Molded layers are all the rage and they will give you instant cheekbones
Layers are a divisive subject. Those of us who over-diapers in the 2000s and spent the next two years trying to brushing submitting them may (rightly) think they’re not worth the trouble. On the flip side, those who have seen the sultry, choppy, voluminous layers popping up in every cool-girl haircut on the “ gram ” may well be wondering if it’s time for a makeover.
The point is, even the most opposed to the style of us probably already have layers. “Layers are pretty much a part of everything Haircut unless you have a strong bob“, explains the main hairdresser Luc Hersheson. “Adult bangs are an example of layers, as are some framing pieces that end around your jawline or chin,” he says.
Over the past 12 months, hair with layers has seen a massive revival. Actually celebrity hairstylist Larry king named them on the biggest trend of 2021. Maybe it’s a rebellion against the overgrown strands we had to live with during the lockdown, but 70s crumpled texture dominates trends this summer, and he’s brought with him the shag, Charlie’s Angels flips, swooshy curtain fringes and even (if you’re brave) a modern take on the mullet.
Deliberately bold and choppy styles are back, but they’re also totally customizable – you can create soft versions of trends by cutting them down, like the “Nice shag,” that looks at a messy texture but keeps the layers longer so they’re easier to style.
Still not convinced? There is a more delicate solution for those who want to remain more discreet. “The idea of invisible layers is really relevant for a softer approach,” says Hersheson. They are subtle, seamless and almost imperceptible. “You can have layers in your hair, but you don’t want it to feel like clumps or edges.” Even Suki Waterhouse’s diapers lob is a softer nod to the shag style. “It’s less obvious,” Hersheson says.
Unless you go for something deliberately bold and choppy, a light touch is likely to be easier to style and therefore more flattering for everyday use. While invisible layers don’t seem like much, in practice they can be surprisingly effective. Created using scissors or a razor to avoid sharp lines, “they’re not cut so that the ends are also blunt and ruler-shaped,” Hersheson explains. “To the naked eye, it might look like a length, but in reality it would give you more shape when doing it or styling it. This will give you a little more texture. “Get those layers right at the back, and voila! You have a slightly disturbed movement where you need it. Nail them around the face (we’re talking about a relaxed jaw length) fringe foaming on either side of your cheek), and they may be the answer to instant cheekbones.
An added bonus to invisible layers? They are versatile. Depending on the style you want to go, they can go unnoticed in a chic ponytail or left loose one day and then can be amplified with texturizing to give punch and a sexy texture to the next one.
Here’s everything you need to know about layering.
What is layered hair?
At its base, a layer is “hair that doesn’t reach the bottom of your hair,” Hersheson explains. Specifically, “it’s the lightest form of haircut,” says Ryan Forsythe, senior manager at Trevor Sorbie‘s Covent Garden in London. “Sections of hair are stretched and cut vertically from the head to reduce weight.
What are the benefits of layered hair?
“Layering the hair not only removes weight, but can also help create shape, impart volume, movement and texture,” says Forsythe.
Do layers make hair thicker?
“Not necessarily thicker, but they can add volume and give a fuller effect,” says Forsythe.
Can layers transform or update a style without losing length?
“Absolutely, if you have a heavy, one-length bob, for example, a few layers can help you get more texture and movement,” says Forsythe. “Or if your long hair feels a little flat on top, a few layers around the crown will give it a bit of bounce.
Where would you tend to cut the layers?
“Depending on what shape you want to create, or where you want to thin out, this is usually done in the ‘inner’ area – top, back, sides,” says Forsythe. “The outer” being the outline or length of the perimeter. “
Do layers work on all hair types?
“Most hair types can suit different levels of layers, especially thick and thick hair. Very fine hair should avoid layering, as this can make it even thinner and cause ‘effervescence’, ”says Forsythe. Hersheson agrees: “If you have thin hair and then you put a lot of layers through that hair, it will make the ends of the hair thinner. There is also a caveat for the opposite end of the spectrum: ‘Very frizzy or coarse hair will generally benefit from having more weight,’ says Forsythe. In that case, you might not want to add too much. of layers.
What styles can benefit from layering?
“Short pixie cuts and ’70s shags are both styles that really benefit from a lot of layers, ”says Forsythe.
How easy is layered hair to style?
Remember The Rachel, the bob worn by Jennifer Aniston in Friends? It was such a choppy style that Jen couldn’t tame it on her own. This is what invisible layers seek to avoid. “In terms of styling, if a layer is done well and belongs to the hairstyle, it shouldn’t take too much styling,” says Hersheson. “Even with a shag, you should be able to wash it, let it dry, and get it to fall into place.”
As long as you’ve chosen a low-maintenance style (one that’s been cut by a professional), “it can be pretty easy,” says Forsythe. “With the use of the right products and a simple finger dry, you can achieve a natural and soft result or you can dry gently for a smoother finish. Layers help give hairstyles versatility.
This story originally appeared on Glamor UK.