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So you got your layered cut and want to hit the clubs, but you want to stand out amid the funky and freaky fashions at the hot places. Left to its own devices, a layered cut can look positively pert and preppy. Punk up your hairstyle by edging it, sculpting it, dyeing it and accessorizing it. Keep your layered scene hairstyle looking fresh by trimming off damage every few weeks.
Chop the Ends
Take the short cut to bedhead by slashing isolated strands and leaving other sections long. You'll get a jagged line rather than a nice, clean layer. Flatter your face and highlight your features by chopping a few sections so they fall between the bottom of your ears and your chin.
Skip the scissors and the thinning shears. For a wilder, more chaotic hairstyle, only a razor will do. Wield the razor over the hair around your ears and chop it into layers. Hit your bangs hard too, either to create raggedy edges or to trim them at an angle. Trimming with a razor works best for women with straight or wavy hair, as curls just tend to spring up and tighten into corkscrews.
Pump Up Your Bangs
Leave those layers to the background and pump up your bangs for a classic emo look. If you have longer layers in front, it only takes a matter of minutes to part your hair to one side and sweep it to the opposite side to create a giant pouf of hair. Work volumizing mousse through your side bangs to heighten and hold the style. If you have shorter layers, use gel with a strong hold to push the top layer forward and to the side to create the impression of bangs.
Accessorizing Your Hair
Accessories can take your hair from so-so to scene. Spray in temporary color but only on random patches or long strands. Highlight your side bangs by painting them blue or spraying them with hair glitter. For a grunge-inspired do, stick with dirty blond hair and dip just the ends in inky black. Use neon hair extensions to add length, body and color. Go manga by filling your hair with bright, plastic barrettes.