Layered cuts are by far the frequent request by my clients. And for good reason. Layered cuts can be anything you want them to be- fun, funky, cool or even elegant. While layers and long hair are a common combination, you will also find that layered cuts work great on those with mid-length hair. If you have a client with long hair wanting to make a change, I would recommend a medium length layered cut. Medium length hair is generally considered anything longer than the jaw line but shorter than a few inches below the shoulder. There are a lot of great styles that work well within this range.
Let’s look at a few of the best layered styles for medium length hair. Remember the style you choose will depend a lot on the type of hair, the face shape and the styles and desires of your client. To ensure a satisfied client, make sure that you know what they want before you get started.
When talking about layered cuts, there is a bit of basic terminology that you will need to understand. Layered cuts in general are any cuts where the hair is cut to differing lengths, however the execution can vary greatly with each different style. The ends can be tapered, symmetrical, jagged or angled. Others will talk about cuts in terms of number of layers. The type of hair will affect the final look, so bear this in mind as you get started. Length will also affect volume of the finished cut.
The bob is by far one of the common cuts and is available in a variation in almost any style. This classic cut works great as a medium layered style as well. If your client has fine hair or a round face, consider an angled bob as this will make the style look more complete. Wavy hair goes great into a romantic bob. This style is great for most hair types but should avoided if your client has thick hair as the finished cut will look fluffy and poufy. Work with the bob and create many versions for your clients by adjusting layers, volume and styling techniques.
Lately, I have been seeing a lot more clients ask for layered bobs with flips or bangs. If your client wants something modern, bear in mind that these two techniques are all the rage right now. Fringes, flips and bangs help to frame the face and can look great on any client. If your client has a long face, consider adding in some blunt and thick bangs. Round faced clients look great with long wispy bangs. Before adding in bangs, look at the clients face closely to determine which type will work best for them.
Shag cuts are popular short style that can easily be adapted for those with medium length hair. It looks great and is a fun and carefree style. The primary features of the shag are choppy layers and jagged ends. This style works great on many hair types and can be easily styled. Tell your clients to pull the hair out from the head and blow dry. Clients with wavy hair can get and especially low maintenance, funky cut when they choose the shag.
As a final note, you will have to play with each hair type to discover techniques that work best for you. As a general rule, shorter layers work well on fine hair. If you ever style thick hair, thin it out a lot before adding the layers to keep it from looking out of control and unruly.
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