Short Layered Haircut

Short layered wedge style haircut
How to Cut this Razored Wedge Style
Many women have active lifestyles, busy schedules, or simply prefer convenience in their lives, and short hair reflects these factors - typically, at least. In some cases, a woman opts for short hair simply because she likes the style.
Short hairstyles in women often indicate a strong personality, a no-nonsense attitude, and a focus on spending valuable time on things other than hours of grooming. That doesn't mean short hair is less attractive; it's just generally less time-consuming to maintain.
Here we have a short hairstyle with bangs, an angled wedge at the ears, and plenty of shape.
Step One:
Shampoo and condition the hair as necessary. Towel-dry the hair and comb through to remove any tangles. Separate a section of hair at the front area for bangs. Remember that the bangs/fringe area should RARELY extend beyond the outer corners of the eyes. Section-off the hair at the top of the head and style it out of the way.
How to cut a short wedge haircut
You're now ready to cut the perimeter of the hair. Start in the front and cut the bangs to the desired length. Next, choose one side and cut the perimeter of the haircut. In our demonstration, we choose to cut a long-angled wedge over the ear. Repeat this step on the opposite side, carefully taking note of the reference points on the head (where the cut begins in relation to the ear, how far down the face the cut line extends, etc.) to ensure balance in the style.
In the areas of the head behind the ears, cut the hair into a sloping curve around to the nape of the neck. Move to the opposite side of the head and repeat this step so that the cut line meets at the back of the neck.
Step Two:
As you can see in the diagram, the hair is then cut in layers at a steep angle. Begin step three at the back of the head and work your way from the cut line upward to a point about two finger widths above the occipital bone.
Hair cutting diagram for a short wedge
Working from back to front on one side, and then the other, continue layering the haircut around to the front of the face. Use the parietal ridge as a guideline on where to stop in the upward motion of the layering process.
Step Three:
Take down the previously bound top section of the hair and comb it out. Divide it according to the desired parting (or the natural part in the hair). The top of the head, including the previously uncut hair along the parietal ridge, is then cut as though you were performing a traditional circle cut.
Once the top and sides are blended together, a razor tool can be used to soften the edges of the cut and smooth the tapering effect of the layers. It is important to be very careful in this step, as the already layered edges provide little margin for error. A light touch will produce the desired results.
Wedge haircut for short hair
Step Four:
In our demonstration, we styled the hair using a flat ceramic brush, a blow-dryer set to low heat and low speed, styling mousse for added volume, and a small amount of gel on the sides for control. A light mist of hairspray and the wide-toothed end of a styling comb were used to define the style.
The finished haircut is short and easy to maintain. The shape of the cut (and the volume on top) will elongate short and round faces, draw attention to the eyes, and emphasize the upper portion of the head. It's a fantastic style for both active women and busy professionals.
Advice: Prior to attempting this haircut on a real person, it is recommended to practice on a manikin.
See also:
How to use a razor tool for haircutting
How to cut a short pixie
How to cut a short layered haircut with weight line
More hair cutting instructions