Correct Layer Terminology

A common phenomenon of the hairstyling world is when customers miscommunicate what they want. For instance, I’m sure every single hairstylist has heard many customers ask for “3 or 4 layers” in their hair. Well, let me explain to you a little bit about correct layer terminology. When you tell your hair stylist that you want 3 or 4 layers, this is what that means…

Have you ever asked your hairstylist to put "3 or 4 layers" in your hair? Let me explain to you how correct layer terminology works...

Have you ever asked your hairstylist to put "3 or 4 layers" in your hair? Let me explain to you how correct layer terminology works...

Have you ever asked your hairstylist to put "3 or 4 layers" in your hair? Let me explain to you how correct layer terminology works...

Correct Layer Terminology Explained:

When a hairstylist gives someone a layered haircut, there are no set number of layers. There are really thousands of layers that are all blended together. This might start to get pretty technical for the layman, but most layers are cut with a vertical guide, meaning that all the layers will blend together beautifully when dropped down.

The only way to truly give hair “3 layers” would be to cut three different horizontal sections, which would look like the pictures above.. aka an unblended mess. However, the illusion of “3 layers” could be created by styling the hair in sections, like the image below.

Have you ever asked your hairstylist to put "3 or 4 layers" in your hair? Let me explain to you how correct layer terminology works...

So now you know what not to say. You’re so welcome. Just tell your hairstylist you want a layered haircut, and maybe show them where you want your shortest layers to fall and/or if you want long layers. A good hairstylist will ask you more questions to determine how you want your hair cut.

What do you think about this article? Did it clear up some confusion for you? I’d love to hear  your feedback in the comments section below…

5 thoughts on “Correct Layer Terminology”

  1. Excuse me but you are the expert at knowing the proper terms to use. If we knew them and what they mean we would do our hair ourselves and would’nt be in your chair in the first place. Stop making fun of your customers.

  2. Ah wow, I imagine just doing that and counting it out for them in front of the mirror. “Done! There, *one* *two* *three* Like it?” I’d never, of course.

  3. Ah wow, I imagine just doing that and counting it out for them in front of the mirror. “Done! There, *one* *two* *three* Like it?” I’d never, of course.

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