The classic long layer is by far one of the most popular haircuts to date. It keeps hair long while allowing movement and shape. It’s also great for styling and blowouts, which makes it a near perfect haircut. However, there are a few tips you should know when getting this cut. Click the notes for more. –– Kelly Rowe


Tip: If your hair is fine keep layers long and cut with a scissor.

Since a razor is meant to remove weight, always cut fine hair with a scissor for this style. Cutting it with a scissor will maintain a strong baseline so the ends don’t get “stringy” looking. Also, for the same reasons, keep layers longer than normal to keep the base from looking too translucent.


Tip: If your hair is wavy keep the face frame below the chin.

Everyone knows the less weight on hair the more it can move. If you have wavy hair and you cut the face frame short, you are going to be left with waves that jump up all around your eyes and lose length, while the back stays long.  Keep the frame under the chin.


Tip: If you have highlights make sure to get a classic full or hand paint to blend the bottom layers to the top.

With all one-length hair you can maintain your highlights with partials and half heads because the color will fall and cover everything. With the long layer a partial will expose the uncolored underneath pieces.  Highlight the whole head or you will be left with “shelves” of color.


By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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