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For the amateur haircutter, layers may feel intimidating. Unlike a regular haircut, where you just cut all of the hair the same length, cutting face-framing layers requires a number of cuts at differing lengths. Layers are nothing to feel intimidated by, though. With a sharp pair of scissors and a little confidence, you can cut salon-style face-framing layers at home.

Wash and towel dry your hair. Comb the damp hair with a wide-toothed comb.

Comb the hair straight back using a comb. Comb a 1-inch-wide section straight forward. Secure the rest of the hair out of the way with a clip. The section of hair that you will be cutting is the approximate width of the space between your eyes.

Using the bridge of the nose as a guide, cut a straight line into the hair from eye to eye.

Pull the just-trimmed strand up and make any minor adjustments required to make it perfectly straight. This strand of hair will serve as your guide and each piece of hair cut will get progressively longer from this length.

Undo the hair from the clip. Comb up a section of hair from the top of the head, making sure to include a little of the hair that you just cut. The bangs cut will serve as a guide. Cut the combed-up area so it is a little longer than the bangs.

Continue using the procedure from Step 5, moving further down the hair either until you reach the middle of the head or until all desired layers have been cut.

Make any minor adjustments as needed. Wash and dry your hair.

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Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan has worked as a staff writer for "The Umbrella," an arts newspaper in Portland, Ore., and as editor-in-chief for "Living Mosaic," an academic journal. Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Lewis and Clark College.