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It’s probably been a while since you’ve heard about traditional “layered” cuts, and there is a good reason for that. For a while now, these structured shapes were on the outs. However, thanks to Instagram and the latest techniques it looks like layered haircuts are back and better than ever. Social media has done more than just offer inspiration to the masses, it has given them the tools to research, observe and learn the latest styles from start to finish.

Layered looks were originally made widespread “cool” by Jennifer Aniston in Friends before dropping off the spectrum in favor of über texturized ends and soft shapes. With the return of ‘90s styles lately, it was only a matter of time until the coveted layered look made its return.

The digital world has confirmed the style is officially back, but do you even know where to start? Keep reading for a few ways to ensure you’re up to the ‘90s challenge.

As with any trend, the second (or third) time around they are undoubtedly subtler. Don’t expect to see those shelve layers of year’s prior. This wave has ushered in layers that flatter without taking away from the agenda.

A few simple rules:

- Layers should be used to create texture

You’ll want to pay attention to the weight line you are creating and work hard not to compromise it when adding layers.

- Length is necessary to get the look

Length not only creates weight but also shape. Pay attention to the interior and exterior layers when crafting a cut.

- Invisible layers are still a thing

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Invisible layers are a great way to take out weight without affecting the weight line. This is a great technique for thick-haired clients who still want to be able to rock a blunt bob.

- Pay attention to face shape

Face shape makes all the difference when placing layers. A good rule of thumb (depending on overall length) is to have the first layer hit just below the jawline to avoid cutting into the face shape.

- Natural texture and lifestyle can make or break the cut

Adding too many or too little layers can negatively impact the resulting style. For someone with curly texture or not enough time to style, too many layers can make it harder for them to get their desired finish look. On the opposite side, not enough can leave them with a style that is too thick to style.

- Finish on dry hair

Dry cutting has long been a favorite by the top celebrity stylists and for good reason. While creating a base on wet hair, texturizing and finishing touches should always be done on dry hair. You can easily see how the hair moves. Discuss with clients how they typically style their hair, then create a cut that works with that! 

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