How to Shape your Layered Cut

layered-cut The layered haircut is a fashion staple and rightly so. It works well for everyone. Savvy style watchers like the versatility, and it’s perennial “cool”. Those of us who race through our mornings love the care-free maintenance. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. It adds the impression of length to short hair and thickness to fine. The concept is simple. The hair is cut by layering the strands. The bottom strands are longer than the top layers. While the cut itself may take time, you can learn to layer your own hair with a little practice.

The most critical tool is a pair of sharp scissors. Dull scissors will create a substandard haircut. You will also need a fine toothed small tail comb. You will also want some type of plastic cape to reduce the mess on your clothes. Your hair must be very clean for the best results. Start with wet hair.

Begin with the layers
Start by combing your hair with a fine-toothed comb. Bend over so the hair is being combed towards the floor. Carefully divide the hair into two layers. The top layer is at the crown of your head, and the bottom layer is at the nape of your neck. Ideally, the bottom layer should be about three times longer than the top layer.

Start Cutting

Start by pulling the front of the top layer in front of your face and trimming straight across. This layer should be above the bridge of your nose or shorter.

For a short style, cut the back and sides of the top layer to just beneath the eyes. For a longer style, cut it to below the ear. You want to keep the 3 to 1 proportions mentioned above. Comb the section you just cut and hold it between your index and middle fingers while you trim the tips.

To make the bottom layer, comb a section of hair straight up. Hold between your index and middle fingers while you trim the section to the desired length and then the tips.

Check your layers
Once you have finished layering, check the evenness in the front, back and sides by using two mirrors. Add more fullness by adding more layers.


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