What are layers? Layers is a technique to help remove weight and create movement throughout the hair. Depending on the haircut, layers can also create volume and softer blend to the hairstyle. What’s fun about layers is you can customize how short or how long you cut the desired look!
Are layers right for you? During a consultation with my clients I always ask variation of questions of hair care routine they contribute at home. For example: How often are you styling your hair? Are you Low or high maintenance? Do you have products/ tools at home to maintain your desired looks?
Do you have inspiration photos? Pictures are a perfect example of what you love about the style and shape. Just remember, the photos you show to your stylist is just a guide not a guarantee result! Wether you have short, long, thick, thin, curly, wavy, straight hair, the most important part of your service is you being happy with the overall result. Layers are what you make it! Defined or delicate, it’s how you wear the haircut.
I recommend to research different salons online and social media. Read about the salon and stylists to see what the offer! Book a consultation with a stylist and ask them questions about a haircut that will be suitable for layers. Also, ask about hair products that will help define your layered cut. The common layered haircut I’ve been cutting for my clients are long layers with short face framing towards the front of the face. For styling layers, I love to bow dry with a large barrel round brush and a 1 1/2 inch curling iron. As long as you can get body on the root of your hair that will help bring out the layers.
Lastly, products! Make sure you have one product for heat protection and at least 1 or 2 products for finishing products towards the end of styling. I always recommend a leave in conditioner or cream to prep the hair on wet clean hair. My favorite go to products currently are Milbon Repair Resorative Blowout Primer (Fine or Course) that is what I always refer to my clients at the salon. Another salon favorite is Oligo 18-1 Hair Beautifier. If the salon you visit doesn’t carry either of these products, ask for an alternative for heat protection/ leave-in conditioner. It’s the easiest and well-tamed products that will cushion your hair in place. I will post another blog about products for next time!
Hot tools and finishing products are definitely preference. I normally guide my clients to an easier route to help style at home. For example: Blow drying with either a paddle brush while your head upside down to create as much volume at the roots or you can use your fingers to dry while pointing your blow dyer 6-10 inches away from the scalp. Once dried, You can use a curling iron or any hot tool that you are comfortable with using to define your layers. Everyone is happy with soft subtle waves and grabbing random parts of the layers curling in the same direction by curling away from the face. Finalize your look with a dry texture spray and a medium hold hairspray to make the hairstyle last longer for the day!
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