While at-home haircuts are rarely recommended, this doesn't stop people from wondering how to score a stunning layered cut. Whether you're a would-be stylist who's tired of your current look, don't want to visit a professional hairdresser, or simply need some technical how-to information, the following techniques can be used to create a well-blended layered haircut on anyone, including yourself.
You know the old saying, measure twice and cut once? Apply this to your haircut. Before you reach for the closest pair of scissors, come up with a solid plan of action. For the most flattering haircut, factor in hair length, face shape, and of course, personal preferences. When it comes to the length of your hair, remember it is harder to cut layers into shorter styles. So, think about your skill level and overall comfort before you start chopping.
Something else to consider are the type of layers you want. According to The Beauty Department, layered looks include everything from classic layers (for movement), textured layers (to create a softer look), long layers (to bring out your natural texture), to shag layers (to remove weight from the hair). More complicated cuts should be left to the professionals, while simpler layered styles can be achieved at home.
The following steps will show you how to cut gorgeous layers at home.
Certain lengths are easier to layer than others. Longer hair tends to be simpler to do on your own (take these DIY haircuts as an example. If you are super-skilled, you can achieve long layers by expertly cutting your ponytail). However, it is possible to achieve the cut you crave, whatever your length.
If you have medium hair, it can be trickier to cut layers yourself, depending on the length and layered style you want. For instance, you may be after a razor haircut for something with more movement. Otherwise, simply follow the steps listed above, or watch this YouTube video for medium hair to create a beautiful layered look.
If you have short hair, the same general steps apply. However, you need to be extra careful when cutting, as there is little room for error. Layers that are too short are difficult to style and have a tendency to look awkward. When cutting short hair in layers, cut the middle section of hair 1/2 an inch shorter than the bottom layer, and the top layer 1/2 an inch shorter than the mid-section.
While at-home haircuts can get the job done - and save money - there is nothing more certain than the expertise of a trained professional. Consider whether your DIY cut is worth the risk. To achieve the best possible results, follow these steps carefully. If you make a mistake, remember that hair grows back. While a bad haircut can really put a damper on your self-image, there are plenty of clever cover ups such as hats, headbands, bandanas and barrettes that can mask nearly any hair faux pas.