Unlocking Style Secrets: The Art of Internal Layers Haircut

Ghost layers are trending on social media and with good reason. The season’s hottest hair trend can be added to just about any haircut, on any hair type, for an instant glow-up. Ghost layers, more commonly known as internal layers, are trendy, low maintenance and versatile. They’re the hair look of the moment and we’re here for it. But what exactly is internal layering and what does the cutting technique involve? And how do ghost — or internal — layers differ from the layers we’re used to? Read ahead for more on the internal layers haircut trend.

Understanding the Internal Layers Haircut

Internal layering is a cutting technique that adds a soft, airy, subtle texture, with lots of movement on the inside. Unlike traditional layering techniques that focus on removing length from the ends of the hair, the internal layers haircut involves cutting layers within the hair, hidden beneath the top layer. These internal layers are strategically placed to add depth and structure while maintaining the overall length of your hair. The result is a seamless blend of layers that create a cascade of texture and volume. These invisible layers are created using a combination of a slide cut and a point cut (more about these techniques later) to remove the weight from your strands, creating more space between each section to generate more movement.

Benefits of Internal Layers

Whether you have long, medium, or short hair, incorporating internal layers can instantly bring your hairstyle to the next level. In addition to the natural movement they add the benefits of internal layers include:

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Adding Volume and Body

If you have fine hair, internal layers can offer a more permanent solution than packing on the product or over-teasing your crown. One of the primary benefits of the internal layers haircut is the added volume and body it gives your hair. 

Enhancing Natural Curls

If you have naturally curly hair, internal layers can enhance your curls by reducing unwanted weight and bulk. This in turn, provides curl definition. The layers help bring your curls back to life, giving them a more polished and well-defined appearance.

Creating Visual Interest

Internal layers add visual interest to your hairstyle. They break up the monotony and create texture, making your hair look more dynamic and interesting. Start by adding some face-framing layers and add more as you see fit.

Easy Styling Options

From loose waves to sleek and straight styles, internal layers allow for easy maintenance if you want to be able to air dry your hair naturally and encourage your natural texture even more. They work even if you just shape your hair with your fingers.

Defining Your Features

Another benefit of this style is that it instantly defines your face and brings attention right to your cheekbones. Ask your stylist for slight layering around your face (just past the chin) to open up your face and add movement, as well as very light layering through the interior.

How to Get the Internal Layers Haircut

Looking for a haircut that works for you and your everyday lifestyle? One that’s low-maintenance with lots of volume and movement? An internal layers haircut may be just what you’re looking for. This cut requires a skilled professional stylist who understands the technique and can create the desired effect. Here’s our step-by-step guide to getting the perfect internal layers haircut.

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Consultation with a Professional Stylist

It’s important to start by scheduling a consultation with a professional stylist who specializes in layered haircuts. Your stylist will assess your hair type, face shape, and lifestyle to determine if the internal layers haircut is suitable for you. 

Determining the Length and Placement of Layers

Getting the perfect layered haircut depends on communication with your hairstylist. Bring in pictures or examples of the look you're trying to achieve. During the consultation, your stylist will determine the length and placement of the layers based on your desired outcome and the characteristics of your hair. 

Cutting Technique: Point Cutting

Internal layers are typically achieved using a combination of cutting techniques called side and point cutting. This involves cutting into the hair at different angles, creating layers that blend seamlessly into the rest of your hair. The slide cut is when a hair stylist slides scissors along the hair while opening and closing to give a softer edge; a point cut, on the other hand, is when the stylist cuts into the ends of hair from a vertical angle to break up any blunt lines. 

Styling Tips and Maintenance

It’s important to maintain your internal layers haircut to keep it looking sharp. Follow a proper hair care routine, using only high quality, non toxic hair products. Use heat when needed, but only after prepping with a protective primer. Using volumizing products and styling tools can further enhance the volume and texture of your hair.

Styling Ideas for Internal Layers Haircut

An internal layers haircut opens up a world of styling possibilities, allowing you to experiment with various looks and express your personal style. Whether you're aiming for a casual, everyday hairstyle or a high glam look, an internal layered cut is the answer. Some of our favorite Internal layered hairstyles include:

Beachy Waves

It doesn’t get cooler or more laid back than beachy waves with internal layers. And talk about low-maintenance! Apply a texturizing spray to your damp hair and scrunch it with your hands. Use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer or let it air dry for perfectly tousled beach waves.

Sleek look with internal layers haircut

Sleek and Straight

But don’t let the layered beachy vibe fool you, this haircut can also make a bold statement. For a more polished and sophisticated look, straighten your hair using a flat iron. Apply a heat protectant spray before styling to protect your hair from heat damage and seal your look with a shine spray.

Curly and Bouncy

Stick straight strands not your thing? Enhance your natural curls with an internal layers haircut. Use a curl-enhancing mousse or cream to get the most out of your curly hair. Apply the product to damp hair and scrunch gently. Let your hair air dry or use a diffuser for defined and bouncy curls.

Messy Updo

An internal layers haircut is the perfect cut for rocking a messy updo. The layers on the inside fall out perfectly when the rest of the hair is lifted into your updo. Gather your hair at the crown of your head and secure it into your messy bun or pony, leaving a few face-framing layers out for an effortlessly cool look. Secure the style with bobby pins and finish with hairspray for hold.

Half-Up, Half-Down

Invisible layers make a half-up, half-down hairstyle such a cool look. It’s carefree, but polished and perfect for any occasion. Start by sectioning off the top half of your hair and securing it with a hair tie or clip. This style is versatile and easy to pull together in a pinch.

Braided Styles

Another favorite interior layers hair look is a braided style. The internal layers will add depth and texture to your braid. Choose a braided hairstyle that will start above your shortest layer. For example, if your shortest layer is an inch above your shoulder, choose braids that start from the nape of your neck or higher, like a dutch braid or french braid. 

The Bottom Line

Ghost layers are the season’s hottest hair trend and we’re here for it. But do internal layers work on thick hair? Yup! Internal layering can be added to just about any haircut, on any hair type, for an instant update. They add volume, create movement and add visual interest, while being trendy, low maintenance and versatile. Internal layers are hot and the trend shows no signs of going anywhere, anytime soon. If you’re ready to try an internal layers haircut, book an appointment with a hairstylist to get the look. Use our tips, styling ideas and only the highest quality, non-toxic hair products to care for and style your layers.

by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor

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