and for summer too), TikTok has decreed dramatic layers the only haircut you need to have on your radar.
The style has Matilda Djerf, a Swedish model, influencer, and all-round It girl, to thank for some of its popularity. Djerf’s fluffy ’70s layers have been her signature for years, but her hair aesthetic really took off over lockdown (when, ironically, we couldn’t get the cut). But it’s continued to go stratospheric ever since. In fact, these days she is not just an influencer; she’s a hashtag, with more than 157 million people searching for her name, and 29.9 million watching #matildadjerfhair on TikTok. “The Matilda Djerf blowout has taken TikTok by storm and is here to stay,” confirms Samantha Cusick, Batiste ambassador and professional hairstylist.
Layers have arguably been the runaway success of autumn for a few seasons now, with the shag convincing us that short, rock-and-roll layers could be the way forward. But if you aren’t ready to commit to something quite so choppy and radical, dramatic layers can bring the glamour in another way entirely, thanks to heavy, swooping outgrown curtain fringes and lots of longer layers to add a rich-looking texture.
The good news is that longer layers are easier to style. They’re less likely to ping off in different directions like cray-cray palm fronds, so for off-duty days, you can just leave them to air-dry, and the lighter weight will encourage your natural texture to do its thing a little more. But it also looks awesome blow-dried. “Dramatic layers with face-framing bangs, styled in huge, extra-AF voluminous waves look perfect for any autumnal coffee shop date,” says Cusick.
You’re face-framing action will determine what direction the style heads in, also. Thick curtain fringes will give it a cool, retro appeal, while jaw-length and collarbone-length layers will give it a sleeker, modern vibe.
Here are 12 of our favorite ways to wear dramatic layers: