How to Cut a Man's Hair in Layers

Learn how to cut hair in layers from stylist Janet Waddell in this Howcast hair tutorial.


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Trimming your own hair and your family's hair is an easy way to save big bucks every month. In these tutorials, stylist Janet Waddell teaches you how to cut hair using both clippers and scissors; cut hair in layers; clean the hairline with clippers; cut hair into spikes; trim bangs; handle cowlicks; create volume; give a buzz cut; and much more.



I'm going to show you how to cut hair in layers. Layering, first of all, is a removal of weight. Basically what you're going to do, Chris' hair is quite short on the sides but I can show you on the top how that's going to work. Again, you literally lift the hair out from exactly the place that it grows, i.e. just 90 degrees from the head, and cut the weight out that way. No overt direction in any way. Not forward or backward, simply cut straight up at 90 degrees from the head. If the sides of Chris' hair were longer I would come around here, I would do the exact same thing through the sides. I'm going to show you this corner here. That is layering hair. So you've gone 90 degrees, 90 degrees from here. A complete removal of weight.


  • Janet Waddell

    Originally from England, Janet Waddell traveled the world teaching hairdressers the art of cutting hair before opening her New York City salon. She also opened a treatment lounge dedicated to women suffering from hair loss and launched her own boutique line of quality products.