We've all had that client with luscious long locks sit in our chair, asking us for a life changing haircut. Only, they don't want any length taken off.
What's a stylist to do?
It seems that clients like to come in asking for the three-layer haircut. Makes us think of chip dip.
What was this mysterious cut that some women seemed to think existed? In all reality, there are three long haircuts that reign supreme in the world of hair, according to all working stylists.
Long layers come in three different classic versions and are the most commonly asked for styles.
Blunt Cut with Face Frame
The blunt cut with a face frame, which adds some texture without sacrificing length. This haircut is ideal for fine hair.
It creates volume because it leaves weight where you need it.
This is commonly referred to as long layered or beveled and is the most popular. Ideal for wearing the hair straight.
U-Shape with Light Layering
The U-shape back, which has very slight layering and shows the haircut perfectly for straight or loose wavy hair.
This is the second most requested long hair style and is the most versatile.
V-Shape with Heavy Layering
Last, but not least, the V-shape back which has heavier layering and is ideal for showcasing thicker hair.
This is the heaviest of layers and removes the most weight from the hair. Great for sea textured waves and high ponytails with texture.
The different types of layers vary, from square (box), round (convex) or concave. Depending on the density and thickness of your client's hair, you will need to choose the appropriate type to best suit your client's requested style.
Pro Tip: Start the haircut wet and then go back through once it's dry and styled to see if you need to alter and texturize to remove additional weight, depending on how the hair lays down.
Our older clients call it a shag. The younger ones just want Victoria's Secret Angel hair. The common denominator for 2018 is that the style is casual, nonchalant, almost messy. Today's woman wants to look effortlessly stylish.
As stylists, we know our clients. We know if they will take the time to style their hair or are more of the wash and go type. Proper consultation is always key in determining the client's needs.
Honest conversation yields the best results with client satisfaction, because you know expectations versus reality.
We've all had that client who comes with their Pinterest pictures saved on their phone, excited for the latest and greatest style they see their favorite actress sporting. Usually, they pick someone who has the complete opposite type of hair than what they have.
Don't shy away from being honest with your client as to whether they will be able to achieve that same look.
Two other suggestions for longer hair clients, once we've discussed the overall haircut, involve the addition of bangs or a change in hair color.
Very few clients keep straight a straight-line fringe/bangs but are likely to maintain a side swept longer bang. It offers a fresh look without a lot of commitment, should they decide to grow it back out again.
Let's face it.
Long haired ladies love their long hair. While these are the top three long haircuts that are consistently requested, helping the client learn how to style their hair differently will also give them the versatility they are seeking.
Day In The Salon: "I had a long-time client ask me for a perm for her long hair. Never mind the fact that I am not a fan of perms, I kept asking questions to find out why exactly she felt a perm would be a good option for her. She unrealistically thought she would get a Kardashian type style with a perm, and I told her that it was not possible."
At the end of the day, the differences between the three most popular long hair styles depend on how much hair the client has, how much effort they are willing to put into styling their hair and how much hair they are willing to let go of.