Layering is a haircutting technique of cutting hair into layers, rather than one uniform length. Layers may be even or uneven. Layers can be cut into short hair, medium length hair and long hair. For men, layered hairstyles are versatile. They can be parted or worn forward, and products can be applied to change the look of the hair.
Short Layered Hairstyles
Hair that is layered and short can create many different looks for men. Short layers work well for men with highly textured hair, like thick or curly hair. With curly and thick hair, short layers are easier to style and maintain than long layers. Layers also work well for men with thin hair as the layers add volume. Layers are blended for a smooth look, or left unblended for a messier look. Short layers are right for men who need a conservative cut for their work or school environment. Most barbers and hair stylists are skilled in cutting short layered styles.
Medium Layered Hairstyles
Medium-length hair is longer than 1 to 2 inches and generally shorter than chin length. With medium-length, layers add volume and texture to thin hair. When hair products are used in medium layered hair, it can create a messy, shaggy look. Layers may be cut into the hair so that they appear to be blended, or unblended. Unblended layers result in chunky texture that is easy to style with styling products. Layered medium cuts can include bangs or be styled without bangs. A hair stylist may have more experience with medium layered cuts than a barber. Medium-length layered haircuts may not be appropriate for highly conservative work environments.
Long Layered Hairstyles
Hair that is longer than chin length for men is often considered long. Cutting layers in long hair can create volume in thin hair. Layers in long hair can create bangs and different lengths of hair. Layers are versatile for long hair, and hair can be pulled back or brushed forward. Working with an experienced hair stylist will assure that long, layered cuts remain masculine rather than feminine. A long hairstyle with layers may not be proper for conservative work environments.
References and ResourcesHudson's FTM Resource Guide: Men's Short Haircuts and the Barber Shop
Beauty and the Bath: Layered Hairstyles for Teenage Boys
Haircuts for Men: Haircutting Terms