Learning how to layer hair is a valuable skill that can help you achieve a head-turning look without spending a fortune at a salon. However, not all layered haircuts are created equal. If you do it incorrectly, your cut will look messy and choppy. In this article, you’ll learn how to create high-quality layers that will look beautifully blended and stunning every time you style your hair.
Layering hair can add definition and drama to any cut. It’s particularly important for those who want to enhance texture and natural curls, says Sam Villa, cofounder and chief creative officer of Sam Villa Pros. Layers can also frame and flatter your face shape, and they’re a great choice for people with round or square faces.
The best way to start a layered cut is by assessing your face shape and choosing the right length for your layers. Ideally, your shortest layers will start just below the earlobe or jawline and gradually flare out to the ends of your hair. If you have longer hair, consider adding multiple layers of varying lengths for a cascading effect.
Next, choose a well-lit place to work and gather your tools, including hair-cutting scissors, a comb, and hair clips. Make sure to use sharp, professional-grade hair-cutting scissors that are specifically designed for cutting layers to avoid snags or damage to your locks. You can also invest in a pair of thinning shears to remove bulk from your hair and give your layers a smoother, more natural-looking finish.