How to Get the Layered Haircut: What to Ask For

All Things Hair | 10 September 2016

Speak the language of layers. 

With your inspo photo in hand and your appointment booked, you might think you’re all set for your new layered haircut. While a picture may be worth 1,000 words, what matters most is that you’re able to effectively communicate to your stylist exactly what it is that you want. Whether you have long hair or short hair; or want classic or blunt layers; keep reading to find out the tips and tricks to ask for in order to get the layered haircut you’ve been dying for this Fall.

What to Ask Your Stylist for the Perfect Layered Haircut

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First things first, let’s get to the basics of why layers are a thing. Unlike other cutting techniques, layers have the ability to give your hair volume and dimension through the addition of varying lengths. Depending on the length of you hair, that means there’s a wide range of what you could ask for in terms of layer lengths, so it’s important to go into your appointment knowing the exact look you’re going for so that they can get their shears in gear.

If you’re looking for a classic layered haircut…

We’ve all fangirled once or twice, or a thousand times over the way our fave celeb’s hair looks. More often than not, those very celebs have layers. So the next time you want to look runway ready, spin around in your salon chair and ask for a classic women’s layer cut; it’s perfect for normal to thick hair, and will combine both face framing layers and layers cascading down the back of your head. To really maximize on your red carpet look, wash your layers with a volumizing combo like the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo whose formula works to provide your hair with ample volume without weighting it down.

If you want a blunt layered haircut but are looking for volume…

If you’re looking to add just a smidge of volume to an otherwise blunt look, strut into your salon and ask for short layers. Short layers will be super subtle due to the limited space between each one, however that small distance has major potential in amping up the volume. Now that you know you want that extra boost, it’s up to you and your stylist to decide if it’s necessary in an isolated area of your head or all around. Whether you opt for face-framing layers or around the circumference of your head, the completed look will be better than the picture that you brought for inspiration. Make sure to use some mousse like the Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse to help lift your layered haircut and tame frizz.

If you want to embrace a boho vibe…

Similarly to short layers, the word long when used in this description simply means there is more space between each layer. The longer that each layer is, the more elongated the overall look will be. Long layers are most often associated with one of our personal faves: boho hair! The long layers of this cut are perfect for a lived-in look, but also for getting glammed up for a wedding or night on the town. This cut is perfect for pretty much all hair types, but it works especially well on long fine hair because it adds volume and shape to an otherwise limp look.

Love your layers but don’t know how to maintain them? Check out our article how to maintain layered haircuts!

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