How to Cut Square Layers or Box Layers

Square layers cutting diagram
Square layers (also referred to as box layers) are a popular style element for most of today’s current cuts. The technique creates defined layer groupings and is ideal for women with long, thick and wavy hair who want to keep their hair from appearing too bulky or voluminous toward the bottom of the hairstyle.
The square/box layering technique creates clearly delineated lengths along the hairstyle. These lengths are layered on the own as well creating a tiered effect as each ‘layer set’ builds off the set below it, distributing the bulk of the hair vertically along the style.
Creating square layers is relatively simple. The hair should be sectioned off into horizontal sections on each side of the head. The number of sections depends on the number of ‘layer sets’ desired, and on the length of the hair overall.
As you cut the hair from the bottom up, the segments of section you are working with should be elevated so that the top of the segment is at 90-degrees elevation and the hair underneath is all brought up to the same point. The effect is that the top of the segment is completely horizontal, while the bottom of the segment is angled upward from the scalp to your fingers. If you want to create shallower layering in the style, simply decrease the elevation.
Work from center-back to front on each side and continue upward with the next section in the same manner, cutting the hair shorter with each subsequent section upward for the tiered effect. Once the top section has been cut, you can use a razor or scissors to add texture to the hair as desired.
The most commonly-used texturing tool is the razor for this technique, and is used to further smooth the ‘layer sets’ and give the hair a softer, more romantic look.
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See also:
How to layer long hair
Vertical layering for long hair
How to cut jagged layers
How to cut uniform layers