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When a haircut, style or color isn’t working quite right, a great place to start is by looking at the layers within the hair. From showing off a shade to adding volume and movement, layers enhance a cut in more ways than one. 

“Layering hair can add volume to target areas, provide a dramatic shape, and enhance texture and natural waves,” explains Sam Villa, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken.  

It creates definition and movement in all hair lengths and types and makes an appearance in most cuts today.  It is especially useful for guests that want to try something new but don’t want to sacrifice length and those that wish to enhance natural texture.  To lock down layering, Villa suggests the following 5 tips:

5 Tips on Layering Hair

Tip #1: When layering fine hair, don’t cut everything!  For fine-medium to long length hair, isolate a zigzag section all the way around the hairline and do not cut it. This maintains bulk and weight at the perimeter. The zigzag section does not give away the detached perimeter.

Tip #2: Remember to pull away from the area where length and weight should be maintained by over directing. 

Tip #3: Most guests want frothy volume in the crown.  To achieve this, detach a zigzag circular section in the crown area and layer it so it is detached, not blended.

Tip #4: When layering a fringe area, cut it dry to better visually control weight, length, and density.

Tip #5:  Notching or Scanning (shallow point cutting) provides a way to layer hair in a more uniform manner with a soft edge.


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