Many people are tired of having hair that is all one length opt
for layered haircuts that give a more dramatic, stylish effect.
True, hair that is all one length can easily be pulled back into
a ponytail if it is long, or coaxed into a bob if it is short, but
layered haircuts give the hair volume and can be fun for style experimentation.
Layered haircuts can be confined to bangs, or can have "fringes"
throughout. Some prefer spiky, funky layered haircuts, and others
like classy French layers that accent the face. Whatever layered
haircuts you choose, it is a good idea to look for styles you want
in magazines before you make your decision, since it is hard to
get alter layered haircuts once they have been created.
The most familiar layered haircuts include bangs. Many people with
medium to long hair are faced with the decision to create bangs
or to leave their hair all one length. The advantage to having bangs
is that they tend to accentuate the eyes and can be quite stylish.
However, once you have bangs, it is difficult to get rid of them,
so many people think with care before choosing bangs. Once you have
bangs, you can curl them under with them curling iron or straighten
them with a flat iron. Bangs can be thick or wispy, depending on
your mood and the look you want to create.
Popular short, layered haircuts have a shaggy look. Many people
choose these stylish, short layered haircuts because they involve
less maintenance than sleek do's. Judging from magazine covers and
the hair models sport on the runway, the "Just-got-out-of-bed"
look can be quite chic (at least if it is created intentionally).
A good mousse is the secret ingredient to these dramatic styles.
For a great "shaggy" do:
- Shampoo and condition hair. But the shaggy do is created more
easily on hair that is not freshly washed. Go easy on the conditioner,
and try washing your hair the day before a big event
- Use a mousse that has a strong hold or a sculpting gel. Shape
hair any way you wish, and you might want to use a pick for a
more spiky look.
- Blow dry and shape your hair using your fingers rather than
- Hold your shaggy style with a good quality hair spray
Many people opt for layered haircuts as a way of making frosted
or highlighted looks more dramatic. The top of the layers are given
blond effects, while the lower areas are allowed to remain their
natural color. Some prefer a rather bold look using layers for a
spiky look and dyeing the edges in colors like purple or blue. This
look isn't for everyone, but if you like to stand out from the crowd,
start with layers and lay on the dye (of course, there are always
temporary dyes you can wash out if you want a wild look for one
Although many layered haircuts can look quite spiky and bold, other
layered haircuts create the opposite effect, and can be rather feminine.
If you prefer a softer look that brings out the eyes and the curves
of the face, try a French layered look, with soft bangs of medium
thickness and layers that curve toward the face. Important tools
needed for soft, layered haircuts include:
- A curling iron, wide or narrow barrelled, depending on the look
- A soft, round brush
- A gentle conditioner
- A good hairspray
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Use a good mousse before you blow dry your hair, and coax your
hair into the shape you want with a round brush. Follow by creating
soft curls with a curling iron, or allow the mousse and the round
brush to create your style before spraying it. Try coaxing your
hair in different directions for an extra wavy look.