Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Layers of Style

There is a major difference to be had in styling hair with and without layering. Most blunt-cut and mostly-blunt-cut hairstyles when curled significantly show increasing amounts of bulk, especially at the ends of the hair where the curl tends to be strongest. In order to show you a clearer example of what I mean, I’ve designed a little demonstration.
What follows are examples of two separate roller sets styles created on the same manikin. The key difference is that the manikin’s hair was cut between the two styling sessions from a blunt cut with only slight beveling at the ends of the hair to a long-layered style. The goal is to give you visible evidence of the difference created by the addition of layering to the way a person styles the hair.
Photo 1:
This is our manikin, which evidently has very little in the way of layering in the length of the hair. The hair was cut into this style by pulling the hair back to a point behind the head and cutting it at a 45-degree angle. This creates the angling weight line and the beveling at the back of the hair.
  • Hair cut at a 45-degree angle
  • Hair with sponge rollers
  • Hair with pyramid shape volume
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Photo 2:
We shampooed the hair using a 2-in-1 shampoo with conditioner formula and towel-drying the hair by wrapping the manikin head turban style and letting it wick away the moisture for a few minutes. Then using a wide-tooth comb, we separated slices of hair and began wrapping the hair in the sponge rollers as shown. We started at the front center area and worked our way around the manikin’s hair, creating a freestyle roller design. The manikin was then set aside and the hair was allowed to dry fully.
Photo 3:
Now dry, the rollers were removed and the hair was brushed out gently. The resulting volume of curl in the blunt cut created the “pyramid” look as the ends of the hair expanded more fully with the curl. The photo shows the top portion of the hair pulled back to the back of the head and secured in a clasp, but the pyramiding effect is still obvious.
You will also notice that the amount of curl visible increases the further down the length of the hair shaft you go. The hair is much curlier at the ends than it is at the scalp. Part of this effect is due to the weight of the hair pulling the curl out of the hair sections at the scalp area.
Photos 4, 5 & 6:
  • Washed long hair
  • Hair sectioned in 7 sections
  • Sectioned hair
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Once again the hair was washed and combed out in preparation for being cut. The manikin’s hair was sectioned into the standard seven-section parting for cutting. You can see that this parting breakdown features top right and left sides from just behind the ear forward as separate sections, while the back of the head (the crown and nape areas) are divided by two perpendicular parting lines into four sections of roughly equal size.
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