Haircuts in Layers Versus Angles

Jennifer Aniston's "Rachel" 'do is an example of layering.

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While Jennifer Aniston is known for her acting ability, she’ll also forever be remembered for the haircut of her character in "Friends." This style is a good example of what multiple layers in a haircut can do for a woman. The hairstyle also has some face-framing angles to it. Knowing the difference between the two -- and how to make them work for your face and hair type -- can help you find your own signature style.

Layers: Lift Without Full Length

Layering is a haircutting technique your stylist uses to give your hair some lift. The technique has a lot to do with the weight of your hair -- when your stylist cuts some sections of your hair slightly shorter than others, the section will weigh less so your hair is less weighed down. Layers can change your hairstyle without sacrificing the length of your hair, since the longer sections still give your hair a longer appearance.

Angles: Not Just for Geometry

While layers in your hair refer to a cutting technique that can add volume, angles have more to do with the overall shape of your hair and will affect your length when cut. British singer and fashion trendsetter Victoria Beckham wore an angled bob, where her hair was shorter in the back and longer in the front on a seemingly straight line. Highly angled hairstyles are those that have these stick-straight lines. Your stylist also can cut face-framing angles to flatter your face.

Blend Versus Define

When your stylist cuts layers into your hair properly, you won’t always see a clear line from where one layer ends and the next begins. That’s because your stylist can blend layers into your hair, which can keep curly or wavy hair from looking too bushy. While layers are meant to blend, angles are meant to define and give your hair a clear shape.

Working Together

You don’t have to choose between angles or layers in your hairstyle: You can have both, and the results can be beautiful. The amount of layers or angles your hair should have can depend on your face and body shape. For example, you don’t want to have too many layers in your hair if your body type is more slim and straight. Having several layers can make your hair look too poufy or voluminous, which can look odd against your otherwise slim figure. If you have a fuller figure and face, angles and a layer or two can help to flatter your face and hide fullness in your cheeks.

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