long layer help

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2003
long layer help
Mon, 07-26-2004 - 9:19pm
Hi Everyone!!!

I am 24 years old and new here to this board. I have a question for anyone who can help. A hair question actually. First let me start by saying I have long "past the shoulders" hair. I am going to get it trimmed Aug 18th. I am thinking about having long layers cut in. I don't really want to loose much length. I'm having some trouble finding websites and/or pictures of long layered hair. All I have found show medium length to short layered hair. I am supposed to take a picture with me of kinda what I want. I would like any suggestions of pictures or websites. I hope I have given you all an idea of what I am looking for. My hair has been one length for a long time....I'm ready for something more modern and my age, yet long.

Thanks to you all for reading this and any suggestions you can make!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2003
Mon, 07-26-2004 - 11:23pm
The salon where you are going should have books with pictures in it to show what you want. The problem with those books though can be that anything past the shoulders is considered to be long. I however think otherwise as my hair is down to my waist and growing! The thing you might try is looking at the grocery store for magazines with how to hair guides and styles. You may still run into problems mainly b/c that style is not really as "in" as it used to be.

The main thing to focus on when getting layers done is how long do you want to keep your length, and how short do you want your shortest layer. What I mean by this is do you want to cut any length off the bottom? A 1/2 in. trim is a good idea if it has been awhile ( more than 6-8 wks.) and when the layers are cut how long do you want the shortest layer to be? I would think about a good 2 in. to start b/c you can always go shorter. And don't just say 2 in. show your stylist your idea of 2 in. b/c two peoples ideas on length are not always the same.

Your shortest layer will be the top layer of your hair, and the layers will get longer the further underneath your hair you go........so when you wear a ponytail the hair hanging down will be short to long~top to bottom.

Sorry to ramble on, I hope this helps!

Good Luck finding a picture & P.S. if your hair is really straight, and you don't want to have to curl it Layers are NOT a good idea. Trust me I did that once, and thank heaven it is finally grown out!

Michelle Damien & Kai's mom