Concave Layers Are Going Viral All Over Again

This fantastic haircut suits every face shape.

Concave layers are the base haircut for the 90s blowout of your dreams. The newest TikTok-led frenzy, concave layers, are a take on the 90s C-cut that layers your hair inwards rather than outwards. These face-framing layers give your face shape and definition and give your hair a bounce that’s otherwise hard to achieve. Keep reading to learn about this hairstyle and how to style it.

Concave Layers: Tik Tok’s Latest Hair Trend

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There’s nothing like freshly cut layers.

What are concave layers?

Like many trends, concave layers aren’t new, but they’ve been revamped thanks to TikTok, where they count more than 38 million mentions. This 90s hairstyle consists of having your hair cut in an inward direction instead of outwards to create the illusion of more volume.

The hairdresser will achieve this style by lifting your strands and cutting at angles, leaving short layers on the top and longer ones on the bottom section of your hair. Concave layers  remove weight from thicker hair textures while preserving volume and length making them literally the best of both worlds!

How do you ask for concave hair layers?

Before you go to the salon, do some research and prep some inspiration pictures to show your stylist, as well as some pictures of what you definitely don’t like. Your hairdresser will likely know the term concave layers, but if not, you can ask for a layered haircut to create movement if you have thin hair or layers to remove weight from your edges if you have a thicker texture.

Your hairstylist should adapt concave layers to your face frame to enhance your natural shape. If you’re not sure you want to commit to this 90s style, you can also ask to only have layers on the bottom of your hair that you can hide easily by straightening your hair or pulling it back.

How do you care for concave layers?

This hairstyle is pretty simple and low maintenance. You can visit the salon every few months to remove split ends and keep the layers in shape. When it comes to your hair care routine, you want to keep your hair voluminous and healthy with the right products.

To minimize the appearance of split ends, we recommend Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang 3-in-1 Benefit Oil, which uses virgin coconut oil to keep your strand smooth and repair damage.

And to keep your hair at maximum volume, choose a nourishing and volumizing shampoo like Suave Papaya Volumizing Shampoo, which will make your concave layers look thick and healthy. Use it in combination with the coordinated conditioner for best results.

5 Ways to Wear Concave Layers

Read on to check out 5 ways to wear concave layers:

1. The Classic Shag

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Go for a ’90s take on the shag.

Get the 90s it-girl look with a shag cut that incorporates concave hair layers. The effortless messiness will give you that model-off-duty vibe that manages to strike that perfect balance between undone and polished.

2. Medium Length Concave Layers

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Longer layers elongate the face.

Concave layers do wonders if you want to volumize your straight strands. They also enhance your face shape and allow you to hide and accentuate certain angles. Talk to your stylist about how to maximize your best features!

3. Concave Layers Bob

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Add some layers to your bob haircut!

The 90s trend isn’t only for long hair! You can also create movement and volume in your bob by playing around with different lengths and cut styles. These subtle face-framing layers are a nod to the concave layers trend.

4. Perfect Waves

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Waves will add crazy volume to your layers.

Take your layers to the next level with waves. This involves adding volume to your strands and making it look like you’re fresh out of the salon. Read up on our top blow-dry tips and get ready to rock those voluminous strands.

5. Short Layers

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Wear concave layers on short hair.

This is another example of concave layers on short hair. These face-framing aren’t limited to medium or long hairstyles, and this style is perfect proof of that. Use a large-barreled curling iron to create these mega waves!

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