Women have scored major beauty points for decades just by adding a few layers around the front of their faces. You certainly can chat up your stylist and get these layers done on your hair professionally, but most fashion-savvy ladies can get the look themselves without putting down a dime. Aside from a sharp pair of hair scissors, all it takes is a vision of how you want the layers to look and an understanding of how angling while cutting makes the layers happen.
The Basic Process
Getting face-framing layers, unlike layering all of your hair, is usually simple enough that any fashion-savvy diva can go through the basic process. The first step is to treat your hair to a wash with your favorite shampoo, tackle any tangles and figure out how long you want the layers to be. Layer length really depends on how long the rest of your hair is. Starting around chin length generally works for most people if your hair is longish, and most stylists will tell you not to cut higher than your eyes. Once you've got the hair parted the way you'll normally wear it, you have to section off the hair you want to layer on one side. Then you hold the hair between your first and second finger at the point you want the layer to start, placing your fingers at roughly a 45-degree or smaller angle pointing toward your eyes. Using your fingers as a guide, you simply cut off the hair you're holding that isn't between your scalp and your hand. After repeating the procedure for the other side, you then comb the hair you've cut forward to check that both sides are even, then touch the layers up if needed.
Face-framing layers are a beauty trick for softening features and creating a subtle, alluring sensuousness. They tend to make people look younger because of the softening effect. Another definite plus is that the layering takes off unnecessary damage that can leave your hair looking less than stellar. Layers around the face mean attention is put on your features rather than brought down immediately to the bottom of the hair. You can add some volume and depth without sacrificing all the length of your tresses.
Ever tried to work out with strands of hair getting in your eyes and mouth? Yeah, not the greatest. When your hair is layered, it's much harder to pull it up and out of the way. Another disadvantage is that if you want to change your cut completely, you might have to wait for the layers around your face to grow out before you can rock the look you're dying for. You can always opt for a shorter cut, but you can't put back the hair you take away.
Face-framing layers generally work on anybody, but you do have to pay attention to your face shape and think about how you'll style the layers after you're done cutting. For instance, if you're hair is shorter and you want a more retro look, you can flip the layers out instead of under. If your hair is longer, a more gently sloped layer usually is better because it blends in with the length of the rest of the hair.