Does Cutting Hair in Layers Make Your Hair Look Thicker?

Even subtle layering around the face can make a huge difference.

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If you're still sporting that one-length look, it's time to crank up the volume by inserting some layers into that tired hairstyle. Layers can make your hair look fuller and give you loads more styling options than uni-length hair ever could.

When it Works

Do you have curly or wavy hair? If so, layers are a one-way ticket to fuller, thicker hair. By having your stylist cut layers into your hair you'll lighten the top section of your hair. Doing this totally changes your styling game and you can get so much more volume out of your hair. When you'll really notice the difference is if you have wavy, fine hair that usually hangs limp. You put some layers in that hair type, and style them right, and you can go from pancake-flat to big and sexy in no time.

When it Doesn't

Unfortunately, if your hair is stick-straight, layers aren't going to make your hair look thicker on their own. That being said, a few layers that are styled correctly can give your straight hair movement and shape. Of course, if you curl your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers on a regular basis, then the curly-haired rule applies and layers will help you get more volume from your style. When it really backfires is when you have very fine hair and you have short layers cut into your hair. This has the complete opposite effect and those short layers will actually make your hair lay flatter.

How to Do it Right

So you're going to take the plunge and get those layers put in -- good for you. Now, you've got to make sure it's done right for the maximum effect. Ask your stylist for long layers. If your hair is shoulder length, or longer, ask for the layers to start at your chin. If your hair is chin length then the layers should start at your cheekbones. Don't go shorter, because they'll just make your hair harder to style.

Styling Layers

Getting the most out of those long layers is all about the right styling tools and tricks. A round brush, used when blow drying, can give you smooth, but full, hair. Hot rollers and Velcro rollers can create those uber-sexy, red carpet waves in your hair that the celebrities are always sporting. If you have curly hair, you will want to use that round brush first to smooth your hair, then put the perfect curls in via the rollers.

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