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Long, Layered Hair: The Secret to Soft Volume

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Experts say that what makes this cut shine is its amazing versatility. Worn up or down, wavy or straight, long layers offer tons of options for day-to-day styling. Hairstylists know the best way to manipulate layers to create a light, airy shape that moves back and forth with ease. "If you have fine hair your stylist can make it appear thicker," says New York City stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel artist Amit Abraham. "And if you have thick hair they can make it thinner, so it's not so big on the ends. The great thing about this cut is it can do both," he adds.

To style at home, apply frizz protection to damp hair and blow dry in sections with a big barrel, natural bristle round brush. If your locks are super fine, Abraham recommends applying texturizer at the root before blow drying: "That will help give body to the hair," he says. When blow drying add movement by twisting the round brush as you dry your hair to create soft waves. For extra volume, blow dry your hair at the crown up and back from the top of the head.

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Head back into the salon every six weeks to freshen up the layers and maintain healthy ends or, simply to take another style for a spin. "In my opinion, hair should change like a wardrobe," says Abraham. "You don't use same accessories in June that you use in January, so why would you wear the same haircut in July as in April?"

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