The way to Lower Face-Framing Layers at Residence, Based on a Stylist



Time and time once more, we have been warned to not reduce our personal hair at dwelling. Hair stylists in all places, myself included, remind their shoppers and followers that such a dangerous transfer that would backfire and go away you in want of extra assist than you had been initially after.

However talking as a stylist, I can confidently say that reducing your personal face-framing layers is easy-to-achieve and may give your haircut an enormous enhance (and a few main reshaping). Whereas I can solely recommend reducing your personal face-framing layers on medium to longer lengths, I’ve outlined the whole lot it’s good to find out about doing this DIY transfer fastidiously and confidently, identical to a professional. Preserve studying for our 10-step information on learn how to reduce the right face-framing layers at dwelling.


  • Shears (have to be hair-cutting shears, not common scissors)
  • Reducing comb (with fantastic and large tooth)
  • Reducing cape
  • Mirror, ideally in a well-lit space
  • Clips for sectioning
  • Blow dryer
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Prep Your Hair

blow dry

I imagine in a dry reduce, it doesn’t matter what sort of texture you’ve. The important thing to doing this correctly is ensuring the hair and scalp are clear. This can guarantee there isn’t any product build-up or sebum (naturally produced oil) weighing the hair down on the roots, which might trigger the hair to put otherwise after it is washed. So ensure that your hair has been not too long ago washed and is freed from all merchandise. Now let’s focus in your texture.

You are going to do one in every of two issues: go away your pure texture in tact and let it air dry 80% of the best way, or clean out your texture if that is the way you usually put on it each day. The purpose of that is to chop your hair the best way its worn so you’ll be able to discover how and the place the hair desires to fall. Don’t curl, straighten, or use any sizzling instruments to fashion your hair simply but. We solely wish to select between pure motion or a smoothed out blow dry.

For those who’re questioning why we aren’t reducing the hair whereas it is moist, it is as a result of our hair will naturally shrink up as soon as it is dried. For a DIY dwelling reduce, we do not need any surprises. By reducing your hair whereas its dry, we’ll be capable of reduce the hair in response to its cues, not in opposition to them. It would additionally offer you a greater visible of any dried out, break up ends that must go. Merely put: go away the moist cuts for the professionals.

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Part Your Reducing Space


Discover your pure or most popular parting. For those who wish to toss your hair round loads or change up your parting ceaselessly, choose a middle parting. As soon as you’ve got recognized and cleaned up your parting, use the sting of your reducing comb to part your hair from about half an inch behind the ears. Going barely previous the ear line ought to offer you a small bit from the again size so that you simply’re reducing to satisfy the longest level of the hair. Comb the hair ahead and use your clips to part off the remainder of the hair.

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Resolve On Your Beginning Level

starting point

The place would you like your layers to begin? Face framing layers are all about opening issues up and highlighting one’s facial options. Preserve this in thoughts when selecting your start line. With most of your hair already clipped again, take a second to note your face form and the options you wish to spotlight. I’d say my face form is sq., and for greatest outcomes I sometimes like entrance layers to intensify my cheekbones. With this in thoughts, I will begin my layers someplace between my cheekbones and my chin. You will additionally wish to take your size into consideration. In case you have further lengthy hair, beginning just under the chin is at all times going to be your most secure guess. Irrespective of your size or face form, you by no means wish to begin your face framing layers above the cheekbones or nostril stage.

The shortest level to start your face framing layers is on the identical stage as your nostril or cheekbones.


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Create Your Information


It is lastly time to begin snipping away. To start, use the fantastic tooth finish of your reducing comb to carry ahead a small quarter inch part of hair from all sides of your pure parting. Fastidiously carry that all the way down to your start line, pull it out barely so you’ll be able to view what you are doing with extra accuracy, and start to softly glide your shears down the hair. You’ll not be closing your shears, or dragging them, however slide reducing your approach down the hair. Preserve studying for extra thorough directions on learn how to correctly slide reduce.

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Slide Reducing

slide cutting

For this specific reduce, I recommend a way referred to as slide reducing. Slide reducing is a really light method that allows flexibility and fewer room for error. The trick is to take it sluggish. By preserving your shears open and making delicate pulses—by no means totally closing your shears collectively – let your shears glide their approach down the entrance of the hair. Keep in mind you aren’t reducing into the hair in any respect. It is all about going straight down out of your information.

Slide reducing offers you a wonderfully imperfect gradation to function a base to your face framing layers. Use your reducing comb to direct all of the hair ahead, over your face and pinch out one tiny subsection at a time, every one beneath the opposite. Taking small subsections and a mild method with this reducing technique offers you probably the most management over what you are doing as a newbie.

To glide your shears down safely, you wish to subtly pulse your two fingers as they make their approach down. You may at all times follow doing this earlier than taking the shears to your hair. With out these light pulses, you can make the error of dragging the shears down as a substitute of gliding them and that will trigger extra fraying on the ends, leaving the hair inclined to wreck and frizz.

After you have your information reduce within the heart, return to your pure parting and let that start line information you all the way down to different tiny subsections on all sides. Whereas reducing one aspect will at all times really feel extra pure, slide reducing prevents that different aspect from feeling extraordinarily international and extra vulnerable to main errors.

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Level Reducing

point cutting

Now that you have made a unfastened face framing form, we will use level reducing to fantastic tune our layers. Starting at your shortest size, slowly raise the hair up in small sections and make delicate cuts instantly into the hair. This can soften our traces and provides us one other probability to remove any frayed trying ends. It would additionally assist us lighten issues up wherever the hair seems to be a bit cumbersome. By level reducing instantly right into a single spot, we are able to obtain a little bit separation in our layers.

Use your comb to direct the hair throughout your face at a low 45 diploma angle. This can present you the road you’ve got created within the entrance. If there are any longer items on the highest, or uneven areas that stand proud of a clean-ish line, you may wish to level reduce into these areas to even issues out, as proven above. Proceed to take small sections all the best way all the way down to your longest size. As soon as you’ve got completed on all sides, it is best to start to see your outcomes taking form.

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Cross Examine

cross check

Comb the hair down round your face. Examine to see that there are not any main variations between all sides. Keep in mind, we’re going for a wonderfully imperfect look, however there ought to nonetheless be some apparent symmetry. You would possibly discover one aspect feels tougher, so take your time. This can be a second to return in and slide reduce or level reduce any uneven items. Use slide reducing to regulate your size and level reducing to regulate your total form.

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Mixing the Again Part


After you understand the entrance is trying good, it is time to carry the again ahead and see the way it all blends collectively. Take away your clips and use your comb to separate the hair down the center, bringing all sides ahead. Through the use of level reducing to mix our lengths collectively, we’ll be capable of soften any “shelf” trying areas in curly or wavy hair, and any disconnected areas for smoothed out strands. Mixing your entrance layers into your total size is essential to be able to keep away from any disconnection between your longest entrance layer and the ends of your total hair size. If they do not organically mesh properly collectively, you will have some corners to remove or soften up. Personally, I’m not a fan of a U-shaped haircut, so to be able to keep away from this, I first used level reducing to trim my ends on either side instantly throughout. Then, I blended my newly trimmed ends into my new face framing layers however utilizing level reducing to melt the purpose between these two lengths. Nevertheless it’s all about private desire.

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Model As Common


As soon as I completed reducing, I styled my hair as common with a blow dryer and curling iron. I went straight for my go-to merchandise: a blow dry primer for pure raise, warmth safety, and smoothing and a dry texture spray for ending to showcase the motion and piecey-ness I created in my entrance layers. Though I solely layered the entrance bits and trimmed the ends, I felt like my total haircut bought a a lot wanted makeover.

For those who’re nonetheless feeling uncertain about doing this by yourself, do not hesitate to achieve out to me or whoever your go-to stylist is for a web-based session to stroll you thru the motions listed above!.


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