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Enhance that Style: Textured Layers

The cut is the key. Bring that hair alive with some stunning layering!

Fun and bouncy, layering is used in almost all cuts. But these days, layering doesn’t necessarily mean ‘The Rachel…’ but more like the look of Cara Delevigne.

With its gorgeous effect, textured layers are the demand of the day. So if you haven’t mastered this style yet, it’s time for some new hair goals!

Why Layers?

Certain kinds of hair won’t work with certain styles -- but pretty much everyone can work with layers.

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Layers work especially well with natural beachy waves, but they can be employed with just about any hair texture. For thick, curly hair, layers will lighten the burden from the bottom. For hair that’s straight as sticks, it can give a little extra volume. The secret is in the cut.

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If you client doesn’t want prominent layering, simply make it subtle to focus on the style.

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Even with all those varied lengths, this cut is deceptively easy to maintain.

How to Cut Layers?

Give your clients the look they’ll love with some simple steps.

Step 1: What does the client say?

Layers need to be modified for each head of hair, so it goes without saying that your client’s opinion is very important.

Decide the length, layering, and texture beforehand. Ask them what they want so you’ll know just what to do. As always, use photos -- and lots of them -- to find just the right look.

Step 2: The Prep

Moisten the hair with a little spray so it’s easy to work with. As every hairstylist knows, dry hair is the most dangerous for a haircut, so keep that spray handy!

Step 3: Make the Sections

Before you get to the scissor-happy stage, divide the hair into sections. Horseshoe sectioning is the best option.

Step 4: The Guideline

Now you can dive in with those scissors to create a guide.

Always work from the bottom up, going from the longest layers to the shortest. That way, you know the length you’re dealing with, drastically reducing any chance of error.

Step 5: Follow the Guide

Simply follow that first cut to give you a single, even layer. Repeat the process for multiple layers across the head.

Remember that a layered hairstyle isn’t about the number of layers, but rather about the overall effect.

Keep the layers to a minimum and you won’t run the risk of overdoing it!

Step 6: Texture Time

If your client’s hair has plenty of bulk at the bottom, layering is the perfect way to remove some of that extra mass.

You can even pair it with different hairstyling techniques, such as the razor cut, for a wispy finish.

Now is also the time to blend in those layers so they don’t stand out in an overly distinctive manner.

Step 7: Ready for the Ramp

Once the cut is done, it’s time for presentation. Dry those locks, style them, and show the client just how gorgeous they can look!

You’re an artist, so you can always add your own unique twist to the layers. Each cut is different, so don’t be afraid of a little experimentation.

What are your insights on layering? Share your ideas in the comments below!