View Full Version : Layers to bring out wave......
February 26th, 2003, 04:07 PM
Has any wavies out there had luck with layer the top layer of hair, to bring out the waves? I have semi-wavy hair, the top layer usually frizzes and straightens up, while the underneath remains wavy. I was thinking of layering to get some volume. I don't care for one length hair on me, it gets to that pyramid thing in no time.(bigger at bottom , upside down V). Right now, I have all one length in the back, and layerd sides,(comes around face). Any info would be great!
February 26th, 2003, 04:15 PM
i have given myself face framing layers to bring out the waves. i think this can work wonderfully for some people. however, i don't want to keep trimming them again and again to keep them fresh and so they ended up looking unhealthy on me. i've never gotten layers in the back because i can't see back there and i don't wanna try anything on a part of my head i cant see:) anyways, i know i'm not of much help...
February 26th, 2003, 09:36 PM
Ummm. Well. How bout a wavie that had NO luck? I may be a poor example because at the time my top layer was very dry (I hadn't found CO yet)
When I had layers in my hair, even with a perm it ended up being straight soon after drying. I don't know if it was weight or just incredibly dry hair.
If it were me I would try pushing some moisture back into that layer before I considered layers. Then, even if you do end up with layers they will look even nicer with lots of moisture in the hair.
I upped my moisture with CO washes and vinegar rinses to seal. Jojoba works for me too. Others here have lots of advice on keeping moisture in. If over-conditioning might be the culprit maybe investigate the LOC or NOC method some others are using.
HTH a little!
February 26th, 2003, 09:59 PM
Thanks for the info Arctic, I don't know if it's lack of moisture. I've tried the co method, and My scalp just is to oily. It doesn't work for me, and it limps my hair out. Now alot of times I try to not use conditioner. When I do, I can't get a comb or brush through it at all! I end up ripping through, but I will say it;s waaaaay thicker!! Thanks for the info!
February 26th, 2003, 11:24 PM
Ever since I got my hair layered for the first time 8 years ago, I've been pretty much sticking with it (minus the pixie I had @ the end of '99, which I'm growing out right now). During my adventures I've coem to realize a few things (btw, these are my own opinions, though I'd be flattered if someone thought I thought they were gospel, ha ha):
1)the more layers you get (i.e. bigger difference between shortest and longest layer), the less dense your hair will look
1a)since my hair is wavy in back, but virtually curly in front, i get shorter layers in front, but keep the back w/ only a few layers (no more than 3" difference)
2)the curlier your hair is, the more layers you can get away w/ (exception: face framing layers benefit almost everyone)
So with those thoughts, I'd say go ahead and get the layers. It's lightened up my load, though my layers were razored in (okay, so I haven't cut my hair in 9 months, and 9 months ago I had a bob because 8" of my hair was FRIED beyond human salvation)...oh, but if your top layer always seems to get frizzed out and dry, you may want to reassess your conditioning methods (I'm with Articpixie w/ the jojoba...good stuff). You don't have to do the CO method, but maybe not rinsing out all your conditioner or wearing wide-brimmed hats in the sun will help. My hair is prone to dryness, and I didn't realize I needed to up the ante w/ my conditioning. Nowadays what may seem like overkill for other hairtypes works really well for me (which WAS using deep conditioners every day, but righ tnow I'm doing a CO routine to revive my waves/curls for a wedding this weekend...okay, so I found my copy of "Curly Girl" while I was cleaning and got re-inspired, heh heh).
Um, I think I"ll stop rambling....hths though! :)
February 27th, 2003, 04:53 AM
I have wavy hair. The shorter my hair the more curl that is in it.
Once someone talked me into those face framing layers.
They were so much more curly than my length that I looked like a poodle with long ears. :D
February 27th, 2003, 04:53 AM
I had face framing layers and long layers in the back for several years. The layers made my hair move much more fluidly, but they do need to be upkept religiously bcz they do make your do look very unhealthy if you let them go for too long.
When I wore my hair wavy, you could not even see the layering and frankly, it did not make much of a difference if it had been layered or not when I dried it naturally. I found my layers looked best when I blow fryed or roller set. It just depends how much work you want to put into your hair. If you are cool with the additional upkeeping of the layers, then I say go ahead and have fun!!!
February 27th, 2003, 05:36 AM
i have some subtle layering
i grew my hair all out to one length in 2001 and 2002 from reading the GM-philosphy to have all one length hair. it was too heavy and pyramid-city.
i got layers cut back in this past fall. it took a lot of the weight off and turned me into a borderline curly. it's much lower -maintance now because i don't have to fight with it so much.
if you click the link in my sig, you will see my hair the day after this haircut.
February 27th, 2003, 11:12 AM
A few years ago I wanted to layer my hair a little at the back, but ever hairdresser I've ever had strongly adviced against it. Especially on hair growing longer. They say the layers only get damaged and split, and then I'd have to trim them more often than the length in the back, almost ending up with shorter hair than I started with. They had no problems with layers around the face and down, though.
I've had very layered hair (before), and less layered hair (right now). Now I'm aiming for one length hair.
Layers around the face are a bit bothersome, and I don't think they look that great either. A few layers are fine, I think, but they tangle a lot and are more damaged than the rest of my hair. I think the one length look just takes a little more getting used to for me, but now I'm starting to like the classic look.
A few layers at the ends wouldn't be that bad, I think. If you don't like them you can always trim the length a little to get to one length again. I'm thinking that this is a good alternative for me when my hair gets longer too. Also, a few layers at the ends are not bothersome and will not fall into your face. I think it could look great!
February 27th, 2003, 07:02 PM
I can't remember what texture your hair is (fine, medium, coarse), but my fine hair just ends up looking like fine hair that is layered instead of nice "fullness"
March 1st, 2003, 12:51 PM
I would ask people around you who see your hair regularly, people you trust though.
I think you might find that what you think needs to be changed, may be the envy of someone else.