How to cut face framing layers

This article was co-authored by Jenny Tran and by wikiHow staff writer, Amber Crain. Jenny Tran is a Hair Stylist and the Founder of JT Hair Lab by Jenny Tran based in the Dallas, Texas metro area. With over seven years of professional hair styling experience, Jenny specializes in hair coloring, haircutting, and hair extensions. JT Hair Lab is an authorized carrier of R+Co and of Milbon and is committed to using products with quality ingredients.

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Soft, face framing layers look great on everyone. They’re also easy to do at home, no hair stylist necessary! Start by deciding if you want short or long layers. If your hair is medium length, go with shorter layers. If you have long hair, opt for long layers that swing softly around your face. Once you’ve narrowed that down, it’s just a matter of making a few snips!

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Professional Hair Stylist Expert Interview. 19 May 2020.

  • This type of style will provide more layers in the front of your face than in the back of your head. Keep this in mind before proceeding with the haircut.

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To cut short face framing layers, begin with damp, combed hair. Comb the hair above your forehead down in front of your face so that it covers your eyes. Twist the hair tightly and choose where you would like the layers to fall against your face. For example, if you have wavy hair, cut your hair just below your mouth, whereas if you have curly hair, cut it at your chin. Hold your twisted hair away from your face with your non-dominant hand. Position the scissors horizontally to your twisted hair and cut through the twist in a straight line. Release your hair and use a blow dryer and brush to style your new layers. For more tips from our Cosmetologist co-author, like how to fix choppy or bulky layers, read on.

There is nothing better than visiting a hair salon with your long, heavy hair and leaving it with a lightweight, styled cut which will make the heads turn.

But there are times when you just can’t visit your favourite hairstylist – whether you are travelling and you wouldn’t trust anyone else, or in situations outside of your control, such as the Coronavirus lockdown. The time comes to cut your hair at home, which is at best – risky, and at worst – it can turn into an absolute disaster without the right guidance and skills.

Fortunately, cutting face-framing layers at home is absolutely possible and the results can be stunning if you execute the cut correctly. And what a better teacher than Paul Edmonds himself, who has revealed his exclusive layering, face-framing haircut technique for the first time ever in this blog.

1. How to Prepare the Hair for the Haircut?

Before you cut your hair make sure that all product residue is removed, the scalp is clean and the hair is detangled from the roots to the tips. Start by gently washing your hair with a deep-cleansing shampoo such as Shu Uemura Moisture Balancing Cleanser for Dry Hair & Scalp . This gentle shampoo is paraben and oil-free and will deeply purify and nourish the hair.

Follow up with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Conditioner , which contains Onsen-inspired ferment. The conditioner will rebalance the scalp to leave it feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, giving it long-lasting shine.

Finish with applying Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Multi-Purpose All-In-Oil to detangle and soften the hair and protect it from heat.

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Gently blow-dry and comb through the hair. Then you are ready to start shaping the layers.

2. Face-Framing Layers. Yes or No?

Face-framing layers are a great way to accentuate face features, adding volume to thinner hair and shaping curly, unruly hair. In short, if you have been considering having a hair cut which features face-framing layers you are probably on the right path.

Just remember that although layers are good for definition, you want them to be soft and not too short, in order to avoid frizz and breakage. When cutting your own face-framing layers at home, you need to be extremely careful, gentle and patient to avoid creating sharp edges or eighties-style hairdos.

Where should face-framing layers start?

Even though you want to add texture and definition to your hair, make sure your layers start close to the chin, or below the nose for medium to long hair lengths. Bobs will require shorter layers, but they are best left to professionals .

How to Cut Face-Framing Layers at Home?

The major thing you will need to remember if you decide to cut your own face-framing layers at home is to be as slow and gentle to the hair as possible.

Though short hair can be challenging to cut, as there is less space for mistakes, long hair is actually the trickiest when it comes to layering and shaping. The method below will focus on cutting face-framing layers for long hair, but it can be successfully applied on medium and shorter hairstyles as well.

Remember – start with a clean, conditioned and detangled hair.

1. Start by shaping the bangs/fringe

Start off by taking a front, shallow triangle section of hair at the front of your head, on both sides of your hairline. Start at chin length then blend into the sides. Merge the two parts you sectioned off and comb forward, ensuring you comb from the root through to the tip. The aim is to create a soft concave shape, without cutting off too much.

Place the comb about midway in the hair and spin it around – this will help you make the concave shape. Start by chipping, NOT CUTTING the hair. When you are finished, twist around and release. You’ll see the concave shape has been created. Make sure the two side pieces are of the same length.

2. Continue by cutting in sections

From here on you want to continue cutting the hair in the same manner, again, without taking off too much at the ends.

Take the next hair section, about 1cm wide, parallel to the first section. Clip the rest of the hair back and mirror the same action on the other side.

Remember to not cut straight but rather to chip the ends. Hold the hair lightly in the fingers and chip the ends. Make sure you don’t take off too much at this stage, only do it gently and slowly.

3. Apply a Sliding Cut

For the third section, you will also take about 1cm in width and mirror the same action on the other side of the hairline. From now on, we want to apply a different style of hair cutting, known as a sliding cut. Continue to cut slowly, as you want to make sure you’re in control of every single hair.

To do a sliding cut move the scissors down slowly as you cut through the 1cm strand of hair. Check that both sides are even.

Repeat with another 1cm of hair, until you reach the back of the head.

4. Final Trim and Style

When you have finished cutting your face-framing layers, comb and check the graduation.

You should have ended up with an oval or triangle, and the haircut should not be heavier or longer on one side or the other.

Finally comb through from the roots and chip away to achieve a soft finish. Then comb it through a few times to ensure that there are no bits left longer.

Finish the haircut by applying Shu Uemura Shusu Sleek Smoothing Treatment for 20-40 minutes to nourish and smoothen the hair, for a gorgeous, shiny, salon-quality hairstyle.

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If you are looking for further tips and tricks to keep your hair healthy at home, check out our blog and Instagram – @PaulEdmonds217 and follow our YouTube channel.

Thanks to TikTok, everything is done these days by way of DIY—haircuts included. Yep, the faux pas that once got you banned from ever hanging out with a certain friend is now a commonplace practice. Among the most popular topics in this space at the moment is how to cut face-framing layers.

While you can, of course, do the responsible thing and visit your local hairstylist, you can also hop on the digital bandwagon and follow the advice of informative online hair gurus. By way of their own hair or that of a hair mannequin, there’s a universal way to do this.

Scroll below for quick clips that’ll answer how to cut face-framing layers stat!

Straight Down and Straight Across

As displayed on this mannequin, the trendy cut is easily applied. Grab your comb, a pair of sharp, professional scissors and a couple of clips. Then section your hair, add a few straight snips—and boom!

An Inch-and-a-Half Below the Chin

For this tutorial, it’s recommended you grab a comb with one side tight teeth and one side a bit wider. Additionally, you’ll want to snag two clips and scissors (the YouTuber recommends premium scissors from ScissorTech). Also, before putting the tools to work, she advises you watch the video multiple times!

Low-Maintenance Beauty

No fancy frills here! This YouTuber suggests grabbing any drugstore scissors and a fine-tooth comb, taking approximately two inches of hair from both sides (one at a time) and following her instructions from there. She makes a point to say she’s not a professional, but this girl sure seems to know what she’s doing based on the end result!

A Different Approach

Unlike some of the other videos you’ve seen above, Sam Villa is snipping from a professional standpoint. While his approach may be a bit more intricate, he’s very thorough with his explanations—and the results will have you making a beeline for your shears!

For more DIY ‘dos, HERE‘s how to create a balayage look from home!

Here at Sam Villa, we make it a point to offer as much value as possible to all hairdressers by giving you options, because let’s face it – not every technique that we demonstrate will be right for every guest that sits in your chair.

This week, we’re excited to share another face framing technique that is especially great for your guests with long layered hair. By utilizing a V-shaped design technique, you will provide your medium to coarse haired guests the perfect face frame with the right amount of lightness and movement!


  • To begin, place your client in a natural head position with them looking forward, then locate the high point of the head.
  • From the high point of the head, you’re going to draw a line from the hight point of the head to behind the ear on either side of the head.
    • Why behind the ear and not to the top of the ear? Great question! The hair changes density at the top of the ear and you want to make sure you are gathering all of the hair on the side of the head to create the best possible face frame.
  • After you have sectioning from the high point of the head along the hairline to behind the ear, use your Sam Villa Dry Sectioning Clip to isolate the hair in the back of the head away from the front.
  • Repeat this process on the opposite side of the head until you have the back of the head sectioned away from the front.
  • Section from ear to ear, parting to the front hairline. Use your parting pick on the Sam Villa Signature Series Short Cutting Comb to easily draw your part lines, gathering all hair above the round of the head on both sides.
  • This should leave you with a rectangle section on top of the head to the front hairline, a left side section, a right side section and the back hair clipped out of the way.
  • Pick up your Sam Villa Signature Series 7” Dry Cutting Shear for this next step. Since you are cutting through a large, dry section of hair, this shear will perform better without pushing the hair due to the reinforced blade design and length of the blade.
  • Over direct the entire top rectangle section forward to an imaginary square line in front of the head.
  • Elevation is 90° horizontal (meaning, the hair will be horizontal/flat with the floor).
  • The length that you cut the hair is determined by the shortest point where you want the face framing layer to fall. An easy way to measure this is to elevate all of the hair forward then drop a small piece out to see where it falls on the face. Pinch that point with your index finger and thumb then bring it back to your section and that will be your guide.
  • Next, you’re going to cut a V into the front of the rectangle section, making sure that you are cutting from long on the outside to shorter in the center.Go back and clean up your cutting lines until you have established a well balanced “V” cutout in the section, then you can release the hair.
  • Begin by taking a center part.
    • Hot Tip: If your guest wears a side part, shift your part to the side so the face frame is more even.
  • Begin on the the right or left side of the part and comb all of the hair on that side of the head, beginning at the part just behind the ear, forward past the hairline.
  • Your elevation will be the same as before – 90° horizontal and over direction is straight forward.
  • Find the shortest point from the length that you cut into the V and the longest point along the perimeter, then adjust your finger angle and cut a straight line to connect those points.
  • Repeat the same process on the opposite side of the head, combing all of the hair forward then connecting your short and long points.
    • Note: As long as your perimeter lengths were balanced prior to cutting the V, you will have balance on either side of the head.
  • Finally, remove the clips in the back and comb through the hair to check your work. Feel free to adjust the shape as needed to clean it up.

There you have it! A simple way to cut V-shaped face framing layers for your long haired guests. As we mentioned earlier, this technique is perfect for your guests with medium to coarse hair types because it will add layers and lightness with plenty of movement.

Give it a try in the salon and be sure to come back and let us know how it went.

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Looking for a new way to cut soft face-framing layers? Sam Villa, Co-Founder of Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken, uses diagonal sections and high elevation in this easy to replicate approach that creates predictable layers with a soft organic edge.

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Use a middle part and diagonal elevated sections so hair moves itself forward. The elevation creates softness and the angle creates the face frame.
  2. Use a dry cutting shear – the longer arms on the Sam Villa Signature Series 7” Dry Cutting Shear allow for a deeper point cut.
  3. Create the guide on a diagonal and then fan and point cut. Place thumb in the center of the index finger and push to curl hair around thumb. Stabilize shear and open and close while moving through hair – this keeps it parallel to the hair so just weight is taken out.
  4. For the next section, go one finger width longer than the guideline to create a soft framing edge. Repeat for each section.
  5. The over direction point is to the center part; use the spine of the comb to match up.
  6. When cutting on the opposite side (left), the shear points down instead of up (if right handed), so take the section on the opposite side (left), then move back to the right side and do the cutting there.

“Texture is all visual and feel, there’s no way to cross check it, so don’t go looking for hair to cut, be at peace with the fact that sometimes you will cut more than other times,” says Villa.

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It’s hard to imagine any other equally flattering, feminine and versatile hairstyle element as face-framing layers. Shorter or longer, softer or more defined, face-framing pieces can be tailored to highlight the best features of virtually every face shape.

To give you some visual inspiration, we have gathered a collection of absolute 2022 favorites of hairstyles with face-framing layers. Scroll down and pin your best choices to show to your hair stylist.

Face Framing Haircut Ideas

Although giving the front of your hair some shape isn’t a dramatic change, it makes a big difference and there are numerous benefits of having this hairstyle. First, while your strands are long enough for an ear tuck, there are also some wispy bits around your face when you throw your hair up in a bun. More than that, unlike regular bangs, face-framing layers grow out gradually and don’t require frequent salon appointments. Here are some excellent styles to borrow.

#1: Lob with Face-Framing Layers

One of the most current and popular hairstyles, lob, can sometimes look heavy at the front, especially if you have thick hair. Framing chin-length layers around your face will soften this hairstyle and accentuate your features. If you have a round face shape, you need to try this look.

#2: Graduated Bob with Face-Framing

Spice up your bob haircut with wispy layers around your face. Adding that personal touch to the hairstyle will soften elongated face shapes and give the look a modern vibe. This cut can also help you play to your curls’ texture.

#3: Chin-Length Bangs and Face-Framing Layers

Long, choppy layers starting just above the chin would suit oval, round, and elongated face frames. It is a go-to look for thick and heavy hair owners who wish to have a more lightweight and textured hairstyle whilst keeping the length longer.

#4: Long Layers with Face Framing

While layers are one of the best ways to elevate your long hairstyle, we totally swear by facial framing. Some layering around your face will emphasize your features and jazz up the style. Part the strands in the middle or wear it swept to one side to create different looks.

#5: Blonde Longer Face-Framing Layers

Undoubtedly, everyone can pull off face-framing – you simply can’t go wrong with layered hairstyles if they are done right. Choose long face-framing layers like these buttery blonde locks if you prefer to be able to tuck them behind your ears or wear your hair up in a top knot.

#6: Full Fringe and Face-Framing Layers

The combination of a full fringe and layers would make a beautiful framing effect to an oval or elongated face shape. Featuring a jawline and cheekbones, it looks equally great with hair up and down.

#7: Lob with a Face-Framing Fringe

Ask your stylist for a layered face-framing haircut to enliven your blunt lob. So, if you have to wear your hair up for work or exercising, there will still be some wispy bits around the front.

#8: Subtle Face-Framing Layers

Lots of layering all over and some face-framing will give your locks plenty of volume and movement. Blow dry your hair forward with a big round brush for that edgy fringe swoop. Styling a deep side part will help you get long side-swept bangs and up your style for a night out.

#9: Choppy Layers with Face Framing

Shorter, more defined layers are certainly back in style! Some angling around the face paired with a sun-kissed balayage is the ultimate hair envy. Use some texturizing spray to get that defined finish.

#10: Side-Swept Face-Framing Layers

Sweeping fringe, as well as some layers at the front, soften facial features and make them look smaller. Hence, this element of the hairstyle is a great way to take attention away from a bigger nose.

#11: Long Layers and Face-Framing Bangs

Big and bouncy hair with some face-framing layers that start at the cheekbones are flattering for any face shape. Blow dry your hair with a round brush or simply curl the ends with straighteners for this full-bodied and textured look.

#12: Textured Cut with a Fringe and Face Framing

We love the airy feel and the feathered texture of this look. This layered haircut with bangs is the best bet for a diamond face shape. The style is relatively low maintenance: just apply some volumizing spray on the roots and blast dry your hair, head downwards.

#13: Blunt Bob with Face-Framing Bangs

Shorter face-framing layers like these curtain bangs are a perfect choice to hide a bigger forehead and bring attention to your cheekbones. Blow dry your fringe upwards and downwards with a medium-size round brush to achieve this look.

#14: A-Shape Framed Haircut

While one-length cut can be too heavy and unflattering, layers might not be your favorite choice either, especially if you have nice defined waves at the ends. Opt for an A-shaped cut at the front while keeping the rest of the hair the same length.

#15: Fiery Red 70s’ Inspired Face-Framing Layers

Those short, chunky face-framing layers would suit girls with more defined facial bone structures. Curl the curtain bangs and the front layers outwards to spotlight your sharp cheekbones.

#16: Long Face-Framing Layers

Long haircuts can get boring and overshadow the face. Keeping the front nicely layered will give a twist to your look, making it seem more voluminous.

#17: Face-Framing Shag

The “I woke up like this” look is great if you like low-maintenance hairdos, and this shaggy bob definitely is. The longer middle part bangs and textured pieces help shift the focus to the eyes and cheekbones.

#18: Straight Hair with Long Layers

Long face-framing layers that start below the chin can give a more full-bodied appearance to fine straight hair. This creates a longer bang that surrounds the face and makes it look rounder.

#19: Feathered Cut with Layered Money Pieces

Cutting feathery layers is a great way to make your locks more low-maintenance and lightweight. Coupled with e-girl streaks in the front, this style gives a nice soft appearance.

#20: 80s Updo with Long Layers

If you’re not into sleek-looking ponytails, you definitely need face-framing layers in your haircut. Just look at how layered front strands complement the whale spout and its 80s flare and bring focus to the eyes and cheekbones.

We hope you’ve gained some inspiration from this selection of layered face-framing haircut ideas. Cutting long layers in the front is certainly the safest way to create a flattering style without sacrificing length. Subtle changes, certainly, make a big difference.

Written by Sam Villa Professional • March 24, 2019

Texture has taken on a whole new movement when it comes to the hairdressing industry. Just as we saw layers upon layers of fabric walk down the runways this year at fashion week, we’ll be seeing layers upon layers of texture make their way into the art of hair cutting. Clients are on the search for movement, volume and a change to their existing look and face-framing layers are the perfect way to bridge that gap!

Sometimes your cutting techniques need a little refreshing as the seasons change. If you’re looking for a new way to cut soft face-framing layers we’ve got a few tips for you! Sam Villa, Co-Founder of Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken, uses diagonal sections and high elevation in this easy to replicate approach that creates predictable layers with a soft organic edge. Watch the video to see the method in action and keep a few of the following tips in mind!

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Use a middle part and diagonal elevated sections so hair moves itself forward. The elevation creates softness and the angle creates the face frame.
  • Use a dry cutting shear. Not only is hair easier to texturize when dry, but techniques are also more effective and the longer arms on the Sam Villa Signature Series 7” Dry Cutting Shear allow for a deeper point cut.
  • Create the guide on a diagonal and then fan and point cut. Place your thumb in the center of the index finger and push to curl hair around the thumb. Stabilize shear and open and close while moving through hair – this keeps it parallel to the hair so just weight is taken out.
  • For the next section, go one finger width longer than the guideline to create a soft framing edge. Repeat for each section.
  • The over direction point is to the center part; use the spine of the comb to match up.
  • When cutting on the opposite side (left), the shear points down instead of up (if right-handed), so take the section on the opposite side (left), then move back to the right side and do the cutting there.

Texture can be a tricky look to achieve because there is no exact formula to it. Many times the texture is unique to the cut, the style or specifically the stylist. Everyone learns how to texturize in his or her own unique way and it is through action that you build your expertise. “Texture is all visual and feel, there’s no way to cross check it, so don’t go looking for hair to cut, be at peace with the fact that sometimes you will cut more than other times,” says Villa. The best thing you can do is to go in with a plan. Take things slowly and check your work from different angles as you’re working through the cut. Run your fingers through the hair, comb it, tousle it, and see how it moves! This will give you a better idea of how what you’re doing with shears will affect the finished style!

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Face-framing layers on short hair create soft, voluminous styles that highlight your best features. The face frame benefits most women as it makes flattering cuts, versatile to any face shape.

Stylist Jordan Holmes of Mashpee, MA explains the perks of having this type of haircut.

“Face-framing pieces make you feel ‘layered’ without having too much layering cut throughout the hair. These draw attention to your face and are also great for medium to long-length cuts,” says Holmes.

However, short hairstyles with layers aren’t for you if you don’t like your hair on your face or if you love tying it up.

Hair type can dictate whether a layered chop works on you. Layers remove a lot of weight in the front, which may disadvantage thin-haired ladies. Bangs are a great option, instead.

If exploring face-framing layers with short hair for the first time, Holmes suggests starting off with a longer length. “Opt for subtle and long face-framing layers, then work your way shorter,” she states.

During the consultation, ask your stylist if the layers go well with your desired cut. Make sure you have the ideal hair texture and density to achieve the look.

Hairdressers must be honest about how they feel about your chosen cut. They also know some tips on what to do to style and maintain your tresses.

Don’t settle for boring hairstyles. Find here the images of the trendiest ways to rock face-framing layers on short hair.

If you find yourself looking in the mirror wondering what you can do to spice up your one-length haircut, we have just the answer: face-framing layers! In case you didn’t already know, face-framing layers involve your hairstylist cutting your hair in varying lengths at the front of your face in order to define or “frame” your features. That said, as with most beauty trends, face-framing hairstyles aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal—there’s a face-framing haircut that’s best suited for every face shape. To help you out, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to breakdown the best face-framing layers based on your face shape. Ready to switch up your mane with a new cut? Read on!


If you have an oval face, you’re lucky—there is no shortage of options when it comes to layered haircuts that will suit your face shape. Since your symmetrical shape gives you a bit of leeway, consider emphasizing its symmetry with some face-framing bangs—curtain bangs, to be exact. Pair this with long, face-framing layers that start beneath your chin, and you’ll be sure to turn heads! To style, try adding some heat-free texture by applying the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp strands, scrunching, and allowing your hair to air dry.


Those with a heart-shaped face have a wider forehead and narrower chin. Your ideal face-framing hairstyles will take attention away from your forehead. This is why face-framing bangs, like those curtain bangs we talked about, and long, subtle face-framing layers, which will help balance out the bottom half of your face, are just what you need. To really define and emphasize your already prominent cheekbones, ask your hairdresser for face-framing bangs that just graze the highest point on your face.


Square faces are equal in height and width and have sharp, defined features. Use your face-framing layers to help soften your features while adding a bit of length. To do this, you’ll want to ask for soft, wispy long layers. Pair them with side-swept bangs for a winning ‘do! To style, create large, bouncy curls—just be sure to spritz your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray prior.


If you have a round face, you likely already know that the goal of your haircut should be to add length to your visage. To create the illusion of an elongated face, ask your stylist for long, face-framing layers that start below the chin. Style with loose waves that are focused on the ends of your hair. Don’t forget to set your look with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray!


Diamond faces feature a small forehead, defined cheekbones, and a tapered chin. Since your cheekbones are so sharp, you’ll want your face-framing layers to help soften their appearance a bit. Opt for medium and long layers that fall past your cheekbones. Side-swept bangs are also a great addition!


What’s a triangle face shape? This involves a smaller forehead and a more prominent jawline. So, it should come as no surprise that your best face-framing hairstyle is all about adding volume at the top of your head. Ask your stylist for face-framing bangs that will help add fullness around your forehead. Styles like blunt and rounded bangs will be most flattering!


As with square faces, rectangular faces look best with face-framing layers that help soften their chiseled features, like wispy layers. If you have a long forehead you’d like to minimize, you’ll also find that face-framing curtain bangs are a great option!


Speaking of long faces, if you have an oblong face shape, ask your hairdresser for face-framing strands that will help shorten your face and define your features. Side-swept bangs and face-framing layers that stop at your cheekbones are our top choice.

Now that you know about the best face-framing hairstyles, here’s How to Shape Your Eyebrows Based on Your Face Shape.

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I, like many people, often find myself feeling stumped before going to the hair salon. I’m always in the mood for a change, but not too big of a change; something that’s easy to style and low maintenance (because I hate doing my hair), but still has a wow-factor — basically, I’m every hairstylists’ most annoying client ever. (Kidding . . . sort of.)

Over the years I’ve worn my hair all sorts of ways — long, wavy, straight, in a bob, with bangs (if we count the straight-across look I sported in the ’90s and the side bang I regrettably had, like everyone else, in middle school) — but during my recent trip to Sally Hershberger Nomad Salon in New York City, I found myself wanting a completely different look.

I cut my hair into a bob a few months ago but the style had grown out, and my hair was looking, in my opinion, pretty plain. It was all one length and because I have loose wavy hair, all of the volume was at the ends. Luckily, my hairstylist Anabel Santos knew just what I needed: layers. She described the look she wanted to give me as “face-framing layers mixed with long-layers for more movement and body while keeping the perimeter full.”

See how the transformation went for yourself ahead.