How To Cut Hair in Layers

Create a Fabulous Hair Cut Without the Salon

Girl with bangs holding scissors

A layered hair cut can be difficult to maintain and even more difficult to get right the first time. However, it is one of the most popular hair cut styles. If you are looking for a layered look and are determined to do it on your own, follow these steps for the best result.

Gather the following materials:

Sharp scissors
Hair clips
Fine tooth comb

  1. Wash and condition your hair. Cutting hair is always easier when the hair is clean and wet. Get rid of the product that weighs your hair down and comb through any tangles before you get started.
  2. If you are just touching up with a trim, follow the lines of the previous style. To maintain a cut, you can comb out the layers you already have and trim the same quarter or half inch off all the hair. Start with small snips and cut consistently.
  3. If you are completely changing your look, follow the rest of the steps. You have more freedom if you are looking for a dramatic change in style.
  4. Gather your hair in a ponytail. There are two options depending upon the look you are going for. If you want layers spaced throughout your hair that are shorter on top and staggered down, then gather all your hair up into a normal tail at the back of your head. If you want longer layers or a funkier look, turn your head upside down and secure the hair in a ponytail at the top of your head.
  5. Cut the end off the ponytail. Decide how much you want to cut off your hair. Ideally you want to shorten your style by two to three inches for the most dramatic look. Gather the ponytail in your hand and move up to where you want to cut it. Make a straight cut across the ponytail.
  6. Remove the ponytail and shake your hair loose. As your hair settles back down you should see the newly cut layers. Using the ponytail style means that your layers will look somewhat random instead of like steps.
  7. Trim any stray hairs and bangs if necessary. If you have bangs, give them a refresher trim by combing them down straight in front of your face. Then hold the scissors vertically with the sharp end up. Make V-cut snips at the end of the bangs. These are small cuts that create texture and a bit of a layered effect in your bangs.
  8. Style and enjoy your new layered cut. Updating your hairstyle to a layered cut can create a funkier and even sexier look. Rumple or tousle the hair then let it dry naturally for a relaxed and enticing just out of bed appearance.

Cutting your own hair into a layered style may seem daunting. Still you can get creative when layering hair without much risk by trying these steps. If you can’t get to the hairdresser or just need to save some cash, this is a great option.


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