How to layer long hair

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How to layer long hair
Layering your hair is an effective way to give it texture and movement. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

While having your hair professionally cut can be enjoyable, you are inherently ceding control to another person, which can translate to you not getting the cut you want. Learning how to cut and layer your own hair may seem intimidating, but it is much less complicated than you might think -- and you could achieve fantastic results while saving a good deal of money.

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Things you need

  • Sharp hair shears
  • Comb

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  1. 1

    Shampoo, condition and towel-dry your hair. You want it to still be damp, but not sopping wet. Comb through it to remove any tangles.

  2. 2

    Bend over at the waist and comb all of your hair straight down toward the ground. Gather all of your hair together evenly in a flat, 3-inch-wide cluster.

  3. 3

    Snip straight across the cluster until all of your hair has been cut. You want to make it as straight as possible to make your layers symmetrical on both sides of your head.

  4. 4

    Stand up and comb your hair in your normal style. Check for any stray hairs that perhaps were not cut where they should have been and trim them to blend in with their surrounding hairs.

Tips and warnings

  • It may be helpful to have an assistant perform the cut or monitor that you are cutting straight across the hair.
  • Sit on the edge of a bathtub, chair or other seat to steady yourself if you get dizzy when you hold your head upside down and to prevent falling over or cutting crookedly.

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