Long Layers or Short Layers

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Q: What is the difference between long layers and short layers when cutting hair? Are long layers for long hair and short layers for short hair?
A: One hairstyle can have many different lengths of layers. The potential length of layers is determined by how long the hair is before the hair is cut. Thus, a long hairstyle can have a combination of long and short layers, whereas short hair is limited to short layers, because of the physical short length of the hair.
If you go to a hairdresser and ask for “long layers”, this usually means a long hairstyle constructed of gradual, connected layers. Think about Jennifer Aniston’s hair during her “Friends” days, and you’re on the right track.
This being said, the hairdresser will most likely ask you to show him/her an example of which kind of long layers you have in mind, as “long layers” is a very broad type of hairstyle, and misunderstanding can easily result between the client and stylist.
“Emo,” “scene” or “rocker” hairstyles often have a combination of very long and very short hair. In these cases, the hair on the crown area and bangs may be quite short, while the tips of the hair may hang to the middle of the back. These long and short layers are often disconnected and thinned out/razored for maximum movement and texture.
See also:
How to layer long hair
How to cut square layers
The benefits of layers