The human eye is surprisingly easy to fool. The French, ever eager to coin a memorable phrase, have a familiar term for this: trompe l’oeil, or “trick of the eye,” a term we use for the simulation of depth in two-dimensional artwork. Back here in three-dimensional space, hairstyles are particularly adept at creating a convincing trompe l’oeil. Adding layers to your hair is an easy way to gain depth, dimension, and nuance without fundamental changes to your hair. In this guide on how to choose the right style of layers for your hair, we’ll take a glance at some of the basic tips you should consider.
Consider Your Face Shape
Face shape can vary a lot from person to person. There are those of us with rounder faces, those with longer faces, and everything in between, and finding the right haircut is all about accommodating those different shapes. Mid-length layers are great for framing round faces and diverting attention from the width of the face, lending the illusion of a shorter and narrower face. Choppy layers are good for taking some of the length out of more oblong faces. People who strike the balance with a heart-shaped face can benefit from longer layers, further complementing their already balanced features.
How Thick Is Your Hair?
The thickness of your hair is another variable to consider as you decide how to go about layering your hair. If you have thin hair, a layered hairstyle may not be the right choice, as you’ll create the appearance of less density. Thicker hair can stand to shed some bulk, meaning that layers not only add the appearance of depth but leave you feeling lighter as well, which can be a boon in the summertime.
Layering With Curls
If you have curly tresses, you may have wondered whether you and your stylist can go with layers for your hair. To choose the right style for curly hair, you need to consider thickness, face shape, and curliness. The more coiling your hair has, the more important it is to layer and free up your ends, preventing them from looking bottom-heavy or boxy. Layers should begin around the chin—this also gives depth to your ends.