Layering your hair gives your tresses a more textured, voluminous-looking style. Layering is especially good for people with thin hair, as the shorter top layers make adding volume easier. Although layering clients' hair is a common practice in most salons, it is also possible to give yourself a layered cut at home. Layering is not an exact science, but any small beginner's mistakes will not be noticeable. Layering hair with a side part is much like any other layering technique.
Wet your hair. Towel dry your locks, leaving your hair damp.
Comb your hair straight back, away from your forehead. Use the tail end of the comb to create a horizontal part, about 1/2 inch from your hairline, that reaches from ear to ear.
Comb the sectioned-off hair forward and down over your forehead. Cut the ends of the entire section of hair, from the ears forward, in a straight line at a length somewhere between the bridge and the tip of your nose.
Comb the section of hair straight up, and slide a piece of it between your index and middle finger. Make sure to only hold as much hair that fits between your fingers. Holding the hair firmly between your fingers, snip the edges of the hair so that it creates a straight line. Repeat this for the rest of the hair section.
Part your hair on the side as you would normally, keeping your hair combed back. Create a horizontal part that is perpendicular to the side part, 1/2 inch thick and reaches to your ear.
Comb the section of hair upward and slide it between your index and middle finger.
Snip the ends of the hair above your fingers in a straight line. Let the hair fall, then comb it forward or clip it out of the way. Continue sectioning off 1/2-inch pieces of hair, on the same side of the part, and snip the ends in the same manner until you reach the back of your head.
Create a part that is perpendicular to the opposite side of the part, 1/2-inch thick and reaching to your other ear. Comb the section up and slide it between your index and middle finger.
Snip the ends of the section in a straight line. Comb or clip the section forward, then continue sectioning off and cutting 1/2-inch pieces of hair until you reach the back of your head.