A Blunt Haircut Versus a Layered Cut

Girls with a short layered and a long blunt haircut
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There are various options for having both a blunt haircut or a layered haircut. Many times, we have short-sighted visions in our mind of a sharp, sword-edged short cut versus the layered cut that can be seen with unsightly short ends sticking up all over the head.
One thought is for you to be honest and ask yourself what the most important concept is that you have about how you would like to wear your hair. Many who have worn their hair at one length for most of their lives are fearful of hairstyles with layers, as they don't know how they would cope with them if they had them. Perhaps some have discovered this by trying out a layered haircut, but never completely mastered how to work with the new design for themselves and soon reverted to the all-in-one, blunter style.
Go slowly
If you find yourself thinking once again about getting layers, why not go slowly and just get layers around the edges of your ends and a few choppy bangs. It is amazing what a little bit of layering can do for you once you get the knack of how to style it for yourself. With long layers, you will still be able to put it up in a ponytail, flip it up, curl it, blow it under or around your face, and straighten it.
The bangs will lighten and lift your facial features instead of wearing the usual straight pattern of hair drawn over the face. With bangs, you will also have added fluff and bounce. Customized bangs are also "youth-a-nizers"; they make you look much younger. When your hair is all one length, you will rarely see any bounce because the hair is too heavy for a poof.
When your hair is all one length, there is no poof due to the concentration of length into the straight, smooth effect that lies close to the head. Or, if you have worn your hair in layers for many years and have wanted to go for the bob, but every time you decide to let it grow out, you have only discovered that when it gets to a certain length you cannot handle it anymore and become frustrated, so you end up cutting it off once again.
The difference between a blunt haircut and a layered haircut
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Patience to the rescue!
There are hairstyles you can wear while going through the growth period. For example, the first problem that may be bothering you is your hairstyle. Try taking sections and twisting them back and away from your face and securing them along your sides. In this way, your hair will be out of your eyes while it grows. When done properly, the look can be very attractive. Do the same with the sides. Take the top and bottom sections and twist them back and secure with a comb or barrette.
Another tip is to take special efforts to roll up your hair, either with conventional rollers or hot rollers, and you will discover the punch the extra length gives to your hairstyle. Use your hair accessories to help you pin back those annoying strands that you are waiting to cut off into a blunt cut. Another idea is to part your hair after you brush it out from the rollers and bring it over with your comb and observe the wave. Take the end of the section and clasp it to your head. Hang in there; the best is yet to come.
With both haircuts, you can still wear your hair up, back, or down in flips. The difference is that a layered haircut will not be as smooth as a blunt cut. The layered haircut can bring many loose strands, dips, swirls, and curls, which is very attractive, especially with today's trendy hairstyles. With a long, sleek haircut, the hair can be easily combed into a smooth upswing without a strand out of place, unless you want a few carefree tendrils lying around. A tip about keeping your hair in a long, blunt cut is to consider what it will look like when you roll it. Think of long, lush waves and a few loose curls, as that is what you will have.
How hair color appears
Another consideration is the difference in how hair color appears on the layers compared to a smooth, blunt haircut. When the hair is a smooth, blonde design, every line of warm blonde, cinnamon, caramel, or brown color will be most apparent and obvious through the panels, whether the hair is up or down. The viewers will see the slices starting from the scalp.
Not so with the layers. The layers are usually curly, bouncy, or full of waves. The colors will look splashier and three-dimensional, with more spots of light and not less attractive. Both styles hold their own and cannot really be compared as to which is more beautiful, because everyone knows that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Hair length and style
Your hair length will also have a lot to do with how you feel about your bob or short layered hairstyle. There are several different bob lengths you can choose from, starting just above your shoulders and going all the way up to curving around your chin. Sometimes the back can be tapered, with a longer structure from the crown coming down and then angling longer as it reaches the sides. The sides can be inverted.
Blunt chin length or jaw length bob with bangs
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Sometimes, a bob can be asymmetrical, with one side curving around the chin while the other side cuts halfway over the ear and points toward the cheekbone. There are many different kinds of bobs. If you have your heart set on getting a bob, talk to your stylist about the type of bob that will best suit your facial structure and personality.
If you have naturally curly hair that is intense and are considering getting a bob, there are a few things to consider before getting the haircut. Because the bob is a smooth, sleek cut, you will have the laborious task of flat-ironing your hair every morning before you go to work or school, and chances are, by the end of the day your waves will be returning.
There is always the service of getting your hair permanently straightened, which is quite costly and continues as your hair grows. Another option is to use straightening gel and a large round brush, and blow it all out slowly to see if you like yourself without your curls. You could always get your curls cut into a bob and keep it natural. Many of the big-name celebrities have done this and look very stunning.
Communicate and don't rush
The important thing is to communicate with your hair professional, wade through a lot of information, and think positively. Get input from those close to you who aren't afraid to tell you the truth. Most importantly, go slowly; there is no need to rush. There will be a time of adaptation and learning with your new haircut. Remember: patience is key!
See also:
The benefits of haircuts with layers
How to get hair with long layers back to one length