Long layer hairstyles need to be created in a very specific way. Learn how to do long layer hairstyles with help from a celebrity hairstylist in this free video clip.
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David Dang, celebrity hairstylist, showing you a couple long layered hairstyles. Hollywood has a fascination with long layered hairstyles and I'm going to be showing you this by using a blow dryer, a curling iron, combs, clips and some pins and the mousse that I'll be using is a L'Oreal Paris EverStyle Volume Boosting Mousse. There's a lot of ways that you can do long layered styled hairstyles and I'm going to show you some easy ways. Now Elena here has really really great you know, long layers and that's because she's looking for more fullness and more of that you know, layered look from the 70s you can do it with or that layered look from the 60s, but here on Elena's hair she has normal to fine hair and I needed it to get and create volume and how I did that was with my mousse. Now her hair is already blown out. I pre-blew it out because I wanted to show you the amount of volume it can get from just using mousse. I not only use this on her roots but I use this on her mids to ends. I show this usually by using only this much. Remember, less is more, you put it together and then you put it from her mids to her ends and that's all you do, mids to ends, mids to ends. One of the more famous long layered style hair that is very very easy to do is the beachy wave and I'm going to show you how to do that. What you'll need is an inch curling iron. I usually like to use an inch or an inch and a quarter and the reason why is you want to create that nice undulation to the curl. You don't want to go any more than that because then that will just create that body wave that you're not really looking for, you're looking for the beachy wave and the reason why I use an inch curling iron is because you want to start out with bigger undulation so that throughout the day the gravity takes a hold of your hair and then it comes down and creates that nice soft wave. Okay, so what we're going to do is we're going to section Elena's hair with our clips right behind the ear. So I'll start from the middle of the crown area and section in the back, just right behind the ear a little bit and then clip it back. Now from here what you're going to do is you're going to section again in just small sections and clip that back. And I already have mousse in there and again I believe in like using less product. So after you section the hair, again I believe in like less is more so you're going to use some hairspray just to hold it in and act as a heat protectant at the same time, spray, use your curling iron. Now a lot of people like to refer to this as the magic wand and I like to refer to it as the magic wand too because it's going to create that nice beautiful miracle curl. Once again hold it, loosen it up and you've already started to create that beachy wave. Now as I'm finishing the other side, as you can see it's nice waves already, again, away from the face. And I'll show you right here, it's these nice beachy waves and again you'll want to curl the undulation away from the face, away from the face, again gravity is not our friend, work down and just create that nice beachy wave. Now for the back, you'll repeat the same thing but the sectioning is a little bit different. If you want more waves in the back, especially when you have fine to normal hair and you want to create more waves then section horizontally like this and if you just want more looser waves then you're going to section vertically like that, okay. We're going to go ahead and do it horizontally because she has fine to normal hair and create more waves, you'll see. Now as I'm finishing up these last couple layers, as you can already see, it's nice, it's full and the layers are definitely helping with the volume. the reason for layers and the reason why stylists cut layers is because they want to create the automatic everyday volume, illusion for those who don't really have volume in hair. The reason for this is because when layers are cut, the hair lies like this right and then this is the under layer and the under layer is where the layer is created and so when the under layer pushes this layer up, it creates the volume. So if this layer is shorter underneath and then this layer is longer, it creates this volume that creates this nice automatic volume, that's why layers are created and as you can see, this is very very beautiful, super easy, super fresh to do, just a great everyday thing and when you're curling, what I do especially when I'm curling beachy waves, I like to curl into the center at the center point because all the waves are coming into one focal point and then you can see where all the waves are going. So what I did and how I did that was I waved everything back into the center here at the occipital bone and then I created this nice base and once again I created a nice underlying layer and when it goes through, I'm going to ask her to tilt her head back please, and you just spray a little bit and then bear claw it through, zuzh it out, giving that nice feel, you don't want to zuzh up too much because you don't want to take away all the curls that you just worked with, nice. And wallah, as you can see, these nice layers are created, volume is achieved and beauty is forever and since we already have our pre-set curls from the beachy wave, I'll show you the next style. It's really really simple, you just take this and go ahead and take your brush or comb and go ahead and just tease it a little bit, give it a little bit of volume and again you're creating the nice layers and giving it that nice style, working with everything that you've got, really easy, just tease it, not too much, don't rat it up. Alright, so once you do that, go ahead and section the two sections of the front out right there, that's what it's going to look like right behind the ears, right behind the ears and then all you need to do is go ahead and tie it to the side. Once you tie it to the side, wiggle it up, give it that volume that it wants, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. It's supposed to look messy so don't worry, let it look messy and then take your remaining layers and then go straight into this, tie it around and then use your pin, that's the one that's a little bit more not closed, not so folded together because that's a bobby pin, and then take this side, you can leave some around her face just to frame it and then move it around the ear. And then you can use your pin or you can use your rat tail comb to just kind of move the layers out and give it the nice volume it needs. Go and take your rattail comb and then move any parts that you just want to volumize out, boost it out a little bit and you know, stars like to rock this like Chloe Moretz or you know, Molly Sims. This is a very very nice classic look for long layers. Alright and there you have it. I'm David Dang, celebrity hairstylist and that' show you do long layered hairstyles.